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Salma Hayek: a lesson in restraint


Let’s talk about Salma Hayek. The woman is accomplished – with nearly 100 film credits to her name and a couple significant TV roles on Ugly Betty and 30 Rock – she’s not lacking in the professional arena. She’s been a household name for years, but when she married François-Henri Pinault, the CEO of Kering, (Yes, that Kering, the Kering luxury group that holds Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, among others, as their brands.) Hayek entered the fashion industry in a way she was never interested in before. Or so she says. She’s always been a beauty, but Hayek has never really been known for her style. Ironically, now that she has access to an obscene arsenal of designer clothing, she still isn’t known for her style.

I’m not sure what it is. It’s not as though she has bad taste. She chooses cute dresses and shoes, but it’s almost as if she doesn’t know how to dress her body. I think it’s the hemlines and necklines that turn me off the most. Hayek is 5’2 and as a petite woman the proper hemline is so important otherwise you risk looking smaller than you are. She regularly wears knee length or longer and it chops her legs at a weird length. For a woman with her bust size, ruffles, embellishments or tops buttoned all the way up are not flattering. Anything that adds volume to that area of her body is too much. It’s a fine line though – even the barely sexy shirt can appear too much on a woman with a bigger bust. But, for Hayek, what bothers me most is that her clothes don’t appear to fit. And for someone with her access to sizes and tailors this is simply inexcusable.

Hayek wears a lot of her husband’s brands because obviously. And while it’s fun to try new things and experiment with trends, sometimes her looks come across as her not knowing what her style is. When she steps out in head-to-toe Gucci, off the runway to run errands, I just want to be like, girl, let me help you. Hayek should wear A-line miniskirts. They don’t look age-inappropriate when you’re her height. A longer skirt could work if there’s a slit or up the side. This is a good look for her. This is not a good look for her. The brands she has on regular rotation, Gucci, Balenciaga, Saint Laurent, Christopher Kane, all encompass their own brand identity and personality. Usually a woman identifies with one or two brands that reflects their personal style. Just choose one brand to embrace! Then build on that. Salma Hayek is a lesson in restraint. Like in practice it.

Left to right: Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Saint Laurent, Gucci, Miu Miu

Tags: actress / celebrity / Kering / Paris / personal style / Style

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