It’s one of the special things about the Cannes Film Festival that it serves as much a parade of hugely expensive clothes as it does a showcase for devastating films that focus on poverty, inequality and emotional crises.
What to wear to a movie premiere about a family struggling to make ends meet (“Leila’s Brothers”), or desperate African refugees forced into crime (“Tori and Lokita”) or a satire biting on the excesses of the super-rich (“Triangle de Tristesse”)?
The answer is always: something fabulous! Of course, only for women, thanks to festival rules about which gender is allowed to color and which is condemned to formal black tie.
The hottest fashion accessory in 2022 is the fetus.
Rihanna made the baby bump a regular part of her look at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year, and it’s Brazilian model Adriana Lima’s turn to show off her belly in Cannes.
She first appeared in a black dress with the midsection open. But perhaps her most striking look of the festival fortnight was the apparent homage to Princess Leia’s slave outfit in ‘Return of the Jedi’, which she sported for the ‘Elvis’ premiere.
Balenciaga has created some very daring looks for recent red carpets, including wrapping Kim Kardashian in head-to-toe black for last year’s Met Gala, or wrapping her entirely in Balenciaga-branded yellow duct tape at Paris Fashion Week.
Another of the brand’s ambassadors, French actress Isabelle Huppert, at least left her face on display this week at Cannes as she wrapped herself entirely in green – in a dress that even covered her shoes and hands.
Deepika brings Bollywood glamor
By selecting Indian superstar Deepika Padukone as one of the jury members this year, the festival has ensured a daily display of Bollywood megastyle on the red carpet.
Depending on the day, there were elaborate saris, a neck full of jewels or a tight black dress and heavy kohl eyeliner, and at one point a giant-shouldered furry black and gold Louis Vuitton jumpsuit that had the air rather warmer than the scorching weather in Cannes requires.
lips and feathers
Jake Gyllenhaal made a rare public appearance with his French model girlfriend Jeanne Cadieu, and her dress was a lip-smacking delight.
The bright pink look featured an image of pursed lips across the chest which led to more than a few double takes on the red carpet.
Other outfits that caught the eye of fashionistas included the silver mirror dress worn by Eva Longoria for the launch of “Top Gun: Maverick”, the canary yellow in which Women in Motion award winner Viola Davis appeared , and the black feather dress chosen by Naomi Campbell.
Although men are very limited in their options on what they can wear on the red carpet at Cannes, the always colorful Australian director Baz Luhrmann managed to sneak in a bit of glamor for the premiere of his new film with a bow. of jewel-encrusted Elvis belt.
One guest who didn’t seem interested in the musty dress code was Greek director Panos Koutras, who showed up to the Elvis premiere in a bright orange suit.
power of protest
By far the most powerful statement on the red carpet came from a woman wearing nothing but yellow and blue paint of the Ukrainian flag with the words “Stop Raping Us” written across her chest and arms. red stained underwear.
Beyond that, the red carpet was a pretty tame place despite the world’s upheaval.
A group of women dressed in black – “in mourning” – unrolled a list of 129 women killed in France since the last edition of the festival in July 2021. (AFP)