This year’s Cannes Film Festival has raised the style stakes even higher than last week’s Met Ball, with Bardot-inspired glamour and Gainsbourg-inspired nonchalance dominating the red carpet. Couture that had barely graced the catwalk was flown in alongside a legion of personal assistants, trainers and nutritionists. It seems the sun always shines in the Riviera playground with its ‘Cannes Do’ attitude, so why settle for a wash out of a Summer in the UK when you could embrace some Gallic charm instead, and follow in the footsteps of the movie stars, moguls and models themselves by taking off to the South of France? To whet your fashion appetite, look no further than our selection of the hottest red carpet looks from the film festival that celebrates soleil, mer et style!
In the spirit of Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic interpretation of the classic American novel ‘The Great Gatsby’, leading lady Carey Mulligan recreated the minimal aesthetic of the Jazz Age on the iconic Cannes steps. Carey wears a Vionnet gown whilst Justin Timberlake could rival Leonardo di Caprio’s enigmatic and dapper Jay Gatsby himself in this razor-sharp Tom Ford tuxedo. Carey’s co-star and fellow ‘Bright Young Thing’ Isla Fisher harnesses old school Hollywood glamour in this fluted and tiered Oscar de la Renta gown in a heart-stopping shade of red. Marking her first invitation to attend the film festival, Cheryl Cole certainly made an impression in this lace gown from up-and-coming designer Zuhair Murad whilst Zoe Saldana extended the monochromatic trend from the red carpet to photo calls before breaking up the monotony by introducing pattern and a hit of tangerine with her Ungaro ensemble.
For a slice of the Cap d’Antibes action, we have collated the best places to stay, shop and eat in Cannes:
Promenade de la Croisette
Be sure to meander down the Promenade de la Croisette that stretches two kilometres along the Cannes coast and is dotted with chic restaurants, bars and the odd Chanel boutique. Cannes is also renowned for its array of interior shops stocking the latest in objet d’art; Lalique is a firm favourite amongst the well-heeled crowd and can be found Rue d’Antibes. Stare in awe at the super yachts moored in the marina or out in the Mediterranean Sea but brush up on your French before hitting the Promenade’s golden sands; most of the beaches are privé! The 35 Festival de la Plaisance is scheduled for the last week of the season at the Vieux Port, which is the largest boating festival in the world. Snap up yachts at so-called bargain prices with the rest of the jet set…
For something a little less exclusive, opt for Le Suquet in the old town with its winding cobbled lanes and markets that overlook the bay. Fish can be purchased fresh from the sea and if you don’t want to splurge on a dinner at La Colombe D’Or – a restaurant and artists’ retreat, once frequented by Chagall and Cesar, whose works still adorn the walls – then put the produce to good use in a Provencal bouillabaisse.