License to Tan


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.

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  • antònia

    This type of makeup is very late 80s early 90s, Cindy Crawford and Christy Turlington would wear that type of makeup back in the day. I don't see that is an updated take on that type of look, but exactly as it was back in the day. It makes me think about how the idea of "natural" changes over the decades. Natural in 1991 was all about matte, in 2001 all about dewy, and....

    • LGandaB

      It seems a littler "cooler" (in tone, not in trendiness) than a lot of the makeup from the Cindy era. I always felt bad for all those supermodels having to wear rusty eyeshadow. I'll take a dark taupe eye and plum lip over anything rust-colored any day.

    • tera

      yes, I thought these images WERE from an old magazine!

  • Chantel

    Beautiful photos.

  • thunderlegz

    How would someone replicate her glorious hairstyle?

  • Lera

    Reminded me of Gia..just a bit, very pretty!

  • Isabel

    I think Emily DiDonato is terribly underrated! She's such a classic beauty (and in my opinion there's no one more beautiful than her). I guess in this day and age we want quirkiness and models who are not "perfect". But if this would be the era when supermodels were born, she would definitely have more spotlight.


Lancôme Star Bronzer
Guerlain Terracotta Light Sheer Bronzing Powder
Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Powder