Some of My Favorite Moments from Cannes this Year
Each year in May, I head to Cannes on the Cotes D’Azur for the annual Film Festival for my fill of glam and excess. As we arrived in Cannes, the air was crisp and the sun warm, a good start to the week. Everything was perfect except that the convertible Mini Cooper we had rented was less than accommodating for the luggage required for a week’s worth of black tie events.
Arriving in the south of France at this time of year feels like the “kick off” to summer — the ocean air and inevitable wind that always seems to be present, the iconic coastline and deep blue waters that just don’t exist anywhere else, and all combined with the glamour of movie stars, models, fashion, and paparazzi make it a week unlike any other. Lunch at the Grand Hotel du Cap Eden Roc.
The iconic pool and terrace for lunch are one of my favorite indulgences. The grounds of the rose-colored hotel are breathtaking, and in its almost 150 years of existence, it has hosted some of the most famous people in the world. If only the walls could talk. A stroll on the Promenade de la Croisette, along the Mediterranean Sea, is the place to see a mix of tourists in bathing suits. We happened upon super model Karlie Kloss ready for the red carpet surrounded by hundreds of paparazzi, bulbs flashing and photographers calling her name. For more people watching, The Hotel Martinez is the hub of activity on the Croisette.
No wonder Vogue called the annual AmfAR in Cannes, Cinema Against AIDs events “a perennial highlight on the Cannes calendar.” I couldn’t agree more. This year’s ’70s themed gala was no different. While it is a star studded, over the top party, the initiative of AmfAR couldn’t be more serious — to find a cure for HIV/AIDS, an illness that effects the population globally. amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), is one of the world’s leading nonprofit organizations dedicated to the support of AIDS research, HIV prevention, treatment education, and advocacy. This year’s gala raised more than $25 million. Guests of the gala were treated to a fashion show curated by Carine Roitfeld. “The Disco Collection,” featuring 30 metallic creations by top designers including Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Tom Ford, Versace, Prada, Stella McCartney, Roberto Cavalli and the list goes on. Uma Thurman auctioned off the Disco Collection in its entirety to one lucky bidder for $1.7 million. Leonardo DiCaprio also donated an opportunity for a party of twelve to spend a week at his Palm Springs home as part of the auction. Performances by the Village People (yes, in full costume!), Sister Sledge, and Katy Perry were also on the disco themed menu of the evening. What makes Cannes so wonderful is it really is a small village, where locals make plans to meet at the Marché Forville market. Yet, for one week in May, it becomes a haven for notables from everywhere and you’ll feel as if you’re at the center of the universe.