the fashion extravaganza better known as the cannes film festival has come to a close. now, like countless others, i consider cannes to be a heavy contender for the most intriguing red carpet (fashion-wise), the other being the met ball. where the met ball is the best of high-end fashion and avante-garde creations, cannes is about the best of frothy ball gowns and all-out, over the top glamour. cannes is an international forum, with some of the biggest (and most beautiful) celebrities trying to out-do each other in eye-catching, eyebrow-raising and, sometimes, head-scratching gowns.
this year cannes seemed to be all about eva longoria and kate beckinsale, which was interesting considering these two aren’t really cinematic geniuses but HEY they wore pretty dresses and at the end of the day that’s all that matters.there was also plenty of indian presence, which i have covered extensively in the past two weeks.
cannes isn’t just about movie premieres, there are countless parties and charity galas. and no event is too small to break out the couture.
here are my top 5 from cannes (disclaimer: some of you might think all – or some – of these gowns are similar, but keep in mind that the top 5 obvi had to stick to emerging and current trends i.e. nude/blush/taupe colors)
::michelle yeoh @ wall street premiere::
everyone remembers her from that crouching tiger dragon movie right? michelle is wearing a couture roberto cavalli in the most heavenly shade of pale yellow. this dress is really a piece of art, i wish i could find a higher resolution picture which showed the layers and layers of chiffon and their exquisite structuring. gawjus!
::naomi watts @ priemere of you will meet a tall dark stranger::
naomi watts does vintage glamour like no other. here she wears a beautiful gucci premiere dress with an art deco feel. i loooove the color, the red lips and the hair. perfection.
::eva longoria @ on tour premiere::
ok first things first, eva longoria’s in your face presence at cannes annoys the hell out of me. i understand she is there as a loreal ambassador like dear ash but OMG please, let the real stars have the spotlight at this festival. i hate people selling themselves so shamelessly…
now that my rant is over – – this naeem khan gown has the most absolute gorgeous intricate crystal embellishment EVER seen on a western gown. the dress did not flatter eva’s figure as it could have – it pretty much eliminated her waist, this is a better angle than most pictures which are out there. but the color and style of the dress are beautiful. i love the hairstyle, the make-up and those earrings are absolutely gorgeous (i know i’ve gushed over them before). naeem khan is a rockstar.
::fan bingbing @ chongqing blues premiere::
she has the coolest name ever. fan is a supa’star in china and i think she is absolutely stunning. such a perfect face. she looks like a china doll (no pun intended. obvi) she is wearing an elie saab couture. i think elie saab is a master of creating princess-y, fairytale gowns while at the same time ensuring the wearer doesn’t look like she’s going to prom. elie saab was a favorite this year with the likes of eva, helen mirren and ash opting for his designs. back to bingbing here, she is wearing a beautifully draped pleated gown with an embellished bodice in the yummiest shade of nude.
she keeps things classy with a polished braided updo, red lips and diamonds.
::jennifer lopez @ amFar gala::
this is the most gorgeous thing i have seen in a really long long time. jennifer lopez’s pink cavalli is the object of my affection. all of my affection. i love everything about this look, that is probably because i am biased and have loved her since she was jenny from the block. but this dress is a vision
i want to get married in this dress. in a castle in provence. with a matching 3 carat diamond. and white peonies. as candlelight flickers across a vision of a gorgeous/smart/funny/intelligent/history buff hubby-to-be with a sexy accent who loves to cook gourmet meals and take spontaneous trips to exotic locales.
how sad does that make me seem?
time to sleep. tomorrow –> top 5 horrendous looks from cannes :)