There are two places on earth where making a grand entrance will always get you noticed: the Oscars and Cannes. This year it was the 68th Festival de Cannes, and from May 13–24, the chic coastal town dripped glamour.
Swarovski and The Hollywood Reporter lit up the Croisette with a co-hosted private dinner with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association at the Hotel Carlton on May 14. Drawn from the glittering ranks of actors, movie executives, industry big-hitters and VIPs, the stars shone very brightly, indeed. Among them were many who had already been honored at the Golden Globes in January, including actresses Sienna Miller, Michelle Rodriguez, Alicia Vikander and Jane Seymour; director Ellen von Unwerth; make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury; and studio executive and producer Harvey Weinstein, among others.
Swarovski’s history in the film business goes back to Marlene Dietrich in Blonde Venus, Marilyn Monroe singing ‘Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend’ in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes and Audrey Hepburn’s tiara in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Today’s roster includes award-winning set and costume design for films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Shakespeare in Love, Moulin Rouge, Chicago and Dreamgirls. In addition to gracing awards venues, Swarovski crystals are a red carpet staple embellishing countless jaw-dropping gowns on Hollywood’s finest. The list includes the likes of Sienna Miller, Penélope Cruz, Milla Jovovich, Aishwarya Rai, Michelle Yeoh, Eva Longoria, Sharon Stone, Bérénice Bejo and Marion Cotillard.
With its uniquely French frisson and faint air of hauteur, Cannes annual film festival might well be the glammest event on the planet. But what is in no doubt at all is that it stands out as the perfect union of film and fashion.