It's May and it is raining on the sun-kissed Mediterranean shore of the land of liberté, égalité and fraternité which means Fan Bingbing is ruling the red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival. FBB has become such a fixture at Cannes that it would be real news if she skipped a year. To the relief of fashionistas, reporters for the rag trade papers and hungry photographers she was once again the Queen of Cannes.
The big event was the premier of Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby"--early reviews indicate that Gatsby remains an unfilmable story but something had to kick things off so it might as well be a 3-D version of a work that refuses to live beyond the printed page. Zhang Ziyi, a member of the jury for the prix un certain regard was cool in Dior while Zhang Yuqi was either a perfect representation of old Hollywood glamor or a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen.
First FBB, elegant and almost regal (missing only a tiara) in a Louis Vuitton ball gown with a train that might be unmanageable for a lesser mortal:
Zhang Ziyi stopped by the premier on her way to a jury meeting helping decide which young and not well known director's career will get a huge boost and a pile of cash for distribution for winning un certain regard. If you ever wondered "who wears a trouser suit at one of the biggest fashion events of the year?" there is now an answer--the Divine Miss ZZ does, although her outfit came straight from the Dior couture atelier.
Her spiky wig seemed like an accessory to her outfit--it isn't a very good look for her, reminding one (at least this one) of aging divas like Sharon Stone.
Waiting to make her entrance. It looks as if someone's navy is pretty well represented:
The diamond jewelry and ruby clutch, her dramatic upswept hair style along with matte, pouty makeup and, most obviously, the daring decolletage of Zhang Yuqi's dress by Russian designer Ulyana Sergeenko (more on her later) combine to stay just this side of tacky. Another carat of bling or an extra millimeter of fabric from the neckline would have pushed her onto a few worst dressed lists. She makes it all work, though.
The guy with the best seat in the house gets an eyeful:
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