15 posts tagged "Cannes Film Festival"
There’s no red carpet quite like the grand staircase at the Cannes Film Festival. With the blink of an eye, international press set off a firestorm of camera flashes that captures looks, turns, and glances from every angle imaginable. And a memorable appearance by an actress at Cannes can help land leading roles and cast her into a different style stratosphere—no pressure, of course. Just hours before Leslie Fremar’s client Julianne Moore made her first appearance at the festival for David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars yesterday (wearing custom Louis Vuitton, no less), we sat down with the stylist to talk why Cannes is different than any other red-carpet, and what we can expect to see at the grandest festival of them all.
When Cannes approaches, what are your first thoughts? What is the prep?
It’s exciting because it’s probably the only festival, or the only time, where people can go all out and wear whatever they want. It’s kind of like that fantasy moment where anything goes and you can be more elaborate and it’s so much grander. At the Oscars and Golden Globes, people are a little more concerned about the critics, and here I feel like it’s a lot freer…it’s fun. There’s a lot of prep. It depends which approach you take, whether you’re having things custom-made or if you’re just trying on couture. You decide with your client where you want to go, and then you kind of push it from there. Julianne actually has three red carpets, so she’s wearing one vintage dress that we’ve been working on for a while, and then she has one custom dress, and then she has another that’s couture.
How is Cannes different from other red carpets in terms of styling?
I think that for stylists, it’s more fun because you can choose things that are a little bit more avant-garde and that have a more European sensibility. I like to push it a little bit and not pick just a safe bias-cut dress.
Are there any challenges unique to Cannes? If so, how do you handle them?
With the Oscars or something like that, you’re with your client getting them ready. It’s unusual to travel to Cannes to help them, so you’re sending them off with these major looks and you’re just hoping that everything goes smoothly. Usually the fashion houses will step up and help. So if she’s wearing a European brand, someone will usually come meet her and help her get dressed, which is different from the Oscars, where it’s all about the stylist being there and making sure everything goes smoothly.
How do you go about picking looks for Cannes?
I did some research and saw what was out there and went through pictures of Julianne and did multiple fittings, and we just narrowed it down to the looks that we loved. So it’s kind of a trial-and-error process. You’re looking at sketches, you’re looking at actual pieces, and it’s about making decisions together based on what the event is. She has so many things, from day press to the steps to the red carpet to parties, so she went there with lots of clothes. I did her whole wardrobe for her while she’s there, and I think she went with twelve or thirteen looks.
Is there any particular inspiration you have for Cannes dressing? French Riviera or old Hollywood?
No, I think it’s more that I like to support French design houses when my clients are there. It’s kind of fun to be in France wearing a French designer. And it doesn’t have to be that way and it doesn’t always work out that way, but it is nice to celebrate French design while you’re there.
Does you client’s film ever play a role in the styling decisions?
Yeah, I think Julianne’s role in Maps to the Stars is dark and risqué, and I think her outfit will be the same.
Was there any inspiration in particular for Julianne’s looks?
Honestly, I try to stay away from that. When you’re doing someone’s personal wardrobe and all those types of looks, it’s all about keeping it modern and moving forward instead of inspirational and playing on something that already existed. So our momentum is always moving forward, being current, being fashion-forward, and picking something great that she probably couldn’t get away with wearing in America.
Turns out, you can repeat outfits—as long as you have your own wax statue at the Musée Grévin. WWD reports that Laetitia Casta’s forthcoming statue will be dressed in an exact replica of the gown she wore to the Cannes Film Festival in 2011: a belted, blush silk chiffon number by Roberto Cavalli. The statue will debut at the Paris museum on March 31.
The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival wrapped on Sunday—and by all counts, it was a relatively mellow one (save the Chopard diamond heist—nothing like a little high-wattage-glamour drama). Sartorially, the requisite pageantry was all there—big dresses, big hair, big lips—but an often laid-back, sometimes femme fatale trend had its moment on the Riviera red carpet: pants.
Tilda Swinton (above, left) challenged conventional gala dressing with a gold-sequined pajama set by her pal Haider Ackermann (her twisting, teased platinum coif deserves an honorable mention, too). The silhouette was hyper-casual; the overall look, however, was exquisitely luxe—Swinton’s a bit of a miracle worker when it comes to mixing things up for the flashbulbs. Chinese pop singer and actress Li Yuchun (above, right) sported trousers twice for her turns in the spotlight—one look, tapered Givenchy Haute Couture britches under a fringed top, and the other, blood-red Gareth Pugh bell-bottoms that matched the carpet below. It was a chicly chameleonic moment. Hungarian model Barbara Palvin (above, center) looked right at home in a razor-sharp Alexandre Vauthier suit, her cropped drainpipes grazing a pair of killer, gold-strapped heels. And finally, model-cum-actress Ziyi Zhang rocked an enviably informal Dior Haute Couture ensemble comprising simple black slacks, a strapless bustier top, and zebra-motif Louboutins.
Every year, the crème de la crème of the film industry get glammed up to hobnob and vamp for the paparazzi at the Cannes Film Festival. While A-listers such as Jessica Chastain, Nicole Kidman, Marion Cotillard, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Saldana have made an impressive showing thus far, they’ve arguably been eclipsed by the contingent of top-tier catwalkers who have flocked to the red carpets en masse. Yesterday, in particular, was a model-watcher’s paradise, with the likes of Joan Smalls, Petra Nemcova, Barbara Palvin, Chanel Iman, Jessica Hart, and Erin Heatherton posing for the cameras like the pros that they are. Milla Jovovich, Liya Kebede, and Doutzen Kroes were snapped multiple times earlier in the week, and Yasmin Warsame and Irina Lazareanu made some memorable cameos, too. Presumably, even more runway regulars will turn up at the amfAR blowout on Thursday—we’ve got it on authority that Liu Wen and Karolina Kurkova are already in town. Sorry, starlets. When it comes to posing and strutting in borrowed gowns, models simply do it best.