Cate Blanchett in Cannes 2018 – fashion icon and empowerment leader
Cannes Film Festival is a place where many famous people met from many different industries. It is a mixture of film, music and fashion industry. As well as the main purpose of choosing and awarding movies in different categories and from different language areas, it is also a fashion event. The Cannes red carpet is just as famous as Oscar’s red carpets. Every year, many celebrities are coming to Cannes to be a part of the festival or to attend the parties and events connected to it. Many luxurious yachts and jets are arriving daily at the center of events. This year was no exception too. Cannes did turn into the center of events that included attendance of many people from the show business.
What specifically left a mark at this year’s festival was the speech that Cate Blanchett gave, followed by a women’s march. The trend of empowering women and encouraging them to speak up transferred to this event too. It all started with the “Future is Female” march, then the #TimesUp movement and it does not seem to stop. As a head of this year’s female jury, Blanchett talked about the upcoming changes that will happen, but it will not be overnight. Her speech was inspired by the decision of Cannes festival board to increase more women on the event’s selection board. However, she also discussed the process of selecting films should be purely determined on merit and not on gender parity. The women that were in the completion were there because of their quality and not gender. Her words were strong, and the message was clear. As well as the expectations that changes will not happen over time, but it is time to start.
Alongside her motivating and strong speech, she presented a few fabulous looks that will most certainly enter the Cannes fashion history. Her fashion game has been strong from the moment she touched down. Her airport outfit was a gray tweed suit, paired with black flats, bag, and a shirt. At the Kering Women in Motion dinner, she stunned in Iris Van Herpen Couture gown, with blue and green details. One of the two hers most iconic looks were the Givenchy rainbow two-piece gown that had the “wow” effect. The second one was the custom-made Mary Katrantzou voluminous gown that had hand embroidery. For her jury duties, she appeared in pink blush Stella McCartney suit. Another stunning fashion moment was the black Armani Prive gown that she wore back in 2014 for Golden Globes. Armani Prive was again her choice, but this time in white for the Trophee Chopard event.
Overall, her fashion choices made a huge impact on the new fashion history. The fashion world is still obsessing over all the outfits she wore during her stay in Cannes. One thing is certain – she loves the gown and masculine suits! Perfect balance of fashion.