Celebrities and Directors Shine at the Cannes Film Festival

Last Updated: June 9, 2024By

Celebrities and Directors Shine at the Cannes Film Festival

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Unless you’ve been unplugging from the digital world, you’ve probably seen that the Cannes Film Festival is in full swing. For twelve days in May, this glamorous event transforms the French Riviera into a glittering runway. Celebrities flock to the Côte d’Azur, turning heads from the moment they land at Nice airport. Take Joe Alwyn, for instance. He stepped off the plane in a head-to-toe new-season Bottega Veneta outfit, complete with leather trousers and a massive £4,000 bag. With multiple premieres happening each day, it’s a fashion feast for the eyes, whether stars are hitting the parties or showing off their “off-duty” looks.

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Directors Take the Spotlight

This year, it’s not just the actors basking in the limelight. Directors, usually found behind the camera, are stepping forward with their own distinct styles. They aren’t bound by brand deals like actors are (Emma Stone, for example, is tied to Louis Vuitton), giving them the freedom to choose their outfits. Let’s dive into some of the standout looks from these creative minds.

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Steve McQueen’s Signature Style

Steve McQueen, the British director, has a thing for simple chore jackets. Originally worn by 19th-century French laborers, this jacket has become a fashion staple. You can spot it on the streets of East London or at the Chelsea Flower Show. McQueen often pairs his jacket with bright layers underneath, like the crimson T-shirt he wore with a black single-breasted jacket at the premiere of his documentary Occupied City. His baggy, rust-colored trousers and thick glasses complete his signature look.

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Coralie Fargeat’s Soft Aesthetic

Coralie Fargeat, the director of the body horror film The Substance, surprises with a softer style. At a press conference, she wore sleek black trousers and a sleeveless white silk top with delicate buttermilk embroidery. For her film’s premiere, she chose a blush-pink sleeveless dress, harmonizing beautifully with her lead actresses, Demi Moore and Margaret Qualley, who also wore pink tones. It’s clear she has a keen eye for color coordination, much like her film sets.

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Yorgos Lanthimos’s Unique Fashion Sense

Yorgos Lanthimos, known for his strange yet beautiful films, has embraced a new oversized aesthetic. Last year, during the promotion of his film Poor Things, his lead actress Emma Stone donned dramatic outfits. This year, Lanthimos himself caught attention in an olive green blazer and striped charcoal trousers, paired with traditional Greek fisherman sandals, nodding to his heritage.

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Greta Gerwig: The Red Carpet Chameleon

As the jury president, Greta Gerwig is attending nearly 70 premieres. With the help of Hollywood stylist Karla Welch, Gerwig’s fashion choices are both rule-breaking and stylish. From a blue-and-white striped dress by Maison Margiela to a figure-hugging sequined gown by Saint Laurent, Gerwig’s outfits are as varied and dynamic as her films.

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Justine Triet’s Effortless Elegance

Justine Triet, the director of Anatomy of a Fall, has shifted from elaborate gowns to oversized suits. She describes her style as “a sort of false negligence.” At the Women in Motion awards, she wore a striking silhouette with a white shirt featuring giant cuffs. Jazzy blouses have become her go-to, like the printed Lemaire one she sported at the Golden Globes.

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David Cronenberg’s Consistent Cool

David Cronenberg, who recently directed The Shrouds for Saint Laurent, kept it cool at Cannes in the brand’s attire. He swapped his black acetate sunglasses for his usual Julbo mountain biking glasses inside the auditorium, a practical choice against the photographers’ flashes.

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Rungano Nyoni: Breaking the Rules

Rungano Nyoni, the Zambian-Welsh director, returned to Cannes with her new film On Becoming a Guinea Fowl. For her red carpet look, she wore a silk maxi skirt and an oversized top with tactile tasseling. Her blue-streaked hair was styled in a high bun, breaking away from the old-fashioned rules of Cannes, like the previous ban on flat shoes for women.

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