Whilst Joe Button managed to see no one at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival (one of our co-founders was in Cannes last week, but apparently only saw $$$ cars and boats) we did do our rounds of the fashion mags & blogs to scope out who was best dressed. So ta-da here’s our verdict!
The ladies - it’s really impossible to choose between Marion Cotillard and Diane Kruger when they have (perhaps unintentionally?) tried to outdo each other every day at this year's Cannes with no real success because they’ve both somehow managed to look completely flawless on every occasion. It’s also a bit catty to compare the two when they share an ex-husband/current baby daddy – so we won’t create more awkwardness and will just say that they equally dazzled/ shined/ wowed and made the rest of us appear extremely inadequate. (Does Marion Cotillard wake up looking like that? We hope not!)
The Lads – we’re going to say that youngsters Zac Efron and Tom Sturridge managed to look quite extraordinary this year. We’re usually more inclined to the silver fox types but Zac Efron did himself fashion wonders with that fitted Prince of Wales plaid suit, small collared shirt and of course, a white pocket square to top things off. An awesome ensemble and probably only suitable for someone his age or you run the risk of looking like…well Prince Charles.
Tom Sturridge who’s quite possibly sporting the strangest haircut in England at the moment got the thumbs up from us in his YSL suit complete with navy satin lapels, hidden placket shirt and wait for it…a black velvet bow tie. A totally amazing combination and of course, the effortless and eclectic nature of his outfit has now officially put the Mr Sienna Miller mark on his name (although he is already her baby daddy…so we’re not sure if that still counts).
Tom Sturridge (far left)
We loved what Brad Pitt wore and his hair was very Legend of the Falls-esque (that’s a good thing in our books) – but we’re also of the opinion that if you’re not Brad Pitt – ditch this outfit. It’s very “I’m going for the understated super star ” look and obviously we’re not all super stars and in our vain attempt to copy his style we may somehow end up achieving the “who do you think you are - Brad Pitt???” look.
Anyway, we know the press has said that there wasn’t enough glamour (blah blah blah) at this year’s Cannes Film Festival but we don’t really agree. It’s been a bit more fun, relaxed and experimental and yes, things were a bit simpler, but glamour isn’t always about how many sequins and crystals are attached to your dress and until we can all look like Marion Cotillard in a ponytail, methinks we should just agree to disagree!
By now, the whole world knows that Meryl wore Lanvin, Gwyneth wore Tom Ford & Angelina Jolie’s right leg is a separate entity from her body that has its own twitter account (@Angiesrightleg) but what about the men? With the guys this year, it was all about the details and there were some very dapper getups on the red carpet. There’s probably a thing or two we could all learn from this especially if you ever need to go to a black tie event! Here’s our take on who got it right.
Gary Oldman completely nailed it with his classic white shirt and 3 piece Paul Smith tuxedo. His jacket, with the notch lapel and midnight blue contrast trim was fashionably subtle as opposed to completely OTT (over the top). And of course – those thick black frames with the metal arms was the perfect combination of utilitarian and vintage cool.
Christopher Plummer shows that style is ageless. Captain Georg (that’s pronounced Gay-org for you non-SOM fanatics, not George as in Costanza) Von Trapp completely stole the show when he walked his 84 year old self down the red carpet in a midnight blue velvet tuxedo with binding tape on the lapels and a tiny flower petal pin (we think it was an edelweiss).
Jean Dujardin who apparently loves America now (of course he does) killed it with a wing collar and an over-sized bow tie. This was perfectly balanced by his wide lapel tuxedo, which evened out the whole look. And one more thing that worked to his French favour – his hair & eyebrows!
Who do you think should be on this list?
We recently started trawling through this cool tumblr called awesome people hanging out together. It's pretty self explanatory but what we wanted to point out was that they're not just awesome people who are prone to hanging out together, they're awesome random people. It's not like pap shots of Jason Statham and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley walking down the street - that's awesome - but meh we've seen a lot of those lately. Anyway, we saw this one which just made us smile! It's four playful shots of Sophia Loren and Elvis Presley. She looks stunningly elegant in this bold striped shirt with a contrasting white collar - yet she's doing nothing particularly special by any standards and it's a black and white photo - you can't even tell what colour that shirt is but it's the simplicity that makes these shots just beautiful.
Photo byBob Willoughby, 1958
Image via awesomepeoplehangingoutogether
Before we, (guys and girls alike) start gawking uncontrollably at the flawless thing on the right-hand side of the picture below (read: Olivia Palermo) let's take 3 seconds to look at her very easy on the eye beau, Johannes Huebl. When we saw this picture, we were a bit startled! We didn't think a black shirt could be worn in such a casual manner and in broad daylight! It seems that these days, most men only wear black shirts if they're slim fit, body-hugging and the only occasions for it are nights out on the town, first dates or inside a killer suit (think Brad Pitt in all the Oceans movies).
But here is a black dress shirt phenomenon that Johannes Heubl is comfortably sporting - loose fitting, top two buttons undone, white shorts, loafers, wayfarers (and an Iphone if you want to be specific). Yes, we agree, he is painfully good looking and we understand your fears of not being able to pull off this look but come on, you can barely see his face here! He could be anyone and seriously..this look is brilliantly versatile!
OK we can all go back to staring at Olivia Palermo now. Ladies - what do you think of her shirtdress?
Image via whereisthecool
A lot of guys may be skeptical about donning the short sleeve shirt for fears it might be too casual, too school uniform-esque or possibly too geek-freak and not enough geek-chic. Then Mr Kanye West comes along and redefines what men can do with short sleeves. Here he is in Paris with a simple white shirt, baggy like the way they made them in the 90's, rolled up short sleves, just chillin' & smilin'.
Image via The Sartorialist
When we first started choosing collar options for girls, we were advised against offering our customers the Peter Pan (round) collar - "too school girl", "too tacky", "no one can pull it off" etc. We thought differently and have never looked back! We really love the little white round collars that have been spotted around the streets lately! Enjoy x
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