It was, as Kris Jenner would say, "a case for the FBI."
When Diane Keaton posted an Instagram of herself in high-waist, wide-leg pants, the Internet went into a frenzy. The caption read, in all-caps: "I’VE NEVER RECEIVED MORE COMPLIMENTS ON ANYTHING I’VE EVER WORN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE." While Keaton shared everything about where she'd worn the pants—"ON THE PLANE, IN THE HOTEL DUPONT, IN THE DELAWARE ART MUSEUM, ON A LONG WALK THROUGH THE WILMINGTON STREETS"—she neglected to mention who the hell designed them.
Gwyneth Paltrow asked who made them. Jennifer Garner replied to Paltrow's comment, reiterating the query. Debra Messing shared her love for the pockets—and desire to know where they came from. Tracee Ellis Ross wrote, "You are my hero!" Dozens of nonfamous people joined in.
In a matter of days, Keaton's jeans became the most inquired-about trousers since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants made us wonder how one pair could perfectly fit four differently bodied friends. (If you've ever shopped at Brandy Melville, you know there's no such thing as one size fits all.) Days later, she finally addressed the situation: In a #NotAnAd post, Keaton revealed that the now iconic pants were from Maison Margiela. But alas, they were sold out online.
This is far from the first time Keaton has gone viral for a look or impressed me with her fashion choices. I became infatuated with Keaton's style in the little-known yet entirely iconic film Because I Said So. Her pearls! Her polka dots! My God. When I ventured deeper into the canon of Keaton, I was just as knocked out by her menswear in Annie Hall, and the trendsetting suits she's been wearing on the red carpet ever since. Finally, I watched Something's Gotta Give and loved her linens so much I wanted to swathe myself in neutral tones and rock what Man Repeller has deemed "menocore."
Much has been written about Keaton's wardrobe over the years. Her outfits have been analyzed and Pinterest-ed ad nauseam. The way she uses the ’gram to share her fashion, specifically, though, felt new and different to me. She's being truly, unabashedly her, and taking her followers on this journey of exploring trends and garments with her. It's fantastic.
Keaton first joined Instagram, only slightly late to the party, in the spring of 2015. At first she went the artsy route, filling her feed with shots of sculptures, vintage photos, and for whatever reason, portraits of clowns (all while intermittently promoting the latest offerings from her wine label, The Keaton Wine, like a boss). But by 2018—after some trial and error—Keaton's account entered its final form: full-on fashion influencer.
The best way to describe her current style is "Diane Keaton, unleashed." As her 888,000 followers know, Keaton doesn't employ a stylist. Her outfits typically consist of black-and-white skirts or dresses, as well as the occasional pants, paired with jewelry in the same palette and statement shoes—like heeled boots decorated with fire flames. I can't get enough.
What's so refreshing about Keaton's Instagram for me is how, in a world of Facetune and overly staged selfies, she isn't trying to portray a perfect life on her page. Her photos are wacky. She writes in all caps and uses videos when a simple photo would suffice. Sometimes she manages to get her head in her #OOD shots, but most of the time she fails.
Right now she's working hard to incorporate more color into her wardrobe, but keeps coming back to black-and-white. And she's not afraid to admit when she doesn't nail the look. Like when she captioned her photo, "Ok, I admit, I went too far! Sometimes you make big mistakes... Or rather, I make big mistakes."
However, in all of Keaton's experimentation, there's one constant: her unwavering sense of her own personal style. Whether it's the way she combined the same kind of white cotton blouse and her cheerleading uniform in the upcoming Poms that she wore with her fitted vests in Annie Hall, or how she stuck to cream turtlenecks in both First Wives Club and Something's Gotta Give, Keaton knows how to dress for her own sensibilities, even in character. She put it best when talking her followers through a recent outfit change in an Instagram caption. "Today I considered a more feminine approach to my outfit. Which led me to this simple blouse, skirt and bag combo. I changed because I didn't feel like me! Too girlish," she wrote. Because nobody knows her look—and how to execute it—quite like Diane Keaton.
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Samantha Leach is an assistant culture editor at Glamour. Follow her on Twitter @_sleach.