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24.05.12 Premiere

Nicole Kidman In Lanvin – ‘The Paperboy’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

Nicole Kidman opted for a simple elegant look on the red carpet tonight for ‘The Paperboy’ Cannes Film Festival premiere.

Many of you had your fingers crossed that she would be wearing Chanel, but she opted for a Lanvin gown which was custom-made by Alber Elbaz.

The rose tulle silk pleated one-shoulder gown with an embroidered crystal detailing was styled with ivory Casadei sandals.

Her classic, elegant gown didn’t give me the wow I was hoping for. But she looked beautiful nonetheless.

A side-parted bun with a few pieces framing her face and diamond Cartier jewels completed her look.

Yay or nay?

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83 Responses to Nicole Kidman In Lanvin – ‘The Paperboy’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

  1. Eng-nark May 24, 2012 at 19:40 #

    Sexy back,simple but beautiful’I love this look.

  2. Elena May 24, 2012 at 19:40 #

    To me its a total wow, considering her choices lately. Very feminine and chic)

    • Sea May 24, 2012 at 20:38 #

      Exactly what I thought. She hasn’t looked this great in ages (both her face, her hair and her clothes). I’m so wowed!

    • dee May 25, 2012 at 13:32 #

      I agree. Loving the back of the gown.

  3. nicole May 24, 2012 at 19:40 #

    love love love love!!
    one of her best looks in a long time!
    love the colour love the sexyness of it too.

  4. Frida May 24, 2012 at 19:41 #

    I think this colour is beautiful on her, and that back is amazing!

  5. Yeliz May 24, 2012 at 19:42 #

    Absolutely yay! Though I could live without the jewelry she still looks beautiful. The gown is stunning and suits her perfectly.

  6. Nat39 May 24, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Yay from the front – maybe nothing impressive but very pretty and elegant. From the back, however, as a big fan of sexy open backs, I have to say this is NOT sexy (kinky more like it) – too bare plus that strap…it’s a no from the back for me.

  7. Natalie May 24, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Not to be crude but I cannot help but notice her breast, this dress is way too see through!

  8. Lola May 24, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Big time yay from me! I love these “less is more” – looks. It is so elegant and chic. Sure beats the hell out of those Cavalli dresses… But maybe as u say FC not so wow… But still.

  9. Ritika May 24, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Love it. simple and fabulous, love the colour and love that back!

  10. Emmeline May 24, 2012 at 19:43 #

    Personally, I love with this. The color, the fabric, the cut – it all looks stunning on her.

  11. Ola May 24, 2012 at 19:44 #

    Yes, yes, yes! Love it from head to toe!

  12. fromchi-town May 24, 2012 at 19:44 #

    She looks really beautiful. Its a classic and simple look and this is what really suits her.

  13. Ramsay May 24, 2012 at 19:45 #

    This is so chic – we’ve seen too much glitz at this festival – everyone fighting to (litterally) shine the most and it’s refreshing to see such class on the red carpet – I do believe her two previous outings at Cannes in YSL for Moulin Rouge and in Lacroix for Pucci for Dogville were more impactful but this just too classy to be criticized at any level – hair, make-up and jewels complete the look beautifully – overall I think she is on her way back to early 2000 form

    • Nat May 25, 2012 at 04:49 #


      • Jones19 May 25, 2012 at 11:18 #

        +2. Agreed. This is Kidman back on form. I would have loved a side split but this is gorgeous all the same.

        • Nishta May 26, 2012 at 02:56 #

          The dress does have a slit actually. You can see it in photos where she’s walking. It’s beautiful and her legs have got me so jealous!

  14. roman May 24, 2012 at 19:46 #

    Big yay from me, she looks positively stunning.

    Honestly, people really just need to get over wanting her to wear Chanel. I have no clue if there was some sort of strife between her and Karl Lagerfeld but she hasn’t worn Chanel since her time as ambassador for Chanel N.5. Move on.

    This is a perfect look for her.

  15. Betty Brandenburg May 24, 2012 at 19:47 #

    Definitely yay.
    It’s not a great year in Cannes this time, is it? In the light of that this counts as a class act in my view.

  16. Marybeth May 24, 2012 at 19:47 #

    YAY! A huge YAY.
    I absolutely adore this.
    It is elegant, classic, but the strap and back give it a very modern vibe.
    And I love the hair and make-up.
    Nicole is on a roll!

  17. A. May 24, 2012 at 19:48 #

    YAY. she pulls it off. love the semi backless feature and the color on that gown.

  18. Andreea May 24, 2012 at 19:49 #

    A big yay !

  19. CreoleLady May 24, 2012 at 19:50 #

    A resounding yay. Lanvin — swoon. Her hair, that back view, the curve giving silhouette, the tiny waist, the sweetly sexy softness — sigh. No, it is not the Nicole of the chartreuse Galliano for Dior. But someone equally as beautiful at a different stage in her life. BDOTD.

  20. Bonnie May 24, 2012 at 19:50 #

    She looks beautiful but kinda disappointed with this look. A far cry from Nicole’s prior Cannes looks circa 2001 (Tom Ford for YSL) and 2003 (Lacroix for Pucci). The 2001 looks is one of her best looks ever.

  21. Susie May 24, 2012 at 19:52 #

    I agree that it’s not wow but still beautiful. To me she’s so insanely gorgeous anyway that it’s hard to make her not look good. Love the color of the dress and it gives a kind of goddess feel. Beautiful.

  22. Anna May 24, 2012 at 19:53 #

    YAY! She looks fantastic!

  23. Erik May 24, 2012 at 19:57 #

    Are those her nipples?

  24. Lady_Killer May 24, 2012 at 19:58 #

    YAY YAY!! The dress is so classic. This and the one that Kruger wore in the opening night are my faves so far.

    Kidman’s golden sandals are to die for. Hope you can see a detailed photo of them.

    Cannot wait to see what she’ll wear tomorrow.

  25. Riley May 24, 2012 at 20:02 #

    Huge YAY. At this point Nicole Kidman will not WOW us; she will make us love her look tops.

    She looks divine. Love the look head to toe. The gown (especially the back), hair jewels are gorgeous and I wish I had her peaches and cream complexion, which the back glorifies. A total winner, one of her best ever looks.

  26. serapart May 24, 2012 at 20:04 #

    I´m in love with her from head to toe!!!!

  27. Deolinda May 24, 2012 at 20:14 #

    YAY! 2 thumbs up

  28. Tati M May 24, 2012 at 20:14 #


  29. argentina May 24, 2012 at 20:15 #

    I’m having problems with her nipple

    • Tina May 25, 2012 at 05:31 #

      Same here. Makes a wonderful gown look unprepared and slightly tacky.

    • Alina May 25, 2012 at 15:43 #


  30. bas May 24, 2012 at 20:15 #

    She gets a big yey! from me. I absolutely love the open back.

  31. niya May 24, 2012 at 20:27 #

    I say fabulous!! This is the best she’s looked in a long while (imo)

  32. Rebecca Z May 24, 2012 at 20:33 #

    Have to say I think it is pretty gorgeous. The dress is beautiful and it suits her tall willowy frame. The color is good, her makeup is so perfectly complementary and her hair is soft and lovely. Love the earrings. And, if I had a breast like that, I’d let it peek through a little too.

    • Lola May 24, 2012 at 21:11 #

      +1 with breasts like that..- .i’d say flaunt it!:)

  33. rita May 24, 2012 at 20:37 #

    YAY ALL THE WAY. I think this is the best of Nicole I’ve seen in years! I can’t take those L’wren Scott dresses anymore. Thank God for Lanvin.

  34. Sanette May 24, 2012 at 20:40 #

    Love it. Especially the back.

  35. Hannah May 24, 2012 at 20:45 #

    I absolutely love this outfit, ti is easily one of my favourites form Cannes this year. I never expect from Nicole what she used to give us around 2004 and 2005, so for how sh dresss nowadays, I love it.
    I think that she would have looked mroe beautiful, however, if she were wearing the appropriate undergarments for a cold night, shall we say.

  36. Parvati May 24, 2012 at 21:05 #

    I love this look!

  37. robbie May 24, 2012 at 21:20 #

    if only she would be more like this and less “suburban housewife” she is a star and she shines in this look, definetely a yay for me.

  38. noo May 24, 2012 at 21:21 #

    screaming out loud was my first reaction. i know damn well that this is as close as we’ll get to old nicole, i really love this look 😀

  39. Dhppy May 24, 2012 at 21:24 #

    Gasp moment! I love this, from the front, from the elegant chain across the back, from the hair to the jewels to the carpet. I am wowed! This is lovely!

  40. Emi May 24, 2012 at 21:29 #

    I really like this look, she looks great and I think that Lanvin is a better brand for her than Chanel.

  41. Nat May 24, 2012 at 21:30 #

    I love it from the front, and I love the colour.
    The back just feels too bare. And I hate that we can see her nipples.

  42. Jeremy May 24, 2012 at 21:51 #

    Her style has been blah for a very long time. Hopefully this is a new rise for Nicole. First thing she should do? Say “good-bye” to her stylist L’wren Scott.

  43. Stephanie May 24, 2012 at 22:02 #

    Love the dress…but just can’t stand her because based on what I’ve read, she basically abandoned her kids with Tom Cruise…can’t look at her at all.

    • Fashion Critic May 24, 2012 at 22:03 #

      thanks. lets keep the commentary on fashion.

  44. EmmaWoodhouse May 24, 2012 at 22:04 #

    Whilst I love the soft raspberry color and the filmy pleats, but the top of the dress is a disappointment. From the back, it’s entirely too bare, and from the front, the lack of petal covers–or SOMETHING–is VERY unfortunate. Her hair, makeup, and jewelry is lovely, and had the dress covered her better it could have been lovely too.

  45. Stephanie May 24, 2012 at 22:06 #

    You are so right FC. Sorry! P.S. I really do love the dress.

  46. Sharon May 24, 2012 at 22:06 #

    Nobody does beautiful like Nicole.
    The color, hair and makeup are perfect. She’s my personal BDOTW.

  47. Cara May 24, 2012 at 22:18 #

    is it just me or can you see her nipple?

  48. Tiger Nueng May 24, 2012 at 22:22 #

    This dress and the Colour is look really great on her,so classy!!!!!

  49. Luly May 24, 2012 at 22:36 #

    I am having a VERY HARD TIME with her left boobie tape exposed. It’s CANNES, you should have a transparecy check with e-v-e-r-y imaginable lighting.

    Great color, great pleat, interesting back piece, but still an easily forgettable look.

  50. Christine May 24, 2012 at 22:58 #

    A THOUSANDS YAYSSS! She slayed it :) She looks so much healthier. This dress is definitely BDOTD and BDOTY 😀

  51. Linda May 25, 2012 at 00:00 #

    It gave me a big WOW because the colour and style are divine on her. I love her hair colour too. She has not looked this good in ages. Finally, a custom gown with impeccable fit that is perfectly flattering in colour and style.

  52. Fiona May 25, 2012 at 00:16 #

    Gorgeous!!! The colour is amazing (what would you call it .. pomegranate?) and the fit is amazing, serene, sexy all at the same time. Love her hair, she is beautiful.

  53. mimi May 25, 2012 at 00:29 #

    more I look at her in this dress, more I love this look. It’s uber elegant. this isn’t a color we get to see very often on the red carpet and it looks amazing with Nicole’s complexion.

  54. Amy May 25, 2012 at 00:34 #

    YAY! she looks divine. Everything is right in that look: the shape of the dress, the color, the back and the makeup, that’s a win!

  55. Jess2 May 25, 2012 at 01:22 #

    This was definitely a WOW moment for me. I think this look (and some others from Cannes) is the best Nicole has looked in a long time. That dress is beautiful and the colour, style and fit is just perfect on her, very much in love with this look and it makes my BDOTD/BDOTW list

  56. The Beauty Philosopher May 25, 2012 at 02:36 #

    Huge YAY from me – flawless and stunning.

    FC not sure if you have come across this but Nic is on the cover of the latest Australian Harper’s Bazaar. It is a stunning shot of her with her youngest daughter. Just beautiful.

    • Fashion Critic May 25, 2012 at 08:37 #

      Nope. I have been focused on Cannes for the past 10 days

  57. Jennesia May 25, 2012 at 02:59 #

    I think I cried a bit when I saw this. She looks so gorgeous.

  58. Leeksie May 25, 2012 at 05:54 #

    Her in this dress really reminds me of Grace Kelly!

  59. Cindy May 25, 2012 at 06:19 #

    Beautiful dress, love the back!

  60. bee7 May 25, 2012 at 06:59 #

    beautiful, albeit slightly forgettable. i love the strap for providing an interesting twist.

  61. Tahlia May 25, 2012 at 07:22 #

    You’re a hard women to please FC! This is one of my fav looks so far this week, I love the style and colour – she looks positively gorgeous!

    • Fashion Critic May 25, 2012 at 08:31 #

      I said it lacked the wow factor I was looking for. I was hoping for a Galliano-early-days-Nicole type of wow. I didn’t say I didn’t like it

  62. Cecelia May 25, 2012 at 07:29 #

    Stunning. A big WOW on this dress. The color, fit and style are perfect for her. She’s beautiful. Definitely BDOTW and a contender for BDOTY.

  63. Jeremy May 25, 2012 at 07:44 #

    easily BDOTW for me. she’s absolutely radiant.

    some people shine brighter than others.

    think of Whitney Houston. seriously – even when she was at her worst, she could still TURN OUT a red carpet and be a superstar.

    Nicole Kidman has a similar presence. She’s just a STAR. there’s no denying it. and when you give her a gorgeous dress like this, nobody shines brighter.

  64. Beta May 25, 2012 at 08:14 #

    absolutely LOVE. she looks stunning!

  65. Renata May 25, 2012 at 08:37 #

    No wow factor?? She looks unbelievable! This look is absolutly gorgeous, the back is amazing and the color compliments her skin so beautifuly.

  66. Natalie19 May 25, 2012 at 10:05 #

    I absolutely love this!!!

    I am not a big fan of Nicole, but this is just stunning! This color on her is perfection…

    For me it now competes with Diane’s blue goddess dress

  67. manja May 25, 2012 at 11:12 #

    I went WOW when saw this,gorgeus look all the way,and even her left brest visibile she looks classy and lady like!wow to that too

  68. Martina May 25, 2012 at 13:22 #

    I love this look from head to toe! The hair, the dress (and its color), the shoes and the jewelry are perfection! I love this a lot better than her previous looks, even those from 2001 and 2003! This is so Nicole’s style and she looks beautiful!

  69. maggy May 25, 2012 at 16:41 #

    A definite yay from me!

  70. Jassy May 26, 2012 at 06:01 #

    The color of Nicole’s gown goes perfectly with her coloring and that strap across the back is beautiful. So simple yet so elegant.


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  72. Érica G. de Oliveira May 27, 2012 at 16:46 #


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