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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Doria Ragland, Prince Charles and Camilla
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Men Hit Their Style Prime at 30, Study Finds

Men feel confident with their appearance by 30, according to the research

Men spend an average of £310 on every new style they try

Men hit their style ‘prime’ at the age of 30, a study has found.

After years of experimenting with their clothes and facial hair, men finally find a look they feel confident in after reaching the milestone age.

The journey to the style peak will see the average bloke try three different facial hair styles, four hair dos, five fashion picks and five overall looks throughout the years.

But the study, by male grooming brand Braun, also revealed substance is just as important as style, with honesty, intelligence and success in work revealed as the top three values for men.

The combination of style and substance takes longer to come through though, with 35 found to be the age at which men finally manage to juggle both.

Along with close friends and family members, footballers are among the groups men believe are able to balance both style and substance most successfully.

While it was their style on the pitch that was most celebrated, their fashion sense was close behind, followed by their hair and facial hair.

Eric Dier, Tottenham Hotspur and England football player and global brand ambassador for Braun, said: “When I’m on the pitch, I don’t believe in compromising on substance or style, and that’s something I’m proud of.

“It’s true for my attitude off the pitch too, and I’ll do what I can to look my best.

The study, of 2,000 men, found that when it comes to style, 40 per cent of those surveyed would describe theirs as “casual”, while just one in 10 would say “smart”.

Only one in 20 would define their look as “cool”.

But more than four in 10 guys admit their look varied ahead of reaching their prime, with 66 per cent choosing a style at some point just because it was popular at the time – even though they didn’t really feel confident in it.

Sixty-nine per cent even admitted to giving their appearance a style makeover that they’ve later come to regret.

Researchers found a growing interest in appearance and personal care for men, with the average man spending £310 on each new style they try.

British men aren’t all about having ‘style’ though but long for substance too, with being honest and intelligent qualities men believe define a person with substance.

The home they live in, their partner, children, parents and friends are also among the areas that matter most to guys.


Oscars 2018: Celebs flaunt everything as NAKED dress trend hits red carpet

Naked fashion is the most out-there trend of 2018 – and it’s showing no signs of slowing down.

We’ve seen countless sheer ensembles at fashion weeks around the world over the past few months.

And celebs at last night’s Oscars took the trend on board as they turned up in some seriously skimpy outfits.

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NAKED DRESS: Alessandra Ambrosio and Bleona Qereti rocked the sheer dress trend

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COPY CAT: Alessandra’s Ralph & Russo dress was showcased at Paris Fashion Week in January

Bleona Qereti and Alessandra Ambrosio were two of the stars who rocked the daring look, which has even hit the high-street in recent weeks.

Alessandra arrived at the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party wearing a totally see-through dress, which was featured at Paris Fashion Week back in January.

The Victoria’s Secret model left little to the imagination as she paraded her enviable figure in the Ralph & Russo Couture gown.

The nude dress, which is thinly covered by sparkling details, features a hip-high slit and romantic off-the-shoulder straps.

Alessandra teamed the daring ensemble with simple gold stilettos, nude nails and tousled tresses.

People praised the dress back in January when it first hit the catwalk.

One Twitter user said: “Ralph & Russo will never disappoint me.”

Another added: “I have no words for how absolutely in love I am with this.”

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GET THE LOOK: Bleona’s outfit was very similar this catwalk look from London Fashion Week

Top 10 Haircuts and Colors Right Now

<p>Current Hair Trends</p>
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Did you procrastinate on the whole “new year, new hair” movement back in January? Great news—we did, too. Luckily, the past few awards show-filled months have offered up no shortage of inspiration ripe for your next salon visit. From Kim Kardashian’s bright platinum, to Ruby Rose’s long pixie, scroll down to see the 10 hottest haircut and color looks we’re loving right now.

<p>The Tousled Lob</p>

The Tousled Lob

Let it be known—the lob is going absolutely nowhere. Grazing the clavicle, it’s one of the most flattering hair lengths of all time, and the first (and easiest) step in going short. While sleek, blunt styles are finally getting their playtime, the tousled lob of undone waves and loose curls is one look that stands the test of time. Parting your hair on the side, like Margot Robbie did, gives it a completely different vibe.

<p>The Long Pixie</p>

The Long Pixie

In the beginning of 2017, it seemed like every single celebrity was shaving their head, debuting edgy buzz cuts, or just chopping off their strands for a super short pixie. But what a difference a year makes, especially when it comes to how hair grows. Expect to see pixie cuts with more length or layers on top—think Ruby Rose or Katy Perry—which lend themselves well to a variety of different styles.

<p>Platinum Blonde</p>

Platinum Blonde

The saying goes, “blonde hair, don’t care,” but actually, you kind of have to care a lot. This is a high-maintenance hairstyle. To give you some perspective, it famously took Kim Kardashian 17 hours (!!!) to go fully blonde. And that isn’t including the 13 hours it takes her to touch-up the roots. Still, the hard work isn’t stopping anyone from adopting the icy hue. Case in point: Her mom, Kris Jenner, is now a blonde, too.

<p>Curtain Bangs</p>

Curtain Bangs

Social media can tell you when a trend is about to explode—that’s how we learned how popular curtain bangs have become in the last year. According to Pinterest data, this feathered, ’70s fringe style, which features longer bangs being separated in the center and slightly flipped, has increased by 600 percent in search. For inspiration, look at Kristen Dunst, Georgia May Jagger, and even J.Lo.

<p>Bangs and Bobs</p>

Bangs and Bobs

Adding fringe to chin-length styles is one way to give your bob a new vibe for 2018. Look to celebrities like Nina Dobrev and opt for a set of bangs that hit right above your brows, allowing you to sweep them to the side, where them blunt, or curtain them open. Your saving grace? Dry shampoo. It’ll soak up any oils and give them a little grit for styling.

<p>Subtle Caramel Highlights</p>

Subtle Caramel Highlights

Long gone are the days of extreme gradients of balayage. Natural-looking caramel ribbon highlights and babylights placed gently around the face (and where the sun naturally hits) are trending hard. Take this picture of Kerry Washington to your salon as an example.

<p>Cher Hair</p>

According to celebrity stylist Bridget Brager, super long hair, reminiscent of Cher’s gorgeous locks, will continue to reign in 2018. “I think people really want their hair long and beautiful. I know a lot of my clients do,” she told us. Current adopters? Khloe Kardashian and Demi Lovato.

<p>Center Parts</p>

Center Parts

It’s not necessarily a haircut, but it’s proof that you don’t have to lose inches to completely transform your hairstyle or update it for the new year. It’s ultra-flattering and demands attention, no matter what your length or texture.

<p>Auburn Tints</p>

Auburn Tints

If you’re not quite ready to be a redhead, ease into the territory with warm auburn highlights or a full color like Olivia Palermo. The rich hue couldn’t be more seasonally appropriate.

<p>Face-Framing Angles</p>

Face-Framing Angles

If you’re scared that face-framing angles will make you look like Rachel from Friends, it’s time to put that ’90s fear to rest. While we loved the haircut then, it needed a modern makeover. Go for a very fine and delicate gradient in length like Meghan Markle—you should still be able to pull all your hair up in a pony.

The Only 8 Pieces You Need This Season, According To R29 Editors

“This season, more than any other season, I channel my personal style through dresses — from feminine silhouettes with bold patterns to adorable denim frocks (like this Givenchy one) — that make me feel like I’m taken back to the summer of ’69.” —Alyssa Coscarelli, senior fashion market editor.

“My wardrobe tends to be black, black, black, but summer is the one time of year I allow myself to break out a tiny bit of color. This pink bag is the perfect way to welcome the season (and a little color).” —Rebecca Smith, managing editor

“Whether I’m snoozing on the beach or just being plain extra at bottomless brunch, you’ll never find me far from a floppy straw sun hat. Nothing reads OOO vibes more than this one — literally.” —Allie Briggs, fashion and beauty writer

“Somewhat unintentionally, it turns out all of the jeans and skirts I own are black. So really my only hope for bringing some seasonal vibes into my wardrobe is through a few bright-colored tops. Luckily, this sunny striped tee is perfect for doing just that.” —Ali Ives, fashion editor

“I love to slip into espadrille sandals. They’re that perfect mix of comfy and chic — and transition seamlessly from work to happy hour. If you don’t consider yourself a heels girl, this is the perfect closed-toe platform sandal to kick off the season in.” —Nana Agyemang, fashion and beauty content strategy editor

“Hoops are a pretty basic staple in my wardrobe. I find I reach for my thicker, bolder ones a lot in summer when temperatures dictate wearing anything that won’t stick to me. Big gold hoops are the perfect way to make a lazy outfit look intentional.” —Channing Hargrove, fashion news writer


“Phasing out my go-to leather shoulder bag for a straw bag is one of the most exciting parts of this season for me. It’s just the right amount of unfussy (while still feeling like I care about what I’m wearing) and works equally well at the beach and brunch. —Lucy Meilus, senior lifestyle and entertainment editor.

“I’ve always been a fan of casual, cutesy summer jumpsuits. They’re beyond easy to pull off and are the ultimate one-and-done for when you’re in a rush to get ready. Plus, who doesn’t love a little ruffle?” —Claire Fontanetta, senior beauty editor