Photos: Fairchild Archive
If you don't know Jessica Paré as the aspiring actress turned executive wife in the current season of Mad Men, you will soon enough, retro-TV fan or not. Paré covers this week's New York magazine and just two weeks ago ascended the carpeted stairs of the Metropolitan Museum to join Anna Wintour, Tom Ford and the like for fashion's biggest night of the year—two signs that Paré's star is fast on the rise.
As one of many stars blanketing the museum gala that night in honor of Elsa Schiaparelli and Miuccia Prada, Paré donned a gold L'Wren Scott design that hugged her slender figure and framed her décollage with a low-cut square neckline. Monique Lhuillier offered a similar bridal look in her Spring 2013 collection with an embroidered chiffon sheath accented at the waist by an embellished tulle bow.
In both gold and white, the look evokes a nuanced glamour beyond the scope of just another ingénue. If this is any indication of Paré's signature style, this may only be the beginning of many wedding-day inspirations to come from the star. Jessica Chastain made quite the splash at this year's Oscars, if you recall. So perhaps it'll be time for another Jessica's turn next year?
Luxe, $8,500, Monique Lhuillier
—Phillip B. Crook