Vanessa Paradis Brought Exceptional French Style to the Deauville American Film Festival

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This past week, the 46th annual Deauville American Film Festival occurred in France. The event kicked off during the same week as the Venice Film Festival in Italy, and both events saw returns to physical, in-person red carpets. While the Venice festival drew the bigger names of the two festivals—A-list celebrities such as Cate Blanchett, Tilda Swinton made appearances on its step and repeats—the Deauville festivities saw one particular style star steal the show. That would be French musician, model, and actor Vanessa Paradis, who brought glamorous and understated looks to the affair.

Paradis, who was a jury president for the Deauville festival this year, played up her signature French girl style for the event, crafting looks that were simultaneously timeless and modern. As an ongoing face for Chanel, Paradis wore multiple looks by the French label for the occasion, all designed by its current creative director, Virginie Viard. For the opening ceremony on September 4, Paradis kicked off her slew of winning looks with a silk, watercolor-style Chanel dress with a feathered trim from its pre-fall 2020 collection, which opened the festival on a dazzling, energetic note. At a screening for Les Deux Alfred later on September 6, a film in which she stars, she then stripped things back with a sleek, more menswear-inspired black suit and a high-neckline blouse in white lace.

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The best part about Paradis’s red carpet style was that she utilized different silhouettes and vibes rather than relying on one standard look (even though she exclusively wore one brand). The outfits ranged from playful to proper, sexy to modern. She also played with unexpected colors during the festival. At the inauguration of the new Gabrielle Chanel Place on September 11, for instance, Paradis wore a buttoned-up frock with a tiered skirt in the softest shade of robin egg blue, before changing into a sheer silk black cape and matching skirt (also Chanel) for dinner later that night.

Meanwhile, for the festival’s closing ceremony, which was held just yesterday, Paradis made her final appearance in Chanel sporting a black sheath dress that was worn overtop long, black trousers. It was a fresh take on cocktail attire, and a surprising choice that had us guessing up until the very end at what Paradis would wear next. Below, more of her best moments from the festival.

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