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Throwback Thursday: Mad for Plaid


Laetitia Casta for ELLE, 1994Throwback Thursday is a column on Beauty Counter in which we pore over the pages of our favorite glossies from decades past in search of a little modern-day makeup and hair inspiration.

The Model: Laetitia Casta

The Moment: A Pop of Pattern

The Motivation: Whenever I stumble across an old editorial and discover one of my favorite models, I can’t help but gasp at the speed of fashion (everyone grows up so fast!). Such is the case with the above snap of Laetitia Casta, who, since this 1994 image for French Elle, has become a household name (and face). The second thing that struck me was her hair accessory. As evidenced by Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh’s recent nuptials, and Roger Vivier’s reissue of the Virgule, plaid is in—and it pays to fit a piece into your look. And while I’m not entirely sold on tartan pants, Casta’s schoolgirl ribbon is another story entirely.

Photo: French Elle, 1994; courtesy of

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