Friday 19 July 2019

Thai actress Araya Hargate is the undisputed street style star of Paris Couture Week

Araya Hargate wears sunglasses, a green snake print ruffled dress, earrings, a white bag, outside Giambattista Valli, during Paris Fashion Week -Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/2020, on July 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Araya Hargate wears sunglasses, a green snake print ruffled dress, earrings, a white bag, outside Giambattista Valli, during Paris Fashion Week -Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/2020, on July 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/Getty Images)
Actress Araya Hargate attends the Rami Kadi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images)
Celine Dion attends the Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Celine Dion attends the Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Singer Celine Dion arrives to attend the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/20 collection show by designer Alexandre Vauthier in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Singer Celine Dion arrives to attend the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/20 collection show by designer Alexandre Vauthier in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Celine Dion attends miu miu club event at Hippodrome d'Auteuil on June 29, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Celine Dion attends the runway during the Iris Van Herpen Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 01, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
Caitlin McBride

Caitlin McBride

During Paris Haute Couture Week, there is the standard influx of the usual suspects: Olivia Palermo and a distant royal like Kitty Spencer or Princess Olympia of Greece rubbing shoulders front row, Kaia Gerber storming the runway for Chanel, and Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban putting on extensive public displays of affection.

Couture week in Paris has become something of a caricature of itself, a self-aware inflation of camp where designers compete to outdo themselves and guests pull out all the stops to get the most attention.

But this year, Thai actress Araya Hargate has made her presence known throughout the power of downright flawless style.

She arrived to the Giambattista Valli show in a green snakeskin dress, her hair styled in Princess Leia buns and slim sunglasses. It was the sort of look that it was previously only thought a Hadid could pull off.

Actress Araya Hargate attends the Rami Kadi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images)
Actress Araya Hargate attends the Rami Kadi Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019 2020 show as part of Paris Fashion Week on July 02, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Kay-Paris Fernandes/Getty Images)

Later, she posed with perfection at the Rami Kadi showcase, wearing a glittering semi-sheer skirt and bra crop top with white blouse sleeves; her hair slicked back and adorned with myriad metallic clips on one side.

She has been using Paris as a backdrop to showcase her exquisite taste and understanding fashion. Earlier this week, she was a standout at Dior’s A-list presentation at the label's headquarters, dressed head-to-toe in the brand.

Her street style is being documented by L’Officiel Thailand, giving a peek behind the velvet rope of what goes on behind the scenes during the flurry of couture week.

If further proof was needed that Araya has arrived was her modelling in a  beautifully ostentatious crystal veiled wedding dress by Georges Hobeika.

Since her first appearance on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet in 2013, it’s been an upward turn for Araya, who joined the elite ranks of Chanel’s impossible-to-land guestlist for four years and made a splash with high end fashion houses almost instantly.

Meanwhile, Celine Dion is once again treating couture week as her own personal avant garde fashion show.

Singer Celine Dion arrives to attend the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/20 collection show by designer Alexandre Vauthier in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau
Singer Celine Dion arrives to attend the Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2019/20 collection show by designer Alexandre Vauthier in Paris, France, July 2, 2019. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

Since working with Law Roach, she has become a veritable clothes horse, but uses the City of Light to display breathtaking look after breathtaking look. Rather than feign disdain for the attention, she unashamedly revels in it, controlling the gaze of the throngs of photographers outside shows.

No easy feat at any stage in your career, but all the more impressive when you consider she was seen as anti-fashion for so many years. It's Celine Dion's world and we're all just living in it.

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