2013 Cannes Red Carpet

(Getty Images)

(Getty Images)

May was a very busy month for me so I’ve got some catching up to do on my red carpet reporting.  First off is the 2013 Cannes Film Festival where the post-millennial trend of conservative tuxedo styling continued in force.  Developments of note were:

  • the long tie and notched lapel seem to have beat an ignominious retreat back to their proper place as business suit collateral
  • the unbroken white of fly-front shirts predominated traditional studded shirt fronts
  • pocket squares and midnight blue faded from the spotlight
  • modern two-button jackets were very popular, to the point of being the norm
  • an ongoing lack of waist coverings meant there was an ongoing preponderance of exposed shirt navels
  • a surprising amount of overly long  (or poorly suspended) trousers resulted in a lot of bunching around wearers’ ankles

Here’s a sampling of the formal attire seen at the festival’s evening premieres.

Cast of "All is Lost" (news.cn)

Cast of “All is Lost” (news.cn)


Cast of “As I Lay Dying” with James Franco in a three-piece Gucci tuxedo. (Abaca)


Cast of “Behind the Candelabra”.  Michael Douglas is wearing a (too-tight) blue dinner jacket with (too-long) black trousers.  (WireImage)


Detail of Douglas’ midnight-blue Canali jacket and natty dark-blue pocket square. (Reuters)


Cast of “Blood Ties”.  Clive Owen was one of the worst offenders for flashing his shirt belly.  (PacificCoastNews.com)


Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire of “The Great Gatsby”, both in St. Laurent.  (Reuters)

(George Pimentel/WireImage)

“Great Gatsby” star Joel Edgerton in a three-piece Ferragamo tuxedo. (George Pimentel/WireImage)

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Cast of “Inside Llewyn”.   Justin Timberlake wears Balenciaga (despite a Tom Ford press release stating otherwise.) (Getty Images)

(Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe)

My vote for “best-dressed” goes to Mr. Timberlake, even if the amount of exposed shirt cuff was a bit excessive for my taste. Note the sublimely elegant boutonniere. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Europe)


“Zulu” cast members Orlando Bloom, Conrad Kemp, and perennially well-groomed Forest Whitaker.  Bloom seems to be missing his shirt collar and jacket lapels. (PacificCoastNews.com)

(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)

Fashionista Zachary Quinto in a double-breasted Alexander McQueen with jacquard lapel facing. (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)

(Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)

Jurist Christoph Waltz is so at home in a tuxedo he makes even a 2-button notched lapel look aristocratic.  For the record, he also wore a shawl collar and peaked lapel on other evenings.  (Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe)

Lessons Learned


No matter how cool you think you’ll look clad entirely in black you’ll always be “that other guy” compared to the striking contrast of proper black tie. (WireImage)


A great contrast of styles: Justin Timerblake’s classic black tie exudes Hollywood leading man status while his costar Oscar Isaac is dressed like a head waiter and Garrett Hedlund’s attempt at fashion-forward styling puts his outfit firmly in the realm of prom attire. (Reuters)


Actors Gary Dourdan and Bokeem Woodbine are dressed for a night out on the French Riveria.  Their cohorts are dressed for a keg party.  (PacificCoastNews.com)


Kudos to Joel Edgerton and James Franco for having the foresight to wear a waist covering.  However those coverings only work if one’s trousers sit at one’s actual waist, not down at one’s hips.  That’s what suspenders are for, gentlemen.  (WireImage,Getty)

What Were They Thinking?

Emmanuelle Seigner, Roman Polanski, Mathieu Amalric (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)

It’s not likely anyone will be looking at the men in this trio – which is fortunate for actor Mathieu Amalric. (Axelle/Bauer-Griffin)


I was shocked to see serial formalwear offender David Hasselhoff actually wearing proper black tie to the premiere of “The Great Gatsby” . . . (WENN)


. . . then I discovered the gaudy getup he paraded at another premiere and everything was back to normal. (PacificCoastNews.com)


  1. LAStyleGuy

    Agree with everything you’ve said, with two additions:

    1) Bloom should have worn a black tie, not a white tie (guess he was channeling Obama’s incongruous Inauguration outfit) and 2) Even Hasselhoff’s appropriate black tie ensemble would have benefited from shorter trousers, not the sloppy “puddle pants” he’s sporting.

  2. Don A.

    What was Mr Timberlake’s boutonniere?.

  3. Anonymous

    Maybe, also a review of king Willem-Alexander, would be great.

    1. Anonymous

      * king Willem-Alexander inauguration


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