While die-hard critics are panning the submissions in the 70th Cannes Film Festival, claiming that 2016, by comparison, was a stronger year, the players in the movie industry have been tearing up the red carpet.
Here are the top trends on and off the red carpet at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival:
#1 Power Shoulders
Structured shoulders reminiscent of power suiting looks from the 80s made appearances on and off carpet. The look manifested in uber-short hemlines, as with Charlotte Gainsbourg in Saint Laurent, while glitter seemed to complete the picture.
#2 Floral Appliqué
Floral appliqué adorned lace, tulle and other sheer fabrics, encrusting the outer layers of gowns, and bringing delicate blooms onto the red carpet. Elle Fanning, hailed as this year’s Cannes Film Festival Fashion Princess by People, even walked the carpet in a Gucci dress featuring laurel leaves (a tongue-in-cheek nod to the ubiquitous film festival motif, although Cannes features a single olive branch) and giant white pansies.
From marabou to ostrich and other plumes, feathers featured strongly in this year’s red carpet, with Uma Thurman and Nicole Kidman endorsing the look. (Will PETA be pleased?)
White dresses were everywhere on the red carpet and off. White, has inherently been associated with positivity, and linked to concepts such as purity, virginity, innocence, goodness, brilliance, illumination and faith, amongst other meanings. This year at Cannes, if Rihanna’s attitude is anything to go by, it is also associated with the epitome of cool.
The Cannes Film Festival is open only to film industry professionals and selected media. Public access, entry to screenings, and admission to official venues pretty much do not exist. As you can imagine, there are many people who are dying to be a part of the action. Perhaps this is why Aishwarya Rai has worn ultra-large skirts to at least two events at Cannes this year. (just kidding.)
#6 Slit Up To There
Asymmetrical slits going thigh high is another festival trend, with slits, in some cases going beyond the crotch to reveal built-in shorts, trousers or mini skirts.
Bella Hadid laughed in the face of fate last year with her slit-to-the-north-pole Alexandre Vauthier dress, and was rewarded with an almighty gust of wardrobe malfunction. This year, she pays ‘homage to herself’, as Variety puts it, with another Alexandre Vauthier dress, this time undoubtedly engineered to avoid the technical mishap.
#7 Next to Nothing
Although, why let a little thing like a wardrobe malfunction get in the way when you can bare all instead? Bella lets it rip in her Ralph & Russo couture dress, as does Winnie Harlow in Ashi Studio. Sophie Richie (looking rather overdressed in comparison) joins Bella and Winnie, as do many a Cannes celeb, in see-through dresses and jumpsuits with peek-a-boo undies.
While the films screened at Cannes may not see Oscar gold, no other colour screams movie star glamour, or belongs on the red carpet as much as this metallic hue. Bella Hadid’s gold dress from last year fits seamlessly into this year’s gold offerings, a testament to its timelessness. From lamé to embellished chiffons, and gold-spun spider webs (Naomi Campbell’s Atelier Versace dress) the stars glow warmly in gold.
#9 Off Carpet
Off-carpet looks on photo calls and other outings are equally as important as red carpet affairs. They say a lot about a star’s personal tastes and hints at her style icon status. These are some looks we love!
Some of the celebrities broke away from cliches and charted their own trends on the red carpet, or simply made good design decisions. Here are some of our faves.
Kendall Jenner turns heads in unexpected ways, whether it’s with a big statement sleeve or a subtle straight-cut bodice.
If Elle Fanning is the festival princess then Nicole Kidman is definitely queen. Featured in no less than four films in this year’s festival, she surprises in an adorned Boho dress (above) and reigns supreme in monochrome tulle (below).
#Cannes or Not?
We’re not sure what happened here, but we’ll let you be the judge of that. Here are some WTF looks we feel are difficult to justify despite the big name labels or the big name stars wearing them. While the sun may have affected Salma Hayek’s judgement, Elizabeth Olsen seems to be an Aladdin fan and Sara Sampaio doesn’t want anyone or anything getting too close to her face. Chanel or no, KStew’s suspender dress is rather devoid of a desirable silhouette, texture or design cunning. Also, no one told Camilla Morrone that the piñata party had been cancelled, or that the entire front part of her piñata costume was missing.
To find out more about the 70th Cannes Film Festival, the selections, categories and winners, see the official website.
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