Cannes style flourishes despite soggy red carpet

Thu May 24, 2012 7:36am EDT
 
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By Alexandria Sage

PARIS (Reuters) - With respected French designer Jean Paul Gaultier a member of the Cannes jury this year, celebrities at the swanky film festival on the French Riviera knew they had to step up their fashion game.

They did not disappoint.

Despite occasionally rainy weather that soaked the red carpet and a no-show from Hollywood glamour puss Angelina Jolie, the festival has featured color, kilts and cut-outs - a wide array of to-the-minute fashions worn by film stars gathered from around the world.

Whether French actress Marion Cotillard's Christian Dior gown that featured a plunging black bustier and full navy skirt, or the white jersey dress that ended in an explosion of red feathers from British pop star Cheryl Cole, the looks were eclectic and unpredictable - just like the weather.

"Torrential rains and high winds whipped across the famed Croisette doing serious damage to even the sturdiest Hollywood hair," wrote USA Today.

Glamour is usually easy to come by at Cannes, under the sunny skies of the south of France and against the backdrop of palm trees and yachts, but it takes true talent to channel chic during a downpour.

German actress and jury member Diane Kruger managed just that, showing off a sequined rose-gold Vivienne Westwood that shimmered even while half hidden by an umbrella. French actress Isabelle Huppert managed to keep smiling despite her bronze satin gown being splattered with rain drops.

It proved easier for the glitterati to pull out the stops when temperatures were more normal and accessories did not include umbrellas.   Continued...

 
Director Audiard (R) arrives on the red carpet with cast members Matthias Schoenaerts (L), Armand Verdure (2ndL) and Marion Cotillard for the screening of the film "De rouille et d'os", in competition at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, May 17, 2012. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier