Jessica Chastain in black Prada at Cannes amfAR gala: beautiful or too plain?

Jessica Chastain was one of the chairs of this year’s amfAR gala in Cannes, which raised millions for AIDS research through auctions of art and fashion. It included a fashion show and performances by Diana Ross, Rita Ora and Nicki Minaj. People Magazine has more details about the event and we’ll be covering some of the fashion this morning, which was impressive overall. The celebrities and models brought some drama to the red carpet, which is nice to see. Chastain’s blackless black Prada with side cutouts wasn’t an attention-getting dress but her styling was the star. Look at that amazing pearl necklace she wore backwards. Coupled with her beautiful makeup and braided updo, she just looked effortless and elegant. I love these photos of her goofing off with Will Smith on the red carpet and I’m also including some pictures of her with her boyfriend of over four years, Gian Luca Passi. Look at how he looks at her!


Also this is my favorite photo of Chastain. Work.

Irina Shayk is just so pretty. She had a baby less than two months ago and here she is at Cannes glowing in this silver and pink metallic spaghetti strap Prada gown. Her understated makeup is perfect and makes her look so fresh and young. She’s 31 but looks ten years younger. This dress really shows off her cleavage. (I had to say it, I couldn’t stop looking.) I like how the scalloped sequins become blue in spots and then bronze along the hem. It’s a gorgeous dress and she wears it well. Where’s Bradley Cooper though? Is he still filming A Star is Born?



Tracee Ellis Ross brought the drama in a crimson Jenny Packham wrap dress and apparently this dress is bridal. How is this bridal? I really like the mix of sequins with those huge feather sleeves but feel like this dress would work better if the bodice and skirt was more tailored. It’s just huge and hangs on her, but I do think she’s working it.

Do you remember when Petra Nemcova was the next big thing? Do you remember that she dated Sean Penn? I feel for her somewhat, but she’s remained committed to her charity and we still see her at Cannes. This light blue gown is Celia Kritharioti Haute Couture. There’s too much going on with this. Maybe without the ruffle at the waist and if this had a little more coverage and tailoring I would like this.



Karolina Kurkova was in Marchesa. Of course this is Marchesa. She’s posing like “ha, my dress is so quirky” but it’s just fug. Those bangs, which may be clip-on, go perfectly with this look. This has feathers, it has sequins, there’s embroidery and beads happening, it’s see through and there’s a giant ribbon tied on bizarrely like an afterthought. Just the idea of this dress is bad and the execution is confusing to say the least.




photos credit: and Getty

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  1. Indira says:

    Jessica and Irina look gorgeous, they’re both very beautiful.

    • Paris says:

      Gorgeous ladies!
      Hair, makeup, gowns, jewellery. Perfection.
      Irina looked sensational. I am in love with her dress!

    • kaiko says:

      I love that Irina looks so healthy yet fit after pregnancy, her figure really makes the dress a WOW. Like just maaaybe she has been taking care of herself and nursing her newborn, not working out/dieting. Just maybe ;)
      Jessica always looks stylish and, more importantly, acts like a classy lady. You can’t fake that sort of thing, it’s something you either got or don’t got.

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  2. Ugh says:

    Isn’t Petra the one who was injured in the tidal wavesone years ago? I think her boyfriend died as well. Too lazy to google.

    • minx says:

      Yes, from what I remember she climbed a tree during the 2004 tsunami.

    • guest says:

      Wikipedia says: On 26 December 2004, Němcová was in Khao Lak, Thailand, with her main photographer and then fiancé Simon Atlee when the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck. Atlee drowned and Němcová suffered a broken pelvis and serious internal injuries, but she managed to hold on to a palm tree for eight hours until she was rescued by Thai civilians and airlifted to an inland hospital nearby.

    • Maum says:

      Yes it is her. She went away for a few years and is back. Mysteriously she is now younger than me…

      • blonde555 says:

        THIS!! Petra was 32yrs old in 2008 when dating Sean Penn in that article. That would make her 41years old today. MYSTERIOUSLY she is age 37 on wiki. RIIIIIGGGHHHT.

    • Bridget says:

      It was a big, big deal – and was why she had a high profile after she healed.

  3. Maum says:

    Wow Jessica looks stunning!!!!!

    I love the old style elegance of the dress and the tasselled pearl necklace is to die for.

    This is utterly sophisticated yet wearable.

    I love love love it. I think it’s my favourite outfit of Cannes.

  4. vava says:

    How is Marchesa even still in business?

  5. Lightpurple says:

    Jessica looks stunning. Simple yet chic and elegant and gorgeous.

  6. minx says:

    Jessica has looked gorgeous every day. Love the simplicity and elegance here.
    Irina is dazzling.

  7. Frigga says:

    Jessica and Irina are basically perfection. Jessica has looked amazing throughout the festival.

  8. KBeth says:

    Chastain is a beautiful woman but this bland dress does nothing for her. The hairstyle is nice but I like her hair down…the color is glorious!

  9. Sullivan says:

    Jessica is a vision of loveliness. Her boyfriend is pretty dreamy, too.

  10. Originaltessa says:

    I thought Karolina was Kim Stewart and I was like “omg she looks fantastic!” Then realized it was a supermodel…

  11. DiamondGirl says:

    Tracee is wearing Gloria Swanson’s bathrobe from Sunset Boulevard.

  12. Bug says:

    Jessica can’t be nothing but shiny classy and beautiful, but I agree with KBeth’s comment here.
    Consciously saying something that might cause a massive eye-rolling: I do not like Irina. I mean, she is with all evidence a beautiful woman, but I cannot find her attractive. Her looks tell me anything at all, she has something like a “non interesting beauty” for me. Am I the only one? Like her pink dress, though.

    • blonde555 says:

      You’re not the only one. She has so much lip filler and work done that she looks like a different person from when she started out. She looks good but no great beauty IMO.

      Jessica looks better here but her hairdresser needs to be fired- you can see her extensions clear as day in the shot with her bf.

  13. Sage says:

    Jessicas dress needs tailoring.

  14. Gaby says:

    Finally! A look from Jessica that I actually like, simple and classic, and her styling is gorgeous.

  15. Chem says:

    Karolina and Irina are perfection. True supermodels

  16. Sam says:

    I love Karolina’s dress!

  17. amilu says:

    I only remember Petra Nemcova from a tragic story — that of her being swept away and almost dying and her boyfriend, Simon Atlee, being killed in the tsunami in Thailand. :(

  18. Tallia says:

    I think everyone looks lovely. My only note is Irina Shayk’s dress straps seem to be cutting into her shoulders. It looks a little painful.

  19. LILAG says:

    Jessica and Irina just look amazing! But i think those straps are hurting Irina it looks linda bruised