Jenna Lyons didnâ€™t make it to Cannes, but her black-tie aesthetic did. Or at least thatâ€™s what popped into my head while I consumed six â€œBest Ofâ€� red-carpet roundups in succession. Sure, there have been plenty of standard-fare princess gowns with ubiquitous sweetheart necklines, but, among the typical red-carpet garb, numerous acts of black-tie rebellion are afoot — which just so happens to be the aforementioned Ms. Lyonsâ€™ calling card. Has her legendary penchant for challenging red-carpet norms with fully fun additions Ã la denim jackets, cargo vests, puffy ballet skirts and button-down shirts finally trickled upward to the ranks of Hollywoodâ€™s elite? Letâ€™s break down the evidence.
First and foremost: black-tie sunglasses. Leandra flagged this trend as soon as Susan Sarandon emerged wearing Gentle Monsters atop her green velvet-clad gown last week, looking very much like 2017â€™s answer to Scarlet Oâ€™Haraâ€™s curtain ensemble, followed by another outfit featuring a white button down and black leather skirt. After seeing the first image, I vowedÂ to start lathering sunscreen on myÂ dÃ©colletage every morning, for surely that is why Susan Sarandonâ€™s 70-year-old cleavage looks like that. Iâ€™ll report back in 45 years.
Rihanna jumped on board shortly thereafter, taking black-tie sunglasses to THE NEXT LEVEL with a teeny-tiny pair Iâ€™m sure many a cyborg would enjoy. If only it had occurred to me earlier in life that a pair of wonderfully weird shades could singlehandedly rescue a black-tie dress from excessive girliness, I would have saved a lot of time and a lot of black eyeliner over the course of my robust partying career.
Apparently sequins work a similar magic upon ruffles, because Nicole Kidmanâ€™s Rodarte number was distinctly feminine without losing its edgy sheen of disco-ball cool. She looked like a Victorian cello player dipped in glitter. Magnifique.
Which brings me to the leather jackets,Â another shining member of the resistance. Elizabeth Moss wore one over a tank top and tulle ballet skirt. I swear sheâ€™s been reading Man Repeller, because that combo was lifted directly from Look #2 in Leandraâ€™s wedding do-over style story. Either that or great noodles think alike.
Roger that for Uma Thurman, who layered her leather jacket over a black tee and satin trumpet skirt — with pockets, naturally.
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Oh also, remember when Amelia made the very astute observation that celebrities tend to ruin their red carpet dresses with boring shoes? Iâ€™m simultaneously regretful and delighted to announce that the celebrities at Cannes are stomping upon her thesis with toes clad in decidedly not boring, but actually very possibly *cool,* footwear. See: Elsa Museâ€™s Cinderella-esque Miu Mius, Amber Vallettaâ€™s chain-adorned sandals, Aymeline Valadeâ€™s brogues and Jeanne Balibarâ€™s purposefully mismatched block heels.
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Speaking of Aymeline Valede and Jeanne Balibar, these two actresses (who both happen to be French, surprise surprise) debuted some of the best red-carpet rebel garb Iâ€™ve ever had the pleasure of digesting: suits! But not the regular kind. Theirs were teal and cream, the latter with oversize puff shoulders to boot.
Thereâ€™s no doubt about it: the Cannes red carpet feels different this season. Thereâ€™s a true whiff of â€œyou do youâ€� in the riviera air. Maybe itâ€™s the Jenna Lyons black-tie effect, or maybe itâ€™s a mutiny spurred by the seemingly widespread consensus that the Met Gala red carpet could have benefitted from more abundant risk taking. All I know is that Kendall Jenner wore belted denim jorts with a trailing, black taffeta one-shoulder crop top, and I need to talk about it. Meet me in the comments.
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SOURCE: Man Repeller – Read entire story here.