Emily DiDonato’s September Vogue Paris spread does menswear right—white Ralph Lauren button-downs, boxy Balmain blazers, unadorned heavy-metal jewelry in golds of every hue (hence the title, “Le Couleur de l’or”). As if the swoosh of volumized hair wasn’t enough to suggest nonchalance, DiDonato casually balances a car tire in one hand and pounds of Carlyne-Cerf-approved bangles by Bulgari, Chopard, Chanel, and Tiffany on the other. Don't let 'em see you sweat. If we’re going to wear the pants, make them leather, and make them Vionnet, right?
DiDonato's perspiration-free state could be credited to her I’ll-do-it-myself attitude, but we're going to give it to that matte makeup (yes, it's still here)—this time in a tawny, dusty derivative, which couldn’t have been more perfectly timed with the debut of Chanel’s Les Beiges collection of powder compacts. Before we saw this Lachlan Bailey shoot, we weren’t really sure what to do with them. Were they a full-face powder? A t-zone corrector? But, yes, it seems the darker shades are perfectly suited for DiDonato’s bronzer-as-blush. (Hers is a tint that could be just as easily be achieved with a few swipes of Guerlain Terracotta or Lancôme Star Bronzer.) Summer’s almost over, hold on to that tan! Put it on your cheeks! And, while you’re at it, wear that old white oxford to the beach.
Emily DiDonato photographed by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue Paris September 2013 with makeup by Christelle Cocquet and hair by Rudi Lewis. Subscribe to see the full story.