Queen of the Night: Nicole Kidman Opening Night Ceremony 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival--Kidman wore Christian Dior Haute Couture Spring 2013
The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival officially kicked off last night in (you guessed it!) Cannes France. Last night was the Opening Ceremonies with the festival opening up with Baz Luhrman's new film "The Great Gatsby". Superstars Nicole Kidman and "Amelie" star Audrey Tautou kicked off 12-days of red carpet fashion at the opening night festivities. The prestigious Riviera movie event provides both big fashion houses and (rarely, but sometimes as in Audrey Tautou's case--see below) up-and-coming designers with unparalleled opportunities to showcase their work before a global audience.
Fashion Princesses: Nicole Kidman and French actress Audrey Tautou--Tautou wore a design by young French designer Yiqing Yin who incidentally spent 400 hours creating her frosted mint organza and chiffon silk gown.
At the fashion house of Lebanese couturier Elie Saab, a favorite with award ceremony regulars--according to france24.com--the Designer (or at least, their PR dept.) never make the first move. "We don't contact them: they have to want to wear our robes," said Elie Saab's Emilie Legendre, adding that a large number of fittings were done this year in Los Angeles, London and Paris. I somehow doubt that the PR companies of the designer brands do not contact the actresses' pr agents to offer a gown or two, especially for such a high-profile event like Cannes. This, I do not believe. But irregardless, Cannes has become a BIG Red Carpet "Fashion Show". Speaking of, let's discuss the Red Carpet so far:
Nicole Kidman: First, I want to talk about Nicole's AMAZING hairstyle! This is, hands down, one of the best up-do/faux hawk ponytail looks EVAH! I really hope that hairstylist received A HUGE Hairstylist paycheck from this: One of the BEST!
Nicole Kidman and Director Steven Spielberg--Nicole wore a black sheath dress with semi-scooped neckline and fitted-to-puffy sleeved dress from Alexander McQueen Fall 2013; it was a black version of a dress style (shown in white at right, above) in the Alexander McQueen Fall 2013 Look Book
...what Gwyneth Paltrow wore back at the 1999 Academy Awards
Questionable white powder concealer/English supermodel Cara Delevingue, who just returned from Singapore modeling in Chanel's Resort 2014 Fashion Show, did the 2013 Opening Ceremonies red carpet, in a black lace gown from Burberry. Love the fitted gown, the see-through lace and especially that red lipstick'ed "Don't EVEN try-and-ask-me-about-the-white-powder look"!
Last, But Not Least...(for now)
Miss Fan Bingbing has been really bringing on the COUTURE in the last couple of years at Cannes, so I hope she delivers this year as well!