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13 posts tagged "Cannes Film Festival"

Who Is Fan Bingbing?

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In the fishbowl that is Cannes, watching the same starlets hit the carpet over and over can get a little dull. Can and could—but doesn’t, this year, thanks largely to the Chinese superstar Fan Bingbing, who consistently looks great in everything from dragon-emblazoned Chinese gowns to Parisian couture. Fan is at the festival promoting her film Chongqing Blues, which is in competition for the Palme d’Or. (Depending on whom you ask, the film—a family saga about a ship’s captain coming to terms with the death of his son—is either poignant or plodding. Some reviewers said both.) The 28-year-old actress is an enormous star in her native China, where she routinely appears on magazine covers—in the last year, she’s been on L’Officiel China, InStyle China, Cosmopolitan China, and Esquire China, only the second woman to cover the Chinese men’s mag—in films, and on TV. Her style ranges from hippie chic to full-on glamour. (At Cannes, she’s worn Elie Saab Couture, Valentino, and Laurence Hsu.) Will she follow the path of Chinese actresses like Ziyi Zhang and head west? She may already have started. Front-row watchers may remember her from Paris fashion week earlier this year, where she snagged seats of honor at Sonia Rykiel, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Louis Vuitton. Her seatmate at that last one, by the way? LV CEO Yves Carcelle. We’d say she’s going places.

Photo: Zhang Yuwei / Everett Collection

Cate At Cannes

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The rumor mill’s been churning all morning, and Cate Blanchett didn’t disappoint: As expected, the Robin Hood star wore an Alexander McQueen gown from Pre-Fall 2010 to the premiere of her film (left), which opened the Cannes Film Festival today. (The late designer apparently selected it for her himself.) But Blanchett is stylish onscreen as well as off. She even had a hand in designing her costume—Blanchett herself suggested Roger Vivier artistic director Bruno Frisoni to create the high boots she wears as Maid Marian in the film. Frisoni designed them with the actress and Robin Hood‘s costume designer, Academy Award-winner Janty Yates. The designer got into the equestrian spirit—”sexy: seduction on a horse!” he wrote of his vision—but precious they’re not. (Frisoni’s sketches for the footwear are below.) “I was slightly freaked out by the amount of mud I had to wade through, as I didn’t want to get these gorgeous boots dirty,” Blanchett said. “I hope my girly anxiety added an edge to my performance.”

Photos: Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images; Bruno Frisoni/Courtesy of Roger Vivier

Blasblog: Cannes Cannot Disappoint

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It’s been reasoned that the movie business is one of the few that will thrive in a recession. Maybe that’s why the Cannes Film Festival, which officially starts tomorrow, is promising to be just as exciting as it has been in previous years. We’ve got Martin Scorsese as the guest of honor, and the feature film jury will draw the likes of Asia Argento and Robin Wright Penn to the Croisette. Pedro Almodóvar (Los Abrazos Rotos) and Ang Lee (Taking Woodstock) are both debuting films, and although it hasn’t been confirmed yet, one can assume that Brad Pitt and his brood will make the trek for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. With Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky screening on the closing day, we can also expect a few CC logos to hit the red carpet. Speaking of which, the Art of Elysium is throwing a dinner party with Cartier at Soho House’s Riviera outpost on the 16th; amfAR will host its annual gala on the 21st; and on the 22nd, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana will be greeting guests at Bâoli. Also on the schedule: a Penélope Cruz party for her pal Daya Fernandez’s Hollywood Domino board game on the 18th, along with a Dsquared² eyewear bash and Chopard’s very own awards ceremony. And just in case the sun—or the glamour—gets to be too much, the chic Paris shop Colette is hosting a pop-up beauty bar with Vitamin Water for touch-ups and hydration.

 

 

Photo: John Shearer / WireImage