If ever a place embodies the glamour of Hollywood better than Hollywood itself, it has to be the film festival in Cannes. Once a year, the luminaries in film, fashion and the upper echelons of the world’s social circle descend upon the French Riviera-situated city to preview the latest film releases before anyone else in the world. And then there are the parties – the rollicking nights of endless champagne towers and a roll call of every major A-list celebrity, model and industry heavyweight rubbing shoulders with one another. With so much going on, you’ll need to look nothing less than your best. This means breaking out the evening refineries, ensuring your grooming is longwearing and simple enough for you to upkeep through the night. These recommendations will cover your every style need, and keep you looking your freshest at all times.
No one does a tuxedo better than Ralph Lauren, because few designers truly understand the beauty of practical tailoring quite like Lauren does. For a black-tie event, a three-piece tuxedo will keep you looking your formal best. Accessorize with a brocade pair of slippers for an unexpected twist. Alternatively, a blue shawl-collared tuxedo jacket with slim-fitting pants, such as this look from Tom Ford, will help you stand out amidst a sea of black suits. All you need is a handsome watch around your wrist and your all set to go.
Speaking of watches, few watches come close to the look and make of the Piaget Gouverneur watch. Featuring a flying tourbillon, moon phase indicator, 642P manual movement, and set in a white gold case with 18k white gold hour markers, and finished with a silver plated guilloche sunburst motif, this timepiece packs so much style into a finely-made model.
If you’re planning to head to one of the city’s many wonderful restaurants for lunch, such as the highly-praised Le Park 45, channel the ease and disarming charm of Gregory Peck in your smart casual togs. A shirt and cardigan combo from Dunhill can never go wrong, but remember to top it off with a smart necktie – a knitted tie, preferably – to keep you look polished. On the reverse, a light-colored suit from Richard James can be played down with a polo shirt and some casual sneakers. Just remember this simple tip: unless it’s called for, never overdress for a day event.
Speaking of Mr. Gregory Peck himself, the legendary actor and style icon is almost always seen with a classic pair of round shades tucked into his chest pocket. Aptly named, the ‘Gregory Peck’ round-frame sunglass from Oliver Peoples will protect your eyes while you’re sailing out to the Lérins Islands.
Hypnotic, decadent and sensual are just some of the words that people have used to describe this fragrance when they rave about it. Developed by Serge Lutens, Fumerie Turque boasts notes of honey, tobacco, and rich suede, before transiting into lighter top notes of Turkish rose, chamomile and red current. The East-meets-West approach in the development of this scent has led this fragrance to becoming of the brand’s most enduring best-sellers, before it was retired; thereby making this scent all the more harder to get and even more appealing.
Fumerie Turque EDP (50ml), $135, Serge Lutens at theperfumeshoppe.com.
If you’re planning to attend the amFAR gala, you’ll want to ensure you’re making a style statement amidst a sea of predictable evening dresses. In fact, why stick to a dress when an evening tux will get you more attention? Channel the effortless style of Marlene Dietrich with a dark and romantic tuxedo from Alexander McQueen. Creative director Sarah Burton’s idea of women’s tailoring comes in the form of a lace-inset fringed jacket and a pair of tuxedo pants with silver hardware – perfect for making a fashionable entrance. In contrast, this floor-skimming number from Zuhair Murad’s Spring/Summer 2016 haute couture line looks like it leapt out from an enchanting fairytale. The dusty pink hue – with hand-beaded lace and silk flowers creeping down – is nothing short of divine.
Regardless of whether you go with a women’s tuxedo or with a gown worthy of royalty, one thing’s for sure: you’ll never have enough diamonds on. Head to Chopard and take a peek at their Green Carpet range from the High Jewellery collection. Whether it’s a show-stopping necklace set with hundreds of diamonds or a 40-carat Paraiba tourmaline glittering in the center of a ring like a shimmering pool on a sunny day, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
Diamond necklace and ring, price upon request, chopard.com.
Planning to do a bit of shopping on Boulevard de la Croisette? Then you’ll need a look that’s comfortable, easy to pack and is the perfect balance of femininity and function. Take your cue from Bottega Veneta’s brand of easy glamour, and pair an embellished knit top with a pleated lurex skirt. The subtle hint of shimmer will keep your look elevated as you stop for a glass of wine at Fouquet’s Cannes. Alternatively, a ruffled mini-dress – like this lilac design from Giambattista Valli – is just the right amount of dressy. Pair with simple jewellery and you’re all set.
Cannes can throw at you a bevy of mixed dress codes – from casual mid-day shopping sprees to cocktail-chic before attending the Chopard Gala. With that in mind, it never hurts to have a pair of classic heels that you can dress up or down. These sky-scraping heels from Saint Laurent feature an uncomplicated silhouette that makes it easy to wear, whatever the dress code may be.
Jane leather sandals, $695, Saint Laurent at net-a-porter.com.
If all the hob-nobbin’ is taking its toll on your skin and you, stop by Five Seas Hotel, and book yourself into the Spa Cinq Mondes for some quality R&R. Ask for the Signature Ritual, a two hour treatment service that features a scrub, some quiet time in a traditional hammam, a Balinese-style facial and a massage session that is specifically tailored to your body’s problem areas. While you’re there, compliment your newfound glow with a manicure and pedicure before you head to Paul Allen’s annual soirée on the Octopus Yacht.
1 Rue Notre Dame, 06400 Cannes (+33 4 63 36 05 05). fiveseashotel.com.
Nothing says “classic” more than a bold, red lip. Between the air-kisses and the never-ending flow of champagne, you’ll want a longwearing lipstick to save you the hassle of constantly having to head to the powder room for touch ups. Chanel’s Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick just does that. With its highly pigmented coloring and a soft, velvety matte finish that glides on effortlessly, you’ll be able to show up pout-perfect.
Rouge Allure Velvet in 51 La Bouleversante, $37, Chanel at chanel.com.