Money, notoriety and rivieras

May 18, 2012

Of all the film festivals, Cannes is considered the creme de la creme. Black tie on the French Mediterranean- there cannot be anything quite like it. Only serious stars are welcome at the festival, and they dress in serious gowns.

Love that Freida Pinto is never afraid to take a risk. She's got the slit without overdoing it (See Natasha Poly and Anja Rubik channeling Angelina), the yellow is stunning against her skin tone, and the bead work makes it a must-have Cannes gown. Parfait!

I think Bella Heathcote is absolutely adorable so she can almost wear anything and get away with it, but I have to agree with other critics who claim that this dress is just too dark. Also, I know that there's the prestigious Palm D'Or Award, but that is not an invitation to actually wear palm print on your dress.

KARA HAYWARD in Louis Vuitton
The young star of the movie I'm most looking forward to, Moonrise Kingdom, wore a butter yellow Louis Vuitton dress with ultra-cool ruffles and a hairdo straight of of the runway show. I think she looks fresh and fun for a young star, and this dress gets me excited to see what else Kara will be wearing when promoting her new movie.

FAN BINGBING in Christopher Bu
Fan Bingbing is without a doubt this year's best dressed at Cannes. Everything she wears is stunning. I adored this dress in all its whimsicality, but what I didn't dig was the hair. She should have either pulled it all back or worn it all down.

DIANE KRUGER in Giambattista Vallli
Stunning. But of course, it's Diane Kruger, so were we really expecting anything less? The color, the cut, the gauziness. And when she turns she get get all Dracula-dramatic on us. I love it.

LANA DEL REY in Alberta Ferretti
I'm a huge Lana fan, so I was absolutely ecstatic to see her in a flawless dress that so perfectly accentuates why I love her. The vampy neckline and simple side-swept 'do left me in awe. Lana's been very trendy lately so I've been worrying that she would get caught up in the "Let's Try to Out-Weird One Another" competition of Gaga, Nicki, and Katy. Also, weird observation: I find it funny that she was invited to the Moonrise Kingdom premier because Lana totally reminds me of a grown-up Kara Hayward.

FREIDA PINTO in Salvatore Ferragamo
Because Cannes is as much about the yacht parties as it is couture ballgowns, Freida picked the best Ferragamo ensemble she could. Blue and white nautical stripes and a halter top. Also, she managed to make the summer trend of belly-bearing look classy by keeping her skirt hem longer.

Only Diane Kruger could wear such a risky dress with such ease. The dress is gorgeous, the shoes go well, her hair and makeup is simple, and she looks about ten feet tall. I'd say it's a winning look!

Another beauty in burgundy. Mia Wasikouwska is another favorite of mine for her unabashed whimsicality when it comes to fashion. But she also knows how to look completely elegant, which is why I love this dress. The drapery is to die for and the color- nothing beats it.

There were plenty of dramatic trains at Cannes -see Naomi Watts and Eva Longoria- but they seemed to be excessive additions to dresses only for the effect. Fan, the Queen of Cannes Style, donned an Elie Saab dress that would not have been the same without the gauzy train. Completely elegant and, even with the train, it appears to not be all that over-the-top.

What was your favorite Cannes red carpet look?

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