Best & worst dressed: Cannes final days
ONE OF THE BEST: Now THIS is a movie star. Uma Thurman is all class in this gorgeous Atelier Versace number - so much so that I've basically been staring at the photos for the last half an hour with a rather dazed expression on my dial. While the daring hue and billowy chiffon layers would be overwhelming on most, Uma looks right in her element. Oh, and can we just take a second or five to appreciate just how beautiful the dramatic Grecian shoulder detail looks in the breeze. Sigh...
THE GREAT: Chloe Moretz has skills. Fact. The 17-year-old is making me disregard every hateful thought I've ever had for mullet hemlines - and in feathery Chanel no less. She's just so dang refreshing - why can't everyone have this kind of attitude to red carpet dressing.
THE ALMOST THERE: Spanish actress Paz Vega has a knack for always looking chic on the red carpet, and while it's impressive that she's managed to do it again despite that over-cooked shoulder detail, I just wish she'd hacked it off and improved this Ralph & Russo couture gown ten-fold.
THE GOOD: An outfit comprised of a bedazzled sleeveless top and matching trousers most definitely does not have a place in my idea of fashion heaven, but you've got to hand it to Kristen Stewart here. The girl has put her own spin on Cannes glamour, and actually has the sass to pull this look off (the guy on the left certainly agrees, can't you just hear him low-whistling in his head?) And shock horror, she's smiling! Miracles do happen. If only she'd tidy up her roots then all would be good in the world.
THE INTERESTING: I always appreciate someone who takes risks on the red carpet - because really, what is the point of playing it safe and just looking nice? - but while both these monochromatic looks are undisputedly intriguing on Chinese actress Li Yuchun, there are certain garments that even the most chameleon-like fashion girl cannot pull off. Exhibit A: This embellished drop-crotch jump-suit with built-in open toe shoes. Ok people, experiment time - place your hand over the top half of the outfit and tell me what you see. Is anyone else getting strong centaur vibes or is that just me? Exhibit B: Please tell me extreme mullet ponchos are not deemed as acceptable outerwear.
THE ETHEREAL: Granted, this look pales in comparison to Uma Thurman's showstopping canary yellow moment from the day before, but I actually quite like this Marchesa dress on her, despite its somewhat bridal aesthetic. The applique neckline is interesting enough to detract from those awkward torso creases (you wonder why top end designers continue to create red carpet dresses out of this particular fabric) and the lengthy train actually adds to her statuesque frame, rather than swamping it.
THE QUESTIONABLE: Another day in Cannes, another dubious drop-waisted Chanel gown. It'd be easy to blame the unflattering puckering of fabric around Bianca Balti's hip area on a sizing issue, but the woman is a model - if she can't throw on some Chanel couture and look goddamn good doing it, then what hope is there for the rest of us. Also, those embellished flats need to go - they're just plain ugly.
THE GOOD: Sofia Coppola aka the master of understated style looked perfectly lovely in this mirror-effect floral number. While I'm not completely wowed by the outfit, I do think looking effortlessly stylish everytime you're photographed is a skill that needs to be praised. Plus, I'm really feeling that back ruching - who would've thought such a simple touch could be so forgiving.
THE BAD: Repeat after me Natacha Polony - you may be a journalist and thus a tad inexperienced on the red carpet, but there is never a time nor a place for sheer trousers on the red carpet. Or detachable white collars for that matter. Or bondage-style leather cuffs. In fact, next time just reconsider the whole caboodle.
THE BAD: When it's a struggle to think of an event where Victoria Bonya's outfit would be appropriate (without including the Wellington Sevens that is) something is most definitely not right.
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