How A Newcomer Stole Paris Fashion Week

PFW's Fashionable Finale
All the highlights from the final day of Paris Fashion Week Fall 2013.
Although she didn’t win the Oscar, Jessica Chastain pretty much owned Paris Fashion Week.

Indeed, the Zero Dark Thirty star hit all the City of Light’s hottest shows; and with the exception of maybe one look (sorry, Givenchy!), she managed to outshine just about every other stylish star at the shows.

How did the two-time Oscar nominee become fashion’s biggest star?

Check out the seven (yep, seven) wardrobe changes that helped Chastain beat out Paris Fashion Week veterans like Kate Moss, Jessica Alba and Vanessa Paradis to become the front row’s best-dressed star.

1.) Victor & Rolf

Chastain kicked things off with a coup, so to speak, in this sophisticated all-black ensemble by Victor & Rolf. The winning touch: a sleeveless waistcoat, which blended perfectly with her menswear-inspired cigarette trousers.

2.) Givenchy

While the avant-garde pants she wore to the Givenchy show were a bit much, Chastain wins points for taking a major fashion risk here. Besides, her sleek strands quickly made us forget about any thigh-baring sheer weirdness going on below the waist.

3.) Yves Saint Laurent

As we learned at the SAG Awards, Chastain can never go wrong in a red dress. Which is exactly what she proved yet again at the YSL show, in this plunging vintage number that mixed classic with a little edge.

4.) Chanel

Nothing says “Parisian chic” quite like Chanel — which might explain why Chastain looked so wonderful in this simple black-and-white ensemble. Here, she mixes an ruffled sheer white blouse and a black pencil skirt. The result? The kind of effortless elegance that makes us all wish we were French.

5.) Carine Roitfeld’s ‘CR Fashion Book’ Cocktail Party

Why Carine Roitfeld chose to profile Big Ang remains to be seen. In the meantime, we’re more than happy she invited Chastain to her cocktail party, allowing the actress another chance to show off her stunning style. The belted black dress was a bit more subtle than her other looks, but no less elegant.

6.) Louis Vuitton

If anyone can get away with wearing shorts to a runway show, it’s Jessica Chastain, which she did so brilliantly at Wednesday’s Louis Vuitton showcase. The unexpected choice of bottoms, plus, her bold blue bag, gave her monochromatic ensemble a fresh feel.

7.) Moncler Gamme Rouge

Chastain looked white-hot at the Moncler Gamme Rouge show on Wednesday, in an off-white lace cocktail dress and nude pumps. Topping off her tonal look was a quilted three quarter-length jacket, which had us wishing winter could stick around (just) a little longer.

Which of Jessica Chastain’s Paris Fashion Week looks was your favorite? Share in the comments, below.