Bella Hadid wore the Schiaparelli ‘lungs’ ensemble in Cannes: stunning or weird?

Celebrities attend the ''Tre Piani (Three Floors)'' screening

Bella Hadid is one of those models who gets paid to go to Cannes to “be a pretty face” on red carpets and all of the festival events. She’s there to model and represent all of her modeling contracts, including Marc Jacobs eyewear, Dior makeup, Bvlgari jewelry and tons more. Honestly, I enjoy seeing her at Cannes – she’s a much-needed dose of old-school glamour, and you can tell she always has a lot of fun in Cannes.

Last night, Bella attended the Tre Piani premiere and she ended up getting all of the headlines from the red carpet with her outstanding ensemble. This is all meant to be one piece, and it’s from the Schiaparelli Fall 2021 collection. The black gown is just “boobs out” but it’s meant to be worn with the brass/gold “lungs necklace.” The necklace was designed by Daniel Roseberry and it’s described by the designer as “Golden trompe l’œil lungs with rhinestones.” In case you’re worried about accidentally seeing *anything* she’s wearing flesh-colored pasties. The whole thing is a really cool look, and it will be one of the most-talked-about looks of Cannes.

Meanwhile, Bella has used her trip to Cannes to confirm her romance with art director Marc Kalman. She posted something on her IG Stories about him and then they were photographed making out on a yacht. Still, a source told E! News that Bella and Marc “have been trying to keep it super low-key and private. Now that they have become serious, she has been excited to be seen with him. She is truly so happy right now.”

Cannes Film Festival 2021 - "Tre Piani"

"Three Floors" Red Carpet during the 74th Cannes International Film Festival

Photos courtesy of Avalon Red, Backgrid.

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  1. Lady Luna says:

    The shoulders on this dress are awful. But other than that it’s nice.

    • SarahCS says:

      That was my reaction, I’m on board with concept but I really don’t like the shoulders and construction of the top half of the dress.

    • Me says:

      I think it’s really great—pairing the golden lungs with a dress reminiscent of the Belle Époque—the rounded shoulders setting off the tiny waist with the corsette lacing detail down the back—that’s the Schiaparelli touch—the subversive contrast between making the structure of a woman’s lungs visible and the constriction of a woman’s clothing, meant to bind her physically and even limit her ability to breathe.

      • Embee says:

        That’s a really cool take on this dress – I knew I liked it but you’ve helped me see why.

      • Wiglet Watcher says:

        Sometimes the viewer has more insight than the artist. I think maybe that’s the case here. I do love your take on it.
        I do love the whole thing, but she’s not the one to really do it justice imo.

      • Me says:

        We’re also all talking about the lung jewelry—the dress bares her breasts. We have a strong taboo around exposing the breast because it is a sexual characteristic, yet here her breasts are exposed but just there, an afterthought, and all the emphasis is on the structure of an internal organ that no one would consider ‘pretty.’

      • ItReallyIsYouNotMe says:

        I love this ensemble. It’s striking and glamorous but as you say subversive and modern at the same time.

      • Wonton says:

        Yes, not sure the lungs were intended to contrast w the corset, but I’m all here Re avante garde – I’ve never seen this model dressed more beautiful nor enigmatic

        Personal take was environmentalism- trees & lungs of the planet as replicated within ourselves.

      • Nic says:

        It’s also a metaphor for a burning planet due to climate change and the impact of COVID on respiratory systems. Unintended I’m sure, but it’s an evocative symbol/commentary on our times.

      • GRUEY says:

        I can’t decide whether I can go with subversive in a year when millions of people died of pneumonia due to Covid, but I do like your reading of it.

        Thing is, Bella is…not deep. Anyone remember that “if homeboy comes through in these” video—lol just thinking about it makes me chuckle and shake my head. What a ding dong.

    • BothSidesNow says:

      I didn’t see the shoulder until you pointed them out. You are right!! But the problem with the dress is that they have put too much into the dress. With the lungs, they should have kept the rest of the dress simple, or vise versa. The dress in competing with all of the other elements as well.
      This would have looked fabulous on Julianne Moore!!

  2. teehee says:


    …All of it?

  3. Erica says:

    Love this look so much! I can’t help it, I kinda like Bella? She just seems like a sweet person.

  4. Aidevee says:

    I think it looks dumb and completely impractical and super heavy. What if you spill your dinner and bits get stuck in it? What if it’s chilly and you have to put a coat on? What if you’d like to hug someone? You’d have to say ‘sorry, let me just shift these gold plated lungs out the way, hang on a min’.
    Think I’m just being too British in my approach.

    She looks pleased to be there, so I guess that’s a positive!

    • AmB says:

      What if you don’t want people to hug you? I can see possibilities with this …

      • SarahCS says:

        Ooh you could be onto something there. Clothing as a blocker to hugs… I like it.

      • LahdidahBaby says:

        Oooooo, I like that idea SO very much! It should be dedicated to all the men who are subversive with too-close, too-feely public hugs that we can’t rebuff without looking bitchy!

        I’ve belatedly learned to rebuff them anyway when they’re over-hugging and I really don’t give a sh*t anymore if I’m graceful about it or not.

  5. (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

    Guess I’m not “fashion forward”, but nope. Nothing “glamorous” about a “LOOK AT ME!! LOOK AT MEEEEEEEE!” dress where you *literally* have to put your boobs out there for attention.

    I also guess I’m one of the few that finds her plastic, carved face unattractive; that dead eyed expression she wears 99% of the time doesn’t help.

    Thing is, she has gorgeous eyes; to see them sparkle with a real emotion would probably make her look beautiful.

  6. Merricat says:

    Obviously this is not a dress for everyday life. She wears it well, in my opinion. It’s interesting, though not my kind of fashion. Also, I don’t like those shoes with that dress.

    • Char says:

      The styling of it is really bad. The earrings and hair don’t match the dress at all.

      • Aphra says:

        The earrings are a ridiculous choice. The focus of this dress is obviously the metal detailing aand the earrings distract terribly.

      • Meg says:

        With a necklace like that youd think th rest of the jewelry would be minimal or nonexistent. its just too much otherwise

  7. Jo73c says:

    If you accept that the concept is worth exploring, then the execution is still poor. There is workmanship and detail in the lungs, plonked over a heavy featureless dress that just looks like she’s got an open back dress on backwards.
    There should be some sense of the whole outfit being an interpretation of the concept. I would have preferred if the lungs were integrated – and emerged from a larger pattern over the whole gown.

    • Sunday says:

      I agree, to me the chain and the tree trunk are too chunky and throw off the delicacy and intricacy of the actual lungs/branches.

      • lucy2 says:

        I thought the same thing, it’s an odd contrast. Interesting idea, could have been more beautifully done.
        Also that dress looks heavy and hot, especially for a summer event.

    • Another Anna says:

      Yes exactly! The sleeve hem and the skirt hem both hit her in wildly unflattering places, the shoulders are lumpy, and everything looks so heavy, especially that necklace. The ripples in the shoulder and bicep ruin any kind of sculptural effect and the necklace looks plonked on instead of being integrated into the design. Whatever the design intention may have been, it looks like cheap quality to me. I know it’s not, but all those details make it look slapdash.

  8. Oh_Hey says:

    It’s an interesting couture look for the runway or red carpet. Its not meant for myself, a total Noemie, or any body popping off to the shops to be wearing for everyday life.

    To me it looks good in context and is fine.

    • My3cents says:

      I think the MET Gala would have been a better choice.

    • Sof says:

      It’s always funny when people criticizes couture as impractical, that’s the point?
      I liked the idea, exposed lungs at a time when lungs are all we care about.

    • Dee says:

      I work in air quality, so I am fascinated by this look.

  9. The Hench says:

    Agree. Good idea, badly executed.

    ETA that was in response to Jo at comment 7. IT issues 🙄

  10. Poisonella says:

    The dress is nice and the necklace is original. I think the work on her face is fabulous. She looks exotic- there’s no one who looks like her- not even the eastern European/Russian girls.

    • Aphra says:

      This reads as totally sarcastic! Not sure if you meant it to. “Her plastic surgery makes her look even better than Melania-style mail order brides!”

  11. Gil says:

    I think it looks uncomfortable. Like that necklace hurts her skin. Overall is a bad assemble.

  12. Case says:

    I really don’t like it and don’t understand why she’s at Cannes.

    • Holland says:

      Read the introduction. She and other models are paid by brands to create fashion moments.

  13. SusanRagain says:

    Ugly jewelry. There I said it.
    Where are the beautiful statement jewels?
    Liz Taylor has a gorgeous collection of jewelry, let’s see that level one the red carpet, please.

    Her hairstyle looks pulled so tight as to be painful.
    So young to have had what looks to me like a lot of surgery.
    I don’t see how this person and/or Kendal K., Kia Gerber (Cindys daughter) are now considered top models? Tall, very thin but no pizzazz.
    Cindy, Naomi, Christy T. even Heidi Klum they had something special.

    • (TheOG) Jan90067 says:

      Helen Mirren brought it with gorgeous diamond and emerald earrings and a necklace that would’ve done Liz proud! (Personally, I don’t think the jewels went well with the yellow dress she wore, but that’s my personal taste. Felt like it was too casual a dress for the gems).

  14. Sally says:

    I like the dress and the chain in a haute-couture way, also kudos to her for wearing all that weight and retaining such a beautiful long neck, but I take offense in those heeled flip flops she’s wearing in that kissy pic. How? WHY?!

  15. Boogie says:

    I think if it was a light airy white dress it could’ve really made an impact! The black dress seems like an afterthought

  16. Nikki* says:

    From the new Prince Joffrey clothing line.

  17. Jess says:

    I really love the lungs! But that tacky 90s style gold chain, padded shoulders and padded arms (?!?) ruin the whole look.

  18. Lily says:

    Was it meant to be topical? It’s been a bad year and a half for lungs.

  19. OriginalLala says:

    poorly executed good idea. The lungs look heavy and uncomfortable, such a shame because it could have been a great look

  20. LeaTheFrench says:

    I like the concept – it’s obviously not something you’d wear to go and buy some bread at the bakery, right. But Cannes should have bold, statement fashion looks, it’s supposed to be extra, to be glamorous, to be out-of-the-ordinary.
    Two misgivings:
    - the fit of the upper part of the dress: this would have worked ten times better with a much tighter upper part. The sleaves are too long, the shoulders too broad and loose for this look to really work. She looks like my daughter when she’s borrowed clothes in my closet, she’s just floating in them…
    - the shoes are an abomination – and with that dress you’d have needed the helm to be closer to the floor.

  21. Samab says:

    The esthetic is awful

  22. Thirtynine says:

    I don’t like it. I think it looks ugly and repressive and inhuman. Is it meant to? Is it a statement? Is it art? I don’t know. I agree with the execution and styling comments- none of these things (shoes, earrings, dress, hair, necklace) really seem to to work together as a coherent look.

  23. Holland says:

    This is not my cup of tea, but I appreciate that some fashion is more daringly artistic in nature than pretty.

    Constantly commenting on and attacking a woman’s looks isn’t helpful. If there is a comment to be made, it should focus on the competitiveness of the industry that requires many women to lose weight and augment their faces. This industry is largely controlled by men.

  24. Nev says:


  25. Pamsicle says:

    How about we stop giving space to antisemites?? No need to promote and glorify the Hadids any longer. #notoantisemitism

    • Holland says:

      This isn’t a fair assessment. You can’t just throw around antisemite without concrete proof. I also get the feeling that most of the world wants to stay out of the palestinian-israeli conflict because it’s a long running, deeply entrenched issue that few of us understand or are unprepared to make judgements on, nevermind condemning people over.

      Everyone is going to defend their heritage. I understand that and I move on.

      • LULU wang was robbed says:

        She spread antisemitic blood libel, it’s entirely possible to advocate for the self determination of the Palestinian people without slandering and calling for the displacement of Israelis and Jews.
        Screw her, and her degree in polisci from the University of Instagram.

  26. Lizzie says:

    The dress is unique and stunning which is the point I guess. But a beautiful dress? No.
    In general I like Bella but am over models showing up at award shows.

  27. Flying Fish says:

    This woman has no presence what’s so ever!

  28. HandforthParish says:

    I thought they were upside down trees…

    I find the whole thing quite underwhelming, I wouldn’t call it fashion forward at all. Maybe because of the black? I saw it yesterday and thought…. oh,trees.

    I can’t deal with Bella anymore. A couple of years I thought she was a great example of plastic surgery done right, she looked so stunning.
    Now I think she looks like an ageless mannequin.
    Give her 5 years and she will be Jocelyn Wilderstein.

  29. Mabs A'Mabbin says:


  30. Nic says:

    The perfect dress as a metaphor for our times…. Ironically an unintended commentary on the impacts of change on the planet and people’s health and COVID. All of which boil down to respiratory capacity.

  31. BeanieBean says:

    Skimmed the photo of the lungs outfit quickly, then onto the boyfriend photo, wearing Bella is wearing the Burberry plaid. And I could hear my mother’s voice, ‘it costs that much & they couldn’t even line up the plaid on the seams?’. She, as a seamstress, would never make such a mistake.

  32. Sister sister says:

    Gilded tree upside down sans leaves. Shoulders are needed to balance that huge gold wire mess in the lady’s proportions. And the statements are: 1. Do become an organ donor. 2. Bella’s boobs fit under tiny plastic caps. 3. Don’t miss on an opportunity to go nakey when you need PR.

    Btw what is next in gilded jewelry trends? Gilded mammary glands? Gilded colon worn below the belt sans skirt and a plastic cap covering the southern wig? Or will that be a gilded fig leaf? Tree with snake carried like a stick by mannquin? Gilded deer antlers for men? Bill C. or Bill G.? Wear on the head if you committed adultery (B.C). Wear below belt if your wife divorced you for adultery (B.G.). Melt down gilded antlers and hand it over to your ex-wife if you committed adultery and your ex is a decent person (Je.Be.). Haven’t yet figured out how to wear gilded b.lls. Christmas tree? And do they come with dressing herbs? *LOL*

  33. yvrjanice says:

    It reminds me of the picture of the blood clot some poor patient coughed up just before he passed – it was a clot in the perfect shape of his lung. That’s what it looks like to me.

  34. Destiny says:

    Why does she look worse when she smiles

    • Robin says:

      Hi Destiny. I’ve thought this, too. I think it’s because she’s made herself so beyond what she was before, almost into a walking mannequin, that when she shows emotion it blindsides us. We don’t expect something so immobile to be mobile, if that makes sense.

    • Shanaynay says:

      She has dead eyes. Even when she’s smiling there seems to be nothing behind those eyes.

  35. iconoclast59 says:

    As someone with lung problems that will likely send me to a premature death, this bugs me for reasons I can’t quite articulate. I’d feel better if Bella and the designer were doing this to promote awareness, but as other commenters have noted, it seems to be more a “Look at meeeeeee!” type of gesture.

    • Robin says:

      I understand, iconoclast59. I would be putting the mental brakes on if a designer made a brain structure into headgear, for example. Once you have a condition, mine is neurological, body parts take on a different meaning, and I suppose we want them to be treated less flippantly, perhaps?

    • Fleur says:

      It bothers me too. It’s so spectacularly tone deaf after a year and a half and millions dying of what is primarily a lung disease, covid. some of the worst hit are the poor and here she is wearing golden lungs. It makes my blood boil.

  36. Age says:

    I would have skipped the earrings.

  37. Em says:

    The lungs are anatomically switched.

  38. Midge says:

    The only place that should be worn is in a Zoolander sequel.

  39. Kat says:

    Honestly it’s nice to see something different and daring. I don’t think it needs to be good or bad—fashion (not everyday clothes) should be evocative in some way and this is memorable for sure. Red carpets these days are just a bunch of pretty ball gowns and I love those too! But always nice to see something that changes everything up.

    I studied fashion history and Schiaparelli was known for things just as this—look up the lobster dress. Well done, Bella!

  40. Ash says:

    I agree that Bella looks very glamorous here and she does always seem to have a good time at Cannes! The dress is a work of art and I think she wears it well. I’m kind of curious about her new relationship. I liked her with the Weeknd, but hopefully she and this new guy will make a cute couple as well.

  41. Twinkle says:

    What is it with Bella and her Goth dark hair and pulling it into a super tight bun? It’s so severe and the hair is pulled so tight it looks like her skin could tear.

  42. Wiggly says:

    She looks very uncomfortable, all for money and attention, everytime she is at the shitshow that is the Cannes she is almost showing something, last time I remember it was that A. Vauthier dress that almost showed her v, now her poor boobs are at the mercy of that horrible metal thing. In a way I feel sad for her, to think of all the opportunities to study, learn etc she had with all that money, and this is what her disgusting mother pushed her to become.