Yesterday’s Cannes International Film Festival kickoff was rife with celebrities of every ilk, running the gamut from those whose various looks we await with bated breath (like the untouchable Marion Cotillard) to those who make us wonder why they’re even in attendance, let alone wearing an overblown dress with a ten-foot train (no thanks, Eva Longoria). The annual festival is synonymous, of course, with a particular brand of inimitable avant-garde chic — it’s impeccably artistic, breathtaking more often than not, and more than anything, distinctly European. Despite the visible correlation between the clothes and the films, Cannes has never featured a fashion show among its (nearly two weeks long) festivities before this year.
And who better to inaugurate the first fashion-specific venture than former Vogue Paris editor and French style monarch (and new grandmother — her equally fabulous daughter Julia gave birth yesterday!) Carine Roitfeld? The empress of somber, sooty Gallic cool will curate and present a full-scale show at amfAR’s Cinema Against AIDS gala on the 24th. Appropriately, the show’s contents will, in true Carine fashion, depict her notions of “the perfect black wardrobe.” As a Roitfeld devotee and frequent wearer of head-to-toe black, I swooooon for this idea. Contributing designers will include Alexander Wang, Balenciaga, Chanel, Christian Dior, Christopher Kane, Giorgio Armani, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton, among others. Fingers crossed for some high-quality photos from this historic event! [WWD]