Sandwiched between the dragon lady herself, Anna Wintour and wing-woman, flame-haired ex-model and creative genius behind US Vogue, Grace Coddington (or Codders as we playfully call the most interesting creative in publishing) were the faces of Balenciaga: French pop culture progeny, Charlotte Gainsbourg and glum idol to millions of misunderstood teens, Kristen Stewart.
No one is going to argue that K-Stew is a stunning girl but she could give Victoria Beckham lessons in looking miserable. Her trademark slapped-arse face and unkempt hair is what keeps the teens tuning in to the Twilight Saga. Fashion is clearly interested in harnessing Ste(EEWW)wart’s moody magic to access those maturing teens.
Is she the right face for Balenciaga? Possibly, this morning they showed a ’50s/’80s look of teenager transfer sweatshirts and big circle skirts with ankle boots. A dressed down look, Kristen can handle it. She suit’s Balenciaga’s current untidy-chic look. Today she was head-to-toe in Balenciaga green print vest, black leather pants and covered leather mules. A good look, save for the post-club hair and the unflattering high-waist.
Not known for glamour or polish, stylists resist working with her as Star magazine reported, ‘She has grubby nails, ratty sneakers and bad attitude…Very few people want to work with her because she doesn’t want to look good’. Goodness, tell us what you really think. She does bring a new perspective to the idea of ‘The Great Unwashed’.
Kristen needs a heavy does of fine tuning, that’s clear but with Anna Wintour at her side the fashion world and those endorsements are her oyster. Now all she needs is a hairbrush, baby wipes and a masterclass in smiling from Balenciaga’s mommy, Salma Hayek.