Given that Paris is one of the world’s great cultural capitals, and it’s also long been one of the world’s fashion capitals, it’s easy to see why celebrities have been flocking there for decades. It’s so beautiful, glamorous, and lively that it’s likely that even the most jaded of celebrities are happy to visit the City of Lights for either work or pleasure.
The subject of this story may seem a bit random, but many among us love celebrity style, ’90s outfits, and oui, Paris. Even though in the ’90s, there wasn’t quite the photographic evidence of celebrities’ every move as there is today, there are still plenty of images of celebs in Paris in the depths of the photo agency archives, so I went looking for them. From Kate Moss attending a wedding in a yellow gown to Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt taking a stroll along the Seine (reminder that they were engaged) to Cameron Diaz on the front row of the Valentino show, I found some gems.
Scroll to see the chic throwback photos for yourself, and shop items that are giving Paris in the ’90s. (And if you feel like booking a trip to Paris after reading this, I don’t blame you.)
WHO: Gwyneth Paltrow and Brad Pitt. WHEN: 1997
WHO: Princess Diana in Paris’s Latin Quarter. WHEN: 1992
WHO: Iman and David Bowie. WHEN: 1991
WHO: Kate Moss at Stephanie Seymour’s wedding. WHEN: 1995
WHO: Reese Witherspoon. WHEN: 1999
WHO: Nicole Kidman at the Christian Dior showroom opening. WHEN: 1997
WHO: Mariah Carey. WHEN: 1999
WHO: Salma Hayek shopping in Paris. WHEN: 2000 (Yes, it’s cheating, but it was January of the year 2000, and this outfit is great.)
WHO: Matt Dillon and Cameron Diaz at the S/S 98 Valentino fashion show. WHEN: 1997
WHO: Sharon Stone at the Ritz Paris. WHEN: 1996
WHO: Cindy Crawford backstage at the Chanel Couture show. WHEN: 1993
WHO: Penélope Cruz at the S/S 00 Chanel show. WHEN: 1999
This reminds me of Princess Diana.
You can’t go wrong with classic stripes.
Several of the celebs pictured are wearing oval sunglasses.
An easy way to get the Parisian look is to shop a Parisian brand.
Reese Witherspoon and Penélope Cruz in their knee boots are making me wish for fall.
A model-off-duty staple then and now. (See: Cindy Crawford.)
I could see any one of these celebs with this beautiful bag on their arm.
A little more Princess Diana inspiration.
Interesting leather jackets are a thing that started in the ’90s and are once again a trend.
Kate Moss’s shoes are still the perfect wedding shoe style.
Cindy Crawford would wear these then and now.
The name says it all.
Wearing a belt in the ’90s was par for the course.
Maxi lengths were very popular in the ’90s, which is yet again the case.
We can also thank the ’90s for the vest trend.
Reminder that Reese Witherspoon was wearing headbands before Blair Waldorf was.
Iman’s ballet flats made me want to order a pair.