Tuesday, May 31, 2011

2011 Cannes Red Carpet - days 1 and 2

Here is the first of some number of Cannes red carpet posts. I've got a whole bunch of images and I'll post what I have as I get through them. I'd wanted to put up all the images at once but with the garden and stuff I've been busier than I wanted to be.

Still, I don't want to deprive you of gorgeous (and wacky) red carpetry, so here are the first two days.

Enjoy them after the jump...

Day 1 (May 11, 2011)

Opening Ceremony

Salma Hayek in Gucci Premiere
The embellishment from the hips up make it look like this is a stretchy tube top dress. Somehow she doesn't look quite as busty in this dress as she usually does (although there's a hint of squished boobs up at the top) and I think that's a good thing. This colour and silhouette look great on her.

Aishwarya Rai in Elie Saab Haute Couture
The shoulder and sleeve on the one side is disproportionately big for my taste. I also don't love that it's a skirt and top combination. The colour is ok but not great for her. Imagine this dress in, say, darker pink or a green - how much better would that be?

Karolina Kurkova in Armani Prive
At first I loved this dress but the more I look at it, the less I like it. Yes, it's a gorgeous colour and I love the sleeve. But while I usually love sequins, I don't love the sequins on this dress. They're almost too overpowering for this dress. It doesn't help that those shoes are so heavy and that the dress is too short.

Gong Li
If this were white it would be a wedding dress so I guess we should all be thrilled that it isn't white, hmm? Also, the spiky things on her boobs look strange.

Lea Seydoux
Oh wow. She's a pepto-bismol bottle in this tube top dress with its uneven circle skirt hem and wings on her shoulders. Wait - wings? 

Rachel McAdams in Marchesa
Why is she wearing bridal veils from her shoulders and as a skirt? Maybe that'll be the new trend in bridal, to wear bridal veils on places other than the bride's head. This dress may be eye-catching for all the wrong reasons.

Uma Thurman in Versace
My eyes are drawn right to that crotch-high slit; I don't even know what the rest of the dress looks like. The whole thing is like a tacky wedding dress.

Bianca Balti in Alberta Ferretti
Another wedding dress! The whole dress, from the bodice to the rulffles to the sash, wouldn't be out of place on a bride. At least she isn't made up to look like a bride what with that necklace and earrings. They're lovely and add much-needed contrast to the look.

Elodie Bouchez in Yves Saint Laurent
I like scalloped edges as much as the next person but when they're used on every edge it's a bit much. Putting the scallops on the sleeves and hem or the bodice and hem would have been perfect. This dress also looks like a sundress which is a bit casual for the event.

Hofit Golan in Alberta Ferretti
I love this dress with its asymmetry and embellishments. It's well-proportioned and fits her perfectly and is perfectly elegant. I love her hair and makeup as well; whoever she is, she definitely knows how to make hreself look good.

Linda Cardellini in Alberta Ferretti
While the colour is all right, the dress is kind of sad especially with those droopy sleeves. The darker lace looks more dirty than pretty and the front slit thing looks like an afterthought. how could the previous dress look so awesome and this dress so awful? 

Roberta Armani
What a lovely dress! The strap and band on the bodice add just the right touch of shine to this matte dress and bring the eye up to her face.

Melanie Griffith
I can definitely say that I'm not a fan of these poufy shoulder treatments. I like that they draw the eye to the face but they look so disproportionately big and in your face. Really, does anyone need to have a bunch of fake ruffly flowers up at their face?

Faye Dunaway
This could have come straight out of the 60s or 70s and yet it still looks fresh today. It's perfect for her; she almost looks regal in this simple dress. The sheerness helps it looks less shapeless and like a caftan.

Ines de la Fressange in Carven
Yay! She's wearing flats on the red carpet! those shoes are gorgeous - I wish they were mine! The dress is ok. The belt interrupts the lines of the dress but aside from that it works.

Chloe Lambert
It looks like something that I would start making and then never finish because it looks all wrong. The ruffles are too long, oddly placed, and too heavy. They make her legs look short and her torso too long. 

Nieves Alvarez
If this were white it would be a wedding dress. Lucky for us it's black, yes? It is lovely and it definitely fits her well. The bits of sequins and sparkle add a nice touch.

Gaia Bermani Amaral
I do want to love this dress because I love blue and I love sequins. Somehow it's just too much although the silhouette is gorgeous. Maybe it's because she didn't do anything to her hair?

We Need to Talk About Kevin premiere

Tilda Swinton in custom Haider Ackermann
How is it that she can wear pretty much anything and still look amazing? I don't usually think of forest green and navy as going together but they definitely work for her here. Each piece fits her perfectly and is flattering against her skin. As an aside, I love her minimal makeup because she's showing off her natural self.

Puss in Boots photocall

Salma Hayek
The colour and dress suit her but the furry monstrosity on her shoulders is a bit much. Those shoes are a little too matchy-matchy to really work with this dress.

Day 2 (May 12, 2011)

Sleeping Beauty premiere

Mia Wasikowska in Roland Mouret
At first glance this dress looks quite plain. Looking at it more closely, there are all sorts of beautiful details up on the bodice and the skirt flows and drapes so beautifully. This is a knockout of a dress. She's wearing it to perfection.

Emily Browning in Valentino
The lace is the same colour as her skin, making it look like she's got some weird skin disease. I'm not in love with the stripes or the different lace at the bottom of the skirt; the bodice and skirt all look weirdly proportioned.

Diane Kruger
Even though this dress is super-tight and it's close to her skin colour, it looks good. It would have been better if she's had more colour somewhere on her face or in her hair or accessories because she looks completely washed out.

Bryce Dallas Howard
As soon as I saw this picture I checked to see whether she was five or six months pregnant because she looks it in this dress. She is pregnant but not really showing. So why this drab, shapeless, sundress whose colour washes her out? Whoever knows isn't telling. I wouldn't admit to putting this together either. 

Jane Fonda in Pucci
Does she (or her stylist) ever know how to make herself look hot! This is one sexy but not slutty dress. It doesn't look like a wedding gown and it doesn't show off too much but it does fit her perfectly and flatter her head to toe Why doesn't everyone at Cannes look this good?

Rachel McAdams in Monique Lhullier
We don't see a lot of pants on the red carpet so they're a refreshing change when we do see them. While I love the sparkly top, the pants appear to be too tight around her hips and thighs and that's never flattering. Love her hair and makeup, however.

Aishwarya Rai
Interesting. The silhouette works for her and the architectural bodice fits her well but I don't know whether or not I like this dress. The bodice is definitely taking center stage, and that's ok, but her face and hair aren't quite strong enough to wrest attention away from it. And that's not ok.

Ines de la Fressange in Lanvin
This colour is so beautiful on her even though it is a bit Barney-esque and the style a bit bridesmaidy. If only she was wearing a slightly more interesting dress. That big bow thingy just doesn't add anything to this dress and neither does that bag.

photo credits: zimbio.com, hellomagazine.com

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