Ooh la la! It’s Paris Couture Week: 4 looks to steal from the front-row celebs

Versace Couture Show - July 2012 - front row

I SO wish I was in Paris right now. The very best time I’ve ever had there (not that I’ve been so many times or anything) was exactly this time of year. The weather was perfect, and more importantly in my book, it just so happened that all the boutiques had their summer sales on. Oh yes: if you don’t know about the twice-a-year sales in France, then you MUST plan your next European vacay around ‘em. I’m talking Prada and Miu Miu shoes for the price of Nine West. It was almost ridiculous.

Another important thing that happens around this time each year in Paris are the haute couture shows. I’ll never score an invite; I know my place (and it’s at the Galeries Lafayette). But no matter! I’ve got photos from the front row anyway. And holy hairdryers, these celebs look freaking amazing. Come take a look and get inspired…

Diane Kruger at Chanel

Diane Kruger Chanel Couture Show July 2012 Ooh la la! Its Paris Couture Week: 4 looks to steal from the front row celebs

A side pony AND a beret! Can you even stand it? I totally want to do this (although I’ll save the hat ’til September; it’s too hot right now). Anyway, together they do all the beauty work for you in terms of making a statement. And you don’t even have to wash your hair! All you need is a slick of red lipstick, rosy blush and maybe some taupe shadow like Diane has here. P.S. I’m not understanding why she’s only wearing one earring—deliberate or did she lose the other one?

Milla Jovovich at Chanel

Milla Jovovich Chanel Couture Show July 2012 Ooh la la! Its Paris Couture Week: 4 looks to steal from the front row celebs

Also at Chanel was Milla… and is it just me or is she looking the best she ever has lately? This darker hair colour is better on her than the lighter, coppery shade she was wearing a while back—it brings out her eyes and seems more flattering on her skin tone. But what I love here most of all (obvs) is the bright fuchsia lip. Doesn’t it make you want to wear that colour right this second? It’s making me go to my happy place.

Christina Hendricks at Versace

Christina Hendricks Versace Couture Show July 2012 Ooh la la! Its Paris Couture Week: 4 looks to steal from the front row celebs

Have I talked about how I’m sort of anti-self-tanner these days? My one (and probably only) application of the season a couple weeks ago was just way too dark for my liking… and so I think I’m just going to embrace the pale and go full Nicole Kidman. Or Christina Hendricks. Same thing, really. I’m not sure I’ll look this exquisitely peaches ‘n cream, but here’s hoping. What’s lovely about this look, besides her complexion, is how her blush and lip shades harmonize so well with her skin and hair, yet don’t shout “look at me!” or anything like that. Also check out her eyes—fabulous job on the delicate tight-lining in the waterlines.

Jessica Alba at Versace

Jessica Alba Versace Couture Show July 2012 Ooh la la! Its Paris Couture Week: 4 looks to steal from the front row celebs

Is it getting hot in here? Oh wait—it’s The Alba. I’m not sure about the appropriateness of strapless and leather during daylight hours, but whatevs… she looks sooper seksi. The makeup is, I think, one of the best examples of how a classic smoky eye should look in 2012. All soft and smudgy but not too heavy on the lashes and paired with a MATTE, nude lip. As for the hair, I’m on the fence with the colour… and the curls could benefit from some brushing out. But that’s nit-picking, really.

Tell me:

Which of these couture-week looks are you loving?
Which one(s) might you try for real life?
Have you ever been to France for the July sales—and if so, what didja buy??


Tuesday, July 3/2012 at 9:34 pm

I think Diane’s single earring was on purpose. It appears to serve as a statement piece to fill the gap left on that side of her face. The tilted beret covers the top of her other ear, so another earring like that probably would have looked over the top.


Tuesday, July 3/2012 at 10:19 pm

My fave makeup is probably Diane — so Parisian! And I don’t think I’ve ever seen The Alba look bad.


Wednesday, July 4/2012 at 4:02 pm

Christina Hendricks looks so glowy and natural. I need that lip colour!


Wednesday, July 4/2012 at 6:28 pm

Am I the only one who thinks Jessica alba’s under eye concealer is too light?


Wednesday, July 4/2012 at 7:18 pm

I think Alba’s under eye concealer is probably just showing up a bit light from the flash. I’m sure in real life it was all nice and blendy and warm toned!

Is it just me or can Diane Kruger not put a foot wrong?! LOVE the statement earring. Definitely deliberate and not many people could pull it off.


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Friday, July 6/2012 at 12:49 am

I kept staring at Jessica Alba’s hair, and it looks to me like the top right of her head went Salma Hayek on her… It’s weird, hide the left side of her face, and she morphs into Salma Hayek! Verdict: I don’t like the ombré, it’s too drastic, the two tones look like they belong to two different persons.

And Christina.. ‘Dat complexion..’ was my first thought, followed by ‘that girl was -born- to wear pink blush’ :P


Saturday, July 7/2012 at 2:02 am

So many things to comment on…

First of all – I’m obsessed with that group of women in the first pic; they all arrive from such different ends of the earth, I mean Hollywood – if they were all real-life friends it would be even cooler (maybe they are?).

My girl crush on Diane Kruger is growing bigger and bigger and it’s all thanks to this blog. She is stunning AND cool. I am also curious about the one earring though – so sad if she lost it!! Is it perhaps one of those cuff earrings that is only meant to be worn on one ear?

And I feel you on the “I’m over self-tanner and embracing my fair skin” attitude. It’s kind of a refreshing (and way easier) mindset, ya know? Do you have any recommendations on getting fair, natural skin to really glow (but not in a ghostly kind of way – yikes!)? I know moisturizer and exfoliation, but any other tips?

Great post!


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