Oh dear. This really is the week of vile feet. But shame. Kim Kardashian is pregnant, it is hot in LA and it is inevitable that your footsies are going to swell quite a bit. So I don't actually think that one can poke fun at her for that. Especially since this week she has managed to trot out two dresses that not only fit her blossoming bump but are also actually pretty good on her.
No. What I don't understand is why she wears these specific shoes. I mean if I was dealing with swollen feet (and if my trip to Thailand last year was any indication) I would tuck them away in a nice comfy trainer or wear a pretty flip flop. Something flat. Something without straps that need tying. Something without plastic uppers. There are plenty of pretty flats to go around. I even have some from Jimmy Choo. What is her problem?? Sigh. Have a nice weekend.
Every year at the Cannes Film FestivalCalvin Klein hosts a party and all the lady stars turn up in perfectly chic little summer frocks designed by Francisca Costa for CK to celebrate. This year was a tiny bit different. First of all it was chucking it down with rain so it must have been a nightmare to wear the dresses - brrrr. Secondly Nicole Kidman's dress was anything but little and perfectly chic.
Which is actually not to say I didn't like it. What's not to like about a dress of lazer-cut leather? And Nicole is so tall that she is able to carry off a much heavier dress than others of her ilk. But let's be honest, it doesn't come close to living up to her stellar style performance of Day 1, right?
Other triers at the event were Carey Mulligan in her very chic CK LBD. She looked good. I wasn't as keen on Rooney Mara who looked like she'd seen a ghost. Or was a ghost. Or something not good. That colour on her is a disaster. And Naomie Harris has been wearing a lot of the label recently, but I am unconvinced by this specific marriage of her rib cage and these cut outs - I mean you cant suck in your belly so your ribs stick out like that when one can seeeeee them You can't. It's just weird. Blah. Yuck. You?
There is absolutely no doubt that the glitz and glamour really hit the 2013 Cannes Film Festival last night at the premier of the film Jeune et Jolie. It was the red carpet that the stars came out to play on. And I was entranced.
I was particularly entranced by one Freida Pinto. Seriously, can this chick get anymore beautiful and exquisitely dressed. I am such a fan of her style.
She was wearing a dress custom made by an Indian designer called Sanchita, which she specifically chose to wear to support her homeland. Seriously? So nice too! Wish we had one of those this year. Her hair and make-up were also delightful and I adore a vintage brooch in the hair as part of an up-do. This really works beautifully.
Which should take nothing away from Fan Bingbing who wore buttercup yellow Elie Saab Couture in a princess design with a bow belt. Yes. Pretty much the prettiest dress you ever did see. If only you could move in it...
For me the other star who really stood out in style was Ines de la Fressange. An older Chanel muse, Ines wore red, which is always a winner. Then she paired the red with hot pink - bag and shoes. And take a look there ladies, the shoes are flats. This is so brilliant for Cannes where it is all beach and sea. If you like the understated vibes on red carpets like I do, I know you are going to love this look on Ines.
I know loads of you absolutely love Emma Watson and her young, Brit-girl style. And I respect that. But I did not grow up with her (over)acting in Harry Potter. I was already so very full grown by then. So I think of her as a rather plain, eager and earnest young woman who is not as great as her hype. Emma was premiering her new movie, The Bling Ring, last night at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and for the event wore a pretty fantastic black and white dress by Chanel.
As much as I am not that keen on the young woman, I totally get this dress. I think that it is sexy and elegant simultaneously. It is also youthful enough, but with gravitas befitting the occasion. She really pitched it perfectly.
I loved it from the back as well. And it complemented the white Dior with the black belt that fellow-actress Katie Chang wore. Which was unexpectedly cool.
In fact the entire cast - and their director - looked like a gang of perfectly glossy young things. Great summer on the Cote d'Azur pictures really.
I wasn't as keen on Emma's day look for the photo call. This burgundy two piece number is by young British designer-with-an-edge, Christopher Kane. I think the colour is great and Emma looks nice, I am just never going to be on board with cheap lace frills. Ever. Shame.
My real respect goes to director Sofia Coppola. She wore understated Louis Vuitton for both the photo call and the premier. Despite her good looks and pedigree, she never lets us get confused as to who the stars are and who the director is. She is serious. She is beautiful, but serious. And she is elegant in that way that can't be styled. I love her relaxed and down-played looks. I would also like that little black LV dress to come home with me. Anytime. For me, she was the star of Cannes Day 2.
Oh how I love this combination. Octavia Spencer premiered her new movie, Fruitvale Station, at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival last night. She wore her favourite designer, Tadashi Shoji to both the premier and the photo call. And while the stunning, red-hot, red-carpet, red lace dress was exactly what we have come to expect from the pairing - SENSATIONAL - the other was not.
Octavia was joined on the red carpet by her cast mates, including the very cute and worth watching Melonie Diaz (in blue), the wonderful Michael B Jordan (from Parenthood), as well as Ahna O'Reilly and Ryan Coogler. I already know I will watch this film.
Earlier in the day, as I mentioned, Octavia pulled a whole other style out the bag at the photo call. And while I don't love the heaviness of the dropped waist line, I do love the lightness of the weave, the pleated femininity, the cute sassiness and the fact that clearly we are not going to get bored of Tadashi and Octavia if they keep mixing it up like this. Bring it!
Can we just call some attention to the utter adorable-ness of Melodie's Moschino polka dot dress that I love and want in my wardrobe RIGHT NOW. Please?
Two of my very favourite style stars got it spectacularly wrong on the red carpet at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival last night. I was crushingly disappointed to see that Florence Welch wore this pink satin polka dot dress by Miu Miu. I mean it wasn't a good dress to start with. And then the colour was all kinds of wrong for Flo specifically. And it was silly for a grand occasion. And then she added that matching handbag and popped on those shoes. WHAT? I love this girl and her crazy 70s-inspired, slightly goth style so what was she bloody thinking when she put this little number together?? We will never know. But it was all kinds of wrong.
And then there was Julianne Moore. You guys really know how much I love and admire her. I want to be her. And at first glance this isn't so bad. It is a perfectly nice Dior Couture gown hot off the runway. Sure, it's not our favourite of the gowns from that collection, but it isn't terrible. So what am I on about? Oh, only those little piggies that went to market. Take a ganger at her shoes. Well, her toes in her shoes. Or out of them really. I. Just. Can't. No, lady. Just NO!
Three major global models hit the red carpet at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival last night, one a US icon of the eighties and the other two young heiresses from the UK. Cindy Crawford wore white Roberto Cavalli, slinky and skin-tight as if it has been poured onto her - and it hasn't been twenty years since her heyday. Sure there is the odd sign of ageing but MAN she looks good.
Daughter of Mick and Jerry, Georgia Jagger also wore Cavalli - her gown was red hot and featured cut-outs and a small train. I think her make-up made the look for me. I wasn't that keen on the dress, but the lip colour really pulled it together.
And then there was Cara Delevingne. She wore Burberry as she is an ambassador for the great British brand. I have to say that I am NOT a fan of this girl. I had to search through about a hundred images to find one where she wasn't pulling a stupid face to get to this one above. But then I saw this one below and in an instant, it is clear why she the most successful model of the moment. Perfection.
I am just doing a little extra post because I thought that Freida Pinto looked so fantastic last night at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, dressed as she was in hot pink Gucci and accessorised like the Bollywood princess that she is. Stunning, no?
While I thought Nicole Kidman won the first day from a style perspective at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, there is no doubt that Carey Mulligan was a solid and deserving runner up. She wore a blush white (well, white tinged with the slightest hint of pink) Dior custom gown to the opening ceremony and premier last night.
Despite the pouring rain for a while there on the red carpet, Carey looked joyful and happy, had her hair down and her lipstick pumping. Remember, Carey has gone pretty much bare-faced for the entire promo tour thus far, so I am delighted that this was her look last night.
The Dior gown revealed a hint of side boob, and had a gorgeous string back that really suited Carey's super-slim frame. Frankly I think she looked exquisite.
Earlier in the day, at the photo call, I was utterly smitted by the Balenciaga look, with Saint Laurent heels that she has worn before.
Look, we all know I am never going to hate a black jumpsuit, but this one was elegant and sophisticated and fitted beautifully. Hair and make-up were pitch perfect.
Also at the photo call and the premier last night - aside from Leonardo di Caprio and Toby Maguire - was the delightful Isla Fisher. She wore a lovely white summer dress to the photo call (Dolce & Gabbana of course) and a searing red Oscar de la Renta to the premier. She isn't doing much to distinguish herself from her doppelganger Amy Adams by wearing the exact same designers that Amy would, but I know she is funny, so I am clinging to that. Nice enough.
Oh my goodness. Day 1 of the 2013 Cannes Film Festival belonged to Nicole Kidman. Of that there is no doubt. Sure, she is just a judge not a star, but like Diane Kruger before her, she really shone.
Nicole wore a Dior Couture gown to the opening ceremony and premier of The Great Gatsby last night and looked like the personification of spring on the Cote d'Azur.
With immaculate hair styling, a punch of attitude in the coral shoes, and her incredible carriage - I mean posture here people, not transport - she blew all the pretenders away, including the cast of the movie.
Earlier in the day she had already won my heart in this Alexander McQueen sleek black gown, which she paired with some ruby red Jimmy Choo slippers for maximum sexy in a completely understated and elegant look. I don't think she could have done it better. What do you think?
This image pretty much took my breath away last night on the 2013 Cannes Film Festival red carpet for the opening ceremony and the premier of The Great Gatsby. With the first full day of Cannes coverage, I felt it important to begin the way we mean to go on - with a a powerhouse gown.
Solange Knowles turned up last night in a sheer caramel gown by Stéphane Rolland Couture that not only embraced the glamour and style of the South of France, but also the more risque side of things too. By going totally sheer there was the naughty wink to the excesses of both the location and the movie on screen. Just sensational, don't you think?
There was a big party in Marrakech this weekend. It was the relaunch of an exclusive members-only club, ASMALLWORLD. And it was attended by a mix of American and European celebrities. It was sponsored in part by Diane von Furstenberg. I wish I was there only because I love Marrakech and I love DvF. The fact that everyone got to wear DvF in Marrakech is like cat nip to me. FOMO! Anyway all the girls wore DvF of course and looked lovely on occasion. These were my top three picks from the weekend. Olivia Wilde being my absolute favourite. Love the print. Love the punch of coral. I think that Poppy Delevingne and Dianna Agron also had some style success with the event, in a mix of boho and spangle. Who do you think pulled it off best?
Disney teenage starlette, Bella Thorn is one of the most elegant little stylistas around. At only 15 years old, I usually love her cute, youthful outfits. If you don't believe me, see a recent one below. However, yesterday she posted a tweet saying she was off to South Africa and was super excited. Well, naturally. She is coming here to film her new movie with Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Yes, we will be host, once more, to superstars. Anyhoodle. She felt it appropriate to dress for the 'bush' in this. Seriously. THIS. What. Is. It?? She is going to get all kinds of shock when she gets here and realise that we are all decked out in Zara, Topshop and Louis Vuitton. How we will laugh. See you soon Bella!
This dinner, hosted by MAC and Vogue, was held at Chateau Marmont in honour of designer Prabal Gurung. So most of the gals wore PG. But not all. Jaime King did. And managed to make pregnancy look slinky and sexy. Sure, she is only four months preggers, but looking good lady. And so pretty. Liberty Ross and Dita von Teese did not. This is Dior. And it looks AMAZING.
Then there were the women that I expected to look awesome, who didn't quite get it right. Diane Kruger should know better than to show her belly button. Crop tops are all about covering the belly button - wither with the pants or the top. Either way. I do like the Prabal Gurung pants though. They are rad. Zoe Saldana looked like she could use some lip gloss and two inches off her hem. I felt like she phoned this one in. She has been promoting a lot recently, so we will forgive. And Ginnifer Goodwin just looks like she has been stuffed into a dress that really doesn't belong on a human form. And I wish she would stop with this whole blue steel face she gives on a red carpet. Who told her that was what she wanted to say about herself??
The Prabal Gurung prints from last year's collection were a hit still. Amber Valletta and Aubrey Plaza (from Parks and Recreation) looks brilliant. That print is a keeper for sure. Jennifer Morrison did less well, but I like the jacket. All in a good night out. Nice crowd. Nice designer. Who was your favourite? Let me know.
I was pretty hard on Uma Thurman at the Met Gala last week because I HATED the colour of her gown. Now she has completely redeemed herself to my mind. She was at the opening night of the American Ballet Theatre on Monday night in this sheath of white wonder by Fendi. Doesn't she look spectacular?
Also attending the event was one of my favourites, Lucy Liu. She wore a Vivienne Westwood white gown. So far so stunning. And then inexplicably popped a very pretty cardigan over the top by J.Mendel. Nice cardi, guys, but WHY is it on top of a sensational gown? When all the detail of the gown is in the bodice? And it makes you look all top-heavy. I just don't understand. Lucy, fire your stylist immediately. You deserve better than this advice. Also, you can't see them here but your shoes belong on strippers. That's it. As you were. Carry on.