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Cannes Chic

Cannes spells high-octane red carpet shenanigans year after year. Every style junkie looks forward to the schmooze fest of the ultimate and the finest in jewellery, fur and of course, the floor-sweeping evening gowns and dresses. Besides the red carpet razzmatazz, the street style at Cannes makes for an interesting study too – oversized sunnies, off shoulder day dresses and comfy wedges apart from the it bags and leather jackets make for an arresting visuals as the jet set struts up and down the promenade. When one thinks of the red carpet style, one can’t help but picture the frothy and floor-sweeping Marchesa gowns with billowing trains, body-hugging Versace numbers and sequined Balmain dresses which have taken the red carpet by storm lately. Labels like Simone Rocha, Erdem and Rodarte have emerged to be the new favorites thanks to their distinctive design sensibilities. After the thought-provoking Met Gala, it’ll be interesting to see which couture houses own the red carpet this year at Cannes.

Will it be the usual suspects – Armani and Elie Saab ruling the couture galaxy or some newer labels itching to make their mark will gain focus? What I love about Cannes chic is its unapologetic glamour – which is timeless and not dictated by trends. Classic make-up, bouffants, half buns and sleek center-parted pulled back hair are some of the most popular red carpet styles. Metallic eyes, smokey eyes and sometimes lined with a hint of color – every minute aspect goes a long way in making or breaking a look. Coming Cannes season I’d love to see more edgy and off-the-wall looks and I’m hoping that the actresses and their stylists come out of their comfort zone and surprise the fashionistas with cutting-edge looks – perhaps a well cut pantsuit would be a refreshing pick or a sexy mini dress instead of the cliched Cinderella silhouette. Cannes is the epitome of chic and it’s an important event in every fashionista’s social almanac. Every look is under scrutiny and becomes quite the talking point in chic corridors. As far as Indian actresses are concerned, I’d love to see them in some coming-of-age Indo-western fusion looks complemented by some avant-garde jewellery and of-the-moment accessories. It’s also a great platform to put the Indian aesthetic on the global style firmament. The Cannes countdown has begun and one waits with a breath that’s baited …

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