Leticia de Carvalho
Celebrity Hair & Make-Up artist Leticia de Carvalho travels the world to bring her signature artistry to fashion shoots, cinema and exclusive social engagements. I loved being reunited to work together for the Festival.
Leticia transformed celebrities such as Christina Pitanguy and Camila Coutinho for prestigious events and red carpets including the Amfar Gala and Chopard Party.
'It is not just films that are showcased at the Cannes Film Festival. Fashion takes a high profile and at times, even center-stage. The red carpet is nothing if not one of the most glamorous runways in the world with designers vying for celebrities to dress with their creations.'
It was pleasure to provide Celebrity Management and look after the press, publicity and social calendar of Brazilian actress and model Sephora Venites at this year's Film Festival.
Getty Images - Francois Berthier
Fashion editorial - Kristian Schmidt
Hair & Make-Up: Leticia de Carvalho
As anyone who has ever attended the Cannes Film Festival knows, it is not just films that are showcased here. Fashion takes a high profile and at times, even center-stage. The Croisette is lined with top-end designer boutiques, most accessorizing their doors with buff, sunglassed and ear-pieced security guards. The red carpet is nothing if not one of the most glamorous runways in the world with designers vying for celebrities to dress with their creations. Alongside this constant flow of eye-catching hemlines. necklines and backlines runs the Cannes Fashion Festival. Three days of catwalk shows presenting renowned international designers and hand-picked models.
Organized and hosted with aplomb by Dutch model Carolien ter Linden, the Festival is held in the prestigious Majestic Hotel, first choice for many top-ranking celebrities and host of the famous Grey Goose Lounge. Together with my colleague, celebrity hair and make-up artist Leticia de Carvalho, I was invited to all three days as a VIP guest and had the great pleasure of sitting in the front row (or FROW as it is known in fashion circles) - prime seats to witness each model emerge.
Events on such a scale as this are full-on theatrical affairs with exciting lighting, great soundtracks, live performances and runway interviews as well as being personally hosted by Carolien. Welcome champagne, goodie bags and a press board for publicity shots completes the traditional Cannes event criteria.
First down the runway were the exquisite couture creations for children by Nancy Vuu. Launched only a year ago, the brand has taken the industry, Hollywood and the red carpet by storm, and now graces the pages of Glamour UK, Harper's Bazaar UK, and Vogue Italia. These are luxury garments, combining unique detailing that captures the spirit of childhood and high-fashion elegance. Gold crowns woven in the hair of models reinforce the feeling that suggests these designs are to make children feel like royalty. Florals, brocades, velvet and meticulous detailing together with the gorgeous use of colour made Nancy's show one of whimsy and innocent romance.
Renowned Dutch designer Addy van der Krommenacker presented an equally breathtaking collection of day, resort and evening wear. Textures that begged you to reach out and touch them featured heavily; ranging from light-as-air chiffon to glossy metallic satin, embroidered brocade and, for sparkle-lovers like me, to-die-for jewel beading. A soft colour palette prevailed, occasional punctuated by vivid florals. Hair and make up was kept chic and natural, relaxed curls, long lashes and nude glossy lips.
Wearable Carbon from RB Exclusive (Ron van den Bosch) knocked our socks off! Bespoke accessories including elaborate, diamond-encrusted latticed bustiers, super-hero wrist bands and funky non-tie ties for men were like we'd never seen before. And then there were the handbags! Ultra modern, structured pieces with incredible finishing touches looked like they belonged in the slickest and most stylist of futuristic films. And I can only recommend you look up the showstopping champagne bottle holder. Again, it was a delight for lovers of bling.
Giorgo Capone's ultra detailed shirts were so hot out of the atelier that they are not even available yet. Pre-order only are being taken. With inverse contrast fabrics on cuffs and collars and an array of sexy colours, it was only fitting that they be modelled by girls in the classic 'wearing nothing but my boyfriend's shirt' style and open fronted with jeans by muscle-bound guys. Jamie Elyse had her international debut with bridal and evening designs that took corsetry to a whole new level while staying firmly in the romantic genre.
It was an enormous pleasure to be a guest of Carolien and her team and watch this space for even greater collaboration and involvement in the fashion side of Cannes in 2016!
Special thanks to the following people who helped make Cannes 2015 AMAZING!
Hotel V Seas
Exquisite Hair & Make-Up
Leticia de Carvalho
Cannes Fashion Festival
Carolien ter Linden
Addy van den Krommenacker
Ron van der Bosch - RB Exclusive
Finchittida - jewellery
consortPR Penelope Brooke-Hamilton
Special appreciation to
Jennifer Niejadlik, Florence Walker and Marcelo Garcia