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May 21, 2020

Gucci Première’s Top 10 Red Carpet Looks

Salma Hayek In Gucci Première - 'Robin Hood' Cannes Film Festival Premiere - 2010

Today would’ve been exactly a week into Cannes Film Festival 2020.

As you know Cannes Film Festival is my favourite event BY FAR – even though I literally don’t sleep for 12 days.

Why? Because when it comes to glamour, nothing gives me that same adrenaline rush (although Venice and even Toronto Film Festivals are running pretty close these days).

And it’s not just because of length of the festival, as the opening ceremonies alone give us breath-taking, BDOTY moments.

January 2010 are when the first whispers that a Gucci Couture line were on the horizon, but without a look book, or a showing at Haute Couture fashion week, we put this down to rumours due to the lack of  evidence.

Those rumours were finally put to bed when the first ever Gucci Couture gown took to the red carpet for the opening ceremony of the Cannes Film Festival 2010 by Salma Hayek.

Much like Atelier Versace and Armani Prive, Gucci opted to give the couture line a name to set it apart – Gucci Première, and with that, started my obsession with Frida Giannini’s couture collection.

1. Salma Hayek In Gucci Première – ‘Robin Hood’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere – 2010

Salma Hayek was of course the obvious choice for this line – considering she is married to Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of PPR (now known as the Kering Group who owns Gucci) – and frankly, this has to be one of her best Gucci looks to date.

Her wine-coloured, floor length silk Gucci Première gown with crystal embellishments was absolutely breath-taking from the colour, to the way it hugged her in all the right places.

2. Jessica Alba In Gucci Première – 2012 Golden Globe Awards

2. Jessica Alba In Gucci Première – 2012 Golden Globe Awards

This is was soft, subtle glamour is all about.

The dusky pink hue of this Gucci Première gorgeous embellished gown looked heavenly against Jessica’s skin-tone.

Cameron Diaz In Gucci Première – 2012 Oscars

3. Cameron Diaz In Gucci Première – 2012 Oscars

I really miss Cameron Diaz.  It’s been so long since I featured her, but since she has turned her back on acting, I guess I’ll have to savour these epic moments.

At the time there were comments that Cameron always looked “haggard” on the red carpet, but that I felt was due to the ‘less is more’ grooming, than the red carpet gowns themselves.

As a presenter on the night, this Gucci Première gave us plenty of glamour that didn’t upstage the nominees. 

This was a clean, simple, crisp look from the actress which I still adore.

Yes, it looks like she got dressed in 5 minutes, but I don’t see that as a bad thing.

 Hilary Swank In Gucci Première – 2011 Oscars

4. Hilary Swank In Gucci Première – 2011 Oscars

The actress has one of the most enviable, toned figures in Hollywood, but thanks to the sparkling and feathers on this Gucci Première gown, we were enamored by how must it enhanced her beauty.

Salma Hayek In Gucci Première – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

5. Salma Hayek In Gucci Première – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

A year on from giving Gucci Première its red carpet debut, Salma was back wearing a smoky grey embellished gown.

At this point I was calling on Salma to wear all Gucci Première all-of-the-time, as she really embodied the glamour of the label like no one else.

Evan Rachel Wood In Gucci Première – 2012 Golden Globe Awards

6. Evan Rachel Wood In Gucci Première – 2012 Golden Globe Awards

Remember when Evan Rachel Wood used to wear gowns?

How could you forget this emerald green Gucci Première gown which was richly embroidered with overlapping fish scale paillettes and ostrich plumes?

The ONLY thing that would’ve made this look better, is if she’d opted to dye her hair red for the night.

The detailing just leaves me in awe.

 Jennifer Lopez In Gucci Première – 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala

7. Jennifer Lopez In Gucci Première – 2014 LACMA Art + Film Gala

Often Jennifer Lopez is accused of being a try-hard, but this was one occasion where you couldn’t say that.

The actress-singer looks beautiful, but the sequined midnight blue Gucci Première dress is doing ALL of the work.

Simply sensational.

Blake Lively In Gucci Première & Ryan Reynolds In Gucci – ‘Captives’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

8a. Blake Lively In Gucci Première & Ryan Reynolds In Gucci – ‘Captives’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

This is the portion of this post where I was not prepared to leave any of these Blake Lively looks out, so I decided to put them altogether. 

When you glance at all of the looks, you see how hard of a job it would’ve been.

It’s not surprising that Blake had so many great look from Gucci Première, as she was the face of the Gucci Première fragrance.

As I’m typing this, I’m covered in goosebumps.  One of the recurring comments on any Blake Lively post was “boobs or legs?” So many of you were surprised that she could give us such a classic Old Hollywood moment at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

This is the ‘Go Big’ moment we all wish to see at Cannes. 

I do kinda wish this look didn’t have the jewels, after all, her best accessory was her husband Ryan Reynolds (even though it was his night).

Blake Lively In Gucci Première – 2014 Met Gala

8b. Blake Lively In Gucci Première – 2014 Met Gala

What was the theme? 

Honestly, Blake Lively was bringing so much glamour to this event in Gucci Première, I don’t think anyone minded if it wasn’t on theme or not (for the record it was: Charles James: Beyond Fashion).

This is the sexy sophistication many of you had been crying out for from the actress.

Blake Lively In Gucci Première – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony

8c. Blake Lively In Gucci Première – ‘Grace of Monaco’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony

If you said, “Look, Catherine.  You have to pick ONE Gucci Première look from Blake Lively,” this would be it.

It may come as some surprise to you as I’m such a magpie, but the silhouette was so clean, the colour was so rich, and I feel like it’s one of her most supremely elegant looks to date.   

This was the occasion where the jewels perfectly matched the dress.

9. Amy Adams In Gucci Première – Oscars 2014

Speaking of supremely elegant, those words can be used to also describe Amy Adams in this Gucci Première navy gown.

The cut and fit gave her an outstanding silhouette.

Aishwarya Rai In Gucci Première – ‘Cleopatra’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

10. Aishwarya Rai In Gucci Première – ‘Cleopatra’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere

I went back and forth a few times with this one, and ultimately it came down to the colour. 

Aishwarya Rai can do plenty of Princess moments, but here she was giving us pure glamour.

Other Gucci Première looks worth mentioning are Mila Kunis from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, but I wish someone taller or someone with more presence had worn this.

Camilla Belle from the 2010 Cannes Film Festival Premiere for ‘Il Gattopardo’, who would’ve featured on this list had it not been for her very ageing hairstyle.

And Rosie Huntington-Whiteley from ‘The Search’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere, but there are so many strapless gowns on this post, I wanted to show a bit more variety.

Which looks are your favourite?

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37 Responses to Gucci Première’s Top 10 Red Carpet Looks

  1. TeaAtTwo June 17, 2020 at 2:58 am #

    Thoughts on the new Givenchy artistic director hiring?

  2. Lara June 16, 2020 at 12:13 am #

    Is FC on vacation? No new posts for almost a month…

  3. Pam Avoledo June 14, 2020 at 11:25 pm #

    Salma Hayek and Jennifer Lopez are always on point.

  4. Denise June 11, 2020 at 12:13 pm #

    Hello . I hope everyone is in good health. Does anyone know if Catherine is ok ? It’s been a long time since her last post and I m worried. In Greece, where I live, things are looking good with COVID but in England the situation is more serious. If anyone who knows would like to share, it would be helpful. Thank you. Be safe.

    • Elena June 11, 2020 at 1:02 pm #

      Yes I was wondering as well. I see some posts on Instagram, but nothing on the webpage!
      Hope she is safe and hope the website is not closing

      • Denise June 14, 2020 at 2:50 pm #

        Τhank you Elena. I hope our favourite website will continue too!

    • Marina June 15, 2020 at 9:59 pm #

      There are literally no events at all last 3 months.

    • anonymous as always June 16, 2020 at 11:25 am #

      Hi! Fellow greek here! I was wandering the same thing too! This website is my internet oasis and I would be devastated if it closes but more importantly I am worried if FC is ok. Let’s hope she is just taking her much deserved vacation and that she is doing great…

  5. Regina June 3, 2020 at 7:18 pm #

    My all time favourite Gucci dress is Lupita 2014 SAG gown

  6. Gigi June 2, 2020 at 4:47 pm #

    That first look is the best Salma has ever looked imho. The hair, earrings and perfectly colored and fitted dress were all spot-on.

  7. boy May 28, 2020 at 1:13 am #

    I’d swap #10 for Olivia Wilde’s green sequined number at the Golden Globes. One of my favorite maternity looks ever.

  8. Aurelien May 23, 2020 at 6:01 pm #

    1- Evan Rachel Wood
    2- Cameron Diaz
    3- Blake Lively (at MET gala)

    Great idea to do these “Top10 designs” posts ! As time flies we are more likely to forget some of these beautiful looks … Nearly 15 years now that I follow your site, and you always do a great job Catherine, thanks !!

  9. TeaAtTwo May 23, 2020 at 12:55 pm #

    I’d love to see a Frida Giannini/ Alessandro Michele Gucci Première collaboration.

  10. Cat May 23, 2020 at 2:38 am #

    Blake 8c is magnificent, and Amy is too. But Evan Rachel Wood takes my breath away. I’ve never seen this dress before. Beyond exquisite.

  11. Dana May 22, 2020 at 9:23 pm #

    This may be my favorite post ever! So many of my all-time most adored looks all in one place. Blake’s maroon dress may top my list!

  12. Saudin May 22, 2020 at 7:20 pm #

    I miss Frida’s Gucci

    • La Michy May 27, 2020 at 12:42 pm #

      I agreed!!

      • Louis May 31, 2020 at 4:06 am #

        Me too. It’s a shame she was fired from Gucci. Her designs are so luxurious and gorgeous.

        Alessandro Michele’s Gucci is gimmicky, comical and embarrassing. But it sells. SMH.

        • Saudin June 1, 2020 at 1:17 pm #

          @ Louis Amen! Couldn’t agree more with what you wrote… Gucci went from luxurious, glamorous, sexy clothes to just expensive, carnival stuff taken out from the 70’s

  13. Hannah May 22, 2020 at 6:16 pm #

    Love this post Catherine and drooling over Blake and Salma!

    Just a few spelling errors and I know you’d prob want someone to point them out …

    Jessica Alba post (what not was) and Hilary Swank (much instead of must).

    Love your blog and as always has been giving me so positivity and enjoyment.

  14. phee May 22, 2020 at 5:32 pm #

    as a sidenote, I miss Cannes soooooooooo terribly

  15. pheephee May 22, 2020 at 5:29 pm #

    LOVE these looks. My fave is Salmas 2010 wine-coloured dress and Blakes too. Such gorgeous-ness.
    All of Blakes actually. O and Evans!
    haha These looks are just divine

  16. Sharon M May 22, 2020 at 11:09 am #

    Blake in that maroon gown is just incredible.

    • Catherine Kallon May 22, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      Absolutely 100% agree.

  17. Alina May 22, 2020 at 3:23 am #

    10 years since Salma’s first look? 😱 Oh God, time does fly!

    • Catherine Kallon May 22, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      I know. It’s crazy

  18. Bee May 22, 2020 at 12:01 am #

    Loving the post. Best 3 for me are Evan Rachel Wood, Jennifer Lopez (the blue is lovely on her) and Blake Lively No. 8. Beautiful.

    • Catherine Kallon May 22, 2020 at 11:57 am #

      Thank you. I LOVED this collection. Still miss it to this day

  19. Jerusa May 21, 2020 at 11:52 pm #

    I loved them all but Aishwarya 🙁 Selma and Blair are my favorites

    • Chris May 22, 2020 at 10:50 am #

      I don’t really like Aishwarya’s look either… I don’t think the fabric was a good choice.

  20. TeaAtTwo May 21, 2020 at 11:35 pm #

    The absence of Cannes Festival has led me to rewatch haute couture shows.

    • Catherine Kallon May 22, 2020 at 11:58 am #

      That’s a fun idea

    • Nadine May 22, 2020 at 9:20 pm #

      Have you seen Battle at Versailles? Not couture, but fun because it gives so much time to models reminiscing.

  21. Chris May 21, 2020 at 10:35 pm #

    Evan Rachel Wood, Blake Lively’s first look and Amy Adams are my absolute favorites here.

    • Mitz May 22, 2020 at 5:31 am #

      Aishwarya is looking soo pretty in that teal gown.. pure elegance

  22. TeaAtTwo May 21, 2020 at 10:33 pm #

    I still don’t like that black and white gown that Blake wore to ‘Captives’ Cannes premiere.

    • JP May 22, 2020 at 9:50 pm #

      +1, I always associated that look to SJP´s Met Ball gown from Oscar de la Renta that happened the same year.

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