What do you get when combining boot camp and fashion? Le Festival de Cannes (the Cannes Film Festival)! Cannes is not your average red carpet affaire, it is a multitude of events – including the official opening and closing ceremonies, countless cocktail soirées, official film screenings, charity galas, etc. It is truly a fashion boot camp for stars and aspiring starlets in attendance (and their retenue of stylists, make-up artists, hair stylists, assistants, etc.). And it is a key branding opportunity for luxury apparel.
Of course every year the global press corps is as excited about the films as they are hungry for the fashion events and all the mishaps that will warrant public viewership and sarcasm. With the age of the internet, very few actresses actually make mistakes, it is much more a calculated move like Kim Kardashian’s choice at the Met Gala that made her look more like a Ziploc bag of rose petals and, rather than being an error in judgement, garnered her the requisite attention and press coverage. More often than not, the fashion choices that get attention include looks that aren’t mainstream yet or a look worn by the wrong person (age inappropriate looks, for example).
With age comes experience and savoir-faire, so for those in need of expert advice, we say look to the true Hollywood royalty. These ladies have done it for years and know a thing or two about looking like a million bucks for the camera. Jane Fonda is a veritable freak of nature that all should aspire to emulate… she is always the ultimate in starry elegance, polished and beautiful. The same goes for Sharon Stone with her never-ending sexy sass. And Nicole Kidman consistently earns praise for chic, glamorous style and her attention to the details.
One emerging trend for red carpet dressing is the presence of the dressy pant. Perhaps not yet red carpet mainstream, these looks are popping up on some of the PYT (pretty young things) looking polished, sexy and appropriate… and we’re happy about it. On the Cannes red carpet “Change is Good.”
Floral motifs are also getting a fresh reboot lately, and surprisingly can adapt effortlessly with various age groups and style aesthetics. Also coming forth in this realm are Renaissance and Baroque geometric patterns like arabesque. Florals will definitely be around for a few more seasons.
What many think about when it comes to red carpet looks often falls into the Grecian arena of looks à la Madame Grès. Strong on columnar silhouettes with various forms of draping, these looks are very Old Hollywood savvy, read Classic and are ever so chic. They can show skin without overdoing it, and work with a variety of body types too. They are a win-win look.
Black and white combinations also continue to be strong. This minimalist duo reads well graphically on camera and transcends any specific style. It is a great palette to help add to the glam factor and an equally wise sartorial investment. It is a fool-proof combination.
All in all, Cannes 2013 was a good red carpet medley. There were few screw-ups (much to our chagrin). And we’re sure that many of these looks will be influencing the mainstream right down to teenagers’ choices of Prom dresses in 2014.
Here are more looks from Cannes. Which ones would you call hit or miss?