Hollywood’s “Business Trip” – Classic Celebrities at Cannes
Cary Grant and the boutonnière. – 1959
Before sponsors. Before blockbusters. Before 3D. Before Indie. Before stylists (the “adult” equivalent of having your mom pick out your clothes for you,) Cannes was just Hollywood’s “business trip,” where the fame hungry would petition to become headliners and the anointed lounged along the French Rivera by day and drank their way through galas at night. Now, I’d be remiss to ever proclaim any celebrity as being entirely genuine but at least these personalities from the late fifties to early seventies looked the part. Whether they were walking down the red carpet, or simply sitting poolside, there was an authenticity to their style that’s hardly ever seen in Hollywood today. Hell, maybe I’m naive, or I’ve just watched a few too many old movies lately, but I’d like to believe that even if the cameras weren’t around, these actors and musicians would’ve dressed just the same.
Vittorio de Sica with the solid white TV fold and grey streak.
- Alain Delon and the linen shirt. Oh, and some model too. – 1959
Jean Paul Belmondo, a Frenchman in French cuffs. – 1960
Marcello Mastroianni wearing a cream suit he probably “borrowed” from the wardrobe closet of La Dolce Vita in 1960.
Anthony Perkins and the trad uniform at Cannes in 1961. Chalk white buttons, straight hemmed trousers, bucks, a tabbed collar and a navy blazer.
Alfred Hitchcock in standard black tie. – 1963
Natalie Wood and Warren Beatty in a thin shawl collar tuxedo, with a fittingly minute bow tie. – 1963
Casual Connery – 1965
Michael Caine in his signature thick rims, surrounded by, well some other thick things. – 1966
Oversized Orson Welles – 1966
Michaelangelo Antonioni showing that sometimes, it’s best to keep it simple and let the fairer sex have the spotlight. – 1967
Andy Warhol doesn’t know the meaning of “dressing for the weather.” – 1967
Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper raising questions about whether or not Easy Rider even needed a costume department. Safari jackets and fringed robes, like a RRL presentation at Cannes. – 1969
Serge Gainsbourg as the godfather of menswear mewlery joined by Jane Birkin in 1969.
Robert Redford and the big bow. – 1972
Paul Newman with the turtleneck and dad jeans combo. – 1973