For all the higher ideas that we hope would be the driving engine of any creative endeavor, practicalities more often than not play a part to one degree or another. Fashion can be practical or even functional and mundane. Teri Agin detailed in her most excellent book, The End of Fashion: How Marketing Changed the Clothing Business Forever, how business practicality has lent to grounding the fashion flight of fancy. Of course this is only an aspect of a many faceted prism.
Fashion can be an art imbued with the inspiration and rare talent that is part of other art forms. Or fashion can represent fantasy and a bit of escapism. It can be an anodyne diversion that takes us away from the moment. Cannes represents much of the latter and some of the former. As a reboot to this blog and a restart to regular posts, what could be more fitting than a look at the most recent Cannes Film Festival. The lead photo at top says it all – a glamorous gown, a sea of photographers and palm trees as a backdrop. In the photo, Milla Jovovich poses on the red carpet at the ‘Cleopatra’ film premiere at Cannes dressed in a Prada navy and black gown adorned with crystals. (Read more…)
I have decided to showcase for your enjoyment, in the gallery below, styles that are day looks worn by well-known fashion icons as they attended the 2013 Cannes International Film Festival. (The exceptions to the day-look theme are Ms Jovovich in the Prada dress and Nicole Kidman in Dior.)