Monday, 25 May 2015

Cannes Style on Trial: My Frocky Highlights (and a few Horrors)

Natasha Poly Cannes 2015
Natasha Poly
Left: I die. '70s-style glam milked for everything it's worth in Michael Kors. Right: Erm... the ultimate beach-to-red-carpet look? Just... T...M...I.

Naomi Watts Cannes 2015
Naomi Watts
Left: Oh dear. Whilst I love the graphic silhouette of the frock on the left, its bra-style neckline really isn't doing anything for poor Naomi's B-cups, and its unrelenting black washes her out and betrays quite a few more of those 46 years than we're used to seeing... Right: This feathertastic Elie Saab masterpiece, on the other hand, not only shows off her figure to perfection, but makes her classic "Summer" complexion positively glow by virtue of its soft grey hue... As well as simply embodying amazingness in dress form. #CinderellaMoment.

Cate Blanchett Cannes 2015
Cate Blanchett
Left: Pure goddess material in Armani Privé's dress of dreams... And Right: Proving that being 46 is not, in fact, always a barrier to pulling off head-to-toe black or, indeed, looking smoking hot in a sheer Alexander McQueen number, I don't think Cate put a fashion foot wrong over the last fortnight, switching from edgy to ethereal with applause-worthy aplomb.

Fan BingBing Cannes 2015
Fan Bingbing
Left: Love this Marchesa look... Fairytale opulence which somehow manages not to teeter into the realms of cartoonism. Right: '50s poise perfected in Ralph & Russo Couture... it's just a shame that the shoes are kinda saying "I have a second job as a stripper".

Sienna Miller Cannes 2015
Sienna Miller
Left: Classic red carpet style in Ralph Lauren, topped off with red lips, no fuss hair and serious flair. Right: Erm, a sheer star-print maxi with matching cape? This shouldn't work on so many levels, but there's something about the unapologetic playfulness of this Sonia Rykiel number that I really, really like...

Diane Kruger Cannes 2015
Diane Kruger
From Prada to Anthony Vaccarello: another masterclass in shifting seamlessly between classic and contemporary dressing (and, coincidentally, another dose of star print) c/o one of my long-term style icons.

Adriana Lima Cannes 2015
Adriana Lima
Left: The ultimate hourglass curve-hugger, exquisitely crafted by Ulyana Sergeenko - sometimes you just can't beat the classics. Right: Er, case in point. Less: not necessarily more.

Poppy Delevigne Cannes 2015
Poppy Delevigne
Left: Something about this Chanel dress feels a little "beachy" to me? And the make-up and jewels seem to belong to a whole other look.. Right: But this green Burberry Prorsum gown is the stuff of fantasy - and look how beautifully necklace is working with neckline this time - echoing, complementing, but not overpowering... perfection.

Rachel Weisz Cannes 2015
Rachel Weisz
Left: Whilst Rachel undoubtedly boasts a figure many women half her age would quit cupcakes for, Prada's stretch satin is a step too far for all but the most Twiglet-torsoed among us. Right: But this super cute '60s style Chloe shift is an unarguable win - who would have known those legs were hiding under that bias cut?

Miranda Kerr Cannes 2015
Miranda Kerr
Left: One of my favourite Cannes dresses - this Ungaro beauty is stunning in its simplicity. Love the pillar box lip/candy coloured frock clash too. Right: Quite a nice "daytime" look, but I would have loved to see her up the edge factor of this David Koma dress in terms of hair/make-up/accessories.

Lupita Nyong'o Cannes 2015
Lupita Nyong'o
Left: Despite some stiff competition, Lupita has to be my overall winner. For managing to make me covet a Kermit-green gown, and for her outstanding efforts in maximisation of twirl potential, I bow down (although, yes, Gucci are probably also due some credit for the creation of this one-of-a-kind (grr!) vintage-style vision of wondrousness). Right: And her "off duty" style ain't bad either: from '70s siren to '50s fox in the swish of an Oscar de la Renta skirt (and she even got the shoes right).

What was your favourite (or least favourite!) Cannes combo?

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