Bella Hadid Goes Undercover as a French It Girl, Just in Time for Paris Fashion Week

The model opts out of Oscars mania for a chill night in Paris ahead of the Fall 2017 shows.

While everyone else was glued to their televisions, trying to unravel what had happened during the final moments of the 2017 Academy Awards, Bella Hadid was taking it easy. It had been a long Milan Fashion Week for the model, who walked Versace, Moschino, Alberta Ferretti, and Fendi, in addition to launching her campaign as the face of Bulgari accessories and debuting her Chrome Hearts collaboration. All this is to say, when she arrived in Paris Sunday evening in preparation for yet another marathon week during the Fall 2017 season, she had earned a low-key night on the town.

Shoulder to shoulder with Dior Parfums international publicist Fanny Bourdette-Donon (Hadid is the current face of Dior Beauty, among her myriad other credits), Hadid took to the streets of the French capital in a bright red coat by Area, sans pants, plus a pair of slinky thigh-high boots. It was extremely French, and were it not for the fire-engine color, extremely incognito — because what brings to mind a Parisian It girl more than a smoking jacket and beret?

Bella Hadid in Area in Paris, France, February 2017.

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Who: Bella Hadid.

When: Sunday, February 27.

Where: Wandering Paris near the Musée du Louvre on the eve of the Paris Fashion Week Fall 2017 collections.

What: A red wide-lapeled jacket from Area’s Fall 2017 collection, worn as a dress, with black thigh-high boots, a black beret, a tiny crocodile bag, and large D-shaped earrings.

Why: So for all its French connotations, the look is actually one from Area’s most recent runway, which showed earlier this month in New York. On the runway, it showed with a red corset and matching red trousers, both with silver contrast stitching, and red platform heels. But Hadid skips all the embellishments entirely, instead opting to wear the jacket buttoned as a dress. For all her bouncing around from fashion week to fashion week, and for all the attention she’s received from the biggest designers around, Hadid still has a finger on the pulse of up-and-coming fashion.

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