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August 21 2014

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13 posts tagged "Cannes"

The Pierre Bergé-Sanctioned YSL Biopic Gets its NYC Debut

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YVES SAINT LAURENT BEAUTÉ and THE CINEMA SOCIETY Host the After Party for THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY'S YvesFor French director Jalil Lespert’s new biopic on the legendary Yves Saint Laurent, the designer’s longtime partner, Pierre Bergé, granted unparalleled access to the icon’s original creations, including more than 5,000 dresses, 15,000 accessories, and 35,000 sketches. But working with the archival pieces had its limitations. “No one could sweat in the dresses, and it basically meant no moving,” said Marie de Villepin, who plays the designer’s muse Betty Catroux, at last night’s Cinema Society screening of Yves Saint Laurent, hosted by The Weinstein Company and Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette. “I’m complaining now, but how amazing is it to get to wear those museum pieces that got pulled out for the first time ever just to be in this movie?”

While the film showcases YSL’s designs—from the famous Mondrian dresses to his signature Le Smokings, it also sheds light on the man behind them. His battle with severe depression, as well as drug and sex addictions, made his relationship with Bergé a volatile one. (This film, however, has Bergé’s stamp of approval, unlike the other movie about the designer that recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival.) “It was the price of being a genius,” Lespert said. “I didn’t want to make a movie about his dark side, but it was important to show that he had these struggles.”

After the screening at MoMA, the movie’s star Pierre Niney, Harvey Weinstein, and Martha Stewart, among others, regrouped at Beautique on West 58th Street. Though 83-year-old Bergé wasn’t in attendance, Niney reported, “The first time Pierre saw it, he was in tears. If the guy who shared a life with him believes in the Yves I did, that’s enough for me.”

Photo: Matteo Prandoni/BFAnyc.com

Pencil Skirts, Polka Dots, and More: This Week’s Best Looks, According to You

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look of the dayWe’re in full-on Resort mode here at Style.com. The best way to keep track of the season’s must-try trends? Our Look of the Day poll, of course. On Monday, we were loving the foolproof combination of a crisp button-down and pencil skirt. The winning look, a sheer blouse and paillette-covered skirt from Burberry Prorsum, was anything but basic. Riley Keough even sported a button-down and jacquard skirt on the Cannes red carpet. It was a refreshing alternative to the festival’s bevy of ball gowns. Next up: On Tuesday, we made a case for straw hats—and not just for the beach. Tomas Maier’s winner consisted of cropped jeans, a loose sweater, and a black floppy hat fit for the streets of New York. The look was chic, simple, and supremely wearable. As the week went on, we played favorites with high-slit skirts (like Joan Smalls’ stunning Prabal Gurung number at the CFDAs); butter-soft suede; and playful, retro polka dots. Which looks won your vote? Click here to see all of the results, and don’t forget to cast your vote every day.

At Cannes, More Feathers Than Fuss

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Feathers at Cannes

Cannes’ red carpet has yet to disappoint. From Lea Seydoux’s jeweled Prada gown to Riley Keough’s refreshing Valentino ensemble, this year’s sartorial oeuvre has been equal parts timeless French glamour and 21st-century chic. One trend that’s caught our eye is feathers. It may not even be fair to refer to it as a “trend,” seeing as feathers are among the most traditional of embellishments (see 18th-century feather boas and twenties-era flapper dresses), but today’s iterations have a thoroughly modern spin. Laetitia Casta’s feminine number stood out at the opening ceremony. In a sea of silk and satin, the fluffy white plumes felt classic yet a bit unexpected, given fashion’s love affair with minimalism. Carole Bouquet donned a slinky feathered Chanel dress, and later in the week, Freida Pinto, Heike Makatsch, and Julianne Moore joined in on the fun.

Perhaps we have Chanel’s Spring ’14 Couture show to thank for the recent feather revival—after all, Bouquet and Moore’s gowns were both plucked from the collection (although the stars nixed the spiky hairdos). Pinto’s full-skirted Michael Kors creation had a slightly beachy vibe, and Makatsch’s off-the-shoulder frock looked especially of-the-moment. With a whole five days of Cannes’ red carpets left, we’re interested to see who else joins the flock.

Taking a Chance on Pants: What We Want to See A-Listers Wearing in Cannes

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Now TrendingBetween last Monday’s Met ball, Spring gala season, and the 67th annual Cannes Film Festival (which officially kicked off yesterday), eveningwear has been at the top of our minds lately. But with all due respect to Charles James and the starlets who aimed to honor his legacy by donning Gone With the Wind-style gowns at the Costume Institute extravaganza, we’ve definitely had our fill of dramatic ball skirts. If there’s one thing we’d like to see more of on the Croisette this year, it’s actresses wearing pants. In our opinion, the coolest girls at red-carpet events are the ones rocking stovepipe trousers with tiny tops or sleek le smokings. Take, as examples, Cara Delevingne’s relatively casual Stella McCartney look at the Met or the crisp white Saint Laurent suit that Gia Coppola wore to her Palo Alto premiere. Standing next to one of them in a poufy dress would make almost anyone feel fussy by comparison.

Designers seem to be championing new eveningwear alternatives, too. Raf Simons’ recent Cruise show for Dior opened with a number of dressy pant looks. And we can’t get enough of the snazzy top-and-trouser combos spotted in the Fall ’14 collections of Joseph Altuzarra, Narciso Rodriguez, and newcomers like Rosie Assoulin, Maki Oh, and Isa Arfen. Considering these convincing options, we’re hoping celebrity stylists decide to take a chance on pants.

Here, a slideshow of red-carpet-ready trousers and suits.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Uma Thurman Wish You A Merry Christmas

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Charlotte GainsbourgThe talk of Cannes today isn’t even in the festival: It’s Lars von Trier’s latest, Nymphomaniac, which stars Charlotte Gainsbourg (left) as a woman recounting her erotic experiences after surviving a vicious beating. (Uma Thurman, Stellan Skarsgård, and Shia LaBeouf costar.) Von Trier being famously unstinting, the film depicts unsimulated sex—but according to one of the film’s producers, Louise Vesth, who spoke at the festival today, it will actually be a high-tech visual effect, where images of stunt doubles having sex will be digitally imposed onto images of the more famous actors. Naturally, it’s been the buzz of the Internet all day. For my part, I think the most boundary-crossing detail isn’t the F/X, but the release date: The film is slated to come out in von Trier’s native Denmark on Christmas Day. God Jul, as the Danes say.

 

For more from Cannes, visit our red-carpet coverage.