Sunday saw the rain fall on the red carpet once again at the 65th Cannes Film Festival, in what was the last night of a somewhat muted competition year that, as expected, saw Michael Hanake's masterful Amour take home the Palme D'Or. His second win, he joins the coveted ranks of Francis Ford Coppola, Emir Kusturica, Billie August and the Dardennes to have won the coveted award twice. There were few surprises elsewhere as our own Ken Loach was awarded the Prix de Jury for his winning whiskey comedy The Angel's Share. With the festival finally over and the red carpets of the Lumiere and Debussy rolled up and put away, we take a look at some of the many jewellery highlights that stars the world over brought to the Croisette this year.
Official partner to the festival, it was time again for stars to head from the Chopard Lounge at the famed Martinez to the red carpet wearing pieces from Chopard and some from their Red Carpet Collection too, with hot-to-trot model and singer Cassie Ventura, Avatar star Michelle Rodriquez and French actress Sandrine Bonnaire all sparkling in Chopard pieces. Looking ever radiant, Kylie Minogue was wearing Chopard yellow gold earrings set with yellow diamonds and an rose gold snake ring set with yellow, brown and black diamonds from their delightfully delicious Animal World collection.
One of the standout actresses from last year's festival with Melancholia, Kirsten Dunst was back this year in Walter Salles' On The Road and she was seen with a variety of fantastic pieces on various nights: once with the Van Cleef & Arpels Alhambra watch in yellow gold and diamonds, and again wearing Louis Vuitton earrings and ring whilst carrying a Louis Vuitton minaudiere. The earrings and ring, in pink gold, diamonds, yellow and pink sapphires were from Vuitton's L'Ame du Voyage high jewellery collection, and the minaudiere in satin and galuchat embroidered with colored stones and crystals. Sports Illustrated model Kate Upton Model also wore a Louis Vuitton minaudiere, this time in black alligator.
Former Victoria's Secret Karolina Kurkova wore a Bulgari Serpenti Bracelet in white gold and diamonds and Earrings in white gold, rubies and diamonds, both from Bulgari's High Jewelry Collection. Dark Shadows star Bella Heathcote wore the look 49 from the Chanel Haute-Couture 2009/2010 collection with Fil de Camélia earrings in white gold and diamonds, and a Tweed ring in white gold and black and white diamonds, all by Chanel Fine Jewelry. Also in Chanel was French Actress and Alias starlet Elodie Bouchez, with Franges earrings and a Première watch, both in white gold and diamonds.
So another Cannes Film Festival comes to a close, and with deals done and films being finished already many will be gearing up for next year. It may have seen more than it's fair share of wet weather and somewhat underwhelming run of competition films, but the jewellery on display both on and off the red carpet was certainly a cut above the rest, and a warm reminder of why the Croisette is still, and always will be, the place to be during this incredible film festival.