The Cannes Film Festival is the most prestigious film festival in the world and it’s not hard to see why! Not only does it bring out the biggest celebs but it also had the most glamorous parties, red carpet appearances and world class movie premieres that are seen first at Cannes before they’re screened anywhere else. But besides screening movies to promote worthwhile causes like AIDS and Haiti relief and, in complete opposition, party till the sun comes up!
The Cannes Film Festival, which began in 1946, and is an invitation-only event where black-tie appearances are a must. Since 1983, it’s been held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres which was created specifically for the annual event. The festival has since become an important event for films around the world as well as for filmmakers and actors who want to highlight their work. In 1955, the Palme D’Or or “Golden Palm” award was created to be given out to the best film at Cannes and later, a jury was put together to give out awards to the best films of the festival. Every year the jury includes selected noteworthy people from all fields including writers, filmmakers and more. This year, Jean Paul Gaultier is the first fashion designer ever to be on the panel. Other recognized names on the jury this year include actors Ewan MacGregor and Diane Kruger.
While a good film is important to us, we’re here to talk about something just as important–the gorgeous gowns! There’s always a ton of them at Cannes, the kind you can’t take your eyes off of. Here’s just a few of the jaw-dropping ones that took our breath away.
Who stunned from the very beginning of Cannes 2012? Why, Eva Longoria, of course! But she wasn’t on hand to promote a new film. Longoria was in town as a L’Oreal ambassador and L’Oreal cosmetics is the official makeup brand for the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival for the 15th year in a row. Longoria certainly does the brand justice–looking elegant in her embroidered Marchesa gown with tulle train. And she’s wearing L’Oreal makeup, of course! On hand for the Cannes opening ceremony and the first movie premiere of the festival–what a way to start the event!
Actress Berenice Bejo was the Master of Ceremony at the Cannes Film Festival this year and she certainly looked the part in this drop dead gorgeous Louis Vuitton gown made of silk mousseline and multi layers. The red bow in back only highlighted the train. We’re sorry to say some of Bejo’s other looks during the festival didn’t quite live up to this one.
Whether it’s Valentino or Elie Saab couture, Asian actress Fan Bingbing looks stunning in whatever she wears! At the opening ceremony for Cannes, she went for something a little different and still looks glamorous doing it! Christopher Bu may not be a designer name you’ve heard before, at least not like Marchesa or Calvin Klein, but this colorful embroidered gown speaks for itself. It also tells the story of the four beauties of ancient China. Fan’s hair is a symbol of the noble women of the Tang dynasty.
Want more drop dead gorgeousness? Have you seen the Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 haute couture collection that debuted in Paris? If not, two beautiful ladies debuted his style at Cannes and looked smashing doing it. Cheryl Cole, who is the UK ambassador for L’Oreal, wore this short sleeve white jersey gown which trailed off into a red feather train. Stunning to say the least.
Paz Vega, who sometimes goes rather controversial with her looks, went for outstanding in a different way–and we love it! At the Madagascar 3 premiere in Cannes, she wore a Stephane Rolland Spring 2012 black and white gown with a keyhole in the bodice and a skirt which also head a feather train, this one cascading in blackness. The gold waistband only adds panache to the entire look.
No one says fashion forward elegance and fashion quite like Marion Cotillard, who defines Parisian beauty. She did it again at the premiere of her French film Rouille et D’os (Rust & Bone) where she stepped out onto the red carpet like the princess she is, wearing a Christian Dior gown with a black bustier top and belt paired with a navy tulle skirt. The highlight, besides the dress of course, was her voluminous bun which was held back with a jeweled headband.
Is that Freida Pinto trying to work an Angelina thigh pose? Maybe. The L’Oreal ambassador has worn her fair share of looks at the Cannes Film Festival this year. I have mixed feelings about this one. The fashion media seems to love it, but I feel like too much is going on here with the crystal beaded top and peplum-esque draping of the skirt which is accented with a silver waistband. Sure, it’s unique but it seems to hit Pinto in the wrong places. Like is that slit really necessary? She doesn’t seem to rock it like Angelina would!
Jada Pinkett-Smith has been a bit of a risk-taker when it comes to gowns, but she seems to know what works for her. Like this stunning orange beaded Atelier Versace creation with gold accented bodice. It would definitely not look good on anyone else, except perhaps the model who wore it at Versace’s Spring 2012 haute couture show but it looks great on Jada–the color works well with her skin tone and she’s toned enough to pull off the tight look. KUDOS!
Is anyone else totally and completely taken aback by the beauty that is Jane Fonda at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival? The actress/workout guru and L’Oreal ambassador is…74-years old! GASP! Yes, she’s 74-years old. In the words of Rachel Zoe, if I looked like that when I am 74 years old…”I DIE!”
What are we thinking about Diane Kruger’s looks at Cannes this year? As we all know, Diane Kruger, a noted actress and fashionista was plucked to be part of the jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. When we heard she was part of the team, we knew we were in for a treat with some of the gowns. Here’s what I say. I’m surprised…but not in a good way. I guess I always expect something fabulous from Kruger and she has not met my expectations this time around. In fact, she’s been trying too hard to take risks and try out so many different kinds of styles that she hasn’t found one that is innately hers. That Versus dress with the strappy back–totally not her. That Balmain top and skirt with the military buttons and peep toe heels-too simple but also too urban, she’s not that kind of dresser. The pale blue Giambattista Valli number with the one strap also seems too easy. And we know Kruger has a fondness for Chanel–so where is it?
Here are the two looks from Kruger we kinda sorta liked. Although in the first, she looks like a disco ball and in the second, it’s not her fault. Not really liking how Jason Wu is suddenly playing with black lace and fabric mismashed into the same number. (Karlie Kloss wore a similar dress by Wu at the Met Gala this year.)
Now the all-important question. Which celeb has wowed you most so far this year at Cannes?
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