White is The New Little Black Dress

The 67th Cannes Film Festival is in full swing as I write this — but also happening as I write this is the intense and consistent swelling of an intense envy against anyone and everyone partaking in the festivities. Why?

Because all the images we’ve seen from the southern French seaside city of Cannes show nothing but warm sunshine and cool hair-tangling breezes, whereas it is grey and humid and raining in the part of South Jakarta where I am writing this article from.

But no matter. While I work on keeping my emotions in check, I’ve been studying a series of press releases from the red carpet, where some of the most beautiful faces in the international entertainment industry have convened to make the rest of us feel bad about our pleb lives (KIDDING). Sadly we have no L’Oreal Paris ambassador from Indonesia to root behind, unlike the case last year with Maudy Koesnaedy; but that’s not going to stop us from enjoying other ambassadors anyway ;)

A trend we’re already seeing on the red carpet is the abundance of floor-length white dresses; this is a nice change from the traditionally “safe” black dresses. These floor-length stunners are cut, worn, and styled in such a way that prevents them from looking like wedding dresses. All it takes to go from red carpet star to contemporary bride is the wrong makeup, hair, and accessories. Check out how these style stars get it right, and let’s start with my favorite: the unshakably cool Ines de la Fressange.

"Mr.Turner" Premiere - The 67th Annual Cannes Film FestivalIf you look up the word steez in Urban Dictionary, you will find it is defined as “style with ease.” I think they should add this picture of the French model/fashion designer/perfumer/aristocrat to help define the meaning of the word, which is demonstrated wonderfully here. I love how she’s not worried about flaunting her strong, solid shoulders with a halter neck, and I love how she doesn’t feel the need to conform by wearing motherflippin’ FLAT SANDALS. I’m sure even PR girls who have plenty of pavement pounding to do will not want to be photographed in nothing less than sky-high Charlotte Olympia heels, but this woman is killing it in the strappy sandals.

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