Did you know that Gwyneth Paltrow is the new face of Coach? I must admit, I was surprised to hear it. Doesn’t it seem a little – how shall I put this? – downmarket for GP? I say this as someone who thinks she’s kind of awesome, but Paltrow has always struck me as being all about the exclusive, cooler-than-thou side of the fashion spectrum, while Coach seems to have spent the last few years trying to appeal to the masses, with the proliferation of its outlet stores, more affordable Poppy line, etc. Nothing wrong with it; it just doesn’t seem like Paltrow’s cup of tea, or (more importantly) a fit with her public persona, at least up to now. I mean, last time I saw her in an ad, it was for Tod’s. From Tod’s to Coach …. hmmm?! Is someone trying to tweak her image, or just taking whatever opportunities come her way? That country music movie bombed, but her new gig, Contagion, has enough star power (Matt Damon, Jude Law, Marion Cotillard) to get even the most reluctant germophobe into the movie theatre.
Anyway, speculation aside, GP showed up at a recent Coach dinner/public relations shindig dressed with her usual flare. Who else would pair a bright orange dress with bright red shoes?
First of all, I love the dress, and hate the shoes. It’s a style which I find can be challenging, and I don’t see the point of adding a peep-toe to the mix. And while I’m all for mixing “clashing” brights (I love me a red-and-pink pairing), I’m not sure how I feel about this one. Maybe a different, less pigmented shade of orange would work better? And a cooler shade of red?
What do you think?