Sienna Miller in Valentino’s ‘kite dress’ at Cannes: budget or beautiful?


Here are some random fashion photos from the Cannes Film Festival this weekend. These are photos from the multiple premieres, including the premieres of Mia Madre, Sea of Trees and more. Let’s start with Sienna Miller – Sienna is a judge this year, and many of us were expecting Sienna to fulfill the “fashion girl” requirement that the Cannes judges panel seems to have every year. So far, Sienna has been a big disappointment, no moreso in this absolutely awful Valentino gown. I guess it’s supposed to look like a kite? But it just looks like cheap patchwork. Sienna’s styling has been pretty bad too.


Li Bingbing is my favorite of this group. She wore this Zuhair Murad Couture Spring 2015 gown which is absolutely perfect for Cannes. It’s big, it’s pretty, it’s beautifully tailored and she looks great in it. Yay!


Noomi Rapace in a rather striking gown (ID unknown). She’s part of the jury for Un Certain Regard and she was just announced as the lead in a Maria Callas bio-pic, which is an excellent choice. Yay for Noomi!


Sonam Kapoor in Ralph & Russo Couture – eh. Blue is my favorite color but I have an aversion to these shades of electric blue. They look cheap to me. The design is major drama though and it looks like fun.


Natalie Portman in Christian Dior. Dior is doing twee ikat prints now? I think this was a bad choice for Natalie, but she’s been making some really awful fashion calls lately.


Natasha Poly in custom Michael Kors… Kors has been doing a lot of ‘70s inspired stuff and if I’m being honest, I could see how it would be cool to have a liquid gold caftan or something. But this is trying too hard to be a modernized ‘70s vision. It should have been longer.


Jane Fonda in Atelier Versace. Same kind of questionable blue as Sonam Kapoor. Imagine how great this would have been in a pale blue.


Andie MacDowell in a Ralph & Russo Spring 2015 Couture wedding gown. I don’t get it? Why come to Cannes if you’re just going to wear a wedding gown?


Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet and WENN.

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  1. Rach says:

    It’s been pretty bad according to you!! Judging from the fashion you have praised on here, you’re a pretty safe sort of person. Yeah she hasn’t gone all out for some of the premieres but she’s still more interesting than a lot of the boring crap that turns up.

    • askar says:

      I kinda agree. It’s very mall dress appreciation around here. Bingbing’s dress looks mother of the bride and nouveau riche. Meh, tastes, we all have them.

    • klein says:

      Yep, totally agree. I really like Sienna’s dress, but I don’t think she can do anything right for some people. Personally I quite like her.

      • Sarah says:

        Me too. I always have, for some reason.Maybe I had an aversion to all the Balthazaar Getty backlash she got. He’s the one who took vows, after all.

      • Catherine says:

        She’s admitted to past mistakes. Personally I never understood the fuss about her & I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s up to old behaviors just less and on the down-low.

      • StormsMama says:

        I actually really like Sienna’s dress. It feels new and modern but also a bit like Gallows and Lollipops by Alexander Calder- with a little bit of the whimsy of a child.
        It’s interesting and eye catching if not completely photogenic.

    • Kat says:

      Live in a city 🙂

    • sills says:

      This fits with Sienna’s laid-back, offbeat styles of old. Nice to see something unusual on the red carpet. She just needs to do a Lupita twirl to give it the full kite-flying effect, lol.

      • aemish says:

        If the black blocks were in white I would say this dress is stunning!

      • Tough Cookie says:

        All I see when I look at Sienna Miller is an idiot who didn’t know a Newfoundland puppy would get so big.

    • Elisa the I. says:

      She looks stunning – love the dress & the make-up. Luckily tastes are different…

    • Fabulously says:

      So very vanilla! Not a good look Kaiser.

  2. Lucy2 says:

    I like Noomi and Natalie’s, the rest are a big no for me.

  3. Norman Bates' Mother says:

    Fan Bingbing’s is the only dress I kind of like – very pretty details and color, but that material around the waist but not in the front trend is only slightly better than the mullet dresses. Others are either boring or ugly. Noomi’s dress is very badly tailored and the material looks cheap. That golden kaftan is one of the ugliest dresses I’ve seen. Why is it so short if it’s custom-made? The sleeves are too short as well. I don’t get why the cutouts in Jane Fonda’s dress are placed in such weird places. It all looks random.

  4. Div says:

    Fan Bingbing for the win. Also, am I the only one who thinks Natalie is looking alarmingly thin as of late?

  5. Sienna’s gown was made of leftover scraps–cloth, not food

    • ISO says:

      The kite dress is an original plus an homage to spring; I would however Iike it better on,say, fka twigs. The rest of the dresses are too heavy for spring. However I love the gold Disco dress, the length is right for the season.

  6. MinnFinn says:

    Valentino needs to un-retire. That kite dress is not true to his label’s aesthetic. It would make a fun, knee-length casual sun dress though.

    Bingbing’s dress is gorgeous but reminds me of the dresses in my older sister’s 1970 “Barbie, Queen of the Prom” board game.

    Jane Fonda is stuck in the 1990s or 80s. I wish she would update her hairstyle. Her body is amazing.

  7. chloe says:

    I like Fan BingBing’s dress, that’s how you do a see through dress J-Low and Kim K. Natalie’s is okay, it’s definitely better than the see through ice skater dress she wore earlier that day. I’m really enjoying all the fashion posts from Cannes.

  8. Josephine says:

    I like Noomi’s dress. I don’t think it would look good on most people, but the material is interesting and it somehow suits her.

    I think Sienna’s dress is also very much her. Her hair and make-up are also flawless, and I completely appreciate that she has some muscle tone. All of these stick-figure people talk about being fit, but most of them just seem starved to me. Sienna looks like she might actually be fit.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    I’ve never liked Sienna as an actress or a person but she used to dress very well. I think she’s had 4 Vogue covers. Ever since she settled down and had a baby her fashion choices have been so BORING. Maybe she only dresses well when she is stealing someone husband?

    And I agree with the comment that Mr. Valentino needs to come back. They used to make the best dresses but their new designers are awful 🙁

  10. Absolutely says:

    I like Bingbing’s and Natalie’s dresses.

  11. Willa says:

    I’m confused. Is that Fan Bingbing or Li Bingbing as it is written?

  12. lenje says:

    Just want to emphasize that it is LI Bingbing here, not FAN Bingbing. Kaiser wrote it correctly, but some posters have confused those two actresses.

  13. Astrid says:

    Kaiser, I’m onboard with all your comments!

  14. INeedANap says:

    Miss BingBing’s dress is very “Elsa at a State Dinner.”

    And I love Noomi Rapace, but I don’t think she has the presence for Maria Callas (or the nose!) but I am excited to see the adaptation anyway.

  15. OriginalTessa says:

    I think Natasha Poly looks heavenly. 70’s glamour done in a fun modern way. I love the necklace and the styling. She looks gorgeous, imo.

  16. Greek chic says:

    Sienna is beautiful but I don’t like the dress so much.The kite on her bust is ok but the second one on her skirt is too much and looks cheap.
    Li Bingbing’s dress is too princessy for my taste.

    Natasha Poly wins. Amazing face (those cheekbones!) and her dress is to die for.Very 70s glam.
    Her body is killer, you can’t tell that she has a baby.

  17. sills says:

    I just don’t see the “twee” on Natalie, I see an attractive print and a beautifully-cut dress. It’s not easy to dress a petite frame like hers, I think this one is a big win (especially compared to her other red carpet looks).

    • Mrs. Darcy says:

      I actually love it too, was wondering what I was missing? Not revolutionary but I think it’s very pretty and not “twee” at all. What’s wrong with ikat?I love ikat! But then I dress like a hippy with no fashion sense 😉

  18. Tig says:

    I like Natalie P’s dress very much. Naomi can pull off drama, and can’t wait to see her as Callas. Is Vincent C too old to play Onassis, bec I think he’d be great! Sienna’s dress is pretty blah to me. Her SO hasn’t been getting good reviews from Far from the Madding Crowd- hope all is well bet them.

  19. oneshot says:

    I can’t be the only one who likes Sienna’s kite dress, right? I like a fun dress on the red carpet, and it reminds me of that candy-cane and horses patterned Alexander McQueen she wore on another red carpet like ten years ago. Good to see fun has not deserted her red carpet style.

    • j.eyre says:

      I love her dress. I love the cut, the whimsy of the pattern and the colors. I am also so very happy to see a LINED sheer overlay so it keeps the eye on the look not what I may or may not be seeing underneath.

    • I Choose Me says:

      And now that makes three of us. 🙂

  20. Jayna says:

    Sienna looks fantastic and back to her own style. I love her eclectic sense of style and it always works on her. Noomi and Li look stunning. Jane looks amazing. I won’t pick apart the color. She is 77 and rocking the hell out of that gown.

    I like most of the gowns above on the women, just a couple of misses. I enjoy the red carpets at Cannes more than I ever do at the Oscars.

    Andie’s gown doesn’t look bridal, so I have no problem with her choosing that, even if not my thing. She looks amazing at the age of 57. I adore Andie, though, so can’t really ever criticize her.

  21. technicalities says:

    Haha, when I read the caption for Li Bing Bing I knew there would probably be some confusion. She’s actually another Chinese actress who is popular and has the same first name as Fan Bing Bing. I just thought I might clear that up.

  22. Mrs. Darcy says:

    I would like Sienna’s dress more if it weren’t cut like an actual kite – a bit too literal for me but maybe I’m missing the fashion genius? I like the print though. I wish she wouldn’t make that prissy Posh Spice pout face, it’s tres annoying and doesn’t go with the spirit of the dress.

    I’m not big on one shoulder, much less one poofy shoulder, but Noomi is fierce and pulls it off. The colour is beautiful on her.

    My favourite dress is Natalie’s, much as she is not my favourite she really does look amazing in that gamine Audrey style and the fit is perfect on her.