Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Regal in teal blue Gucci Premiere--"Cleopatra" Premiere 2013 Cannes Film Festival
On Tuesday night , 20th Century Fox World premiered the 2K digitally restored 1963 film "Cleopatra" (infamous for the off-screen torrid romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) at the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival.
This was the 50th Anniversary of the four-hour film, that incidentally, almost bankrupted the studio at the time. The stars--and their fabulous FASHION--were out on the red carpet so let's take a look at some of the Best and one or two "Oh Dear's!"--Let's begin with one of the Most Beautiful of the Night:
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in Gucci Premiere: The stunning former "Miss World" looked regal on Tuesday night in teal blue silk charmeuse gown from Gucci Premiere, the "Couture"/Custom end of the Italian brand. The gown featured a one shouldered draped silhouette with a strapless fitted corset underneath and a flowy fuller skirt shape with full back and train. The teal blue color was very close to what Gucci Creative Director Frida Giannini showed for Gucci Spring 2013 (above photo). I also loved Aishwarya's hair styled up high and how she finished it al off with bright bubblegum pink lips. She looked regal and like a modern-day Cleopatra.
Araya A. Hargate in Zac Posen Spring 2013: Thai-British model/actress Ararya A. Hargate walked the "Cleopatra" Red Carpet Premiere in a sumptuous jewel green strapless ball gown from Zac Posen Spring 2013. The gown was very "old school" Vintage Christian Dior-looking in its style and silhouette with lots and lots of tulle. She made a very GRAND entrance for sure! I can only think how mad someone like Li Bingbing or Fan Bingbing (who's known for their Cannes Film Festival grand entrances) must have been that she did not have a chance to wear this first!
Dita Von Teese in Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2013: LOVED this red sequined dress on Dita Von Teese from Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring 2013. The dress had that "Retro" 50s feel to it and a very luxe appeal with all that Couture hand-beading the House of Elie Saab is known for. It was perfect for her; the shape, the style, the color...all of it.
Jessica Chastain in Versace Collection: Actress Jessica Chastain wore an ivory gown from Versace. It was Custom, and from another branch of the Italian brand they are calling "Versace Collection" (?). The dress featured a high boat-neck, v-back, long fitted sleeves and slight "Watteau" back cape. It made for a rather stark--and perfect background for the real STAR of this look:
One of Elizabth Taylor's famous necklaces: The cabochon Sapphire necklace
Milla Jovovich in Prada Custom: Oh Milla, this was just Wrong Wrong and Wrong! How could Miuccia Prada--and her very talented team of designers, pr department, seamstresses, patternmakers...all of it...let this happen. First, the positive, the bottom half is exquisite with all that jewel beading. But, the top: awful. It fits terribly, the darts are in the wrong position and it's collapsing in front of her since there are no underarm/side straps to hold it in. It's just all wrong.
Joan Smalls in Emilio Pucci: Model Joan Smalls looks FABULOUS at the "Cleopatra" Premiere in this sexy plunging neckline and split-front lace gown from Emilio Pucci and designer Peter Dundas.
Mouna Ayoub in Chanel Haute Couture Custom: One word: Perfection. This is what a multimillionaire socialite should look like. Mouna Ayoub wore a deep "Midnight Blue" fully sequined gown from Chanel Haute Couture (bought not borrowed, thank you very much!) with a high neckline, "glove"-length sleeves and patch pockets at the torso/midriff. Very Chanel. And very Chic.
Li Yuchum in Gareth Pugh Spring 2013: Chinese pop singer and actress Li Yuchum wore a very unusual red ensemble to Tuesday night's Premiere. The outfit, from British avant-garde Fashion "Bad Boy" Gareth Pugh had a long trailing cape, bell-bottom pants, and a bib-front ruffled top. Needless to say, it was A LOT. It's not so much of a fashion train wreck (see Bai Ling below for that!), but it's just a "different" look. One thing I am certainly NOT a fan of is those BLACK shoes with this: Bad styling choice. Bad.
Adriana Karembeu in Jitrois Fall/Winter 2013: Slovak fashion model and actress Adriana Karembeu looked pretty HOT in this navy blue fringed dress from the French leather house of Jitrois.
Barbara Palvin in Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Spring 2013: Hungarian model Barbara Palvin looked quite chic in this midnight blue skinny pant suit, satin lapeled ensemble from French Couturier (and Heidi Klum favorite) Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture Spring 2013. Love the entire look, so modern, so "Le Smoking". The shoes are extra fabulous as well! Leave to a model to "get it".
The "Oh huney!" Cleopatra Cannes 2013 Red Carpet award goes to...Bai Ling. I give her points for at least being consistent with her, shall we say, rather "eccentric" manner of dressing. At least, she kept those photographers smiling with her fashion messiness.