May 28, 2012
International film stars in sequins and feathers go swanning in France, plus the winning cinema
By Nancy Staab
The French film Amour won the coveted Palme d’Or at this year’s festival and likewise, it was fashion love on the Cannes red carpet with Jessica Chastain, Eva Longoria and Diane Kruger leading the fashion pack for les Américains. Here’s a look at some of the most soigné evening looks on the Croisette, as well as a few chic day looks and dapper men.
Several patterns emerged from this year’s promenade on the Croisette. Foremost, feathers--whether as fringe, or as long trains like a peacock’s plumage--ruled the roost at this year’s fest. There was also a decided gold rush with that metallic favored for many a gold-statue-gown, perhaps a nod to the famed Palme d’Or? Mediterranean blues and serene whites saw a return from last year, inspired by the Cannes setting, but the bigger trend was glittering sequins on everyone from a va-va-voom Jane Fonda to Kylie Minogue.
Then there’s the Oscars 2012 stance that launched a thousand jeers and imitators (and even a twitter account)…Angelina Jolie may not have embellished the arm of attendee Brad Pitt this year, but she was very much a presence in terms of the many tanned gams that were strategically protruded from many a dangerously high-slit gown. Vampire Diaries TV starlet Nina Dobrev perhaps summed up the trends best, flashing a glittering, cobalt, sequined gown with a slit up to there--the only trend she overlooked was the feathers!
Nearly all the fashion houses had their avatar, whether Gucci, Pucci, Armani, Alexander McQueen, Lanvin, Chanel, Dior, Elle Saab, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Valentino, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton or Marchesa. Eva Longoria had several princess moments on the red carpet, most notably a Marchesa gown with a staggeringly dramatic train; Diane Kruger upheld her fashion-forward reputation with a slew of sleek looks (not so crazy about the sea foam green color of one gown but otherwise very goddess-y), however, we give the fashion prize to Jessica Chastain, who looked chic and sweet day and night and in particular, her filmy, selectively sequined, nude Gucci gown tops our “best dress” list.
SEE SLIDESHOW OF CANNES FASHION HIGHLIGHTS AT BOTTOM OF PAGE.
Austrian director Michael Haneke picked up his second career Palme for Amour, a tender but devastating French film documenting an elderly husband coping with his beloved wife’s growing dementia. 81-year-old Jean-Louis Trintignant (who played the crusty judge in Kieslowski’s Red) stars in the flick alongside supporting actress and French icon Isabelle Huppert, who plays his daughter.
Second Place Grand Prize
This prize was awarded to Metteo Garrone’s Italian satire Reality about a Naples fishmonger who becomes obsessed with reality TV—a true testament to our times.
Third Place Jury Prize
Ken Loach won the surprising third place prize for his gentle comedy about a group of young, unemployed Glasgow youth who take up whiskey-making and tasting. Loach likened his film The Angel’s Share to The Full Monty with whiskey!
Camera d’Or Prize
Benh Zeitil’s Beasts of the Southern Wild won the prize for best first film for his magical version of a post-Katrina New Orleans with a young girl as heroine.
Much-hyped American flicks such as the Kerouac flick On the Road and Cosmopolis, based on Don DeLillo’s novel, have received mixed reviews so far. And though lauded, Marion Cotillard failed to take home the best actress award for her French film Rust and Bone. Instead the best actress award went to the joint female leads in the Romanian movie Beyond the Hills.