Gentlemen prefer brunettes! Ana de Armas leads the red carpet glamour in a thigh-skimming minidress as she says goodbye to Paris Fashion Week with Lea Seydoux, Jennifer Connelly and Alicia Vikander at star-studded Louis Vuitton show
Gentlemen might prefer blondes, but Tuesday’s red carpet was dominated by sultry brunettes as French brand Louis Vuitton hosted its latest catwalk show during the final day of Paris Fashion Week.
Ana de Armas, currently winning plaudits for her starring role as troubled screen icon Marilyn Monroe in a new Netflix biopic, was joined by stars including Lea Seydoux, Jennifer Connelly and Alicia Vikander prepared for the spring-summer womenswear 2023 presentation.
Opting for a thigh-skimming black minidress and knee-high boots, Ana, 34, commanded attention while greeting onlookers before making her way inside for a front row seat.
She added to her sophisticated look with a matching black jacket, while a tasteful leather handbag featuring the brand’s iconic logo rounded things off.
Make way: Ana de Armas, currently winning plaudits for her starring role as troubled screen icon Marilyn Monroe in a new Netflix biopic, led the glamour at the Louis Vuitton presentation at Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday
Incoming: (left to right) Alicia Vikander, Jennifer Connelly and Lea Seydoux were also in attendance at the event in Paris
Joining the actress, former Bond girl Lea ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight in a distinctive sleeveless top with a cropped detail serving to expose her slender torso.
The French star, 37, drew further attention to her slender physique by opting for high sling slacks, teamed with tasteful black heels and a mustard leather handbag.
Adopting a similar theme, Alicia looked equally stylish in a sleeveless patterned sweater and high-waisted cargo trousers as she made her way into the exclusive event.
The Swedish actress, 34, completed the look with a smart Vuitton handbag, while her hair neatly pulled into a conventional top-knot.
Elsewhere Jennifer opted for the most unconventional ensemble of the day, with the actress, 51, opting for a collarless leather jacket, intricately patterned dress and glittering silver boots.
Other guests in attendance at the Vuitton show included pop legend Janet Jackson, Jaden Smith, actress Cynthia Erivo, Phoebe Dynevor, Ruth Negga and supermodel Naomi Campbell, who caught the eye in a cinched metallic coat and oversized sunglasses.
Don’t mind me: But Ana was hard to miss as she posed for photos shortly after arriving at the event on Tuesday afternoon
Stylish: Joining the actress, former Bond girl Lea (L) ensured she claimed her own share of the spotlight in a distinctive sleeveless top with a cropped detail, while Alicia (R) looked equally stylish in a sleeveless sweater and high-waisted trousers
Greetings: Ana commanded attention while greeting onlookers before making her way inside for a front row seat
Striking: Elsewhere Jennifer opted for the most unconventional ensemble of the day, with the actress opting for a collarless leather jacket, intricately patterned dress and glittering silver boots
Pals: lea Seydoux posed for a photo alongside pop legend Janet Jackson as the event got underway in Paris on Tuesday
Lovebirds: Sophie Turner cut a stylish figure as she joined her husband Joe Jonas at the swanky event
Chic: Sophie donned an oversized blazer and leather trousers which she teamed with a cropped top as she flashed her toned midriff
Metallic man: Meanwhile Joe donned a metallic bomber jacket emblazoned with crystals and beads
Women’s charities and experts have hit out at Ana’s ‘disgusting’ portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Netflix’s new film about her life.
Blonde, which was released on the streaming platform on Wednesday, has prompted a backlash from campaigners and viewers over its graphic portrayal of sexual assault, domestic violence and abortion.
This is despite the movie receiving a 14-minute standing ovation at Venice Film Festival in September.
The film, which lasts for nearly three hours, is a fictionalised account of the actress’ life, with Cuban actress Ana playing Monroe, who is said to have suffered sexual abuse when she was young.
Famous friends: The couple sat next to Blonde star Ana De Armas (far left) and it’s director Andrew Dominik
Under wraps: Supermodel Naomi Campbell caught the eye in a cinched metallic coat and oversized sunglasses
Here she comes: Catwalk veteran Naomi was in high spirits as she greeted onlookers in Paris ahead of the Louis Vuitton show
Stunning: Ruth Negga looked effortlessly glamorous in an eye-catching ensemble as she was among the arrivals at the fashion show
Quirky: Ruth cut an edgy figure in patent black trousers and a padded cropped golden square top while Laurel Marsden looked elegant in black trousers and a matching top, worn underneath a feathered jacket
Statement look: Phoebe Dynevor captured attention in metallic silver striped cropped trousers, which she paired with an ab-flashing gold wrap-around top and a black belt
Attention-grabbing look: The Bridgerton actress, 27, gave herself a few extra inches in a pair of silver knee-high boots and styled her rouge-tinted locks in a fringed style
All smiles: Phoebe posed up a storm with French designer Nicolas Ghesquière as they arrived at the Louis Vuitton show
Sultry stare: Eve Jobs looked incredible in a floating white skirts embellished with colourful patterns, which she teamed with a vibrant yellow floral jumper and beige heeled boots
Stunning: The American model and daughter of Steve Jobs, 24, styled her golden locks loosely in natural waves and flaunted her beauty with a touch of blusher
Front row seats: (L-R) Maude Apatow, Lea Seydoux, Lous and the Yakuza and Jennifer Connelly in Paris on Tuesday afternoon
Step by step: Models walk the runway during the Louis Vuitton Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on Tuesday
Royal seal of approval: (L-R) Lea Seydoux, Lous and the Yakuza, Jennifer Connelly, Cynthia Erivo, Janet Jackson, guest, Charlene Princess of Monaco and Bernard Arnault on the front row
The movie, which is currently the number one film on Netflix’s UK service, has been accused of being sexist and exploitative. There are graphic scenes showing Miss Monroe having an abortion, though there is no evidence she ever had one in real life.
It has led women’s charities to warn that ‘over-sensationalising’ abortion is ‘incredibly unhelpful’ and can lead women to believe it is not safe.
Molly Boydon, from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, said: ‘Film and TV play a big part in shaping understanding of abortion. It’s important that depictions on screen do their best to reflect the reality of abortion: it’s a safe and routine part of healthcare that one in three women will access in their life time.’
Side by side: Designer Christian Louboutin and Janet Jackson posed for photos ahead of the event
Greetings: Italian blogger and influencer Chiara Ferragni made her presence felt at the celebrity heavy event on Tuesday
Cheerful: Naomi offered a polite wave to those who had waited for a glimpse of the British supermodel
Bold look: Actress Cynthia Erivo (L) caught they eye in a vibrant ensemble as she arrived for the catwalk show, while Jaden Smith (R) flashed his abs in a distinctive crop top
Posing up a storm: Jaden, the son of Will and Jada Smith, completed his ensemble with a gold scarf as he posed on the red carpet
Looking good: Cynthia Erivo captured attention in her ab-flashing blue ensemble while Justin Theroux looked smart in an all-black outfit and Eve Jobs looked effortlessly chic in a white floating skirt and floral jumper
Pals: Este Haim, Janet Jackson, Alana Haim and Danielle Haim pose backstage after the Louis Vuitton Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show
Suave: Milly Alcock cut a smart figure in striped grey trousers and a white shirt, which she teamed with a floral print tie and a brown leather-look jacket with a fur collar
Walk this way: Louis Vuitton unveiled its spring-summer 2023 womenswear collection at the star-studded event
Steph Herold, a researcher studying abortion in TV and film at the University of California, described the movie as ‘anti-abortion, so sexist, so exploitative’. It features multiple sexual assault scenes which Miss Herold branded ‘gratuitous and disgusting’.
The film, which has an age 18 rating in the UK, is written and directed by Andrew Dominik, who has made outspoken comments both about the film and Miss Monroe. He described Miss Monroe’s 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes as being about ‘well-dressed whores’ and has admitted his film would ‘offend everyone’.
Responding to the scenes involving abortion and assault, he added: ‘I’m not concerned with being tasteful.’
Some viewers have said they were unable to make it past the first 20 minutes, describing the film as ‘absolutely unwatchable’.
Eye-catching: The models were seen putting on an incredible display as they stormed the runway
Runway: Models were seen flocking out as they stormed the runway for the Louis Vuitton Womenswear Spring/Summer 2023 show as part of Paris Fashion Week
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