I don’t often blog about red carpet fashion. While the gowns, suits, beauty looks and hair styles are entertaining both to view and to discuss, I am much more concerned with the “normal” clothing the “average” person wears in their day-to-day life and would much rather write about how to conquer a tricky trend or find the right pair of jeans than who stunned (or, alternately, disappointed) on the red carpet. However, there is one fashion event that always manages to hold my attention – the Cannes Film Festival.
In my opinion, Cannes generates some of the year’s most memorable fashion moments and here’s why:
As if the beautiful stars and fashion weren’t exciting enough, the festival’s events are set against the breathtaking backdrop of the French Riviera. ‘Nuff said.
Red Carpet…and beyond!
Since the Festival holds press conferences and photo calls throughout the daytime hours in addition to the evening’s red carpet events, the actors are not only required to come prepared with their best gowns and tuxes, but they must also model more “casual” daywear ensembles. Personally, I find these outfits enthralling and sometimes even more interesting than the usual red carpet fare due to their accessibility and modernity.
*Adele Excharopoulos, a French actress with Greek roots, stunned in Louis Vuitton
Bored of the same stars over and over again? You won’t be at Cannes! There is always some new international actor or actress (or both!) who is making their debut. Pay attention to Cannes and be the first to know who they are before their (almost inevitable) meteoric rise to fame.
Paparazzi in Black Tie
In order to attend a red carpet event at the Palais des Festivals at Cannes, everyone must be in black tie – even the paparazzi. For some reason, this tickles me pink. And it makes for fabulous photos. Starlets pose in their couture gowns against the backdrop of the rich burgundy carpet and a sea of frenzied photographers, all in black and white. It imbues every photo with a kind of frenetic energy that, in my mind, enhances the images.
*Kendall Jenner came as a model, NOT as a reality star
Thespians Only (for the most part)
Sick and tired of wading through photos of reality stars and pseudo-famous people to get to the pictures of your favorite actors and actresses following a red carpet event? Fear not! Cannes seems to keep it pretty classy in this regard and does not cater to that celebrity sub-set. Yes, the occasional model can be spotted on the red carpet, but, let’s be honest, nobody minds that.
Have I piqued your interest?? If so, you can enjoy the Festival and it’s fashions through the end of the week. Hit up the official website – www.festival-cannes.com - for photos of all the exciting events and/or like/follow any and all of your favorite fashion magazines and blogs on Facebook and Instagram to get live updates on all of the fashionable comings and goings. Enjoy!
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