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Diane Kruger Wore Chanel Couture to Accept French Order of Arts and Letters

Understated but always fashion-forward, Kruger is a master of coming up with the right look for the occasion.

There are times when a bit of fashion daring is called for. On other occasions, a more conservative approach is in better taste. Accepting a medallion from the Ministry of Culture in Paris is one of the latter.

Diane Kruger, the 38-year-old German actress -- who's earned a fair amount of respect from the fashion industry for looking consistently good on the red carpet without the help of a stylist -- was awarded the French Order of Arts and Letters in a small formal ceremony on Monday. Kruger dressed carefully for the occasion, in a 2007 Chanel haute couture look (hat tip: Red Carpet Fashion Awards) and black patent leather pumps with a pointed toe. Her beauty look was equally polished: Shiny barrel curls, neatly groomed (and filled in) eyebrows, a pink lip and just a touch of glitter around the eyes.

Jewelry was, fittingly, kept to a minimum -- drawing all eyes to that shiny new medallion on her left lapel.

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