Cover Photo: Getty Images

The ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ actress stole the spotlight at the Schiaparelli and Balenciaga fashion shows with her impeccable style

Between the high jewellery presentations and the couture shows, Paris is hardly short of beauty this time of the year. Its streets are also something to behold, with celebrities gracing them in their fabulous finery. This Fall/Winter 2022 season, we were especially impressed by one Fashion Week attendee: Michelle Yeoh.

The Everything Everywhere All at Once actress made an appearance at the Schiaparelli haute couture show, where designer Daniel Roseberry unveiled a collection of eveningwear that evoked the glamorous ideals of the last century and, of course, Elsa Schiaparelli’s surrealist inspirations.

Read more: High Jewellery Highlights: Chanel Dazzles With Diamonds and Boucheron Goes Otherworldly

And Yeoh saw it all in her own elegant outfit: a champagne-coloured velvet jacket from Schiaparelli’s Fall/Winter 2022 ready-to-wear collection, which made her look radiant; and a pair of skinny blue jeans to ground her goddess glow. Her handbag and shoes, too, were touched by Midas. And, out on the streets of Paris, she threw on a pair of cat-eye sunglasses that made her gaze impenetrable—a sartorial decision that reminded us that she is, after all, one of Asia’s biggest movie stars.

Don't miss: Tatler’s Edit of the Best Looks From the Fall/Winter 2022 Couture Shows

The imposing weight of celebrity that makes Yeoh so magnetic also added gravitas to the Balenciaga couture show later in the week, which saw famous faces like Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa and Kim Kardashian transcending the front row to walk the fashion brand’s hallowed couture salons as the models themselves. And while it was easy to be distracted by the many spectacles of the show—Kidman’s powerful walk, Kardashian’s awkward one—Yeoh’s presence still cut through the noise.

Dressed in a pussy bow blouse and a mermaid skirt cut from satin in the colour of night, it was the actress, more than anyone else in the room, who resembled the women that inspired Cristóbal Balenciaga

Yeoh’s self-assuredness, earned over years of working in and finally flourishing in an industry that didn’t care for Asian talents, was suggested in her pose for a photo she shared on Instagram. That image belongs with the black-and-white ones of Balenciaga muse Mona Von Bismarck, or models China Machado and Taiga, both of Asian descent and chosen by the couturier himself to represent his fashion house.

Read more: Balenciaga’s New Couture Store Will Offer Its Rarest Pieces, Fresh From the Runway

You could imagine Yeoh modelling Balenciaga’s grand designs if she could time travel to the last century. In fact, it seemed like she had when she arrived to the brand’s dinner party wearing a dramatic black gown with a regal neckline reaching up to her chin—a faithful homage to Balenciaga by Demna Gvasalia from his first couture collection.

While the other celebrities at the dinner fought for Instagram’s attention with their shimmering sequin dresses or strange accessories (see Kardashian dining in a black helmet), Yeoh quietly commanded it with her sophistication like a true star. Here’s to hoping she graces the next Paris Fashion Week.

© 2022 Tatler Asia Limited. All rights reserved.