The Oscar-winning actress's love affair with the French brand began when she wore a taupe Balenciaga dress to pick up the Oscar for her supporting role in A Beautiful Mind in 2002. Shortly after, she became friends with Balenciaga's Creative Director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, and the friendship blossomed into a mutual appreciation for each other's style and work.
The Balenciaga-Connelly love affair continued... When she married her husband, Brit actor Paul Bettany (who she met on the set of A Beautiful Mind), the bride wore Balenciaga; and, ever the individual, Jennifer chose to wear black.
So it was no surprise that Ghesqueire asked his unofficial muse - Connelly - to appear in Balenciaga's A/W 2008 ad campaign. After a brief interlude when Charlotte Gainsbourg took over the role for S/S 09, Jennifer is back and smouldering to the max in the latest ad images, shot by famed fashion snapper, Steven Meisel.
By Pat McNulty