The red carpet is serious business in Cannes. The two-minute walk from the Croisette to the entrance of the Palais des Festivals is one of the world’s most glamorous destinations. With a galaxy of A-list film talent, the Cannes red carpet is a worthy rival to the Oscars.
Director Jacques Audiard with actors Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts during the photocall of De Rouille et D’OS
Which is why walking it is a frightening prospect at least for those of us who are not professional poseurs. On day 2 of the festival, Chivas, an official partner of the festival, invited me to walk the red carpet. It was a slice of the Cannes high life — hair and make-up by the Chivas team, red carpet walk followed by dinner at a two Michelin star restaurant and even an after-party. All of which sounded great, except for the red carpet.
Women spend months planning a red carpet dress. Choices are discussed globally. So far, there seem to be cheers for Jane Fonda, undiminished at 74. On the second evening, she looked smashing in a formfitting, twotone gown by Stella Mccartney. Meanwhile Freida Pinto opted for a sheer-lace gown by Atelier Versace while Eva Longoria was in an Emilio Pucci white gown with geometric inserts (both are in Cannes as L’oreal ambassadors). But, as Longoria told me in an interview earlier in the day, “it takes a village to look this good.” Since I