Zoe Saldana in Victoria Beckham at Cannes ‘Grace of Monaco’: elegant or awful?

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana attended the Grace of Monaco premiere in Cannes with a surprising dress. On anyone else, the effect of Zoe’s look isn’t that shocking, but I’m so used to her trying to be avant garde and edgy. This is a more classic look with a twist. I was also surprised to learn that this is a Victoria Beckham gown. The pleats on the skirt are crisp and elegant, and the asymmetrical ruffles on the bodice remind me of cake icing. I am a big icing girl, so this dress automatically wins me over. Zoe wore gold Louboutin sandals to match her gold “rope” belt. The earrings are a bit large but go with the gold theme. Zoe wisely let her hair fall in lose waves. She remembered to smile too. Zoe has one of those faces that transform with a smile, which is her best asset.

Zoe Saldana

Zhang Ziyi is always interesting and rarely predictable. She chose a Stephane Rolland couture dress with all sorts of edgy details. The top has a shattered-glass effect, and the gown melts into a cascade of white ruffles. She looks so pretty.

Zhang Ziyi

Kendall Jenner wore Chanel and made it look super budget. I know, it’s a Kardashian on the red carpet at Cannes. It’s fine — Paris Hilton has been to Cannes many times. BTW, Kendall is rumored to be the new face of Topshop.

Kendall Jenner

Karlie Kloss fugged the whole premiere up with this tri-color lace Valentino gown. This dress is so ugly, and Karlie disappears into a sea of awfulness. She looks like an attendee at ye olde renaissance fair.

Karlie Kloss

Audrey Tautou wore a pretty enough black and white dress in a geometric print with offbeat navy pumps. How amazing would this dress have been as a cute strapless number?

Audrey Tautou

Jane Fonda looked fantastic in Elie Saab. She’s sexy without trying too hard and age-appropriate but still sizzling.

Jane Fonda

Sofia Coppola wore Valentino as part of the judging panel. This outfit is so frumpy and reminds me of a 1990s sweater and culottes combo. With sparkles.

Sofia Coppola

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  1. merski says:

    What the hell is a Kardashian doing on the red carpet in Cannes?!?!?!

    • Kali says:

      Cannes is… well… ummmm…. “egalitarian” with who ends up on their red carpet. Google Phoebe Price+Cannes if you want to destroy your eyeballs.

    • Tapioca says:

      Making it very clear that she doesn’t have what it takes to be a top model? Compare with Karlie Kloss who’s OWNING her horrible dress, instead of looking slumped-shouldered and uncomfortable.

      Kendall a pretty girl, but you need an (I hate myself for using the term) “X-factor” too.

      • Allie says:

        Yeah, there’s just nothing special about Kendall. She’s tall and thin, but you need more than that to make it. I don’t think she’s even that pretty. She looks like a normal 18 year old girl, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Girl, go to college and do something of worth.

    • wiffie says:

      I don’t understand her Chanel dress. What us that? I can’t see it well but i’m getting a breast plate made of feathers? Is that it? I don’t get it. There’s a kardashian there. In a Chanel dress. that I don’t understand. Help. Me.

  2. Kristen says:

    Loooooooooove Zoe’s dress. Gorgeous.

    • wiffie says:

      Dead on comparison for Sofia. Looks exactly like an outfit I wore most of 1995, an oversized sweater and baggy Chino style pleated gap shortS. Except sparkly. Like Felicity is going to the ball. Oh my.

      I never would have pegged it for a Victoria Beckham dress! It’s breezy, light and soft, not structured and controlled and “cold” like her usual aesthetic. I love it. And that waist us insane!

      Jane looks fabulous too. “Marilyn” popped in my head when I saw that silhouette and dress, before I saw whose face it was. Good I hope I age half s well!

  3. feebee says:

    For all those wanting that (not for me) look of all that puffy curly material on the front of their dresses – this is way to do it, not that monstrosity that Kim K wore in the recent past.

  4. LadyMTL says:

    Zoe and Zhang Ziyi are so freaking gorgeous, I can’t even. Love love love their looks!

  5. blue marie says:

    I like Zoe’s dress minus the belt, I didn’t realize how tiny she is..
    I don’t like any of the other dresses but that color looks good on Fonda.

  6. Eve says:

    Jane Fonda’s…that’s the dress Jolie wore to the Oscars, non?

    • Mean Hannah says:

      It is…and really, it’s a style that suits Jane Fonda better.

    • akivasha says:

      I like Jolie’s dress better, this red is just too much again Jane’s skin tone.

  7. Penny says:

    I have a dress pretty much a carbon copy of Zoe’s, except the tank top part is opaque enough to properly cover my nipple. Cost $80 from a chain store, two years ago. This is why I will never understand why VB is a respected designer, I’ve never seen anything from her that hasn’t already filtered down to chain stores months before she launches her collections.

    Zhang Ziyi’s dress could do without the ruffle but at least she’s always interesting. I don’t know why more women don’t go all out with proper gowns at Cannes. You can wear a mediocre cocktail dress anytime, why not take the opportunity to wear something special?

    Jane Fonda…wow! I think I need to track down some of her old exercise tapes because clearly they work.

  8. lucy2 says:

    Zoe’s isn’t bad.
    I like Jane Fonda’s – it’s very similar to Angelina Jolie’s Oscar dress but I think I like the red better. ERW’s green is still my favorite by far from that line though.
    The rest are just odd or ugly. Between this and the Met gala, fashion seems strange right now!

  9. Abbott says:

    Eve, I was wondering the same thing…

    I don’t know who she is, but Zhang Ziyi nailed it.

    Zoe’s career seems to have stalled a bit. No?

    • Rice says:

      Zhang starred (or co-starred) in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and she was a villain in Rush Hour 2.

  10. Spikey says:

    Omg. That Valentino dress is beyond ugly. By the way, that is not “ye olde renaissance fair” attire. That is a shitty “fin de siécle boudoir morning gown” gone horribly wrong. Good god, I can’t get over the supreme ugliness of this… this… how is this Valentino? It most certainly cost a fortune. Why? Why?

  11. Kali says:

    I’m surprised that Zoe’s dress is a VB gown because it looks like someone over a US size 2 could wear it. Obviously, let’s not go nuts here, it would probably stop being flattering about a size 8. But that skirt on the dress is just absolutely stunning and the detailing on the top half is really pretty and stops just on the right side of dramatic before it hits crazy town.

    Obviously anything on Zhang Ziyi is going to look good because she’s gorgeous. I just wish that amazing top half to that dress had carried down to some amazing form fitting lower half or even a black flowy skirt without the ruffle on the side. It’s like it’s two amazing but completely different looks that just happened to be stitched together at the waist.

    • Chinoiserie says:

      Victoria’s dresses have been moore loose fitting for a while I think. I think she got her size 2 reputation from her first collections and now her dresses are as suited for other body types other fashion houses dresses are.

    • CuriousCole says:

      I also wish all of Zhang’s dress would be like the top half but regardless she looks incredible. The color contrast is cool.

  12. Blanca says:

    Zhang Ziyi doesn’t look 35 at all! God bless those genes

  13. Nya says:

    I actually think Kendall looks best…

    • danielle says:

      Kendall is a gorgeous girl. Let’s just hope her crazy mom doesn’t get her started on plastic surgery….

    • Tatjana says:

      But she’s so not model material.
      The three Kardashian sisters are facewise much prettier than the Jenner girls, aren’t they? Before all the surgery, that is.

  14. Tatjana says:

    Audrey looks like an old lady. Was her upper lip always so odd or is it surgery?

  15. Maria says:

    Zoe looks gorgeous in that dress.

  16. Kiddo says:

    The 2 Zs for the win. The first two dresses are fantastic. Although I agree, don’t care for the dangly earrings so much.Zhang’s dress is a delightful surprise. It’s strange and disconcerting and flattering and interesting at the same time. The rest are somewhat regrettable. Jane Fonda has a fabulous figure, yet I don’t love the entire look; the color or the make-up or something seems harsh. But, you know what? I will never look that good at her age, so screw me for saying anything.

  17. Megan says:

    Is Jane Fonda wearing the same dress Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars?

  18. Deb says:

    Someone I know on twitter said Cannes is turning into Walmart. How true. Next the cast of duck dynasty or honey boo boo will show up

  19. Sarah says:

    So PMP already has Kendall working the “yacht circuit” in Cannes, eh? And Nicole – take a look at Jane Fonda for how one ages with good work.

  20. Hershey says:

    Zoe looks beautiful. That dress is gorgeous.

  21. Dani says:

    Is no one going to discuss that Karlie is wearing jelly flip flops? No? Well she is.

  22. Hissyfit says:

    I like Zoe’s dress minus the gold belt. What the hell is Karlie wearing? It’s so ugly! That Kardashian chick is pretty but the dress does nothing for her. I love Sofia’s look. But I think it’ll look better with shorter top. Jane looks great. I love that Jolie dress she’s wearing.

  23. kibbles says:

    Is Zhang known for anything other than being a fashion icon and tabloid fixture in China? I haven’t seen her in anything noteworthy in a very long time. Maybe she is in critically acclaimed Chinese movies I have not seen yet. I find Gong Li to be much more beautiful and talented than Zhang.

    • lenje says:

      She’s one of the biggest stars in China (although at this point she’s much less bankable than, for instance, Fan Bingbing – who’s starring in the next X-Men movie). She just won a Best Actress award for her role in the Grandmaster.

  24. Cara says:

    I can’t believe Zhang & Zoe are the same age…Zhang looks so young! ZZ also works the avant garde elegant fashionista/ action badass star more chicly than Zoe…and more believably. Overall both women look very nice.

  25. Dana m says:

    I love Sofia C. But that outfit is a big NO!

  26. serena says:

    Wtf was Kendall Jenner doing at Cannes?

    By the way I hate Zoe Saldana’s dress.. too much of anything. I love Zhang Ziyi, she so pretty and can wear pretty much anything in my opinion!

  27. LadyS says:

    Zoe is boring. Jane Fonda, OMG!! She looks amazing. Wooooooow!! Everyone else looks terrible. Why is Kendall Jenner relevant to anything in Cannes?!!?!?!!

  28. zut alors! says:

    I’ve always thought Angelina’s red carpet dresses were more suited to Jane Fonda. Now, here we have Jane in a dress worn by Angelina at this year’s Oscars. Angelina needs to update her look and not dress so matronly. Remember the Ralph & Russo dress with the giant rose on her shoulder? I think that would look so good on Jane.

  29. aurelia says:

    Hell Jane Fondle looks FIERCE!

  30. Ange says:

    I dunno, Jane looks great but I’m sensing some cheek tweaking.

  31. TOPgirl says:

    After Zoe admitted how she got banged in the subway…I just see her dirty.