Red Carpet Wonders – Cannes Film Festival 2017

There are many fashion events spaced throughout the year with each being touted as “the Super Bowl” of fashion or fashion’s biggest night.

The Cannes Film Festival, held on the French Riviera, can be declared “Fashion’s Biggest Red Carpet Fortnight*.”

Cannes, France
Cannes, France

Imagine having to get ready for multiple red carpet looks on a daily basis for a week – some being all out formal and some more a little more relaxed depending on the occasion. The pampering must be epic…

Favorite looks from the many days of red carpet looks:

Rihanna
Rihanna
Bella Hadid
Bella Hadid
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Aishwarya Rai Bachchan
Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone

Books to explore the festival and the location.

If you are into collecting travel posters and graphics, check out the festival posters online.

*Ok, so a fortnight is two weeks and the festival this year is 12 days. What else do we call it?

The Greatist Gift

Welcome to the most terrifying time of the year – and I’m not talking about Halloween! It’s gift giving season.

Mother’s Day, graduations, Father’s Day, weddings.

Chances are you have one or all of these occasions to get ready for.

Christmas is easy – you have one target date of the year to hit and the calendar date NEVER changes. Not so with these other days- yeah, sure they hit on Sundays, but the dates shift each year.

So the only way to stay sane is to develop a gifting strategy as your guide to navigate these waters.

If you follow these tips, you’ll be able to make it through to summer time and chill.

1. Stay true to yourself and your budget.

2. Think about your recipient.

3. Play to your strengths.

Stay true to yourself.

Don’t give something as a gift you wouldn’t enjoy. If you do not believe in an activity related to the gift, don’t give it. (Example: If you are against hunting, don’t give a hunting-related gift for Father’s Day. There’s always another gift option.)

Stay true to your budget.

This can be hard to do, but think about what occasions you know you will be gifting for and try to budget accordingly. You can also get very creative with this depending on the gift you are going to give.

Think about your recipient.

This is your mom. This is your dad. Your best friend, sister or brother. What is special about them to you and the occasion you are gifting for? What do they love? Gifting an experience (fabulous meal, event tickets, a special activity, class) or consumables (candles, chocolates, flowers*, gift cards**) is a great way to commemorate the day while leaving a smaller footprint on the planet. Shameless plug: Jewelry makes a wonderful gift, but if you are unsure your recipient will appreciate it, give them an Etsy Gift card.

*Flowers: If you are giving flowers and the recipient has pets, do not give lilies, tulips or other bulb-type flowers. Poisonous to cats (even the pollen) and dogs.

**Gift cards: avoid the ones from Visa or other credit cards if they devalue over time. Check the fine print on the back. Better to just give cash or another kind of gift card which does not expire.

Play to your strengths.

Would your recipient appreciate you using your special talents to make their gift? If they will, May 14 is Mother’s Day and June 18 is Father’s Day. You know what you love to make. Paint, draw, photo, craft, grow, plant. Channel that love into making the perfect gift. If you run out of time, you can always print out a personal gift certificate and put it in a card as an IOU. (Link takes you to our sister site, theCreativeGoods.com.)

If you follow these tips, you should be able to enjoy these early summer months and relax, knowing you are ready for these special moments.

Video for Mom

Click image for our mini video tribute for moms.

A few ideas for the DIY, whether for you to make or as a gift.

Met Gala Madness

The Super Bowl of Fashion occurs tonight at the Met Gala in support of the Costume Institute. The new exhibit spotlights designer Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons. She is the first living designer since Yves Saint Laurent to be honored with the exhibit. BIG STUFF.

So why should we mere mortals care about a fancy party we can’t attend happening in New York City?

Because believe it or not, it will be affecting our clothes, accessories, movies, music, homes and any other thing which intersects between design and entertainment over the next few years. (Lemon yellow.)

The theme is announced in the fall of the previous year to allow designers time to study the work being spotlighted in the upcoming exhibit and become inspired to make new creations for celebrity clients attending the party.

Here’s where it gets interesting.

The designers can choose to be influenced by the theme OR they can choose to design clothing that is suitable for a red carpet occasion.

Regardless of which path is chosen, the designers all now have the theme rattling around in their minds whether they want it or not. Seeds planted. Remember that color “Lemon yellow” randomly added a few lines up in this post? That’s how it happens. You will see that color or be sensitive to it everywhere until another color takes precedence.

Why should it matter this year?

If you haven’t seen any of the Comme des Garcons looks throughout the years, imagine every outrageous avante grade look you’ve seen and multiply it by a factor of two. So this should be a very interesting red carpet to see who will wear looks Lady Gaga or Katy Perry (one of the chairs this year) would feel comfortable wearing for a performance.

How does entertainment fit into this? Because most of the invited guests are strategically seated to introduce new people to one another and cross-pollinate connections across the movie, music and fashion design industry to foster new collaborations and ideas.

So get ready for a wild ride. It can be a great thing to disrupt the status quo and see what comes.

Now I’m off to find some Lemon Meringue pie to eat after watching the red carpet shows…

Movies to stream to get a fashion fix:

Books to get inspired by:

Fashion Images from Vogue.com.

Image of Lemon Meringue pie from the Village Inn.