Diane Kruger in NY

Posted on September 19, 2012

Since it’s gotten awfully gown-y around here lately, let’s take a look at some street fashion. And of course, when one says “street fashion” in the context of discussing celebrities, then one can be sure that one is discussing outfits most normal people wouldn’t bother with when they’re trying to get through their day.

But darlings, isn’t that what celebrities are for? To take our daily drudgery and then blow it up into something unrecognizable but nonetheless entertaining as hell? Yes. Yes they are. Modern court jesters for the masses.


Diane Kruger out and about in the Soho district of New York.

Yves Saint Laurent Black Acrylic and Metal Cat-eye Sunglasses

Nina Ricci ASAP Satchel


Clearly, Diane’s on location shooting scenes from an upcoming movie where she plays a fashion editor from the outback who winds up on the streets of New York, frantically trying to get her phone to work.  Maybe there are cyborg dingoes or something after her.

Either way, this is clearly a look only a stylist or costume designer could come up with. It’s freaking adorable on Diane but it should, by all rights, look like total ass. The skirt/dress is fabulous in any case, but the denim vest, floppy hat, and booties? That should take it straight to Eddie Monsoon territory, but somehow, it all just works.

[Photo Credit: PacificCoastNews.com, neimanmarcus.com, bluefly.com]

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  • Love the dress, a lot.  The hat makes me Shake, in a bad way, and those booties need to go to some other outfit to live.

    •  I agree with you on the criticism, but such is the power of The Kruger that it works overall.

      •  “the power of the Kruger”
        Hee hee.
        If only more of us humans had such a power.

        •  At least she uses the power of The Kruger to dress fabulously..even if you don’t like it, she cuts quite the figure.

          •  Agreed, completely.

          • kschwarting

            You are so right.  I don’t like the outfit, but she looks so confident and, most importantly, put together.  As TLo might say, that is Ph.D.-level styling.

      • 3boysful

         The only thing not working for her as well as it could is the bag–although I like it, it too dressy for the outfit.

    • holzfaellen

       The hat is so hilariously “I’m a celebrity, stylishly trying to hide my face” that it somehow becomes faboulous again.

      •  I’m a celeb trying to hide my face, while wearing a knit dress that will make everyone on the street turn and look at me.  Nice try, at hiding, Diane.  lol

        • holzfaellen

          Well, you’ve got to at least pretend to not want to be seen…

          •  I frankly don’t understand why.  Either you really don’t want to engage with anyone, or you do.  Half measures never really work in this regard.

          • holzfaellen

            There’s your excuse why you didn’t become a celebrity [outside TLo that is]: “Oh sure, I could have, but I could never stand the whole “pretending to not want to be seen”-thing” 😉

          • If I were a celeb, I would wholeheartedly embrace the requirement to look perfect at all times in public. Its part of the job. But in truth, I would LOATHE being famous.

          •  I think I would be willing to put up with a LOT of what goes into being famous for all the free fantastic goodies they seem to get. 

          •  I suspect even that gets wearing and old, after a while.

          •  Probably..but by then you have a huge ranch in Montana or an apt in Paris to hide in. (personally, I’d go with Paris, those people love to eat..so do I)

          •  I already have an apartment picked out in Paris.  Now, to afford it,…..

        •  Yeah, but if you showed me these pictures without a name, there is no way in hell I would say “Diane Kruger!” I would probably think “Slightly crazily dressed pretty lady” but that’s about all. I can’t even recognize her here. So mission accomplished, I guess?

      • janetjb

        Or “…stylishly trying to hide my unwashed hair”

  • Super love the dress.  The rest me no likey.

  • Lilak

    Um . . . I like the shades?

    • There is no way those are cat-eye, though. I know some cat-eye glasses (on my face) and these are not. But nice looking, I agree.

  • No, I’m pretty sure this looks ridiculous on Diane. 

  • Sobaika

    Fantastic dress. The rest of the outfit looks dumb (even on her, I think) but much less so than on a mere mortal. Such is the power of Kruger.

  • shopgirl716

    Only someone as tiny as Diane Kruger could wear horizontal strips across her hips and still look skinny.  These people are just not like the rest of us.

    • H3ff

      They give her a fabulous hourglass. The denim vest should be burned, though.

  • Yes, I need that dress.  Too bad (1) I probably can’t afford it, and (2) it would make me look twice my actual size, but details!  Does anybody recognize it?  Also, the booties are vile. 

  • Hat, boots, and vest say gone walkabout, bag shades, and dress say midtown Manhattan, and the entire look is fighting with itself.  If she’d have ditched the floppy felt hat, the denim vest, and the high-heeled work booties and gone with a nice sandal, it would be acceptable but not noticeable.  If the objective was to get a photog to snap pictures of her then mission accomplished.  However I don’t like it, and think it does make her look ridiculous.

    • margaret meyers

      Yes.  Fighting. With itself.

  • Judy_J

    Looks like she’s trying too hard.

  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, I don’t know. I don’t think it’s adorable on her; I think it’s pretty awful, but maybe that’s because there isn’t one thing I like, except maybe the bag. I guess the dress is okay, but among the booties, the vest, and the floppy hat, I can’t decide which is the worst. Plus, she looks like two different people: Jessica Lange from the waist up, and somebody else entirely (though I don’t know who) from the waist down. 

  • BazoDee

    Hate hate hate the booties with the power of 1000 burning suns. I find the shades strangely unflattering on her face too. Other than that though – **snaps** 

  • It’s a remake of Crocodile Dundee with Diane playing the Paul Hogan role meets the INSIDE OF ANNA WINTOUR’S BRAIN.

  • schadenfreudelicious

    good gawd, please dont tell me i have to pull my circa 1990 chambray vest from the depths of my kids old costume box?…

  • I do want to see the rest of that dress, it looks really cool.  Vest is fun, so is hat. 

    Booties are shoes that should die.  Every time I see someone wearing them, I have a flashback to my grandmother, who kept a pair of foldable shoe covers in her purse.  They wrapped over one’s high heels and secured with a snap, and extended up onto the ankles. They were made of brownish opaque thick plastic and, while waterproof and no doubt useful for protecting shoes in inclement weather, instantly transformed the wearer into someone who seemed to be wearing brown grocery bags around her feet.  

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      Ha!  My grandmother’s had a button with an elastic loop that pulled them close around the ankle!  They were so creepy-looking when they were drying out.  There’s a very funny picture somewhere of her with her hair bleached blond, fabulous earrings, wearing a fur coat and those hideous shoe covers.  Way to kill a look!

  • MilaXX

    I like this outfit and would wear it all except the hat.  To me the hat/sunglasses are both fighting for attention and real estate on her head. 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    This look is trying a smidgen too hard. I’m torn between thinking it’s the bag or the hat that pushes it there. Also, denim vests should be illegal.

  • fungstyle

    She can do no wrong in my book. Major girlcrush. 

  • nannypoo

    No, sorry, it’s just beyond stupid-looking. I’m guessing she’s on the phone with whoever styled this getup, possibly threatening legal action.

  • I’m not sure the vest or the booties are really working. I actually love the hat, I just don’t know why. 

  • Teri Brinson

    I really hate everything about this outfit, hat on down, including the dress. It makes me sad.

  • PinkLemon

    Ya’all are trippin. This is perfection. I’ll take a shitty vest over flip flops on a celeb, any day. At least she looks put-together.

  • boomchicabowwow

    I wore that vest in 1984 for my school pictures.  I was 10 and I was pulling it off.  Diane isn’t.  But everything else is killer!

  • DaringMiss

    Sorry, I would have to disagree. I think the floppy hat, clumpy boots and denim vest take a great skirt into ugly territory.

    But in the interest of full disclosure, I don’t find Diane Kruger to be the fashion maven that so many people do.

  • GorgeousThings

    I dunno – lose the hat and it would go up a notch. Get a bag that doesn’t look all messy-floppy and it would go up another notch. I don’t hate the booties so much, and I think the denim vest is a great addition.

  • PeaceBang

    I love this. It’s Nutty Celebrity at its finest. 

  • margaret meyers

    Sometimes the High and Low works, and sometimes it doesn’t.  I think it IS  Eddie Monsoon territory.

  • afabulous50

    I can’t wait until her 15 minutes are up…

  • HobbitGirl

    The vest is terrible. I had one like that in 1997. It didn’t look good then, it doesn’t look good now. The dress is cute, though.

  • Anathema_Device

    I kind of love this. Super faded denim usually gives me acid-wash acid flashbacks, but I don’t mind it here.

  • skinny bitch.

  • m0r0

    The shoes, OY.

  • Meh. The purse and the hat ruin it. Purse is too big and fancy. 

  • sashaychante

    The shoes put the -iddy in hiddy.  Park Avenue vagrant look.

  • raininmai

    I think I’m alone here, but I don’t like the dress. I especially don’t like the wide stripe of color at the widest part of her body. To me that’s a fail on an otherwise great body. Also, the just below the knee length looks so confining, she looks like she wrapped in a bandage. The booties are just the craptastic icing on this hideous cake. 

  • marilyn

    It is in Eddie Monsoon territory, but it does not work.  The dress is horrid.  It makes her hips look gigantic.

  • Cathy S

    Except for the booties, I love the whole thing.

  • kimmeister

    I hate the vest (especially its light wash) and think the booties are best paired with pants, but everything else is working like gangbusters for me.

  • kalisa

    Love the dress. Love the vest. Hate the hat. The bag doesn’t go. Just not a fan of booties. 

  • I think it’s horrid.  the dress is great, but all that stuff together, blah!

  • galcurly

    Agreed with most of the commenters.  It doesn’t work.   The dress is fantastic.   Maybe on the booties and vest (just maybe).  The hat is just atrocious with that outfit.


     This is cute as hell. Top to bottom, love it.

  • Hot look. Lucky Joshua J.!

  • Lisa Kramp

    She played Helen of frigging Troy, fer chrissakes. No one BUT her could make the hat and the boots work. I love the dress/vest combo.

  • I disagree, sorry TLo. The hat/vest/booties make me cringe. It’d be such a cute look with sandals and no extras

  • Trisha26

    No it doesn’t. 

  • No, sorry TLo!  This is just an awful look!

  • AuntieAnonny

    It’s not “street style” if you’re tipping off the paps before you leave the house. This is too put together and I’m calling her bluff.

  • I had that little jacket. In the 90s, when I was in high school. 

  • LLuL

    Oh gawd. Nope. 

  • Is it just me or is bluey white the new tan?

  • MissAnnieRN

    The minute I saw this (before I reached the scroll-down fug that is those shoes) my immediate reaction was – “THAT BITCH!  She can wear a fabulous dress with a ridiculous DENIM VEST and make me jealous that she looks fabulous and that I would have never have had the balls to BUY the denim vest let alone wear it in public.”

  • EEKstl

    It’s actually a great look but the jacket is so annoying to me, even if it works.  I’m now officially annoyed.

  • Candigirl1968

    I can’t co-sign on the bag and booties, but otherwise, this is adorable.  

  • aristida_girl

    blech, too much with the spike-heeled booties, and hat or vest, not both but love the ysl sunglasses and dress, i would have love to see those alone with some nice sandals

  • ccm800

    I actually love the dress with the denim vest on Blonde Natalie Portman here but I loathe those shoes.