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The Best Of Cannes: Day 2

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It’s hard to top last night’s Lady Gaga beach performance, but the starlets at Cannes today are aiming to try. The film to see is Sleeping Beauty, starring young Emily Browning (who picked Valentino for its evening, in-competition debut).

Our favorite looks from the premiere? First place to Mia Wasikowska, who chose a sinuous, floor-length Roland Mouret gown in red-carpet red. She’s got the youth vote for sure. But she’s also got stiff competition from the 73-year-old Jane Fonda, who went with an unforgiving, inset-paneled gown by Peter Dundas for Emilio Pucci—and pulled it off beautifully. Inès de la Fressange, too, proved you don’t have to be a teen to strut your stuff. The Roger Vivier brand ambassador stunned in black Carven—customized for her by designer Guillaume Henry—and a killer pair of Riviera-ready Vivier flats.

Who was your favorite? Sound off below.

Photos: Andreas Rentz / Getty Images (Wasikowska); Valery Hache / AFP / Getty (Fonda); Pascal Le Segretain / Getty Images (De la Fressange )

Meet Me—And The Best Of Balenciaga—In San Francisco

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Cameron Silver, owner of L.A.’s vintage couture mecca Decades, knows his way around an original Balenciaga. He had plenty to ogle at the opening of Balenciaga and Spain at San Francisco’s de Young Museum this week. Silver headed to the City by the Bay for the opening fête; read on for his report on the star-studded evening.


Although my flight to San Francisco was delayed three hours due to the rain (not from Spain!), I managed to throw on my tux in the car and make it to the de Young Museum in time for the exhilarating opening of Balenciaga and Spain, curated by Hamish Bowles. The show features a breathtaking collection of the master’s work, including dresses worn by Ava Gardner and Mona Bismarck.

The dress code of the evening, no surprise, skewed toward Balenciaga, both vintage and from the current Ghesquière era. Google’s Marissa Meyer was in a vintage sea foam Balenciaga gown from Decades. Maria Bello looked fabulous in original Cristobal, too, and Suzy Dominik scored an even bigger coup—a vintage gown that was also featured in the show. (Sloan Barnett wore Lacroix but asked the curator the question everyone was thinking: “You have so many gowns—can’t I have one?”) On the contemporary end, Miranda Kerr (left, with husband Orlando Bloom in tow), Katie Schwab, and Lawren Howell all chose Ghesquière designs; Angelique Griepp and Katie Traina scored Edition pieces.

If the clothes were terrific, the guest list was nothing to scoff at, either. Rodarte’s Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Mia Wasikowska (in Balenciaga with an Edition necklace), Balthazar and Rosetta Getty, Maggie Rizer, and Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom all were there, and even Gwyneth Paltrow made a brief appearance. Hubert de Givenchy wasn’t able to attend, alas, but sent a message recalling advice given to him by Balenciaga himself: “Success is not prestige—success is temporary. Prestige remains.” The show was sewn proof.

Photo: Drew Altizer Photography

Jane, Not So Plain

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After playing the famously unlovely leading lady in director Cary Fukunaga’s new film adaptation of Jane Eyre, Mia Wasikowska could do with some glamour. Aptly, the petite, nearly pixieish actress donned a floaty, chiffon-dappled Elie Saab tea-length frock at the W magazine and Saab-hosted (that’s the automaker, not the Lebanese designer) screening last night and it was something of a relief. “I always find the costume is the last piece of the puzzle for getting into character,” Wasikowska said. “Especially for this movie, it was so important to feel the repression. The corsets are awful, I couldn’t wait to get out of it every day.”

Set to open in select theaters nationwide this Friday, this remake of the Charlotte Brontë classic novel is the latest in a long line of cinematic interpretations. But the coming-of-age (and finding love, naturally) plot never seems to exhaust its evergreen appeal, especially among a smart female set. Glenn Close, her daughter Annie Starke, and Zoë Kravitz all caught the flick and after-party later at the Soho Grand Hotel. Rose Byrne professed that “it was one of my favorite books I read in school. It’s one of the seminal novels.” (The occasional guy has a soft spot for it too, like designer Thakoon Panichgul, at left with Wasikowska, who stopped by the bash.)

Another part of the draw was Wasikowska’s co-star, the handsome Michael Fassbender. (The duo also posed together for the April cover of W.) In the film, the actor takes on the conflicted role of Edward Rochester, a man who locks his mad wife up in the attic. “He’s a really troubled guy, almost bipolar you could say,” Fassbender described. Lucky for the ladies, his real-life persona was much more light-hearted. The actor revealed that Catcher in the Rye was his preferred classic. “Although,” he added with a laugh, “Winnie the Pooh was really the first book to make an impression on me.”

Photo: Stephen Lovekin / Getty Images

Yea, Nay, Or Eh? Sheer Genius

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Sheer looks—like those we called out in our trend report—dominated the Spring ’10 runways—and we wondered how Hollywood would take to the style. Up-and-coming actress Mia Wasikowska, for one, seems to be signing on: At two events for her film “The Kids Are All Right,” the pixie-ish actress dared to go (almost) bare. For a promotional lunch in New York on Tuesday, Wasikowska wore a polka-dot chiffon blouse and pleated skirt by Jason Wu, paired with black tights and boyish leather oxfords (left). And for the film’s premiere last night, she chose Rodarte’s crystal-embellished tulle lace Illusion dress, with bare legs and minimal accessories and makeup for what we think is the stronger look (right). What do you think? Do you like Wasikowska’s see-through chic, or would you prefer something a little more demure? And which look do you like better?

Photos: Courtesy Jason Wu (left); Bryan Bedder /Getty Images (right)