Hollywood’s brightest stars have made their way to France this week for the 6th annual Cannes Film Festival. With so many famous faces gracing the red carpet, there was no shortage of breathtaking couture. Check out the styles that got our attention.
Blake Lively looked absolutely astonishing not once, but twice on the red carpet this week. It seems like she’ll be the one to beat when it comes to topping the Cannes’ best dressed list. Wearing a sultry Gucci gown in a passionate burgundy, Blake looked poised and elegant at her first premiere.
You can get Blake’s look by drafting a center front panel like the one above (either drawing onto an existing high-neck top pattern or by hand), and attaching the piece to a similar style at the waistline seam. If you want to keep things simple, forget drafting a back piece and have the front tie behind the neck.
A complete departure from the Gucci, this unique, shimmering Chanel gown is a truly radiant design. The glistening pastel hue of this dress accentuates Blake’s wavy blond locks perfectly… she looks as though she’s just stepped out of a fairy tale!
Strapless, fold-over necklines appear to be a recurring trend this week. This feminine floral-print frock has a charming vintage feel with its full, flared skirt.
This is another style that would be quite simple to recreate. Taking a simple strapless cocktail dresslike this, you would trace out the neckline edge of the bodice to create a sort of reverse-facing, measuring for your desired fold length. Cut double pieces for both the front and back facings. Sew each front facing piece to a corresponding back facing piece along the side seams. Then, right sides together, sew both facings together similar to how you would a collar. Once you’ve constructed the bodice, sandwich your new fold-over piece between the right side of the bodice and the original facing or lining pieces. If the pattern did not require a lining or facing, you could simply join the bodice to your fold-over piece, turn the seam allowance to the wrong side of the bodice and stitch it down along the neckline edge, flipping the fold out of the way while you sew.
Sonia Rolland was dressed like royalty in a striking gown of crimson lace. Flowing, cape-like sleeves were an unexpected addition to this form fitting, seductive style. While fiery red lace may be a bit hard to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, using it as an accent could really spice up an outfit!
Another festival favorite of ours was this simple, classy white dress, worn by Aissa Maiga. This is a look that could easily be worn on a typical summer evening. By simply attaching thick cross-over straps to the bodice of a dress like this, you could create couture of your own!
Have you been following the fashions in France this week? Tell us about your favorite red-carpet looks!
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