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Stylist: Karla Welch
assisted by Grace Wrightsell, Jamie Spradley and Aurélie Mason-Perez
Outfit: Alexander McQueen
Makeup Artist: Jo Baker using Sisley Paris and Bakeup Beauty
Hairstylist: Adir Abergel assisted by Toco Hair using Virtue Labs
Shoes: Jimmy Choo
Jewelry: Cartier

This Wednesday I’m analyzing the Paris premiere of the movie “Napoleon“, starring incredibly talented and immensely beautiful actress Vanessa Kirby.

For the event, held at the Salle Pleyel on November 14, 2023, Kirby looked otherworldly in an Alexander McQueen asymmetric bustier dress in black with gold hammered sequin flower embroidery and a bow train from the Pre Spring-Summer 2024 collection, complemented with black Jimmy ChooMinny‘ ankle sandals.⁣

1st photo is courtesy of Jet Swan

Vanessa, a proud Cartier ambassador, accessorized the look with a Tressage ring in 18K yellow gold and a matching Tressage bracelet on her left wrist and left middle finger.

One peculiar aspect you should all pay attention to, while noticing that someone is made up by celebrity makeup artist Jo Baker, are the inspirations behind her technique.

Indeed this time on Baker‘s mood board were several paintings by French artists who depicted Napoleon or Joséphine, carefully examining the colors that were part of his and her wardrobe.

1st photo is a painting by Jacques-Louis David entitled “Napoleon Crossing the Alps
2nd photo is a painting by Antoine-Jean Gros entitled “Bonaparte, First Consul
4th photo is a painting by Jacques-Louis David entitled “Consecration of the Emperor Napoleon I
5th photo is a painting by Pierre-Paul Prud’hon entitled “Portrait of the Empress Josephine

Predominant colors were reds (which she used on the actress’ lips), whites (reflected in her alabaster skin) and blacks (her dark mascara and overall dress).

The pro described the red lip as “impassioned, romantic, survivalist, imperial, simple, bold and dramatic”.

Here are the products used to achieve the final result, courtesy of Baker (slightly edited and condensed for clarity):

Sisley Paris – Skincare Prep;
Sisley Paris – Phyto-Teint Nude Foundation;
Bakeup Beauty – Desert Roadtrip Eyeshadow Palette;
Bakeup Beauty – Tarantulash Mascara.

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Adir Abergel styled the blonde stunner’s hair in her signature delicate beach waves using Virtue Labs products while her short nails were painted with a strong, black nail polish. A punk-ish touch that she often sports on red carpets.

This time, the “Pieces of a Woman” actress was styled by Karla Welch, which is also quite meaningful since Welch is a very political supporter of women’s rights and is the perfect fit to dress someone portraying a patron of art, a survivor, a child bride and a single mother.

Kirby often wears figure hugging dresses, so it was a pleasure to see her wearing something more regal, more structured but still complementary to her slender figure.


Napoleon is a 2023 epic historical drama film directed and produced by Ridley Scott and written by David Scarpa.

Based on the story of Napoleon Bonaparte and primarily depicting his rise to power as well as his relationship with his wife–Joséphine Bonaparte–played by Vanessa Kirby.

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