Tuesday, October 18, 2011

A Different Kind of Gorgeous

Now here is a new French movie star, shortly, I am sure, to take the world by storm. Astrid Berges-Frisbey is another Audrey Tatou-esque figure - one of French finesse and delicacy, elegance and quiet sophistication, without the Hollywood meets European sex-bomb appeal of Marion Cotillard (as much as we may love her). No, she is demure, modest, intrinsically beautiful. Audrey Hepburn goes French. Carey Mulligan brunette, Felicity Jones Rive Gauche.

I love the way at all three of these catwalk events she has been dressed in white or grey - so fresh and clean, so elegant and yet so un-pretentious. It allows for room to play with texture, cut, detailing and has an entirely flattering finish. Also, notice the way she is always wearing something short, a way in itself of making a statement. She's that girl who comes to the party in jeans, who goes to the themed disco in normal clothes, and is immediately infinitely cooler solely because she did not go out to buy an outfit specifically for the event. Here it's the same concept: no, she did not don a floor-length fishtail dress embedded with Swarovski crystals and peacock feathers. No, she does not carry a tiny bag containing the grand total of a lipstick, no she does not frost herself with jewels galore. She is gorgeous, and that's all there is to it. There's even a completely admirable lack of warpaint.

the minimalist make-up combined with the slightly tousled hair: chic with an edge.

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