Red carpet looks that dazzled Cannes

Actresses proved you can protest while being beautifully dressed (AFP Photo/LOIC VENANCE)

Actresses proved you can protest while being beautifully dressed

 

 

Cate Blanchett's spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Cate Blanchett’s spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make

Black and mixed-race French actresses lit up Cannes protesting the discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered (AFP Photo/Alberto PIZZOLI)

Black and mixed-race French actresses lit up Cannes protesting the discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered

Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from "Do the Right Thing" for his "BlacKkKlansman" premiere (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT            )

Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from “Do the Right Thing” for his “BlacKkKlansman” premiere

Jury member Kristen Stewart threw off her stilettos and walked barefoot along the red carpet (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Jury member Kristen Stewart threw off her stilettos and walked barefoot along the red carpet

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai's peacock and butterfly-style gown had the longest train seen on the red carpet (AFP Photo/Anne-Christine POUJOULAT)

Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai’s peacock and butterfly-style gown had the longest train seen on the red carpet

Japanese actress Erika Karata had to be rescued twice by her co-stars when she got her heel stuck in her dress (AFP Photo/Valery HACHE)

Japanese actress Erika Karata had to be rescued twice by her co-stars when she got her heel stuck in her dress

 

 

Cannes (France) (AFP) – With two powerful protests by female stars calling for equal pay and treatment, the red carpet at the Cannes film festival — which ends Sunday — was about much more than fashion statements.

But that did not dim the glamour of the gala premieres. We look back on 12 days and nights of glitz, as well as the occasional wardrobe malfunction, on the French Riviera.

– Who’s wearing the trousers? –

The Cannes red carpet has seen a lot in 71 years. But few nights will live longer in the memory than the one when female stars led by jury president Cate Blanchett protested about the festival’s epic fail when it comes to women directors. All but 82 films of the near 1,700 shown at Cannes over the years have been by men.

This was also possibly the best-dressed demo in history, with Kristen Stewart rocking a white Chanel trouser suit and many others following #MeToo protests elsewhere by dressing in black. This was a Cannes where women wore the trousers — once frowned upon by the festival’s dress code — with Blanchett killing it with a black Givenchy jumpsuit for the premiere of “Capernaum”.

– Queen Cate –

No one does regal better than Blanchett who made her name playing British monarch Elizabeth I. Her intelligence and poise gave the festival a new sheen, from her speech at the protest to her insistence that the jury will chose the best film, not the one that best fits the political narrative.

Her wardrobe choices were equally impeccable at more than a dozen galas. Two black Armani numbers contrasted with an intricate avant-garde Iris van Herpen dress. And she brought the house down with a spectacular blue Mary Katrantzou ball gown that took six months to make. The dress also delivered the cutest photo of the festival when her daughter hid under her skirts as she left her hotel room.

– Black is back –

Black and mixed-race French actresses showed how to be angry and elegant in their protest on the red carpet about the shocking discrimination and stereotyping they have suffered. Dressed in Balmain they lit up Cannes on the wettest night of the festival and were clapped up the carpet by jury member Khadja Nin.

The Burundian singer has given Blanchett a run for her money with some seriously sassy wax print dresses and headwraps while Spike Lee dusted down his Love and Hate knuckleduster rings from “Do the Right Thing” for his “BlacKkKlansman” premiere.

– Kicking ass barefoot –

After “Heelgate” in 2015 when women were stopped on the red carpet for not wearing high heels, Cannes “sexist” dress code — since revised — took a bit of a kicking this year with jury member Kristen Stewart throwing off her stilettos and walking barefoot up the steps for “BlacKkKlansman”.

A few nights later she ground convention further into the dust with an androgynous black Chanel jacket and leather trousers and loafers. Italian director Alice Rohrwacher, whose quirky “Happy as Lazzaro” is in the running for the Palme d’Or top prize, took gender reversal to a new level by wearing a man’s shirt backwards for her press conference.

– Butterfly gothic –

Indian icon Aishwarya Rai and Iranian actress Marziyeh Rezaei wore two of the most photographed dresses — for very different reasons. The train of the Bollywood’s star’s peacock/butterfly Michael Cinco dress was the longest seen on the red carpet for many a year, while Rezaei’s was a spectacularly modest shimmering tulle number channelling the most gothic of fairytales.

– A slight snag… –

And you have to feel sorry for the super chic Japanese actress Erika Karata who had to be rescued not once but twice by her co-stars from “Asako 1 & 2” when she got her heel stuck in her dress on the famous Cannes red carpet.

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Paris Hilton shines in gold gown while showing off engagement ring at Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala.

The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet.

Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes.

Pretty princess: Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown by Christophe Guillarme on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

Pretty princess: Paris Hilton wowed in a gold sleeveless gown by Christophe Guillarme on Sunday night at the Cannes Fashion For Relief gala

What a rock: The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet

What a rock: The 37-year-old Hilton heiress, who came dripping in diamonds, showed off her 20-carat, pear shaped engagement ring on the red carpet

Bling: Paris couldn't stop staring at her massive diamond 

Bling: Paris couldn’t stop staring at her massive diamond

The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people.

Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show.

Hilton, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event.

Giving back: Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes

Giving back: Fashion For Relief is a non-profit organization, lead by supermodel Naomi Campbell, that raises money for various causes

All smiles: Hilton paired her ring with a diamond watch and choker  

All smiles: Hilton paired her ring with a diamond watch and choker

Cannes club: Paris is set to host and DJ a party at the VIP Room on Monday night in France 

Paris is set to host and DJ a party at the VIP Room on Monday night.

She made her DJ debut back in June 2012 and currently has a residency at Amnesia nightclub in Ibiza.

‘My first show was in Brazil. Like 30,000 people, closing for Jennifer Lopez, it was so much fun,’ she told Billboard in an interview.

‘I loved it so much that after that I really just got more into it. I’ve just been having the time of my life. I didn’t realize what a huge success I would be.’

Front row: The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people

Front row: The evening of glitz and glamour included a guest list of over 1,000 people

Do a twirl: Paris, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event 

Do a twirl: Paris, who traveled to Cannes with fiance Chris Zylka, flew solo for the event

Fashion For Relief: Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show throughout the evening 

Fashion For Relief: Attendees enjoyed dinner, live entertainment, an auction, and a fashion show throughout the evening

The Simple Life star is in the process of planning her wedding to Zylka, 32.

During the iHeartRadio Music Awards, she revealed to ET that the pair plan to tie the knot later this year, but noted that picking a date has proved difficult due to her large family.

‘First we have the engagement party, the bridal party, and then the wedding,’ she said. ‘We’re still picking a date that’s perfect for everyone in the family. My brother is getting married in June so we’re gonna separate a few more months after that.’

What dresses looked like the year you went to prom

>> Prom dresses through the years. Photo: Flickr/Janice Waltzer

 

1989: Scoop-Neck Dresses Scoop-neck dresses were all the rage in '89. Bonus points if they happened to be bright pink and worn with matching shoes. Photo: Flickr/grilled Cheese

1990: Rosettes Nothing says 1990 more than satin rosettes across the neckline of a prom dress. This girl even wore opera-length gloves for added drama. Photo: Flickr/Mai Le

2006: Strapless Dresses

Behold: four strapless dress-wearing girls in the same photo. Two gowns are pink, one is white, and one is red, but what they all have is common is that they are strapless and fabulous.

2007: Rhinestone Brooches Often found on halter-neck dresses, these rhinestone brooches were always in the same place — right on the bodice. Photo: Flickr/02 Nation

2007: Rhinestone Brooches

Often found on halter-neck dresses, these rhinestone brooches were always in the same place — right on the bodice.

2008: Strapless Minis Floor-length gowns are certainly not a requirement at prom, and in 2008 mini dresses had a moment in the spotlight. Props if they featured tulle overlay. Photo: Flickr/Thirty30 Photography

2008: Strapless Minis

Floor-length gowns are certainly not a requirement at prom, and in 2008 mini dresses had a moment in the spotlight. Props if they featured tulle overlay.

2009: Animal-Print Gowns Your 2009 prom was all about taking a trip on the wild side, because anything animal print – whether it was zebra, cheetah, or leopard, as seen here – could be found on a prom dress. Photo: Flickr/The People's Tribune

2009: Animal-Print Gowns

Your 2009 prom was all about taking a trip on the wild side, because anything animal print – whether it was zebra, cheetah, or leopard, as seen here – could be found on a prom dress.

 

2010: Tiered Dresses This trend was for all the girls who wanted that classic princess moment. After all, nothing says, "I'm fancy!" like a tiered gown. Photo: Flickr/Peter Cattell

2010: Tiered Dresses

This trend was for all the girls who wanted that classic princess moment. After all, nothing says, “I’m fancy!” like a tiered gown.

2011: Neutral Colors An unexpected departure from the traditional rhinestones, bold colors, and prints, neutral colors were a way to look so chic at prom — from the dress down to the peep-toe heels. Photo: Flickr/etaito

2011: Neutral Colors

An unexpected departure from the traditional rhinestones, bold colors, and prints, neutral colors were a way to look so chic at prom — from the dress down to the peep-toe heels.

2012: Floral Shoulders If you loved florals but didn't want to wear a flower print, odds are you opted for this style instead. Photo: Flickr/StretchyBill

2012: Floral Shoulders

If you loved florals but didn’t want to wear a flower print, odds are you opted for this style instead.

2013: Side Cut-Outs Side cut-outs had a moment this year, and they showed up on every prom dress – this orange gown twinning moment is basically proof. Photo: Flickr/Robert J. Castaldi, Sr

2013: Side Cut-Outs

Side cut-outs had a moment this year, and they showed up on every prom dress – this orange gown twinning moment is basically proof.

2014: High-Low Hemlines High-low hemlines really swept prom season in 2014. These dresses provided the perfect silhouette if you wanted to show off some leg (and your shoes!) but also wanted to wear a full-length gown. Photo: Flickr/Ruth E Photos

2014: High-Low Hemlines

High-low hemlines really swept prom season in 2014. These dresses provided the perfect silhouette if you wanted to show off some leg (and your shoes!) but also wanted to wear a full-length gown.

2016: Two-Piece Matching Sets Forget a dress! This was the year of wearing a two-piece prom look, like these embellished (and gorgeous!) matching top and skirt sets. Photo: Flickr/Don Heller

2016: Two-Piece Matching Sets

Forget a dress! This was the year of wearing a two-piece prom look, like these embellished (and gorgeous!) matching top and skirt sets.

2017: Leg Slits Dresses with leg slits popped up at proms in 2017, because let's face it: They make dancing SO much easier. Photo: Flickr/Jacob Szetela

2017: Leg Slits

Dresses with leg slits popped up at proms in 2017, because let’s face it: They make dancing SO much easier.

Lifting the veil: who will design Meghan Markle’s wedding dress?

With less than a month to go until the royal wedding, speculation is mounting, with Stella McCartney, Erdem and Christopher Bailey among the runners and riders

Ralph & Russo at Paris fashion week, Spring Summer 2018. Photograph: Peter White/Getty Images

Ralph & Russo

Meghan Markle wearing Stella McCartney at the Queen’s birthday party concert on 21 April 2018. Photograph: John Stillwell/AFP/Getty Images

Stella McCartney

The woke choice. The strongest statement Markle could make would be to emphasise ethics with a sustainable, ethically sourced and made gown by Stella McCartney. When I interviewed her last week, McCartney definitely did not deny being The One. (On the other hand, having your name on lists like this one is good PR, so why deny it, even if the phone never rang?) Markle has worn Stella McCartney several times, including the caped gown she chose for the Queen’s birthday party at the weekend. Plus, the McCartneys are, in a way, British royalty. But while McCartney has made wedding dresses, including a corsetted gown with a long train for Madonna’s Scottish castle wedding in 2000, she is not really known for frills or romance. Her sleek, streamlined aesthetic is a more natural fit for Markle’s everyday wardrobe than for a wedding day. Very possibly a contender for a slinky gown for the evening reception.

 

Lily James wears Burberry at the Baftas in February 2018. Photograph: Mike Marsland/WireImage

Christopher Bailey

A persistent outlying rumour links Christopher Bailey, the outgoing Burberry designer, with the wedding dress. Bailey has a longstanding relationship with Markle, having dressed her character on Suits. “I wear a lot of Burberry on the show because Rachel’s whole aesthetic is someone who comes from money and has a real classic design sensibility,” Markle has said. Points in favour: Burberry is a marquee name of British fashion; the fashion industry would be utterly charmed by a royal swansong for the universally liked Bailey; he is a discreet, mature character who could handle the palace and be trusted to keep a secret. Burberry is known for trenchcoats, not fairytale glamour gowns, but Lily James’s inky red-carpet showstopper at February’s Baftas was by Burberry. So you never know.

A model wearing a dress by Erdem during London fashion week, September 2017. Photograph: Estrop/WireImage

Erdem

Backstage after Erdem’s most recent London fashion week show, he explained that his inspiration this season was Adele Astaire, Fred Astaire’s sister, who married into the British aristocracy. Later that day, at a fashion week reception at Buckingham Palace, his long-term client the Duchess of Cambridge made a beeline across the room for a chat. So I did ask, obviously, but he just giggled and raised his eyebrows. Make of that what you will. Erdem has Canadian connections in common with Markle, who lived in Toronto for six years. She has also worn Erdem’s clothes for years, choosing a printed maxi-dress for a wedding she attended with Harry in Jamaica last year. The recent expansion of Erdem’s small London team has added fuel to this fire. Aesthetically, this would be the most fashion-forward choice. Last year, he took the young Queen Elizabeth’s meeting with Duke Ellington at a jazz club as a starting point for a catwalk collection of rewired, quirky royal glamour. A charteuse silk gown with a tulip shaped skirt featured dense black embroidery and three outsize red silk bows at the breastbone, worn with flat mules and a quiff.

The Duchess of Cambridge arriving for her wedding at Westminster Abbey on 29 April 2011. Photograph: Samir Hussein/WireImage

Sarah Burton

Two words: Norman Hartnell. The logic against Sarah Burton creating a spectacular Alexander McQueen gown for the royal wedding is that Burton created a spectacular Alexander McQueen gown for the last royal wedding seven years ago. But history shows that this does not rule Burton out. Norman Hartnell designed the Queen’s wedding dress in 1947, and her sister Margaret’s in 1960. A second dress commission would strengthen the ties between the royal family and Alexander McQueen, perhaps the most iconic British fashion label of modern times. The royal family set a lot of store by trust, and Burton did an exemplary job both of designing the dress and of not breathing so much as a word about it. The “Fab Four” of William and Kate plus Harry and Meghan is a compelling new framing of the royals, and this would give it an elegant symmetry.

 

Kylie Jenner Matched Stormi’s Fendi Stroller, and It’s the Most Hollywood Thing We’ve Ever Seen, Okurr!

 

 

While most people take their babies for a walk in a regular stroller, Kylie Jenner decided to put her daughter in the most glamorous one we’ve ever seen. The 20-year-old mama took little Stormi for a walk in a — wait for it — Fendi baby stroller! But that wasn’t all.

In true Hollywood fashion, Kylie also took this as an opportunity to show off her amazing postbaby body. She matched Stormi’s baby carriage in a skintight Fendi dress. Her logo-covered outfit hugged each and every one of her famous curves, and she finished her look off with beige combat boots. Read on to get a closer look at her outfit, and buy similar versions of her dress ahead.

Meghan Markle: The wellness guru she could have been

 

There’s a common misconception that most little girls dream about one day becoming a princess, with a prince who can sweep in to save the dayMeghan Markle waving and lead her into a life of luxury.

For most of us, this is a mere fantasy, but occasionally for a precious few, the fairy tales of our childhoods can become reality.

American actress Meghan Markle is one of these lucky individuals. Yet, while she may now be the envy of many, Meghan hasn’t spent her life waiting for a prince to appear.

In addition to being an established actress, best known for her work on the popular TV drama Suits, Meghan set up and ran her own lifestyle blog called The Tig for almost three years.

The Tig was closed in April 2017, and all its articles were taken offline. Meghan’s social media accounts were wiped in January, two months after her engagement to Prince Harry was announced.

Had she not met Prince Harry, it is likely that Meghan could have gone on to develop her brand further into a much bigger business opportunity, the same way Hollywood A-lister Gwyneth Paltrow did with her hugely successful lifestyle platform Goop.

‘Inspired lifestyle’

On The Tig, Meghan shared beauty, diet and fashion tips, recipes, travel advice, and words of wisdom about love and life – all the essentials you might need to live an “inspired lifestyle”.

Meghan wrote many of the blog posts herself, and she reinforced the messages from The Tig on social media, with companion posts on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Before her accounts were deactivated in January, she had 3 million Instagram followers, 800,000 Facebook likes and 350,000 Twitter followers.

Meghan had also partnered with Canadian High Street fashion retailer Reitmans to release two fashion collections in 2015 and 2016.

Apart from discussing issues dear to her heart – such as feminism, humanitarian causes and the personal struggles she’d overcome in her life – Meghan would share quotes from inspirational books she had read.

“You are always enough,” was a key Meghan mantra – based on advice once given to her by a casting director during an audition.

Her blog made mention of Elizabeth Gilbert’s best-selling memoir Eat, Pray, Loveand neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi’s posthumously published autobiography When Breath Becomes Air.

She also cited the works of Deepak Chopra, an alternative-medicine guru and leading public speaker in the New Age movement.

“She was trying to show people you could live your best life no matter what your circumstances were, and she was sharing tips and tricks she had learned from meeting people,” says Amanda Dishaw, editorial director of Vancouver-based lifestyle fashion publisher Effervescence Media.

“She brought in a range of experts to give advice on The Tig, from make-up artists and dieticians, to fitness instructors, yoga instructors and travel experts.”

20 Stylish Travel Shoes That Are Remarkably Comfortable

Just because you’re traveling doesn’t mean you have to ditch your sense of fashionable footwear. Though the kitten heels and slingbacks might be best served at home in your closet, there is a practical footwear balance between style and comfort.

Whether you’re looking for comfy plane shoes, walkable flats that won’t give you blisters after a long day, or stylish sneakers that can go from day to night, we’ve taken the guessing out of wondering which shoes you should bring on your next adventure.

See below for 20 stylish travel shoes that still deliver comfort:

  • 1 Linea Paolo ‘Felicia’ Wedge Bootie
    Nordstrom
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  • 2 Chacos Classic Hiking Sandals
    Jet
    Get it at Jet for $70.
  • 3 Bernie Mev. Frontier Woven Mary Jane Wedge
    Nordstrom
    Get it at Nordstrom, $80.
  • 4 VIA SPIGA Marlow Slip-On Sneaker
    Nordstrom
    Get it at Nordstrom, $195.
  • 5 Cole Haan Rodeo Tassel Driving Loafer
    Nordstrom
    Get it at Nordstrom, $130.
  • 6 Dansko Missy
    Zappos
    Get it at Zappos, $145.
  • 7 UGG Sammy Sneaker
    Nordstrom
    Get it at Nordstrom, $110.
  • 8 Teva Original Universe Sandals
    Zappos
    Get it at Zappos for $50.
  • 9 adidas Originals NMD R1 STLT Primeknit Sneaker
    Urban Outfitters
    Get it at Urban Outfitters, $170.
  • 10 Superga Classic Canvas Slip-on Sneakers
    Anthropologie
    Get them at Anthropologie, $68.
  • 11 TOMS Blue Slub Chambray Women’s Del Rey Sneakers
    Toms
    Get them at TOMS, $79.
  • 12 GREATS The Alta
    Greats
    Get them at GREATS, $198.
  • 13 Cole Haan Anica Slide Sandal
    Nordstrom
    Get them at Nordstrom, $130.
  • 14 Birkenstock Yara Sandals
    Anthropologie
    Get them at Birkenstock, $128.
  • 15 TOMS Black Slubby Cotton Avalon Slip-Ons
    Toms
    Get them at TOMS, $60.
  • 16 Skechers Flex Appeal 2.0
    Skechers
    Get them at Skechers, $70.
  • 17 Superga 2750 Gingham Sneaker
    Urban Outfitters
    Get them at Urban Outfitters, $85.
  • 18 UGG Tye Sneaker
    Nordstrom
    Get them at Nordstrom, $140.
  • 19 Seychelles Offstage Chelsea Boots
    Anthropologie
    Get them at Anthropologie, $128.
  • 20 Soludos Amalfi Braided Sandals
    Anthropologie
    Get them at Anthropologie, $98.