A newcomer to Cannes, I soon realised that there is always something to see and do; whoever first said that a place was "happening", must have just returned from Cannes. The city "buzz" and a seaside resort; Cannes has it all. It's enthralling cinematic (and fashion) history has created a hub for artists, designers, photographers and those who will pay for their big-ticket items. Yet it's not merely a parade of bling-meets Fur Coat exhibitions, or the auction hammer, although there is that side. Sure, it revels in it's glorious past and glamorous persona; film-festival fashions are almost as eagerly awaited as Oscar outfits. But, as visitors, we bring with us an imagined familiarity to Cannes, similar to when we visit Provence. Its' magic for fashion and film enthusiasts like myself, lies somewhat in the mental evocation of iconic Cannes images: visualising the festival's red carpets and paparazzi, or Cary Grant and Grace Kelly at the Carlton hotel (To Catch A Thief).
Cannes knows it's cool, but wants everyone to enjoy it. As a result, there are fascinating sights, events and experiences available to all. Some (very happy) people are striving to ensure Cannes’ equally exciting present and future.
Commanding my attention as they dazzled in the heat on La Croissette, Le Port Canto and in Hotel Martinez, the stunning images in this post are my selection from The 8th International Fashion Photography exhibition, where ‘Guest of Honour’ was Jacques Olivar. Sorry for the sunlight on some of the photographs (although, perhaps wrongly, I find the reflections quite interesting..!)
Photographs by: 1) Straulino, 2) Cyril Lagel, 3), 6), 8) & 10) Jacques Olivar, 4) Ken Browar, 5) Benjamin Kanarek, 7) Pino Leone, 9) Michalet Firdmann.