One of the most awaited-for social events at the Cannes Film Festival, in France, is the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS benefit gala, which usually takes place at the Hotel du Cap in Antibes. I was really looking forward to it for a much needed dose of Hollywood glamour, but the outfits seen on the red carpet left me quite cold, though some celebrities really impressed me. Here they are, divided in categories according to the colour of their dresses.
Ladies in Black
The best-dressed of the evening is, once again, Kirsten Dunst. The actress-turned-director, who is presenting her short movie Bastard at the Cannes Film Festival, wore a gorgeous Chanel Haute Couture dress, from the Fall 2009 collection. I love the draping on the bodice, the embellished tulle underlay of the sleeves and skirt and the beaded shoulders. I also love her side-parted blonde bob and her smokey eye make-up. She completed the look with diamond earrings and black sandals. Don’t you think Kirsten is an amazing Chanel doll?
Camilla Belle is not one of my favourite celebrities ( I think she lacks personality, when it comes to style), but I like the Gucci Première strapless dress she wore at the event. The dress has a very simple shape and exquisite details (a cabochon tulle base border with jet micro beading and Swarovski crystal details). She completed the dress with black sandals and a matching clutch, diamond earrings and a scarlet lipstick.
Even though this dress looks so wrong on Marion Cotillard, turning her into a very pregnant woman, I think it’s stunning. I love Empire-waisted dresses, so maybe that is the reason why I like it so much. It’s excessive, with that huge bow on the front, but it’s also dream-like. The problem here is not the dress, in my opinion, but the orange-based red lipstick sported by Marion: it’s a nice pop of colour and it really brightens her bare face, but I would have preferred a colder tone.
Diane Kruger looked adorable in her Chanel ensemble, a black and white dress with asymmetrical hem, a combined halter/off-the-shoulder neckline with lace overlay and a cute satin bow at the waist. She’s one of my red-carpet heroines and I think she’s incapable of doing wrong on the red carpet. Her accessories were simple strappy sandals, a black clutch and a romantic diamante hair accessory.
Michelle Williams is another celebrity with a very consistent style. She walked the red carpet wearing a short Sonia Rykiel embellished dress, which makes her look so young and sexy. I love love love her short hairstyle (not as perfect as her infamous pixie haircut, to be honest) and hair colour, and her neutral make-up is very appropriate. She completed it with Ferragamo aubergine satin pumps and a Chanel clutch.
Ladies in White/Light Colours
I am not a fan of Kate Beckinsale’s style (she wears too much draped dresses for my liking), but she looked stunning in a chic Armani Privè dress. The dove grey colour perfectly suits her and the intricate beading on the bodice and shoulders make her look radiant. She also wore Armani diamond earrings and Sergio Rossi Cachet satin pumps. I am in awe of her hairstyle, even if it looks too bouffant on the front.
Georgina Chapman, the designing mind behind Marchesa, also attended the event. She’s pregnant and wore a stunning Empire-waist dress, which hides her baby bump, but at the same time enhances her fuller figure. This dress is so beautiful and she looked amazing. The only thing I don’t like are the earrings, too heavy and embellished. A simple pair of diamond earrings would have been perfect. She matched her dress with a Marchesa diamante clutch.
It’s not easy to remind how Mischa Barton looked like at the peak of her career, during the O.C. phase of her life, when she was always impeccably dressed. Things have changed a lot for her: she’s troubled most of the time and her acting career is striving to find another chance; her bohemian style has been criticised a lot, but I think it makes her special. That is really her style, because she hasn’t come off the boho-chic bandwagon when the trend was over; on the contrary, she has found her own style voice and sticks to what she likes most – rock t-shirts, floral dresses, vintage pieces and funky shoes. For the occasion, she wore a very romantic Marchesa dress with feathered neckline and a black bow accenting the Empire waist. She completed the look with a Marchesa diamante clutch. I like her wavy hairstyle, but I think the contrast between her pale complexion and the heavy smokey eyes is too striking.
I don’t know why, but she changed her outfit during the event. I love this Marchesa dress, all decorated by cut-out flowers and black embroideries. She paired it to the most gorgeous shoe style designed by Christian Louboutin for Marchesa: the Clic Clac booties, studded with Swarovski crystals and with lace inserts. She looked terrific.
Emily Blunt is one of the few guests who wore a dress in a bright colour. She chose a Georges Chakra Edition red dress from the Fall 2010 collection. The colour is perfect on her, it makes her look so beautiful, and the dress is lovely, simple in shape but sexy in the cut-out back with embroidered tulle inserts. Her accessories were a satin beige clutch and diamond jewellery. She appropriately wore a matching red lipstick, but I wish she styled her hair in a different way, it looks a little lifeless like this.
What do you think of this red carpet? Who is the best-dressed of the evening?