On my previous blog I have written about the Cannes Film Festival for many years but now I’ve decided to quit – a lot of days, a lot of interesting outfits to describe but – unfortunately – not so much time to do it. So you won’t find here any red carpet review of the Festival, but I couldn’t skip the most important social event, the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit, which usually gathers celebrities from all over the world. The event, hosted by Sharon Stone, was held at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes, one of the most breath-taking locations on the Cote d’Azur.
Diane Kruger is usually one of the best-dresses actresses on the red carpet and she proved to be such in this event, too. She wore a lovely Chanel Haute Couture dress, with floral appliques on the bodice and a bow belt at the waist. She completed the outfit with Christian Louboutin Iowa patent Mary-Janes and a stunning Chanel clutch bag. She’s naturally chic and this is emphasized by the jewels she chose – tiny earrings and two simple bracelets. In Italy they say “la classe non è acqua”: just compare Diane’s with Paris Hilton’s or Eva Herzigova’s outfits to understand who has the privilege to be effortless classy.
Zoe Saldana is quite a newbie on the red carpet, but she always works it wonderfully. I think this outfit is amazing, so simple and glamourous. She wore a nude peplum dress with asymmetrical sleeves and a draping gathered at the hip. This colour beautifully compliments her complexion and I also like the fabric of the dress. The accessories she chose are perfect: gold strappy sandals and a mirrored clutch. I’m not sure the earrings are the best choice, but I like the diamond bracelet.
All hail Queen Eva! When it comes to sporting a vampy/dark look, Eva Green has no equals. She wore a Christian Dior purple dress à la Josephine Bonaparte: it is made of embroidered layered tulle and chiffon and contrasts with Eva’s aethereal skin. I love love love her make-up, with heavy smokey eyes; I don’t like her bouffant hairstyle, but it perfectly completes the outfit.
I was not sure whether to consider Hayden Panettiere one of the best-dressed of the event, but for some reason I simply love her Marchesa dress. The silver floral embroidery on the front is to die for, and the chiffon bands on the bodice emphasize its shape. She has probably over-sunbathed during her vacation in France, but her tanned skin makes the gorgeous pale pink of the dress pop. She apparently didn’t wear any make-up, which is a plus, but I think she could have got a better hairstyle. She also wore Christian Louboutin Hyper Prive patent peep-toe pumps.
I could have never left Dita Von Teese out of this post, because she’s one of the rare – if not the only – modern embodiments of old-school glamour. She opted for a Jean-Paul Gaultier Haute Couture full-skirted dress, with a sheer bodice, intricately decorated on the decollète. The skirt is sheer, too – her garter is visible beneath. Her make-up is always flawless and basic – black eye-liner, red lips and nails, peachy-pink blush. She also wore Christian Louboutin Lolo square-toe satin pumps, created for Marchesa f/w 2009 collection.
Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard attended the event with the actor and director Guillame Canet. As a Dior spokeswoman, she obviously wore a dress designed by John Galliano: the aqua-green colour of the dress is perfect on Marion, and so is the shape. The dress has a pleated bodice and a two-layered skirt (the upper layer is sheer and embroidered). Marion’s hairstyle and make-up are fresh and make her look younger than her age. She chose a black clutch and barely visible diamond necklaces as accessories.
Marchesa designer Georgina Chapman usually wears self-designed dresses at social events and this time was no exception. She wore a gold peplum dress with Christian Louboutin Galaxy Pass sandals; she added chandelier earrings, diamond cuff bracelets and a gold satin clutch to her outfit. She’s one of the most elegant designers, but sometimes I don’t agree with her styling choices: I prefer her hair gathered on the back, because her loose hair makes the overall impression not as elegant.
Carine Roitfeld is my favourite Vogue director: she has got a great personality and a unique sense of style , made of short skirts, sky-high heels, skinny jeans and fitted jackets. For this event she wore a Givenchy white jersey dress with a slit on the side. I love the one-shoulder and draped bodice, and I also like the corset buckled belt at the waist. Carine doesn’t like accessories very much (she has often said she doesn’t like bags!), so she kept the outfit simple with a simple chain and pendant (it looks like a silver bottle from Elsa Peretti for Tiffany collection) and Givenchy lace-up sandals.
Last but not least is Rinko Kikuchi, the lovely Japanese actress who has recently become spokewoman for Chanel (she starred in the Resort 2008 campaign). I think she’s so beautiful with this hairstyle (I didn’t like that awful bowl-shaped haircut) and I also like her barely visible make-up. She wore an intricately pleated tulle dress by Chanel Haute Couture, in a wonderful dark grey colour, and completed the outfit with ankle boots, a metallic python clutch bag and a cuff bracelet with pearls.
Who is your favourite best-dressed celebrity of the event?
 Her team of journalists at Vogue Paris is possibly the sexiest and chichest of all. The so-called Voguettes (Emmanuelle Alt, Geraldine Saglio and Melanie Huynh above all) rule the fashion weeks like no others.