Best & worst: Cannes day eight
THE GOOD: I definitely prefer yesterday's gown, but Bollywood queen Aishwarya Rai once again wore Roberto Cavalli on the red carpet, and yet again looked like pure elegance. PS: This white gown is fully embellished and judging from how strongly it's falling to the ground must be very heavy ... basically a core workout while you walk.
ANOTHER UNMEMORABLE WHITE DRESS: 20-year-old Victoria's Secret model Barbara Palvin winked her way down the red carpet in this tight white number with a mermaid flare at the bottom. I think this needs just a little something to add interest - if it was in a colour, that would do it. Or maybe just a touch of embellishment somewhere.
THE GOOD: I love this double breasted velvet dress (god I never thought those words would come out of my mouth) on the gorgeous Berenice Bejo. The slit lets the whole thing breathe, and the gorgeous 37-year-old Argentine really suits her new, shorter hair-do. Oh, and in case you were wondering, that tall glass of water next to her is her husband Michel Hazanavicius (say that three times backwards), who directed The Artist.
THE GOOD: First things first, it's nice to see Cara Delevingne wearing less eyeliner - she really suits it (and it lets that red lip be the star of the show). Secondly, this Chanel Couture mini dress is super kawaii. Thirdly, I love that messy, Made-in-Chelsea-meets-couture hair. Very much so.
THE WOW: Well, this is different. I love chartreuses. I just don't know if I love this much chartreuses. Irina Shayk channels Grace-Jones-meets-Lady-Gaga-meets-the-national-Jamaican-floor-gymnastics-team in this Atelier Versace dress.
THE FINE: Brazillian supermodel Iza Goulart wears a criss-cross neck Roberto Cavalli gown (I thought it was Kendall Jenner - but that the photo had been stretched upwards - when I first glanced at her). She looks gorgeous, obviously, but it isn't one that's going to go into the Cannes Red Carpet Canon.
THE BAD: Considering Lady Victoria Hervey is the queen of the 'is that my nude g-string, or is it actually a glimpse of something else?' peekaboo, media-attention-seeking sheer panel dress, this is an improvement. I could even learn to like the concept (not the execution) of the swan emerging from her shoulder in this Gaurav Gupta number ... but the thing that's bothering me is the line of the skirt - the stiff material and cut of the whole thing make it look like she's trying to smuggle a friend into the premiere under her dress. 'Psst ... Vicky ... can you pass me down some Fiji Water ... it's sweltering under this thing.'
THE GOOD: Thai model Araya A Hargate is really working this fully sequinned Kaufmanfranco gown - I think there are a few reasons it works so well. 1) It's beautifully nipped in at the waist, giving it shape. 2) The red lip adds a pop of colour. 3) Her choice of a ponytail freshens up the whole thing and keeps it young. I'm a fan.
THE BRIGHT: This Cannes has been all about white, black and shimmery dresses (well, apart from that last number) so Lara Stone's highlighter pink Calvin Klein is a refreshing pop of colour. The almost 6 foot tall model (and wife of funny guy David Walliams) has the statuesque figure to pull this off - I particularly love the cross strap neckline. Can we take a moment to celebrate Lara for making bleach blonde eyebrows work? She's like the anti-Cara.
THE FINE: I think I've figured out why I almost always love Marion Cotillard on the red carpet (well, apart from the fact I am an unabashed fan girl of her acting) - it's because she almost always goes for minimal makeup, and I find that refreshing. The lighting of these pictures of her in Dior isn't super flattering, but I like the sentiment of this accordian pleated frock (I would have preferred it ever so slightly shorter, however).
TODAY'S BEST: Yes, designers need to be working under some kind of golfing handicap system when it comes to making Rosie H-W look gorgeous (it's not exactly a challenge) but, that aside, it's just cold hard fact that this Gucci Premiere gown is a stunner. I love the ultra-soothing jade shade, dig how the beading has been used to create a line along the skirt of the dress and, just, well, I simply cannot fault a thing.
THE BAD: Sharon Stone channels a disco pirate in Emilio Pucci. And, while, sure, her legs look astonishingly good at 56, I dislike dresses that look more like shirts than, well, dresses. PLUS, sunglasses at night ... well, at dusk ... but still ...
Today's red carpet fashion installment from the French Riviera sees Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Cara Delevingne and Aishwarya Rai knock it out the park. While Sharon Stone? Well. She looks like a pirate.