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.
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