Be Me or Do Me: Léa Seydoux Style Double Shot

Posted on February 17, 2014

This lady’s been killing it Lupita-style lately, taking smart advantage of this time of increased prominence in the spotlight and showing off a pretty fabulous fashion sense. Walk with us.



Léa Seydoux attends the premiere of “Beauty and the Beast” during the Berlin Film Festival in a Prada gown.

How gorgeous. The colors look amazing on her and the drama of the skirt can’t be beat. Lena Dunham, this should have been your Emmys dress.

Love how “underdone,” her face is – and by that we mean she’s sporting a decent amount of makeup in order to provide the effect that she’s wearing very little. That kind of face paired with that kind of old-fashioned hairstyle reminds us of early ’80s Streep, circa the French Lieutenant’s Woman; probably the only point in Meryl’s career where she skirted right up to the line of becoming a fashion icon – before backing away from it furiously, we have to add. Which may have been the right choice for her, because she probably knew at some point she’d wind up dressed up like the following and knew she wouldn’t be any good at it. Very few ladies can go from the above super-chic look to this:

Léa Seydoux attends the 2014 BAFTA Awards at The Royal Opera House in London in a Miu Miu gown.

Face, hair, boobs and leg. With a healthy dose of sparkle. We’d never call this look chic, but she’s styled exactly right for it. The dress is too tight in the bust, though. And there’s nothing anyone can ever say or do to make us like that skirt. But we’re impressed by her ability to dress for impact and her ability to really switch things up depending on her goal for the night. In other words, she can work the “Be Me” look and the “Do Me” look just as easily. That’s some style chops.

Seriously, that is some killa FACE.




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  • Kathy_Marlow

    First look, I gasped and said “Oh, how pretty!” Second look would be great if the skirt was lined and the bust had an extra half inch or so.

  • I love how different her expressions are; as if she feels differently in each look. How lovely and fun.

  • Megan Kennedy

    That face shot reminds me of a younger Kate Moss a bit. Very pretty.

    • rosie5215

      It’s the tilted head, cat-eye, and slight snarl.

      • Megan Kennedy

        And is that wee tooth gap I see?

        • KinoEye

          Yep. I will admit to a girl crush on Miss Seydoux, who looks like she’s shaping up to be the next hot new import from France. Reminds me of Brigitte Bardot, who I think also had a bit of a gap.

          • Rhonda Shore

            She’s adorable…she had a small part in “Midnight in Paris.”

    • Anna

      Had to do a double-take, thought it was Kate for a second as well.

    • filmcricket

      If Kate and ScarJo had a baby.

    • Clash D

      You saw that too? Cool.

  • Sarah

    Tis a shame about Look #2, because it is a beyootiful color, but I cannot condone sheer draperies and bedazzled tween leotards. The first look, however, is the shiz. Like, I don’t even usually like a top-n-skirt for the RC, but those fabrics – whoa.

  • I kept seeing her over other people’s shoulders on the red carpet coverage last night and thought it was ScarJo and wondered why she was getting so little attention.

  • Dany

    How fabulous. I love that she channels retro without being too derivative about it. My one and only qualm about look one is the material of the shirt; it’s rather unflattering. I love that she’s a redhead, she rocks it!

    • poggi

      Yes, the top wrinkles and is too shiny, but the skirt is amazing. I get why in this case you’d settle for the top half just to swirl around in the bottom half.

  • @Biting Panda

    OHMYLOVE the Prada.

    The Miu Miu seems to be having a bit of an identity crisis.

    I am not familiar with Miss Seydoux, so I am blown away at her chameleon like abilities. Seriously, if I had seen these shots separately, it would escape me that they are of the same woman. Well played (up and coming?) lady star!

    • tereliz

      And she looks even less like herself on that Vanity Fair cover where she’s showing the good saucers.

    • KinoEye

      Lea’s been here and there, most of her major roles being in French cinema. She had bit parts in Inglourious Basterds and Midnight in Paris, and apparently a more prominent one in Mission Impossible. She’s been working for a while and it looks like it’s finally paying off. From what I’ve seen (haven’t got around to Blue is the Warmest Color, though) she’s very good.

  • Glam Dixie

    I can’t say I like that second dress, it kind of looks like a high end prom dress, but she is still pulling it off, with style and attitude, face is gorgeous. The first dress is fanfreakingtasticly gorgeous. I love it unreservedly.
    ETA: I should know, I’ve been prom dress shopping all day today.

  • Golfkat

    I wish people would just forget about that sheer long skirt over panties/short skirt thing. I never liked it, and I don’t like it now. It’s so… trashy 🙁

  • Tatiana Luján

    If the skirt on the second look were lined, I would love the whole thing.

  • fananafanafophalec

    I honest to god cannot tell that they’re the same person

  • Anna

    The first look is drop dead gorge, and while I don’t love the Miu Miu, she’s pulling it off on attitude and perfect styling. First took notice of her in Midnight in Paris and I loved Blue is the Warmest Colour, looking forward to seeing more of her on red carpets.

  • algaechick

    I think the 2 looks would be better switched-the first dress to bring the drama and class to the BAFTAs, and the second for the premiere.

  • MilaXX

    Love the first look but would have hated it on Lena. I don’t think it would have suited her body type.
    Second look is awful. She’s trying her best to see it and I kind of like the face, but not with this look. Still it’s an attention getter, certain to get a mention by the gang on Fashion Police.

    • SugarSnap108

      I agree on the Lena thing. Her slouchy posture alone would have killed this dress.

  • hughman

    If you add “in Prada” to quotes from “The French Lieutenant’s Woman”, the whole movie is so much more enjoyable.

    “I am nothing. I am hardly human any more.” in Prada.
    “I am the French Lieutenant’s… whore.” in Prada.
    “You have given me the strength to live.” in Prada.

  • Nonmercisansfacon

    Lover her. A wonderful promising actress. Wishing her and Berenice al the success in the upcoming years.

  • KinoEye

    I’ve always thought she was really, really stunning. Jumped right out at me in the beginning of Inglourious Basterds, and for good reason. She’s got IT. Love her with red hair, and although the second outfit is questionable she’s making it work for all it’s worth.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      I love the color on top of her head. The color of the bottom is much blonder. I always wished I could get away with going that red.

  • samo_samo

    Dramatic show of style flexibility. She’s working both looks with ease.

  • Danielle


  • jilly_d

    WHY? Why the sheer? #2 would be quite pretty if it weren’t for the scroll-down horror. Her face, though. Flawless in both.

  • TAGinMO

    I’m am still not convinced these pictures are of the same person. Quite the makeup transformation!

  • msdamselfly

    The second look is gorgeous

  • alyce1213

    The Prada would be my dream, ideal dress for when I’m in a Deborah Kerr “King and I” kind of mood, modernized of course. I love everything about this look, especially her hair. She could have used a slim gold bracelet for a little shine at the wrist, but that’s my only quibble.

    I’m thinking the second dress would be something Amy Adams would have worn a year or two ago (wasn’t she sporting sheer-over-shorts from time to time?). It would be much better lined in blue to the hem because it’s quite beautiful.

    • demidaemon

      I thought Amy Adams sported this look much more recently (like, int he past six months).

      • alyce1213

        Probably so, I lose track.

  • Nicoclaws

    The fact that her skin color change so dramatically in the middle of the neck in both looks disturbs me.
    Also, I thougt people would disagree with the matching nails.

  • nannypoo

    I think you just have to be nuts to go out in that blue dress and think it looks OK. If the skirt were solid it would be fabulous but as we see it here it looks like figure skating hookerwear with a touch of Miss Kitty thrown it to make it completely unpleasant.

  • decormaven

    Snaps for attempting two technical looks, and pulling them off (completely in #1, almost in #2) with that killa face.

  • YoungSally

    I don’t know about the top on the first — it looks like the lining was fitted — but they hadn’t gotten the garment fabric finished.

  • abfidy

    She’s also an AMAZING actor. So there’s that. Love the first look, hate the skirt on the second look with the fire of a thousand suns. Or actually I think I just hate the way the skirt meets the bodice?

  • MissusBee

    Wow. The second look is so different, it’s like her evil twin or something.

  • SugarSnap108

    Love the first dress. Hate, hate, hate the skirt on the second. But it’s awesome that she can own such different looks.

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  • DominoEstella

    eww.. I hate both of these looks. The first one is frump a lump and the second one is trashy hooker prom. NO.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    1. She is so gorgeous I want to die 2. If the top of the first dress was more like the top on the second, I would be completely in love with it.

  • Claudia Berry

    Damn Mademoiselle Lea. Love her work. Second would have been a WERQ with a non-sheer skirt. She can handle dramatic makeup and colors.

  • Serious face, but I still hate the second look as much as I love the first. Yay, versatility!

  • GillianHolroyd

    I disagree that the color of the first look is flattering, it clashes with her hair color. Especially dislike the matchy-matchy lipstick.

    I think the 2nd look, despite the tight fit and the sheer skirt, is a more successful look.

  • Jocelyn

    LOVE HUR. If I were famous, I would dress like her. Just sayin’

  • CarrieBaby

    I love the second look from the bust up

  • Dagney

    I like the second dress from the bodice up. The sheer skirt thing….uhhhhh….sometimes it works for me and sometimes it comes across as just plain goofy. Like, omg! It’s sheer! You can see through it! But there’s a skirt! hahaha! The top part is daring and sexy and aggressive already, so the sheer skirt seems, overwrought.

    The first dress….after looking at Naomie, that first dress was just too much shine, too much fabric, and too much satin-taffeta crunch.

  • asherlev1

    *SHRIEKS* I was literally praying for you guys to cover Lea Seydoux! AND YOU HAVE! SO HAPPY RIGHT NOW.

  • LambeeBaby

    Love love the first look. The colors are spectacular. The second look is more Drag Superstar which is spectacular too. She’s werqing both. Well done!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Definitely giving good face in that second look, which almost makes up for that @#$#$#$ sheer skirt over the mini. Love the first dress-that skirt is gorgeous.

  • CPK1

    her head looks beyond incredible in the second shot. Love love love both.

  • quiltrx

    And you are?
    Anyway, that first dress is great, but the neckline lacks something. Maybe a necklace would’ve helped, but I’m not sure what length would work.
    And that second look is too trashy. The hair is nice though.

  • marlie

    Everything about the first look is absolutely gorgeous. I LOVE that dress, and her hair and makeup are *perfect.* I really, really don’t like the second dress. At all. But her hair and makeup still look fabulous.

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  • demidaemon

    Love the Prada. hate the Miu Miu. Love the head styling in both, but the face in the second look is killer.

  • Lisa_Co

    You guys must not have seen “Blue is The Warmest Color” (where the director didn’t let her wear ANY makeup) or “Farewell My Queen” (where she wears little makeup) because to my eyes this is a ton of makeup on her. And I don’t find it flattering but aging. However, I love the dresses and she really know how to look like a movie star!

  • Aside from the color, there is nothing I like about the second look. And yet, she is pulling it off big time. That’s some serious chops.

  • MannahattaMamma

    I guess the second look has to be a “do me” because gawdalmighty I wouldn’t want to BE her in that get up, which I in my life is called towel-around-a-bathing suit. But beautiful woman and that first dress is to DIE for.

  • Josefina Madariaga Suárez

    She looks like a young Kate Moss, and that’s fierce as shit because we need more Kate Moss in the world.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    Doesn’t even look like the same person.

  • Aurumgirl

    That first dress is about the only dress from Prada to wear in public. It’s beautiful and it makes her look beautiful, too. The second dress? Is awful. But you’re right, she’s wearing it as well as possible. Bad fit, bad design, and on top of it all, bad bedazzling–but it doesn’t stop her much.

  • SewingSiren

    1st look is beautiful head to toe. The 2nd is one of the tackiest dresses ever seen (but her head is very nice).

  • formerlyAnon

    Hate dress #2, but I think she’s working it better than dress #1 and it shows her to better advantage. Dress #1 falls flat, for me. And it’s the dress, not her. The bodice is underwhelming – though I am willing to admit I may be biased by the over-harsh lighting in the photographs.

  • Jessica Freeman

    I think the top of dress number 1 is just boring. It needed something to break up all the red. The second dress is definitely not doing it for me. Would agree her face is incredible in both shots. And she knows it.

  • Therese Bohn

    In the first dress, with her light make-up she reminds me of a young Mariette Hartley. Lovely. And I love the sweeping skirt.

  • I desperately want to see her “Beauty and the Beast” movie. I hope it releases here.

  • ojosazules

    The first look fills me with joy. The skirt on the second is a travesty.

  • ashtangajunkie

    I like the second look from head to waist. The skirt is a big ol’ WTF.

  • MaggieMae

    The skirt is so dramatic on Look #1 that it takes my eyes away from that horrible wrinkly mess of a blouse. The make-up and outfits are so different in each picture, I wouldn’t have immediately recognized her as the same woman.

  • Kent Roby

    She is giving a master class in OWNING IT.

  • paintedfish

    i just wish she had some jewelry in the first pic.

  • Amazing that it’s the same person in both – she is awesome

  • Anonymous

    Both looks are surprising and exciting. I do like the second one – she looks fabulous – but I can’t help but see “figure skater” all over that outfit.

  • KT

    Wow, she’s really killing it. I would probably dislike the blue dress on someone else, but she’s making it sing. I don’t know if it’s the French actress thing, but she’s really emulating Marion Cotillard in these, so kudos to her for that. Both looks are quite chic, bold, and just the right amount of bitchy — tres francais. Travailles-toi, fille!

  • frosty dufour

    Love! PS: Seydoux was great in Blue is the Warmest Color and also Farewell My Queen

  • irielle

    Love the Prada gown. I could see Dame Helen showing off this skirt in that joyful way of hers!

  • Crystal

    Omg makeup is so crazy. She looks like a different person in these two looks.

  • H2olovngrl

    Her make-up artist has some serious skills.

  • Metallic blue eyeliner. I never thought that could be a good thing.