Frugal Fashion: Alicia Keys front row during Paris Fashion Week


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Paris Fashion Week runways have been generating buzz over the past few weeks, drawing editors, socialites, actresses and musicians for a taste of the lush fashion on display. But the runway isn’t the only place generating style buzz. Some of the best looks have been spotted off the runways, in the front rows and in the streets outside the shows. Songstress Alicia Keys was a prime example.

Keys appeared in the front rows at Chanel, Valentino, Yves Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney and Givenchy. For each show she played with textures and accessories, but kept a classic black and white color palette. At Chanel, Keys donned a low-cut black vest and a jeweled head piece; at Valentino a sheer black dress with velvet skirt; for YSL, a black jumpsuit and lavish white coat, and for Stella McCartney, a body-conscious black and white dress with matching pumps.


Keys’ most versatile look surfaced at the Givenchy show, where she wore a long tuxedo jacket, by Givenchy, white blouse with hidden buttons, black cigarette-leg pants and strappy heels. She wore her tuxedo jacket over her shoulders like a cape and a bold cross necklace. After the show, Keys serenaded Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci with her hit ‘Empire State of Mind’ at the afterparty at L’Arc.

To get Keys’ Givenchy look, try the Really skinny pants from Gap for $59.95, and the Asos pintuck winged collar shirt from for $53.72, featuring a front panel with hidden buttons. Accessorize with the black faux diamond cross necklace from for $39.95 and sling the white blazer from for $129 over your shoulders.

This goth-gone-chic look will have you ready for any runway life throws your way.

Happy shopping.

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-- Jenn Harris

Bottom photo, from left: Really skinny pants, $59.95 / Asos pintuck winged collar shirt, $53.72 /;; black faux diamond cross necklace, $39.95 /; White blazer, $129 /