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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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?