Cannes Film Festival 2011

What do Kirsten Dunst, Penelope Cruz, Uma Thurman have in common? No, it’s not the fact they are three beautiful actresses. It’s the fact that when you put them on the red carpet, they do nothing but shine. At Cannes Film Festival, people may remember the winner of the coveted Palme d’Or, but they’ll also remember the dresses that sparkled, the flawless faces and the figure-hugging numbers that played with the imagination. Here are my highlights from this year’s full-filled festival on the French Riviera:

Calvin Klein La Croisette beach party
Joanne Black style: Myla dress, YSL heels and Sergio Rossi clutch
Calvin Klein parties are a magnet for beautiful women – which makes them ideal for a bit of style spotting. There were a number of contenders for the best-dressed crown. Standing out from the star-studded crowd were both actress Vanessa Hudgens, who wore a flashy yellow Calvin Klein dress, and Jessica Chastain, whose on-trend orangey red number with red sandals and a white clutch caught more than a few eyes. Close behind were top model Laura Stone in a gold figure-hugging dress, which she matched with some beach-friendly flats, Clemence Poesy sporting a 60’s-style white mini shift dress and festival judge Uma Thurman in an embellished black dress.

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Olivia Cole, Joanne Black and Dina Rosenmeier

Duran Duran – Belvedere party @ VIP
Joanne Black style: Jitrois leather dress, Alaia belt, YSL shoes and a Chanel bag
Those who go to see Duran Duran in anything other than a rock chic style do so at their peril. This legendary British band is just made to be followed by leather-clad fans in sexy black numbers. With access to the VIP area back stage, I was well-placed to catch all the fashion action. For a second time, Vanessa Hudgens led the way in a stunning black dress and leather jacket – teamed I’d like to add with the same YSL heels I wore! Jamie Foxx also looked cool dressed all in black – perfect for his turn behind the microphone – and jury judge Jude Law was his stylish self in a grey blazer and white T-shirt.

joanneblack-Annual Finch's Quarterly Review Filmmakers Dinner

Joanne Black and William Cash

Charles Finch’s 3rd Annual Filmmakers Dinner @ Hotel du Cap Eden Roc
Joanne Black style: YSL jumpsuit and shoes
Find yourself with an invite to one of Charles Finch’s prestigious soirées and you know you’ve arrived. For his guest list is like no other. Setting the style standard, Charles himself was looking as good as ever in a blue shirt and espadrilles from his new brand Chucs. Add Jane Fonda – who wore a dazzling floor-length off-the-shoulder black gown – Mick Jagger and his fantastic designer girlfriend L’Wren Scott (who looked elegant in her own design) and legendary music producer Richard Perry into the mix and it’s not hard to see why the Filmmakers Dinner is still the hottest ticket in town. It was great to see top new couple Emily Browning and Max Irons getting cosy and I also have to mention Tods’ CEO Diego Della, who showed us how the smart/casual look should really be pulled off – wearing a black and white scarf as a tie, with a black shirt (collar standing up), a navy blazer and jeans.

De Grisogono Dinner
& After Party @ Hotel du Cap Eden Roc

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Joanne Black and Goldie Hawn

Joanne Black style: Roberto Cavalli gown and de Grisogono diamond Earrings
Fawaz Gruosi, founder of de Grisogono, is a man who understands beauty. He also understands that when you mix dinner with diamonds, dancing and daring dresses, your parties become a mecca for sparkling fashionistas. This party was less about the clothes and more about admiring the bodies being shown off by them. Supermodel Bianca Balti, who arrived with Fawaz, has such a stunning waistline, it was nice to see it in a fringed white dress with a cut out waist. Karolina Kurkova also opted for the cut out style, revealing a little flesh with her dark chocolate brown dress. But the beautiful bodies didn’t stop there. With Goldie Hawn (in a beige floor-length silk fish skin effect Alberto Feretti dress), Ex Vogue editor Carine Roitfield in a sexy lace number, Naomi Campbell in full-length gown and Georgina Chapman in a short white piece of her own collection, there were plenty of well-toned and well-heeled wonders to observe. Designer Eva Cavalli also deserves a mention for leaving her dress at home, throwing out tradition and sporting a stylish black tux.

AmfAR Cinema Against AIDS L’Oreal Party @ Hotel du Cap Eden Rock


Goldie Hawn dressed by Joanne Black

Joanne Black Style: Lanvin gown
Another party at Eden Roc, another opportunity for Goldie Hawn to show us just what it takes to be a leading lady in the style stakes. Wearing a soft pink Roberto Cavalli one-shoulder gown with diamante round the waist, de Grisogono earrings and a gold Shamballa bracelet, she took centre stage at this stunning event, designed to raise money for AIDS research. Of course, hers wasn’t the only stand-out performance. Also opting for a pale gown with diamante detailing was – the now Princess of Monaco – Charlene Wittstock. Supermodel Karolina Kurkova made an entrance in a short halterneck white Chanel number with gold chains, Gwen Stefani stepped out in a glitzy black halterneck gown with a fish tail and gold belt and L’Oreal model Doutzen Kroes took a turn in an orange mini dress with gold heels, a gold cuff and a blue clutch. And, not to be outdone, the men also gave us something to pour over – actor Sean Penn worked the all-in-black look (complete with skinny tie) and Renzo Rosso sported a trendy tux with a T-shirt and chain.

Cannes Film Festival: de Grisogono Party

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Mira Anafina, Joanne Black & Zhanar Kaliyeva

Where: Hotel du Cap

Joanne Black Style: White Jitrois leather dress, Lanvin sandals, Prada bag and De Beers diamonds

Put more than 400 stars of the screen – and international scene – together with fabulous food, a 20-minute firework display, dancers in catsuits and Cheryl Cole as guest of honour and what do you get? An unforgettable night out, that’s what!

This year’s de Grisogono Party, which was hosted by Fawaz Gruosi (who looked stylish in a stunning blue suit), was spectacular from start to finish. In style terms alone there was plenty to get excited about. Cheryl Cole stole the show on not one, but three occasions! First, she wowed us with her breath-taking Roberto Cavalli strapless black tulle gown and dazzling de Grisogono jewels. Then she delivered a great 30-minute set on stage, which included the song such as Stand Up. And finally, she gave us a look at her cute and daring side with a coral red twisted pleat georgette dress by Julian McDonald. What a woman!

Special mention also should be made of Naomi Campbell, who looked fantastic in a short white beaded L’Wren Scott dress and those dancers in red glitzy catsuits and black jackets (I was exhausted just looking at them dance away to Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal). Wow!

Cannes Film Festival: Chopard Party

Joanne Black &  Mira Anafina at the Chopard party

Joanne Black & Mira Anafina at the Chopard party

Where: VIP Room
Joanne Black Style: Nude Martin Margiela dress, Sharon Wauchob jacket, Bottega Venetta earrings, YSL clutch and Sergio Rossi shoes

What’s better than spending the evening sipping wine at a lavish star-studded party? Sipping wine at two lavish star-studded parties! When faced with Charles Finch spectacular and Chopard’s 150th anniversary party, there really is only one option – go to both.

Fashionistas and film festivals are a match made in heaven, and you only need look round the room at a Chopard party to find out why. Less was certainly more at this event. While Paris Hilton went long with a beautiful plunging royal blue gown, Eva Herzigova wore a super-short nude number, presenter for the evening Myleene Klass went strapless with a knee-length nude outfit and Lindsay Lohen wore a short snappy number with silver-coloured shoulder accessories. Marion Cotillard even opted for an edgy alternative to the full-length gown, stepping out in a glitzy jump suit.

This was, however, a night dedicated to more than just the well-styled and the stylish. Lionel Richie gave a show-stopping performance, belting out numbers such as a Dancing on the ceiling and Easy on a Sunday Morning, and Jesus Luz did a great turn as DJ, helping us dance the night away.

Cannes Film Festival: Finch Quarterly Party

Where: Hotel du Cap
Joanne Black Style: Nude Martin Margiela dress, Sharon Wauchob jacket, Bottega Veneta earrings, YSL clutch and Sergio Rossi shoes

Everyone wants an invite to a Finch Quarterly dinner. After last year’s exclusive event, which saw everyone from Mick Jagger and Ralph Fiennes to Rachel Weisz revel in the delights of a Finch feast, I expected to be surrounded by a who’s who of stars from the world of movies, fashion and the media. And I was not disappointed.

This, the second dinner of its kind, was hosted by the man described as the ‘Cannes-do guy’ in honour of Director Bertrand Tavernier. With a guest list that included L’Wren Scott and Christian Louboutin, I knew talk of fashion would be high of the evening’s agenda. L’Wren Scott wore a fab hot pink dress from her collection, which she teamed with some very interesting pink, yellow and green sandals, and Louboutin looked like he was having great fun talking to Sydney Ingle-Finch while sporting a bright blue hat with a yellow band. And I’m not surprised – the dancers for the evening were all wearing shoes from his collection.

But they weren’t the only ones making a style statement. Glenn Close looked elegant in an icy grey jacket and camisole, Jenson Button was every inch the champion of speed in smart jacket with a crisp white open necked shirt, Mick Jagger had a beautiful bold scarf and Dominic Cooper worked the black suit and skinny tie look to perfection.

If that wasn’t enough excitement for one night, I even got the chance to share a laugh with ex bond villain Mads Mikkelsen, who played Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, before rushing off to another party with friend Mira Anafina.

Cannes Film Festival: DSquared Party

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Joanne Black & Olivia Cole @ the Cannes DSquared Party

Where: The Monaco Billionaire Club

Joanne Black Style: LGB jeans and shirt, Sergio Rossi shoes and Wunderkind jacket

It’s one thing to arrive fashionably late to a party, but it’s quite another to be in danger of not arriving at all! That was the dilemma facing my friends and I after our clutch died on a drive to Monaco for the fabulous DSquared bash. Thankfully though, with five miles to go, it was downhill all the way to Monaco, so we were still able to make a grand entrance!

After wowing the festival with their eyewear launch party last year, DSquared brothers Dean and Dan were in great form as hosts at Flavio Briatore’s club. Once recovered from our ordeal, my friend Olivia Cole and I decided to treat ourselves to a little style spotting. I’d opted for jeans, but Olivia looked stunning in a short LBD – she certainly has the legs for it.

Special style mentions have to go to Flavio Briatore’s wife Elisabetta, who wore a delightful strapless black dress; Boris Becker and his beautiful wife who looked every bit the star couple and Lady Victoria Hervey who stepped out in DSquared.