Monday, June 3, 2013

Cannes-piration: Keeping it Très Chic at Any Event

Every Spring, filmmakers, actors, models, designers and dignitaries flock to the French Riviera for the annual Cannes Film Festival.  This twelve day extravaganza not only celebrates the best in current and upcoming movies, but it also showcases the crème de la crème of fashion.  One of the greatest things about this festival is seeing the many different looks that celebrities have to pull together for all the varying types of events that they will attend.  Everyone can relate to having to pack for a trip that will require numerous wardrobe changes, which can be very challenging.  While these stars have stylists to help pull together their looks, we can still take a cue from how they chose smart-looking outfits that meet a plethora of functions.

Carey Mulligan wore a black jumpsuit by Alexander Wang for Balenciaga for the photocall for The Great Gatsby.  The modern, rounded neckline, beaded detailing and t-strap heels added a special touch to this decidedly more casual look.  Rosie Huntington Whiteley chose a creme Dior corset top and high-low hemmed skirt with pockets for the amfAR Benefit.  Her matching ivory pumps balanced the look with a prim yet not overly-done feel.  Olivia Palermo showed her innate sense of style in a short black Roberto Cavalli frock with varying textures and long sleeves.  The feather accents on her heel straps and her cobalt purse shows that it's all in the details for an evening out.  Also in Cavalli, Princess Charlene of Monaco proves that a pant suit can be sexy and sharp at the boat party celebrating the designer.  Her robin's-egg blue clutch is the perfect counterpoint to her dark ensemble.  You'll also notice that each of these women has chosen to forego jewelry or stick with very simple pieces - keeping in line with the "less is more" theory - especially when considering precious luggage space!

Yet there are those nights when you just know you want to pull out all the stops.  This was the case at the 'All Is Lost' Cannes premiere.  As Milla Jovovich shows, the red carpet was made for drama, and her sweeping Armani gown with a jewel-encrusted bodice and navy  silk skirt is a showstopper. Her dark nails, sideswept bangs, smoky eye makeup, matching clutch and sparkling cuff are perfect accessories for this glamorous yet French-chic look.

What did you think of this year's Cannes fashion?  Checking out the quick and varied ensemble changes that the attendees have to make, I definitely feel the need to keep my style quotient 'en pointe' while on business or personal trips! 

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Rock // Stars

The Costume Institute's Metropolitan Museum of Art Ball is regarded as 'the biggest night in fashion'.  The very essence of the event is centered around all that is couture: the goal is to raise funds and celebrate the Institute's latest fashion-as-art exhibit, and it is tradition for designers to bring their current muse (see: model or starlet) as their guest.  The theme of this year's event was Punk Rock: Chaos to Couture and it was with high expectation that fashionophones awaited what designers, stylists and celebrities would come up with for this seemingly odd pairing of punk and haute couture.

Rooney Mara was co-chair of the event along with Anna Wintour (naturally!) and Riccardo Tisci.  She donned an on-trend white lace dress by Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy.  While you'd expect this to be a more demure and ladylike look, what gave this ensemble the rock-star treatment were the structured shoulders, exposed zippers, plunging neckline, high center slit and dark lip color.  Anne Hathaway stunned in sheer and shredded black Valentino column with cut out panels.  Her brand-new platinum hair color added a bit of surprising yet balancing glam.  Model Rosie Huntington Whitely made a grand entrance in an olive-hued Gucci gown of silk, see-through fishnet and feathers.  

My favorite look of the night was Cara Delevigne, arguably the most sought-after model in the business right now.  Her custom-designed studded Burberry gown had a low neckline that showcased her layered and dripping necklaces.  She accented her look with her signature heavy eyebrows, smoky eye makeup and tousled hair.  Perhaps it has something to do with the precarious personality that she's known for, but for me she encapsulated exactly what this night called for: model cool and devil-may-care punk.

Who was your best dressed at the Met Gala?  Do these looks make you reconsider the juxtaposition of  unconventional punk and high fashion?