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Cannes Red Carpet 2013 Boot Camp

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.

Aishwarya Rai in Gucci Première

Aishwarya Rai in Gucci Première

Isla Fisher in Dolce & Gabbana

Isla Fisher in Dolce & Gabbana

Model Cara Delevingne poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Great Gatsby' and for the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 15, 2013.

Model Cara Delevingne poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film ‘The Great Gatsby’ and for the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 15, 2013.

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).

Jessica Biel in Roksanda Ilincic tries so hard to be cool. She should follow Justin Timberlake's guidance and not her stylist?

Jessica Biel in Roksanda Ilincic tries so hard to be cool. She should follow Justin Timberlake‘s guidance and not her stylist?

is Ahna O’Reilly in Monique Lhuillier looking like a hot mess or actually fashion forward?

is Ahna O’Reilly in Monique Lhuillier looking like a hot mess or actually fashion forward?

Berenice Bejo in Louis Vuitton is embracing everyday, but is it appropriate for Cannes?

Berenice Bejo in Louis Vuitton is embracing everyday, but is it appropriate for Cannes?

Florence Welch in Miu Miu may not be for everyone but she is being herself!

Florence Welch in Miu Miu may not be for everyone but she is being herself!

Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta isn't that bad, but she looks like she's been through a shredder

Isla Fisher in Oscar de la Renta isn’t that bad, but she looks like she’s been through a shredder

Is Olga Sorokina looking like a fashion victim or actually taking chances?

Is Olga Sorokina looking like a fashion victim or actually taking chances?

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.

Learning from the Old Guards: Jane Fonda is in her mid-70s and looks better than girls a 1/3 of her age.

Learning from the Old Guards: Jane Fonda is in her mid-70s and looks better than girls a 1/3 of her age.

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen and Steven Spielberg looks proper and stylish

Nicole Kidman in Alexander McQueen and Steven Spielberg looks proper and stylish

Hollywood Diva Sharon Stone in Roberto Cavalli looking sexy in her 50s

Hollywood Diva Sharon Stone in Roberto Cavalli looking sexy in her 50s

Nicole Kidman in Dior bridges simplicity and sexy

Nicole Kidman in Dior bridges simplicity and sexy

Learning from the Old Guards: Inès de la Fressange in Chanel with Roger Vivier clutch and shoes

Learning from the Old Guards: Inès de la Fressange in Chanel with Roger Vivier clutch and shoes

Learning from the Old Guards: Sharon stone divulges a little too much décolleté but still looks great.

Learning from the Old Guards: Sharon stone divulges a little too much décolleté but still looks great.

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.”

Princess Charlene of Monaco in a Roberto Cavalli pant ensemble

Princess Charlene of Monaco in a Roberto Cavalli pant ensemble

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.

Jury member actress Nicole Kidman arrives for the screening of the film "Inside Llewyn Davis" in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Jury member actress Nicole Kidman arrives for the screening of the film “Inside Llewyn Davis” in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival

Nicole Kidman in a Dior dress and Ferragamo clutch

Nicole Kidman in a Dior dress and Ferragamo clutch

Zoe Saldana in Valentino arabesque floral

Zoe Saldana in Valentino arabesque floral

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.

Jessica Chastain in Versace Collection

Jessica Chastain in Versace Collection

Marion Cotillard poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "Blood Ties" during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 20, 2013

Marion Cotillard poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “Blood Ties” during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 20, 2013

Jessica Chastain in Saint Laurent

Jessica Chastain in Saint Laurent

Uma Thurman in Salvatore Ferragamo

Uma Thurman in Salvatore Ferragamo

Freida Pinto in Gucci

Freida Pinto in Gucci

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Jessica Chastain in Givenchy

Cindy Crawford in Roberto Cavalli working the Old Hollywood glam

Cindy Crawford in Roberto Cavalli working the Old Hollywood glam

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.

Actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "Jimmy P." in competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Actress Jennifer Lawrence poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “Jimmy P.” in competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Carey Mulligan In Vionnet with Justin Timberlake

Carey Mulligan In Vionnet with Justin Timberlake

Rooney Mara in a white and black pant ensemble (without a smile as usual)

Rooney Mara in a white and black pant ensemble (without a smile as usual)

Actress Emma Watson poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film 'The Bling Ring' in competition in "Un certain Regard" selection during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Actress Emma Watson poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film ‘The Bling Ring’ in competition in “Un certain Regard” selection during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Why so sad? Rooney Mara in Vera Wang

Why so sad? Rooney Mara in Vera Wang

 

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?

Leonardo DiCaprio in Saint Laurent Paris and Carey Mulligan in Dior

Leonardo DiCaprio in Saint Laurent Paris and Carey Mulligan in Dior

Leggy Izabel Goulart in aqua lace

Leggy Izabel Goulart in aqua lace

Jennifer Lawrence In Christian Dior

Jennifer Lawrence In Christian Dior

Carey Mulligan in Chloé

Carey Mulligan in Chloé

Milla Jovovich in Valentino Couture

Milla Jovovich in Valentino Couture

Marion Cotillard in an Antonio Berardi mini dress

Marion Cotillard in an Antonio Berardi mini dress

Model Doutzen Kroes poses on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film 'Jimmy P.' (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian) in competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 18, 2013

Model Doutzen Kroes poses on the red carpet as they arrive for the screening of the film ‘”Jimmy P. (Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian)” in competition at the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 18, 2013

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dior

Model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Dior

Model Alessandra Ambrosio poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "All is Lost" during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 22, 2013

Model Alessandra Ambrosio poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “All is Lost” during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 22, 2013

Actress Jessica Chastain poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film "All is Lost" during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 22, 2013

Actress Jessica Chastain poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “All is Lost” during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 22, 2013

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