Cannes Film Festival seems to me, to be that ubiquitous event, that everybody enjoys spectating from afar, or for those lucky few, from Cannes itself. Whether you’re interested in film, fashion, lifestyle or celebrities, there’s something for everybody to enjoy about the event, and for me, it undoubtedly is the fashion. I love nothing more than admiring beautiful gowns, shoes, and accessories, which I’m sure is evident if you’ve read some of my previous posts, and have an unfaltering interest in fashion. I myself enjoy designing clothes in my free time, and my favourite thing to design is most definitely dresses, as I feel that by doing this, I can design, and perhaps create, on a few occasions, something unique and beautiful. Although I try to be impartial, as I believe that all designers create their clothes as a way of self-expression, and all are equally creative and beautiful in their own individual ways, I cannot help but have a few personal favourite looks from the event.
Sonia Ben Ammar
I have a seemingly everlasting love for Dolce and Gabanna , their Mediterranean-inspired garments creating a nostalgia for summers spent in Spain. What I particularly love about this dress is its simplicity, the minimal embellishment allowing the impeccable cut of the dress to shine through. Square necklines are one of my personal favourite cuts, as I think it is a timeless, elegant style, which has been worn for many years, alongside ever-changing silhouettes. As well as the neckline, I adore how the dress is fitted, however the skirt begins to flare ever so slightly at the knee, and flows beautifully to create an understated mermaid effect.
The gown worn by Victoria’s Secret model Elsa Hosk is nothing but the quintessential ‘Princess dress’, and although it does not generally adhere to my typical personal style, I love it. This dress by Alberta Feretti has a Bardot neckline, which creates a feminine shape, along with the structured bodice, and the long, flowing skirt. I absolutely adore the satin-like fabric used to create the gown, which has a beautiful lustre, and drapes well on the skirt, which helps to create an amazing piece.
Reminiscent of green meadows, embellished with daisies, Elle Fanning’s ‘botanical’ gown from Gucci stunned at Cannes, providing a somewhat unique take on this particular style of dress. Over the past few years, dresses with plunging necklines, flowing skirts, and sheer fabric have become somewhat commonplace, but this is different to the rest. In a shade of light, leaf green, which is complemented by silver leaf embroidery, and gauzy, white appliqué flowers is stunningly unique, and is perfectly ethereal in appearance.
This dress is so stunningly dramatic, that it would most definitely be sacrilege to miss it out. With an asymmetrical, ruffled ball gown skirt, and a sheer bodice, embellished with beading and embroidery, this dress is a stunning example of how fashion can be both daring and classic at once. I personally love this dress, it is beautifully cut, and is a challenging design concept, which has been made wonderfully, Ralph and Russo is definitely one of my favourite fashion houses, and this is exactly why; they do not settle for mediocrity.
Metallics, are undoubtedly a risk, but they are a risk worth taking. This Alexander Mcqueen dress quite literally dazzles, its somewhat Gothic appearance gives the dress an edge that could not be achieved otherwise, yet it remains feminine, and glitters along with the multitude of jewels and gems that we have seen over the past weeks. What I possibly love the most about this gown, however, is the fade from silver to black, and the way that the skirt flows into a black fringe, embellished with even more silver detailing.
Again, this dress is an unusual one for somebody with my taste, and I do admit that I would not wear this myself (pink washes me out quite badly), but you cannot deny that this dress is beautiful. It is the absolute definition of a girly, elegant dress, the one you dreamed of wearing as a child, yet never quite managed to. I love the flowing chiffon sleeves, and the chiffon train, which flow amazingly, however, do not divert attention from the intricate decoration on the dress itself. Elie Saab yet again does not fail to deliver a truly dazzling gown.
What I love most about this Dior dress is the visible structure of the bodice, which is a simple, yet effective method of creating a classic, elegant gown. Sheer blush pink fabric creates a beautiful framework for a lingerie-inspired bodice, and parts from the bodice in a flowing, ballerina skirt. I find that ‘underwear for outerwear’ often has the potential to look too revealing, however this is not so, as the demure colours, and minimal accessories turn the main focus onto the dress, and do not create an overstated appearance.
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