13 May 2010

Last night’s Best Dressed: the Cannes catwalk

cannes 2010

And they’re off! Yesterday saw the kick off for the Cannes Film Festival and what a way to begin! It's looking good on the glamour front with A-listers already parading before the paps and an array of fashion heavy hitters being represented, including Marchesa, Gucci and McQueen — and it’s only Day 1! So who wins the first round in this Best Dressed battle? We leave the crown for the Cannes Queen in your hands...

cate blanchett alexander mcqueencate blanchett armani prive

Cate Blanchett has that certain je ne sais quoi when it comes to style, no? She never looks too ‘prom queen' when in a big gown and always manages to bring an experimental edge. Exhibit A: this Alexander McQueen Pre-Fall number that the actress donned for the world premiere of 'Robin Hood'. Although there’s a touch of flamboyancy thanks to the tulle hem, that distinctive eagle motif brings a rocker twist that’s rare for the red carpet. We are loving the bold choice. Earlier in the day, we spotted Cate working a sophisticated moon-pink ensemble from Armani Prive’s wonderous SS10 collection, and of course, she looked as regal as ever, helped in part by the sculptural sleeves on her cropped jacket that create a cape-like effect. Once again, we're bowing to her charms.

eva longoria pucci

You can always count on the Longoria to bring gallons of drama and she sure as hell had it covered in this show-stopping Emilio Pucci creation. You’d think her petite frame would drown under all those ruffles but Eva knows how to work it, making the fabulous train of silk chiffon a piece of art. Holding back on the accessories was definitely a good move — her coral earrings bring a subtle contrast and bravo for restricting the glitz to a dainty Daniel Swarovski clutch. Too gorgeous.

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Another ‘wow’ moment came in the form of Kate Beckinsale who looked positively breath-taking in frothy Marchesa. But like Eva, she successfully balances the waterfall of tulle with a fitted bodice of draped chiffon, embroidered with delicate beads that match those glorious drop earrings. That mega quiff is questionable though — er, Jedward anyone? K.Becks also did like Cate and went for a much sleeker Christian Dior outfit for her afternoon photo call. Her interesting outfit consisted of pretty ruffles and elegant chiffon layered over a plum bustier, teamed with a chic pencil skirt and nude Brian Atwood heels. What a turn up for the books eh!

Natalie ImbrugliaNatalie Imbruglia

Oo, look who’s back! What a lovely surprise to see the beautiful Natalie Imbruglia sizzling in style. She looks like a boho princess in this romantic champagne floor-sweeper embellished with cascading crystals. Love, love, love! After such a gorgeous AW10 collection of feminine gowns, will Alberta Ferretti win the war for more red-carpet appearances this Cannes-athon? Watch this space!

Salma Hayek gucciSalma Hayek gucci

Next up, here’s Salma Hayek embodying Grecian goddessness in Gucci. But this isn’t just any old Gucci, oh no. In fact, it’s the very first couture gown from their Première collection (ooh, aahhh etc). And Salma certainly delivered the goods — the Bordeaux tone is so sumptuous and the drape detailing, exaggerated by crystal embroidery at the shoulder and waist, creates the perfect silhouette. Go go Gucci!

helen mirren

For today’s finale, we give you Helen Mirren in Elie Saab. Elegant? Tick. Graceful? Check. Fashion fabulous? Of course! Yep, once again the grand Dame has nailed it and done us proud. Very nice work.

So who’ll be rocking our fashion world tomorrow? Stay tuned peeps!

by Jessica Vince


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