Is Jared Leto trying to be unrecognizable at Paris Fashion Week?

Is Jared Leto trying to be unrecognizable at Paris Fashion Week?
Actor and singer Jared Leto arrives at the Balmain show, blond and sporting shades. (Francois Mori / Associated Press)

It was bad enough when Jared Leto cut those flowing locks we've come to love and shaved the beard from his face. On Thursday he made the rounds at Paris Fashion Week, showing up at the Balmain and Lanvin shows not only shorn but also platinum blond. And wearing shades that hid his soulful baby blues. One might have thought he was trying not to be recognized. If so, it didn't work.

In any event, he wasn't alone in his new blond-ness. Kim Kardashian is doing Paris as a blond, too. Which took several hours, her hair stylist reports. [Los Angeles Times]

But while the celebrities may have been a distraction during the day, designer Rick Owens prevailed, putting on the most memorable show of the early days of Paris Fashion Week, Los Angeles Times fashion critic Booth Moore reports. [Los Angeles Times]

For full coverage of fashion week, see our fashion page and follow Moore on Twitter @Booth1.

In other fashion news:

Abercrombie & Fitch is trying to sell its infamous corporate jet. [Bloomberg]

An Oscar de la Renta retrospective curated by Andre Leon Talley is scheduled next year at San Francisco's de Young Museum. [The Cut]

The Duchess of Cambridge reportedly plans to visit the set of "Downton Abbey" next week. [People]

Clothing retailer Inditex (owner of Zara among other brands) has pledged to stop using angora wool in its garments due to mistreatment of the rabbits whose fur is used. With PETA and a charity called Life for Relief and Development, Inditex donated its remaining stock of pre-pledge clothing to Syrian refugees this week. [Fashion United]