Keira Knightley in a black and white illusion Chanel dress in Paris: lovely?

Keira Knightley

These are photos of Keira Knightley (plus Rihanna and a few other assorted people) at the Chanel show in Paris today. James Righton was there with her, and the two made a dashing pair as they stepped out of their car.

What’s really making waves is Keira’s Chanel dress and the emphasis it places around her tiny waist. This is somewhat controversial because Keira is often criticized for being too thin, but I don’t think she’s anorexic. Keira has already discussed eating disorders at length. She she has family members with ED and does not treat the subject lightly. What’s going on with this dress is something of an optical illusion. The black-and-white contrast is fueled by a boxy white top over black section that hugs the midsection before it separates flared white skirt. This makes Keira’s waist look smaller than it actually is. Keira looks gorgeous, and her skin is glowing. She is healthy.

Rihanna was wearing the same design (with some added flair), but the narrow-waisted effect is missing because the dress is lilac instead of black-and-white. Vanessa Paradis attended but wore jeans. She’s French, so she can do that and still look chic. Melanie Griffith looked like she was playing golf at the country club. Anna Wintour looked nuclear as always.


Vanessa Paradis

Keira Knightley

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet & WENN

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  1. Dawn says:

    I think she looks great!

  2. eliza says:

    I LOVE Keira. The end.

  3. Virgilia Coriolanus says:

    I HATE that hair on Vanessa Paradis. She NEEDS long hair….ugh.

  4. Maum says:

    I’ve seen other pics face on and I don’t like it. I found over corseted waists a bit scary-looking anyway but this design makes her look like she’s wearing a lampshade.

    Plus gold shoes? no.

    • FLORC says:

      I was scared at first glance. Like she’s stretched or seperated. After that my 2nd impression was she’s so pretty, but that doesn’t make it a nice dress.

    • SnarkGirl says:

      I agree! It’s a bit too structured for my tastes. The lampshade analogy is perfection!

      I actually prefer Rihanna’s version, it’s less cutesy with the open collar, and the softer looking fabric is much more flattering. I love it paired with the purple runners too!

    • ya says:

      Ya I don’t like either; I like Rihanna’s version though!

  5. paola says:

    I’m not a fan of cut midriff. it doesn’t matter if it’s Kim K or Keira Knightley (i just realised they have the same KK initials in the name) i just hate it.
    Rihanna though looks nice.

  6. Tulip Garden says:

    Vanessa is very chic. Love the curls.
    I like Rihanna’s version of this dress better than Kiera’s but they are both very pretty here.

  7. Audrey says:

    I think she looks fine.

    She’s a naturally thin woman. Nothing wrong with that. Some ladies are lucky like that and you can tell this is her body type

    I have a couple of friends like this and get really passed when I hear ED gossip about them. Respect their body type

    • Stef Leppard says:

      She doesn’t look like she has an ED. She’s naturally thin. A few years ago she was very very skinny but now she looks healthy.

    • Annie says:

      That’s gotta be a corset. Keira never had a freakishly small waist even at her thinnest (more just a bony sternum)

  8. blue marie says:

    I like it, I think she looks good, same goes for Rhianna.

  9. Gine says:

    It’s a weird design I’m not really crazy about, but she looks fine.

  10. Gaby says:

    She looks beautiful! She really can wear Chanel and pull it off. Rihanna looks nice too, she has the straight-from-the-runway ensemble, sneakers and all.

  11. bns says:

    Here for Rihanna and Vanessa Paradis. SO beautiful.

    I honestly could stare at Rihanna all day long.

    • nofkksgiven says:

      right! we need a post of all of rihanna’s paris fashion week looks – she has been SLAYING!

  12. Zimmer says:

    Like it too, especially nice to see Rhianna’s outfit.

  13. Mylene - Montreal says:

    I love Vanessa Paradis Hair, i think she look younger like that

  14. TheCountess says:

    She looks fantastic. I like the lilac version too, but not as much; Kiera’s is a classic Chanel color pairing.

  15. Liberty says:

    I love all the looks. Keira’s is so wonderful down to the shoes. I like the contrast between the way her look is worn with the lilac flavor on Rihanna.

    And Vanessa — the more I look at it the better I like its fresh sort of thrown-on-chic feeling.

    But I don’t love Anna’s. She is consistent, yes. She wears the labels. But she always looks like an old photo from the 90s to me. Or Hollywood’s idea of what a magazine editor looks like. Then again, American Vogue is like a visit from the late 90s too. There are so many more interesting, inventive fashion mags and sites out there now…I am amused that it expects designers to reinvent two to four times a year, and women to recharge their wardrobes and style choices, but it seems to squat on its own old template like tired bird on an old muffin.

    Still like Italian and French Vogue, anyway. But Vogue is never the first thing I’ll look at anymore. It’s tired like Vanity Fair, in my opinion.

  16. Sandra says:

    OMG, I need that outfit! Stunning!!!

  17. Chinoiserie says:

    Keira looks wondeful but hopefully she does something different with her hair in the future she always seems to wear it like this lately. And speaking of hair what was Vanessa Paradis thinking? Her hair used to look so great did she just get really bored?

  18. mia girl says:

    This design is amazing. Something fresh, but still somehow classic Chanel aesthetic.

    I love, love, love Keira in this, and like the playful approach of Rihanna’s design as well.


    • j.eyre says:

      I completely agree with how you described it – updated classic (or classic update?) I love this look. Both version, modified for different effects – I am quite encouraged if this is Chanel’s new direction.

  19. manta says:

    I like it. Very reminiscent of Inès de la Fressange, a true iconic model of Chanel, also known for her slender silhouette.

  20. Jiji says:

    Keira is growing on me! I’m starting to like her.
    It’s true that a few years ago she was painfully skinny, but now she just looks naturally thin (like she certainely doesn’t eat a chocolate cake a week, but doesn’t starve herself by any means)

    Vanessa’s hair… Not great, but waaay better than those first pics we got a few weeks ago.

  21. Shantal says:

    Keira and Rihanna both look great. I’m not feeling Vanessa’s hair at all though.

  22. taxi says:

    The young’ns look great. Love the matching fanny pack & sneakers.

    Anna’s shoes? No. Melanie’s everything? No.

  23. KateBush says:

    Vanessa’s hair is really awful!
    Rihanna and Keira look great

  24. Aria says:

    Keira’s body is fine. But why we aren’t talkig about her face?! She looks so different-.

  25. Lia says:

    Johnny Depp traded down when he moved on to Amber. Vanessa has so much more class, beauty and presence.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I prefer Rihanna’s version but I love Keira’s styling. Vanessa Paradis is the one really wowing me though. The hair, somehow she’s making it work.

  27. Karen says:

    Keira looks good, I prefer her styling. Rihanna is a stunner but I hate the outfit so much, especially the sneakers. RihRih always looks out of place in more formal wear.

    Are we all seeing the same things. Aside from the top half, Vanessa looks awful. The jeans are ridic (awful wash, bad fit) and the short hair just accentuates how gaunt her face is.

  28. Caroline says:

    Omg frigging adorable little bags>.>