(Photo by David Montgomery/ The Washington Post) By David Montgomery , E-mail the writer A hazard of the red-carpet stroll in Washington during a political crisis is that the reporters questions go straight from make of dress to whos to blame. Faced with such a prospect Wednesday evening at the Washington Convention Center, actress Salma Hayek considered her words carefully. Every time you come to D.C., its intense, she said with sweet, lightly accented diplomacy before a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute gala. If you come during a government shutdown, its a little more intense. Mondays photos of the day The past Oscar nominee felt a little more free to talk about immigration reform. If I could change one thing, its for people not to look at us as if we have come to this country to take, because we have come to this country and built this country in many ways, she said of Latino immigrants. I wonder if [critics of reform efforts] would be willing to pay for the price of what the food would cost if we all left. Its Hispanic Heritage Month, so the multiple awards galas must go on. But the government shutdown thinned the very top of the VIP guest list for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institutes celebration, where Hayek was awarded a Medallion of Excellence in the Arts and Entertainment. The White House sent regrets on behalf of President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, who had said they would attend. The president has shown up for the annual affair four of the past five years (including once as a presidential candidate). At least two Cabinet members also bailed, including Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan, according to an institute spokesman. Nevertheless, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and a long list of other members of Congress joined the audience of more than 2,000 for an event that was a party with a purpose. This is about Latino youth, said Scott Gunderson Rosa, a spokesman for the institute. Were investing in the future.
I loved the lights, declared Hayek. It was like a ballet. The L.A.-based designer boasted what was perhaps the most eclectic front-row mix of music, movie and political might of any this week, which saw Frances first lady of sorts, Valerie Trierweiler (though she is not married to President Francois Hollande), next to Vogue editors Anna Wintour and Grace Coddington, just a couple of seats away from Daft Punk, David Byrne androck princessPixieGeldof. Legendary designer and former Cannes juror Jean-Paul Gaultier, who showed his own punk-inspired collection Saturday, declared the combination perfect, perfect, perfect and, like Kravitz, seemed to be at no loss for adjectives. Magnificent, fabulous, superb, modern. Very Parisian and L.A. at the same time, he said, even lauding the lightning-fast pace of the pouty models. PHOTOS: Top Ten: London Fashion Week Another L.A.-based designer also had a perfect front-row perch. Jennifer Meyer, who was in town to show her award-winning works with the CFDA, saw only one show this week and made sure it was the man who has given her hometown a big international boost. I mean, listen, hes opened a whole new world for L.A. designers, said Meyer, who is married to Tobey Maguire. I think because of him people are looking at L.A. completely differently when it comes to fashion. Still, L.A.s main fashion attraction is Hollywoods red carpet, and Hayek confirmed her plans to wear Saint Laurent looks. I loved a lot of the pieces with volume and structure on one side, she said of several asymmetricaloutfits. Slimane’sandrogynous designs — Rihanna was recently spotted wearing items from his latest men’s collection — might not make the cut for the curvaceous actress.
Fashionable friends! Salma Hayek struts her stuff in a sleek LBD as she buddies up with singer Lenny Kravitz at Yves Saint Laurent PFW show
While Francois-Henri Pinault, 50, opted for a business-like look in a black suit and white shirt, the Mexican-born actress went for a more fashion-forward monochrome effort for the event held at The Observatoire in Paris Fresh off the runway: Salma Hayek was dressed in a quirky Balenciaga outfit complete with monochrome geek glasses as she arrived at the Balenciaga show with husband Francois Henri Pinault It’s pop art: Salma showed off her movie star poise in the graffiti print look as she stopped for a few pictures Check me out: Salma removed her sunglasses as she posed inside The Observatoire at the Balenciaga show She wore a chic black and white, waist defining dress that showed off her toned legs. The Grown Ups 2 actress chose some unusual accessories to go with the outfit. Her wide-rimmed black and white sunglasses meant she stood out from the fashion pack. The French capital is still enjoying some summery weather and the mother-of-one took the chance to wear some unusual open-toed black sandals for the show. What’s the hurry: Salma’s husband Francois seemed in a rush to get to the show On this occasion, it was her outfit that was the star of the show – she styled her hair in a simple centre parting. Francois-Henri looked admiringly at his wife as they made their way into the event. She has previously said that he does have opinions on her outfits. ‘I actually wear a lot of leather on the red carpet,’ the actress said in an interview in Instyle. ‘My husband loves when I wear it.’ Smile darling: Salma looked somewhat serious as Francois gazed at her adoringly The 47-year-old mother-of-one also said that growing older hasn’t influenced her choice of outfits. ‘When I turned 40, I started thinking, This is the last year, whenever Id wear a strapless dress,’ she said. ‘I always thought you cant wear them after a certain age, but Im still getting away with it.’ Pinault is the CEO of Kering, previously called PPR, which owns fashion brands including Gucci, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen. The couple have a five-year-old daughter, Valentina. The stylish family split their time between the French capital and Los Angeles.
I’m with the brand: Salma Hayek wears geek glasses and graffiti print dress to Balenciaga Paris Fashion Week show
But Salma Hayek found a new pal to buddy up with in the form of singer Lenny Kravitz as she attended the Yves Saint Laurent spring/summer 2014 showcase at the city’s Grand Palais on Monday evening. The 47-year-old actress looked typically impeccable as she arrived at the event, strutting her stuff in an effortlessly sleek and sophisticated LBD as she took her place on the front row. Scroll down for video Effortless elegance: Salma Hayek strutted her stuff in sleek and sophisticated LBD as she took her place on the front row at the Yves Saint Laurent spring/summer 2014 Paris Fashion Week show on Monday Fashionable friends: The 47-year-old actress linked arms with singer Lenny Kravitz and held hands with husband Francois-Henri Pinault as they made their way inside the city’s Grand Palais Featuring a flattering assymetric design, the form-fitting number proved to be both a classic and elegant choice for the Hollywood star’s appearance at the sartorial showcase. Kim Kardashian wears a Nori name-chain close to her heart… as she reveals a lot of leg in thigh-split nude minidress at Paris Fashion Week Complementing Salma’s olive skintone, the stylish dress was teamed with a pair of simple skyscraper heels, while the actress wore her raven locks tumbling in loose waves around her shoulders. And the star seemed to be in high spirits as she chatted away to her musician chum on the front row, smiling and joking as the pair shared a joke. Stylish twosome: Featuring a flattering assymetric design, Salma’s form-fitting number proved to be both a classic and elegant choice for the Hollywood star’s appearance at the sartorial showcase Best seats in the house: Salma seemed to be in high spirits as she chatted away to her musician chum on the front row, smiling and laughing as the pair shared a joke Plenty to talk about: The pair seemed to be deep in conversation as they enjoyed an animated chat before the show began Ladylike glamour: The actress wore her raven locks tumbling in loose waves around her shoulders and opted for natural make-up Rocking the runway: Yves saint Laurent’s spring/summer 2014 collection featured futuristic designs and masculine tailoring Yves Saint Laurent shows off Spring/Summer 2014 collection Lenny opted for a more ‘bling’ approach to his fashion show style choice, dazzling in a navy blue glitter-detail blazer as he linked arms with Salma inside the venue. The 49-year-old singer added a touch of punk rock glam to his look with a pair of tight leather trousers and dark aviator shades, while completing his look with a simple charcoal grey T-shirt and wearing a checked shirt slung around his waist. But the stylish chums were by no means the only A-listers on the front row at the Yves Saint Laurent show on Monday evening. Who said three’s a crowd? Lenny, Salma and her French businessman husband seemed to be getting along famously as they enjoyed the Fashion Week event as a trio Dapper dude: Lenny dazzled in a navy blue glitter-detail blazer, which he teamed with tight leather trousers, dark aviator shades and wore a checked shirt slung around his waist Glamorous growd: The trio posed for a snap with political journalist Valerie Trierweiler In with the in crowd: It was a star-studded front row turn-out for the Yves Saint Laurent spring/summer 2014 showcase Also seen arriving at the Paris Fashion Week event was Vogue editor-in-cheif Anna Wintour, Japanese Vogue editor Anna Dello Russo, British model Pixie Geldof, political journalist Valerie Trierweiler and French designer Jean Paul Gaultier. Salma has been doing the rounds at Paris Fashion Week alongside her billionaire husband, Francois-Henri Pinault, with the pair spotted at the Stella McCartney, Balenciaga and Nina Ricci shows over the past few days to name but a few. The couple have a vested interest in the fashion industry with Pinault’s company Kering – formerly known as PPR – holding substantial investments in the likes of YSL, Gucci, Balenciaga, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.