Monday, April 11, 2011

Dressing for Cannes

Have you seen the Stella Artois TV adverts, putting out a casting call for someone to play the 'King of Cannes', Jacques D'Azur (click here for more details)? With the short film to be premiered at Cannes Film Festival next month, it got me thinking about dressing for the Riviera.

So, imagine if you were Jacques's plus one at the Cannes Film Festival. What would you wear? Here's a few suggestions – all from the high street, of course.

Dressing for the red carpet...

Floor-length? Tick. Plunging neckline? Tick. Leg-revealing front split? Tick. For £155, you can get yourself a red carpet-worthy gown from French Connection. It captures Hollywood glamour without being too OTT, working this season's colour trend while also championing the reinvention of pleats in a sheer, floaty fabric.

This dress is one of the pieces I selected for last month's ELLE feature. I love it because it's a great evening dress that will work for parties, weddings and beach holidays alike. Lightweight and luxurious, it's a summer winner. Plus, when it's worn and well-loved, you can chop the length and give it a new lease of life.
Other suggestions: try Monsoon's Liliana white lace dress. A little more expensive at £200 but stunning.

Dressing for cocktails at the Carlton hotel...

This Erdem-inspired dress by French Connection is the dress of the season. Coloured lace is big right now, and crimson is the red-hot choice (although this also comes in royal blue and turquoise). At £110, it's a fraction of what the Erdem original costs, but still a major head-turner thanks to the mix of demure yet sexy.
Other suggestions: try the navy and cream silk Phoebe dress by Whistles. It may be £275, but the Grecian-like pleats are beautiful and elegant. 

Lounging by the pool...

Poolside glamour doesn't have to be all about the bikini. A one piece can look just as sexy. Work some retro glamour with this Topshop swimsuit. It's a snip at £30. A flattering halterneck, frills around the bust and top of the leg, a scooped 'o' shaped back and a vintage-esque flower print all work together to show that sweet can be sultry.
Other suggestions: if you only do bikinis, then Topshop's blue frilled polka-dot number, £28, is the retro alternative to the one piece.

For more Riviera chic, look to this season's 1950s prom dresses. There are plenty around, from New Look's Stella McCartney-esque lemon print (£29.99) to Primark's Prada-esque beach scene (£16) to Laura Ashley's retro postcard print (£100). Cannes, here you come.



  1. I would certainly go to Topshop for the red carpet... find something cool and quirky!

  2. Agreed! Topshop's Limited Edition Dresses collection is definitely worth checking out for those special occasions.

    Bargainista Fashionista x x x



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