Cannes Fashion: Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain, Freida Pinto & more


Here are some assorted fashion photos from the past few days of the Cannes Film Festival. These are stragglers who didn’t fit in to other big premiere posts, but their dresses were notable enough to discuss. Let’s start with Salma Hayek. She wore this hot pink Saint Laurent at the premiere of Yves Saint Laurent. Eh. For what it is – a hot pink tube dress with a friggin’ bow at the waist – it’s okay. The fit is beautiful, but this just feels like a fancy version of a prom dress you would buy at the mall. I do like the diamond Cartier cuff/bracelet.


And here’s Salma at a photocall, wearing Bottega Veneta. This is weird, right? It looks like she has black entrails coming out of her abdomen, and the matchy-matchy shoes are awful.


Jessica Chastain in Atelier Versace at The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby premiere. I personally think this shade of “royal blue” is difficult for most women to pull off. It’s just something about the blue – it can make so many women look like stewardesses or hotel employees. I like the design of the gown, even though I usually dislike asymmetry in formalwear. I would have asked if Versace could make the gown in an off-white, an eggplant or maybe even black.



Frieda Pinto in Michael Kors. Eh. Meh. Of all the colors she could pull off, she goes for this blah oatmeal color?


Naomi Watts at the How To the Train Your Dragon 2 premiere. Look at the cheapness of that gown. Of course it’s Marchesa. Even her hair sucks. Naomi really needs to stop wearing Marchesa – it never looks good on her. Ever.


Monica Bellucci in Dolce & Gabbana at a Cannes photocall. Polka dots? Really? I think she’s beautiful, but I guess I’m just missing the polka-dot gene.


Hilary Swank in Bottega Veneta at a Cannes photocall… is it wrong to love this? She looks beautiful.


Lea Seydoux in Prada – this might be one of my favorite looks, actually. It does feel Christmasy, and this would have been amazing on a red carpet in December. Wait… I just saw the weird jewels or whatever on the train. Nevermind, Prada always takes it one step too far.

Photos courtesy of Getty, WENN, Fame/Flynet.

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  1. lucy2 says:

    I like all of them except Naomi’s Marchesa – now THAT looks like a cheap prom dress.

  2. Penny says:

    I don’t love what Salma’s wearing but at least she’s stopped frumping herself up with all the leather for a minute. And no hideous pageboy cap, yay!

    I actually like that colour on Chastain, but something about the dress just isn’t quite right. It’s like it either needed to be a little more structured or a little less.

    Is it terrible that I kind of like the top part of Naomi’s Marchesa? The fit’s awful of course.

    I think I need to track down Hilary’s dress. By the way, has she had a boob job or have I just forgotten what she usually looks like?

    Finally that green gown, wow! I mean really the dress is really nothing special, but that color is just gorgeous.

  3. Aurie says:

    Salma Hayek has aged really well, as well as Halle Berry and Sandra Bullock (although Sandie is a bit botoxy). And obviously almost anyone has aged better than Nicole Kidman.

    Monica Bellucci is in the same age group and has averaged very normally…meaning she doesn’t look young for her age.

    Anyway I know beauty is very subjective, but I still don’t get why everyone and the media considers Monica Bellucci so beautiful, as one of the most beautiful women. Like when Julia Roberts, Halle Berry, Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie, and Charlize Theron were considered the most beautiful, that’s because their careers were on fire. Monica’s never been a big star, so the most beautiful label surprises me.

    • Tatjana says:

      For a European actress from a non-English speaking country, she was a huge star. But I agree about her beauty, she always looked a bit empty to me.

    • Cherry says:

      She never made it bigtime in the US, but she’s probably Europe’s biggest film star. She’s super-famous in Italy, Spain and France, particularly. And her beauty, of course, is a matter of taste but I’ve always thought one of the reasons she never had a big breakthrough in the US is because she doesn’t quite fit the American profile. Not skinny enough, aging naturally, etc. But southern Europeans love her. She has that Sophia Loren-esque voluptuous diva-look.

    • Maria says:

      Monica in her youth was breath taking, even now, she’s lovely–I love that she’s actually embracing the aging process vs botox/fillers and then lying about having work done.

      Her body has always been on point.

      She’s done some amazing films, IMO.

    • ds says:

      I always thought she was a beautiful woman. She still is. Has a certain kind of appeal and sexiness.

    • Yinn says:

      I can very much live with Monica’s look here, she’s always been and always will be a stunner (even if it’s a matter of taste), but what’s up with her high-heels? This looks really painful.

  4. QQ says:

    my Nails are the color of Salma’s First dress so I Love it already

    JessicaAmyIslaChastainFisherAdams LOOKS Like She knows her dress isnt awesome… That said It’s still better than that seafoam green monstrosity that she wore last year? With the Matron hair?

    Frieda looks Sallow with that color! Whyyyyyy

    Naomi Watts looks actively NOT offensive and for a Marchesa that is a feat… I think the color is what is saving this for her

    What Hilary Swan is wearing Is a Crime to good taste and her body… What in the hell did she need a pepto pink saggy rouching band in her middle for??

  5. Tatjana says:

    I love that shade of blue, and it looks amazing on a ginger.
    Lea looks 10 years older.
    I’ve just watched The Painted Veil, and Naomi looks so good as a brunette.
    I can see that Monica is beautiful, but she always looked so empty to me. Weird.

    • Amelia says:

      The Painted Veil is a gorgeous film, all credit to Naomi for making me want to smack her whilst watching.
      I know it’s an unpopular opinion to think positively of Edward Norton, but I would’ve had Walter in every room of the house in TPV.
      I love Hilary’s dress here, a great combo of smart and summery.

      • Tatjana says:

        I know he’s a pain to work with, but he’s hot and a great actor.
        He was on holiday in my country a few years ago and the landlady said he was one of the nicest and most low key people she ever met.

      • I think that most people do like him–just because you like an actor, doesn’t mean that you can acknowledge their faults. He is a huge pain in the ass to work with (in past years) and acted like a brat about the Hulk/Avenger’s movie. Hopefully he learned from it (it seems he has)…but I like him. He’s hot and talented….

      • Anne tommy says:

        Ed Norton is a fab actor and is very cute. He has a very impressive record of dating lovely ladeez and was of course Salma’s man for quite a while. He may indeed be a massive pain in the rear at the same time. She is stunning.

  6. Emma13 says:

    I am in love with the green gown just because of the color. It’s gorgeous and more clothes should be made with it, especially in the winter.

  7. danielle says:

    I liked both of salmas dresses, although the shoes on the 2nd were over the top. Just me, or is Monica b looking botoxy?

  8. Lori says:

    Monica has looked so sad since her separation/divorce from that wandering wang she was married to.

  9. serena says:

    It’s strange but except for Monica Bellucci’s dress I love everyone’s.

  10. starrywonder says:

    Seriously Noami tell Harvey that you don’t need him to win another Oscar and stop wearing Marchesa. Ugh.

  11. L says:

    Naomi Watts’ dress is awful, but I love that necklace. The way it drips down the back. The mega stone at the bottom. Perfect for a ‘dragon’ premiere.

    The strap on the dress I just want to yank up on her shoulder. It looks sloppy.

  12. Melissa says:

    Hilary Swank actually looks the best imho.

  13. Panty Buns says:

    Salma Hayak looked both gorgeous and very demure at the Cannes Film Festival. Her hair was nicely styled with pretty highlights and the deep pink colour of her gown was beautiful. The gown’s big feminine bow helped balance out the overly conservative bodice of the dress that, unfortunately, kept any hint of Salma’s gorgeous cleavage completely hidden from view. Her attire was perfect in that it was formal and conservative in design at the same time the colour of her gown helped her stand out from the males in the photos. To me the formal tuxedos and bow-ties of the men surrounding her seemed a bit reminiscent of the way some varieties of penguins look.

  14. Helvetica says:

    Salma is stunning in that pink dress.

    I do not think I have ever seen Monica Belucci look this hard before. I love her dress but wow, looks like she has not slept in days.

  15. HHazel says:

    I think that Lea is the only one who doesn’t keep looking like a hot ass mess while wearing Prada, I think they give her their best dresses.

    Jessicas dress and styling is lazy she wore a Rouland Mouret dress with the same blue color, a red lip and similar hair style to the BAFTAS and why does she look bored to death?

    I love the color on Salmas dress the design is bland but the color makes it stand out at least.

  16. Lunch Money says:

    Salma’s snake bracelet! She is terrified of snakes. Does anyone remember her being interviewed on location and a snake showed up and she FREAKED! I wish I had the time to find the clip. I just think the snake bracelet is ironically humorous.

  17. Heather says:

    Jessica looks gorgeous in that dress and especially in the color!

    • ichsi says:

      Yep, I don’t get the criticism either, the dress is beautiful (the trail!) and she looks stunning. She also had the best accessory one could ever have at her arm: James McAvoy.

      The bow kinda ruins Salma’s dress but then it fits her perfect body like a glove, so it’s not toooo bad.

    • Samtha says:

      I think so too! That combination of pale skin, blue dress and red/strawberry hair is stunning.

      • taxi says:

        I agree. Jessica needs colors. Pale neutrals, soft whites, and light pastels are unbecoming for most very fair-skinned women, including Nicole, Naomi, Amy and even Cate, although Cate does lights better than the rest of them.

  18. ? says:

    Salma’s pink dress is cute, but that’s it. It’s a basic gown. The colour is great on her and her face looks fantastic.

    Jessica’s dress/look is the best out of this group of photos. She looks gorgeous (hair/skin/everything), that blue is beautiful (I disagree with your assessment completely. Cobalt blue is a colour that looks fab on any hair colour/skin tone), and the dress is beautifully constructed.

    Monica’s dress is fun and her body is amazing. Dolce and Gabbana is made for the sexy Italian look. Monica is still one of the most beautiful women in the world. Even looking a little tired, she is hotter than most 20 and 30-somethings. I love that she has allowed the smile lines around her mouth and “crow’s feet” around her eyes to exist instead of fillering-botoxing her face into oblivion. More women need to embrace aging naturally and realize if you are beautiful, you are still beautiful, regardless of age. There are 80 year old women I look at and think “WOW. This is a beautiful woman.” And then you look at people who are young and they are not cute at all. It isn’t a bad thing. The majority of us are not, nor have ever been, “hot stuff”, and that’s OK, too. The point is, I hate that people try to equate youth with beauty. Youth has its charms, of course! But it is NOT the main measure of what is beautiful…

  19. Maggie says:

    To me Jessica is the prettiest actress in HW!

  20. LadyS says:

    The beautiful Monica Bellucci, what is happening with her? Ugh.

  21. taxi says:

    Naomi is very pretty but her current hair style is not so flattering. She’s been wearing variations of this ‘do lately (Met Ball, etc) and it isn’t the best for her.

  22. Ravensdaughter says:

    Monica Bellucci-she has aged overnight! I knew she was divorcing Vincent Cassel, but that was the last I heard. I know my divorce aged me. The legal part-start to finish-was 9 mos. It all transpired when I was 43. Still, my ex and I see each other all the time because of our kids so many of the issues I had with him still get played out.
    With me it wasn’t my looks, it was my health. Now I’m 50 and there are so many things I could do physically before the divorce that I can’t do now because chronic back pain caught up with me after the papers were signed. You can change child support, but you can’t change alimony; I never asked for it because I didn’t think it was worth locking horns over. But I was a pharmacist and if you can’t stand, you can’t work. You get the picture.
    Poor Monica! I can only imagine what she must have gone through to look so stressed and exhausted.
    FYI, she turns 50 in September. It’s pretty rough to turn 50 and be in the middle of some painful life change. Wikipedia indicates they are still separated. The Wikipedia folks are all over dates of major events, so they would update if her divorce was sad.
    As for Hillary Swank, she is mighty proud of her fake boobies, isn’t she?

    • Ravensdaughter says:

      Monica Bellucci does not look good without make-up, just Bing or Google:
      monica bellucci without makeup
      You can pick out the recent pictures.
      I rarely wear makeup and looking at her transformation makes me think I need to start. Isn’t it all smoke and mirrors at some point anyway?