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Cannes 2021 best-dressed: favourite fashion moments from the festival

Film and fashion fans have celebrated the return of the Cannes Film Festival this year, after its cancellation in 2020. Walking the red carpet at the 74th Cannes Film Festival were a who’s-who of Hollywood and European movie stars, alongside models, musicians and fashion icons. 

No doubt relishing in the opportunity to glam up, the guests haven’t disappointed with their Cannes 2021 fashion looks. From shimmering and ethereal gowns to THAT gold necklace on Bella Hadid, we round up our favourite looks from the Cannes 2021 red carpet.

GLITZ AND GLAM

From left: Soko, Mahlagha Jaberi and Denise Tantucci

French singer Soko dazzled in a cut-out Gucci dress with iridescent embellishments, while Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi stunned in a shimmering floral gown. Also opting for a glitzy look, Italian actress Denise Tantucci wore a flowing Gucci gown with elegant cape sleeves and open back.

A GOOD DAY FOR A WHITE SHIRT

Crisp white shirts with bold collars were a big trend on the Cannes 2021 red carpet. Both wearing Chanel, Tilda Swinton rocked a sharp-collared shirt, while actress Vicky Krieps opted for a more feminine collar, paired with blue wool pants. Also rocking the trend, French actress Melanie Thierry wore a chic layered Valentino white shirt and Chopard jewels.

SHOWSTOPPERS

Big, bold gowns were a mainstay on the Cannes red carpet, our favourites being German influencer Leonie Hanne’s breathtaking Nicole + Felicia Couture ballgown and actress Jodie Turner-Smith’s custom white and yellow Gucci dress.

BELLA HADID DELIVERS THE DRAMA

Bella Hadid tops our list of the best-dressed at Cannes 2021 with two striking outfits. The first, a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown (worn by Naomi Campbell when it debuted on the runway in 2002) and of course, the head-turning Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress with gold and rhinestone ‘lung’ necklace.

TAILORED SUITS

There’s nothing we love more than a well-tailored suit and there are two looks from Cannes we can’t get enough of. Walking the red carpet with her mother, French model and actress Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg rocked a Saint Laurent blazer and vest to deliver the perfect dose of effortless edge. The always-dapper Timothee Chalamet lit up the red carpet in a silver Tom Ford suit at the premiere of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.

CHIC IN CHANEL

Chanel was another popular choice on the Cannes red carpet, with a number of looks exemplifying understated elegance. Bergman Island actress Vicky Krieps donned a feminine 2-piece look, featuring embroidered flowers and fuschia pink lace, while French singer and actress Angèle wore an embroidered black georgette dress from the Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection. Chanel Ambassador Marion Cotillard wore a printed denim Chanel jacket with matching skirt and 18 karat white gold and diamond earrings.

Meet the culinary duo making their mark on K Road

Auckland’s hottest culinary duo jumped into the local hospitality scene with their pop-up diner La Pêche, before opening the sleek Bar Celeste. Folksy East Street Hall was hot on its heels, followed by organic wine store, Star Superette. And there’s more to come.

In the space of a year and a half, Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman have built somewhat of a hospitality empire in the bustling neighbourhood of Auckland’s Karangahape Road. Off the back of their sell-out La Péche pop-up dining events, the couple opened their first permanent restaurant, Bar Céleste in late 2019. Last year, they transformed an old Samoan church into East Street Hall, a canteen-style bar, restaurant and event space.

Soon after, they branched out into retail, opening their own boutique liquor store, Star Superette. Achieving that much in such a short space of time is impressive to say the least. But for Ogilvie, who grew up with a Tongan mum who was famous for her generosity and huge dinner parties, hospitality is a natural inclination. “It runs in my veins. Island culture is extremely hospitable — it’s about over-catering and being overly generous. That’s the style of hospitality we have within our restaurants.”

East Street Hall. Photography: Kristian Frires.

Ogilvie got her start in the restaurant business early, helping the chefs plate dishes and working front of house in her family’s restaurant. After finishing her university studies, she left New Zealand to live and work in France. It’s there where she met Landsman and the couple soon fell in love with the French way of life. While Ogilvie was working in marketing and communications, they would spend most of their free time going out to eat, visiting the local markets and hosting dinner parties in their Paris apartment.

She soon realised that she enjoyed the dinner parties more than her career, and decided to return to New Zealand and her hospitality roots. Inspired by their time in Paris, the couple set out to bring an element of French ‘joie de vivre’ to the heart of Auckland.

Emma Ogilvie, who grew up with a Tongan mum famous for massive dinner parties, is carrying that mentality into her business ventures. Photography: Kristian Frires.

“For us, it’s the better way of enjoying food and wine, integrating it into your everyday life and not making a big deal out of the fact that you want to eat oysters on a Tuesday night or drink champagne,” she says.

“For Kiwis, I think that it can sometimes be overwhelming, the idea of fancy wine or cheeses. But the idea of better living is really just taking the time to have a proper meal, sit down with a glass of wine, spend time talking to people and enjoying the little things.

This enjoyment of everyday life through good food and wine is a common thread throughout the couple’s three establishments. Bar Céleste sees a rotating menu of fresh seafood, cured meats, artisan cheeses and natural, organic wine. Around the corner at East Street Hall, diners can enjoy Mediterranean fare inspired by Landsman’s Jewish roots in a casual canteen setting.

East Street Hall. Photography: Kristian Frires.

Along with good food and wine, community plays a big role in their businesses. A collaboration with friend and fellow restaurateur Henry Temple, the team were inspired by the history of the space when dreaming up the concept for East Street Hall. “It already had that feel to it, having been a community hall. It made sense for us to continue its legacy,” says Ogilvie.

Like many Auckland suburbs, K Road has not been immune to gentrification in recent decades, with apartment blocks, offices and boutique shops transforming the landscape of the vibrant and diverse central city neighbourhood. Mindful of their place in the community, Ogilvie and the team wanted to hold on to the community-feel and ‘city grit’ that first attracted them to the neighbourhood.

During the day, relax in East Street’s sunny courtyard with a glass of natural wine and Israeli flatbreads. Stay long enough and you’ll see the space transform into a dance floor with late-night DJs playing to revellers into the wee hours. “We felt there was a real need for more spaces where people feel comfortable to come and dance, eat and drink,” says Ogilvie. “It felt really important that East Street Hall was within that same vein of thinking, in that it wasn’t exclusive at all.”

Emma Ogilvie and Nick Landsman at their organic wine store, Star Superette. Photography: Kristian Frires.

Built in the space of an old dairy, just around the corner from East Street, Star Superette is Ogilvie and Landsman’s latest venture, one that was born out of the COVID-19 lockdown. When people couldn’t go out to eat or drink, they decided to create an at-home offering. “We wanted to grow our brand beyond the walls of a restaurant and reach people at home to continue that mission of getting people to drink better,” she says.

With a curated selection of natural, organic wines and a monthly wine club subscription with tasting notes, Star Superette is part retail shop, part wine tasting guide, offering a way into the world of natural wine without the fuss and pretension. “I always found it hard to get into wine in the first place,” says Ogilvie. “The wine industry is notoriously elitist and masculine, so we wanted to make it feel more approachable and even a bit feminine sometimes and really open it up. Through Star Superette, our thinking was that we could help people in their own time get into wine, realise what an amazing thing it is and build on their own cultural knowledge at home.”

After running on adrenaline for the past year and a half, Ogilvie says they are now hoping to settle and focus on building what they have started with their three ventures. Does this mean there won’t be another new eatery, bar or store popping up around the corner? “We’ve still got a million ideas as well,” she laughs. “I don’t think the ideas are going to stop.”