Remember what Sofia Coppola looked like in the 90s? The hip thick-eyebrow cinema royalty embodied the spirit and the style of that decade. I really miss that phase of hers, but I guess time changes everything. The multi-award winning director is currently on the French Riviera, in Cannes, where she’s attending the 67th Film Festival as a juror. I don’t know if she’s experienced enough for such an important role, but her presence there gives me the chance to focus on her outfits. I’ve never been a fan of her plain style, but believe me when they say we are attracted to those who are totally different from us. I’d never dress like her, but I admire her consistency. Moreover, I’ve got a thing for uniforms and she seems to wear two – black in the evening, basic colours during the day, another reason to admire her.
The outfit which sealed the end of the 67th Cannes Film Festival is probably the best, a beautiful dress with an elegant leaf print. This Breadfruit gown is from Marc Jacobs spring 2014 collection: made of silk jersey gown, bordered by contrast sleeves and a gathered detail on the back, it has an Empire waist and beautifully works the contrast of dark red, white and black. It looked lovely on her.
On May 24th Sofia attended the closing ceremony and the screening of Sergio Leone’s A Fistful of Dollars wearing a romantic blue silk dress, a custom-made piece by Valentino. She balanced the simplicity of the dress (short-sleeved, with a long skirt gathered at the waist) with a stunning necklace by Chopard, made of white gold, pear-shaped diamonds and rubies. She wore flat sandals and styled her hair in a soft half-updo. Such a perfect way to say goodbye to the Croisette and to her experience as a juror.
On May 22nd Sofia attended the most important social event of the Cannes Film Festival, the 21st edition of the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala, held at the Hotel du Cap. She played safe and opted for a little black dress, which she paired to an awesome pair of patent mary-jane pumps. Her dress is nice but seems nothing special. I’ve written “seems” because it’s a very important statement, in my opinion: it’s from Louis Vuitton fall 2014 collection, the first designed by Nicolas Ghesquière after 14 years of Marc Jacobs as creative director. I think it’s the first time Sofia has worn a Vuitton outfit not designed by her long-time friend Jacobs, so we can see her choice as a seal of approval of the change at the helm of the French fashion house. Sofia’s dress is the black, featherless version of the number seen on the runway; she accessorized it with a black patent belt.
I haven’t been able to find watermark-free pictures of her arriving at the gala, but I’ve decided to post these anyway because you can see the adorable Fendi capelet she wore on her little black dress. It’s made of black mink and has an electric blue lining, very chic. Sofia has often worn fur coats and jackets, but this one has a sublime vintage vibe. I really love it but too bad it’s not faux fur!
Practice makes perfect: it’s clear Sofia Coppola can sport black pants and a white shirt like no other. On May 20th she was the epitome of minimalism at the premiere of Futatsume no mado by the Japanese director Naomi Kawase. The Mandarin-collar shirt had short sleeves, a plastron and a single fold on the front; her trousers were slim-cut.
Awww, lovely! Sofia wore a nice blue cocktail dress by Michael Kors (from the spring 2014 collection) to attend the premiere of Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher on May 19th. This is my favourite outfit so far, in tune with her style but with a glam factor. The dress was embellished with gold studs, highlighting the collarless neckline and front opening on the bodice. The 40s-inspired silhouette was emphasized by Louis Vuitton Syracusa wedges (which are apparently her favourite red carpet shoes). I want more of this from her!
Sofia and her fellow jurors attended the premiere of Alice Rohrwacher’s Le meraviglie on May 18th. I’m very excited about this film: it’s the only Italian film in the competition, and it’s by a very talented director (I loved her 2011 movie, Corpo celeste). She followed her style rule which means shirt and trousers as daywear: she wore tailored black pants and a half-buttoned short-sleeved white shirt, completing the outfit with a pair of black strappy sandals.
On May 17th Sofia walked the red carpet with her husband Thomas Mars for the premiere of Bertrand Bonello’s Saint Laurent. She wore the same Céline wedge sandals she had worn at the opening ceremony and a dress from the fall 2014 collection of the same brand. The black light textured dress was lovely.
On May 14th she attended the opening ceremony of the film festival and the screening of Olivier Dahan’s Grace of Monaco. As expected, she chose a black outfit. She picked a heavily embellished tunic and shorts from the pre-fall 2014 collection by Valentino. She wore a modified version of the original (thank God she ditched the fur trim), and accessorized it with one of her designs for Louis Vuitton (a flat clutch), Chopard diamond bracelets and Céline wedge strappy sandals.
Earlier on the same day, she attended the jury photocall with her colleagues. This outfit is classic Sofia – sleek lines, unfussy yet refined clothes, schoolgirl vibe. She wore a pair of black trousers and a lovely half-buttoned light blue shirt, both custom-made pieces by Valentino. Short sleeves, front pockets and asymmetrical hem (the front is shorter than the back) give the blouse a quirky look. She completed the outfit with another self-designed Louis Vuitton clutch and adorable ankle-strap flats.