Style Sheet: Red Carpet Couture at the Cannes Film Festival

A wardrobe that covers elegant events, casual cocktails and days sightseeing and sailing is a non-negotiable on a trip to the French Riviera.

Strolling the star-studded streets during the Film Festival encourages you to up the ante, and to inspire your packing, we’ve put together the most chic pieces from international designers – with a focus on French influence.

Accessories from French powerhouse Louis Vuitton, couture from Chanel’s mirrored runway and the very best from Oscar de la Renta have stolen our hearts and whisked them away to the sparkling shores of the French Riviera…

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Couture from Chanel is not only an investment in your image, it’s an investment in your wardrobe. The Pintemps-Ete 2017 runway show breathed life into whimsical creations that translate directly to the Cannes red carpet.

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These pieces are unbelievably exclusive, yet if you have the right connections, before long you’ll be luxuriating in custom couture from Chanel. Do the Cannes red carpet events deserve anything less…?

The Fall 2017 collection from the house of de la Renta produced a vibrant and desirable ensemble that will have heads turning as you saunter the boulevards of Cannes.

A cropped pant in shocking pink pant in textured wool, combined with the currant and carmine geometric jacquard top are a winning combination that screams runway-fresh, and has a subtle yet strong runway-fresh air to it. A nude or black flat is all you need to complete the look.

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On laid-back days out of the spotlight, it’s still easy to look the part. Strip back with the Jasper Fan Skirt and matching top from Zimmermann’s sweet-yet-smouldering Summer Swim 17 collection.

The nude palette beautifully compliments a golden Mediterranean tan. The embroidered cotton voile has been crafted into a high waist panelled skirt with invisible zip closure at the back of the piece, making for a flattering feminine silhouette.

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The bold Spring Summer 2017 collection from Zuhair Murai is seemingly made for a trip to the south of France. The pieces embody sheer glamour: contemporary silhouettes bring your travelling wardrobe up-to-the-minute. Sequins and molten metal embroidery add energy to each piece.

Items from the Zuhair Murai range are a weapon in your style artillery: slip into any combination of the pieces for events where you’d like to bring the cocktail dress code to the next level.

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We are coveting the BoBag Top Handle from Max Mara. It’s a versatile piece, featuring a detachable and adjustable shoulder strap that sees the bag transform from the ultimate travel companion to an oversized clutch for the lady who lunches.

Made from soft semi-patent leather, the bag features micro threading and iconic stitching on the front of the bag and it’s dreamy color spells luxury. The BoBag has our vote for It Bag of the Season.

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Achieving French-girl-chic has been made effortless by Parisian jewellery house, Messika. Sparkle your way through the endless evening events in Cannes with a seemingly priceless item from the exclusive designer.

We love the unique twist Messika has put on classic diamond jewellery – in particular, the Diamants Célestes collection: a constellation of stars. The Calypso Mono Earring is a tastefully edgy upgrade that will have you dripping with diamonds in the most casual fashion.

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A casual suit from Tom Ford’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection for men is just the thing for afternoon and evening receptions. Keep it low key with the range’s relaxed cream suit teamed with a polo shirt and maximise both style and comfort.

Cuff the trousers and slip into a pair of boat shoes – a stylish item that’s always within reach of the yachting gentleman.

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Banish any concern someone may have packed the same item as you: Luxury resort wear designer, Orlebar Brown, has pioneered SnapShorts – allowing you to design your own OB swim shorts. Upload your favorite photo or design, and the team will create your shorts in the tailored and light-weight fashion they are loved for.

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A great pair of shades is a no brainer for a trip to Cannes, and your go-to pair needs to be iconic and classic. Based on the timeless aviator style, the LV Starship frames are a safe and stylish bet.

The famed Damier print is subtly incorporated into the frame, making these recognisable to those in the know.

 

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Embrace a fashion element embraced by Frenchmen and dabble in scarves for the duration of your Cannes stay. Spare no expense and dive into the Hermes collection: we adore the iconic Caducée Rock design which explores an edgy tie-dye look. Tie, throw or wrap this 100% silk scarf around your neck and exude style and Mediterranean confidence.

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