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.’

The Dresses — and Hats! — to Wear to a 2018 Kentucky Derby Viewing Party

Kentucky Derby

You Won’t Believe These 11 Chic Dresses Are Less Than $60 — Seriously!

Wear this pretty H&M Dress With Buttons ($40) with your favorite white sneakers.

You’ll want to live in this H&M Kaftan Dress ($35) all season long.

 

You can also get this H&M Patterned Wrap-Front Dress ($25) in yellow or black.

This lightweight H&M V-Neck Dress ($25) is great for hot weather.

Animal-print-lovers, this H&M Balloon-Sleeved Dress ($60) is for you.

You can wear this delicate H&M Lace Dress ($50) to a wedding this Summer.

 

 

Dress up this H&M Striped Wrap-Front Dress ($60) with chic mules.

 

You can wear this versatile H&M Dress With Smocking ($30) to work, date night, and beyond.

 

 

 

You can wear this versatile H&M Dress With Smocking ($30) to work, date night, and beyond.

 

This H&M Dress With Eyelet Embroidery ($60) is all about the back.

Go for a denim look and get this H&M Lyocell Dress ($40).

8 Korean Fashion Styles To Fall In Love With For Spring

Spring has begun, and that means a number of things: new K-dramas with pretty faces, the type of songs you listen to in the car with the windows down, and best of all: new fashion. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, you can finally ditch the rain coats, puff coats, and wind beater jackets which have most likely been plaguing your closet. Well, maybe not yet.

If you’re still stuck in the last few cold fronts of winter’s icy grip, don’t lose hope! There’s no time like the present for planning (and shopping), so feel free to sit down with a cup of hot chocolate and indulge in a taste of the spring outfits you’re going to rock soon. Without further ado, here are eight K-fashion styles to fall in love with this season!

1. Jeans & heels

Who doesn’t love heels? Now that it’s almost time to put away the fur boots, you might want to consider digging out your abandoned heels and lavishing some much-needed attention on them. Spring is a season of vibrancy and color, and nothing represents that more than a pair of playfully flirtatious heels. Keep ‘em casual with a pair of jeans — you can go for classic blue skinny jeans, or have a little more fun with ripped jeans, patchwork jeans, boot leg jeans, etc. Amp up the cute factor by adding a seasonal splash of color to your heels, be it green, yellow, or robin egg blue: your options are open. Complete the outfit with a knitted sweater, a light turtleneck, a casual sweatshirt, or a sarcastic t-shirt. With this style, you’re free to get pretty creative.

2. Sarcastic shirts

T-shirts are breezy and comfortable, and now that they come with a plethora of sarcastic and witty sayings, they’re also a great way to express the sass in your personality. Other bonuses? They’re very “in” at the moment, they fit well with the 2018 vibe, and best of all, they’re not super expensive. Tuck them in to your jeans completely or only tuck them in the front, leaving the back to flow loosely for a bit of casual elegance. Pair them with high-waisted jeans if you want to showcase the T-shirt more. Lastly: don’t forget to take a selfie.

3. Have fun with denim

If you’re going for a look other than casual and colorful, try experimenting with some denim choices for spring. Pair a pale blue denim jacket or button-up shirt with dark blue or white jeans for a fashionably daring denim-on-denim look. A cute denim dress can also do the trick, either on its own or layered over a T-shirt for a sweet “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” kind of feel.

4. Add a long skirt

Long skirts are a relatively new fashion trend, so this style is open for experimentation. Try out different types of long skirts to see which ones are your spring favorites: floral patterns, tulle, or denim? Pair them with heels, boots, or sneakers and a tuck in tee, sweater, or blouse. If your skirt has a slit or is shorter in the front, you can choose a particular pair of shoes you want to showcase; otherwise, the sky is the limit with this look.

5. Spring = florals

With spring comes the obvious floral print, and Korea has always been a fan of it. Go all out with a floral print dress or mix and match with other outfit styles. As a general rule of thumb, keep to soft colors to complement your florals: tan heels, off-white sweaters, blush pink jeans, etc.

Left: Oh My Girl’s “Secret Garden.” Right: Yesstyle

6. Show off your shoulders

Show off your collarbone (and get some much needed Vitamin D) with an off-the-shoulder top. K-fashion has a number of styles to fit your personal preference: a collared blouse that hangs off your shoulders, a cutout neckline with V-straps, a choker top, a V-neckline, etc. These tops aren’t usually very expensive, so if you want to buy a combo collection for your closet, go for it!

7. Going sheer

Sheer is becoming “in.” After all, it’s a soft and flattering fabric which can be used in a number of different styles. Wear a sheer blouse over a tank top and pair it with jeans or a pencil skirt for an elegant look. Or wear a more figure-conforming sheer top for a sexier look. For the latter, if you’re uncomfortable with not wearing any layers underneath, then you can pair the shirt with a bandeau or a crop top. Add an extra feminine touch by sporting a flowy sheer top over a casual shirt or tank.

You can also incorporate sheer fabric into your outfit in a number of other ways: a layered skirt over another skirt, shorts, or jeans; or with a sweater, a crop top, etc.

Remember: Korean fashion relies on fun experimentation, so don’t hesitate to add your own touch of personality to your look!

While you’re dreaming about your favorite spring fashion styles, tell us what they are in the comments! Which K-fashion outfits are you planning out for spring, Soompiers?

 

Comfort is in fashion: Women choosing sandals, Models strut autumn fashion in Melbourneover high heels find surveys

Faux fur, gingham blazers and the classic white shirt – but with a twist – are some of the autumn-winter trends emerging from the Melbourne Fashion Festival.

Models Kris Smith and Rachael Finch were among the names strutting their stuff on Myer’s runways at the Virgin Australia Melbourne Fashion Festival on Saturday.

Blazers featured alongside one-shouldered, high-neck or puffy-sleeved white shirts in collections by brands such as Scotch & Soda, Asilio, One Teaspoon and Acler.

Jewellery-toned faux fur was also shaping up to be a key autumn-winter trend for the festival, running until March 18.

Sportmax AW18 Was The Ultimate Flirtation Between Fashion And Comfort

Sportmax’s last collection saw a use of ‘go faster’ stripes and parachute-inspired shapes and hardware to create wearable workwear. This time around, the AW18 show presented a more literal take on its sportswear namesake.

Although it’s been almost 50 years since its conception, Sportmax remains consistent in its mining of athletic primary materials. As ever, Max Mara’s sister brand upgraded them with grace, with the Milan collection taking direct and faithful inspiration from many athletic pursuits whilst staying infinitely wearable.

sportmax hair and make up

With models’ hair styled into no-nonsense up-dos or embracing their natural texture and pushed behind their ears, the clothes, similarly, looked ready for action.

athleticwear sportmax

Waterproof cagoules that appeared perfect for a walking holiday preceded ski-ready tops and dresses that could be re-purposed from wet suits. A nod to equestrian-wear with fit and flair blazers in check print paired perfectly with puffers and ski-trousers that wouldn’t look out of place in a snowboarder’s closet.

luxe sportmax

Fabrics remained a core part of this casual-luxury hybrid, with nylon lacing, thin knits and waterproofs expertly juxtaposed with cashmere, lurex and leatherwork.

The white boot, a current catwalk staple, showed its practical side with thick, rubber soles, whilst silk 40’s-style dresses were styled over long-johns. Boots and gloves were worn with sequin dresses and statement earrings in what the brand called a, ‘never ending flirt between fashion and comfort’.

Winning the award for the most wearable collection to storm the runways for AW18, the hyper-functional lines and shapes present in the collection’s silhouettes were refreshingly offset with saturated colours and frivolous fabrics.

The stand out piece? A floor-skimming glitter tank dress that summed up the prevalent fashion meets function flirtation present throughout the entire collection.