Just three days to go before the stars hit the red carpet at the Cannes film festival, one of the most highly anticipated cinema events of the year. Jaqcues Audiard, actor/director Maïwenn, newcomer Stéphane Brizé and Valérie Donzelli are among the French directors competing for the prestigious Palme d’Or while Britain’s Sienna Miller, Oscar nominated actor Jake Gyllenhall and France’s Sophie Marceau, as well as cult director Guillermo del Toro form part of the jury headed by the Coen brothers.
But the festival is not just about the competition, it’s also a glamourous showcase for some of cinema’s top names. Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren or more recently Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, Eva Longoria and Ryan Gosling are some of the stars to climb the infamous red carpet and style has always been an essential part of the Cannes film festival.
In a spirit of fun, on-line fashion community Stylight has compared the Cannes Festival with the prestigious Oscars ceremony and found the two events share many similarities but also some distinct cultural differences. Take the red carpet for example, both Cannes and The Oscars have one as a means to showcase the actresses amazing gowns but Cannes gives them an additional test: climbing up the monumental staircase that leads to the Palais des Festivals in those killer heels.
And then there is the humble selfie. Whilst Ellen Degeneres’ celeb filled selfie broke records on Twitter they’re actually banned at Cannes as they are not ‘classy’ enough; according to the festival director Thierry Fremaux they ‘slow things down and people never look as ugly as in a selfie.’
When it comes to fashion Versace is the designer of choice at the Oscars with nine actresses wearing the brand this year, whilst the big winner at Cannes last year was Chanel Couture.
And of course there are the film stars. Marillaume (Marion Cotillard/Guillaume Canet) may not trip of the tongue as easily as Brangelina, but Cotillard will be present at Cannes for Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth, which is in the official competition, most likely accompanied by her partner Canet.
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