2014 Cannes Film Festival, Part 4

Let’s pretend we’re spending Memorial Day in Cannes, dripping with diamonds. 

gown by Anamika Khanna

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

I know I’ve called about a billion different things “the best thing about Cannes,” but the best thing about Cannes is the international superstars. Red carpet divas from all over the planet, many unknown to us silly Americans but super-fucking-famous elsewhere, flock to Cannes to prove their fashion chops. A prime example: the endlessly lovely Sonam Kapoor, the Bollywood star whom I learned about for the first time at last year’s Cannes. This sari-inspired gown is positively breathtaking, and it’s styled to perfection with rose-gold accessories and that killer statement necklace. Sonam, please be in my life all the time, giving me stunning Bollywood realness every damn day.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: PA

KABLAM. Sonam just exploded a big water balloon of fabulous all over Cannes. Good luck trying to compete with this bitch, lesser stars. She is on a whole other level of fabness.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: Rex

A truly beautiful color and an interesting cut. I would have pulled it up half an inch higher and gone with a smaller necklace. But there was a metric shit-ton of Elie Saab gowns at this festival, so kudos to Ms. Kapoor for wearing the brand better than everyone else.

gown by Atelier Versace, shoes by Stuart Weitzman

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

The detailing on the sleeve is a little much for my tastes, but I can’t pretend it’s anything other than flawless on Alessandra. She was born for that kind of over-the-top detailing. The bodice fits her like a dream, the draping is phenomenal, and the diamonds are jaw-droppingly gorgeous.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: Alexander Tuma/Startraks

The jewelry is stunning, but I’m not sure it works with this gown. It’s a stunning dress in a perfect color, but the hair and accessories belong with an entirely different outfit. However, she’s a supermodel wearing an Elie Saab dress, so overall, this look is still a win.

gown by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: PA/Landov

Classic Cara “I don’t give a fuck that I look this good” Delevingne. This dress feels like it was made just for her, and the styling is effortlessly cool.

gown by Elie Saab, purse by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage

The cut-outs are phenomenal, but I wish the gown were a bit shorter. The all-white accessories are unimaginative, though I am digging the faux-natural hair and makeup. But I have a feeling that in close-up, that eye makeup would make her look like she has conjunctivitis.

dress by Pamella Roland, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Vittorio Zuninio Celotto/Getty

I love when a very simple look catches my eye and sticks with me for days. I tend towards the dramatic and the risk-taking, but every so often, something classic or minimalist gets hold of me and I can’t stop thinking about it. Case in point: Paz Vega in this Pamella Roland dress. Everything about this look is great, but her Mona Lisa smile really sells it.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: Rex

You can’t go too wrong with a model in Elie Saab, but I’m not crazy about this look. I think the color isn’t right for her skin tone, the slit is too high, and the shoes don’t work all that well.

dress by Etro

Photo: Rex

Fun and cool, if sort of awkward and weirdly fit. But come on. Zoe Saldana? At Cannes? That should have been a hell of a look, even if it’s a daytime outfit and not a ball gown. This is just a tad disappointing.

gown by Giorgio Armani, purse by Salvatore Ferragamo

Photo: Rex

Her best look from this festival, by far. It’s not the most intriguing gown in the world, but it’s mega-flattering and the straps are pretty damn cool.

gown by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: Andreas Rentz/Getty

I love the sexy hair and red lips, but this gown feels a little bit tired to me. I do like the detailing in the skirt, but I’d love to see her in something a little bit more unique.

top and pants by Roberto Cavalli

Photo: Dave Hogan/Getty

Rita Ora’s over-the-top style isn’t particularly well-suited to Cannes, but this look is actually a great balance between her funk aesthetic and the festival’s resort-chic vibe. In true Rita fashion, the print is totally fucking insane, but the silhouette and fabric are so luxe and relaxed that it’s strangely appropriate for a daytime French Riviera poolside event.

dress by Stella McCartney, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Alexander Tuma/Startraks

It’s really a nothing dress, and the shoes are equally dull, but Suki managed to make me think I liked this outfit based solely on her old-Hollywood hair and makeup, and of course, that statement necklace. Way to work it from the chest-up, girl! But also stop letting Stella McCartney dress you. It never seems to go well for anyone.

dress by Peter Pilotto

Photo: Rex

I predicted that Lupita Nyong’o would wear the orange-trimmed version of this dress, and I still kind of wish she had before Suki snagged this version. It’s not bad, per se, but the length is a little awkward on her, and I really hate the shoes with it. A very simple necklace or bracelet would have helped her look less naked.

gown by Christian Dior

Photo: PA

This dress had a lot of problems to begin with, but I probably could have forgiven most of them if it weren’t for that shoe. That thing looks like it belongs on a fussy 80-year-old socialite, not a 22-year-old model.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: Alexander Tuma/Startraks

In case you were wondering whether it was possible to wear too many diamonds, Adriana Lima clearly proves that the answer is yes. No matter how many hundreds of thousands of dollars these pieces are worth, they will always look like costume jewelry if you pair them with each other. It’s a shame, too – you can barely even notice the gown because of how gaudy the jewels are. And the gown is absolutely lovely, but who would ever even know it?

gown by Armani Privé

Photo: FameFlynet

Maybe it’s because we’ve already seen too much Armani Privé at this festival. Maybe it’s just that Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett wore the label so much better. But something makes me hate this look even though I feel like I’m supposed to love it. I usually love a good metallic gown with an interesting embellishment detail, but this one doesn’t sit well with me. I think the neckline is silly – the bodice is cut more like a sleeveless tee than a gown – and the dressed-down styling just looks awkward with a couture gown.

gown by Cushnie et Ochs, purse by Salvatore Ferragamo

Photo: David M. Benett/Getty

A bra, a cummerbund, and a dress that looks like it’s on backwards? Get your shit together, Rosie. You’re better than this.

dress by Michael Kors

Photo: Rex

I am so tired of Sofia Coppola’s old-lady dresses paired with hipster-twee shoes. This shit is just exhausting.

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One response to 2014 Cannes Film Festival, Part 4

  1. I have a lot of thoughts, so I’m going to put them in list form:
    1. Sofia Coppola’s dress reminds me, for some inexplicable reason, of the air hostess uniforms on…IDEK, like Singapore Air? Or Malaysian Airlines?? Something about the neckline and that detail down the middle…
    2. Naomi Watts looks like she’s going to an Ancient Egypt themed costume party.
    3. I’m playing my “Imagine If This Were a Colour” game with Suki Waterhouse, Aishwarya Rai, and that first one of Sonam Kapoor’s (I mean, it’s gorgeous. But IF IT WERE A COLOUR OMG)
    4. The sleeve on Alessandra Ambrosio’s Versace looks like it was stolen from a figure skating costume.

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