One may not expect fashion trends to emerge out of a film festival, but when has the one at Cannes ever been an ordinary affair? With its 76th edition currently in full swing, stars have taken to the red carpet to make one sartorial statement after the other—from supporting sustainable fashion to regional talent and even ditching heels. Among them, a particular style that was favored a little more than others this year, is hats. Forever a symbol of sophistication, and a bold way of elevating an outfit on a red carpet, headpieces were the accessory of choice for both Cindy Bruna and Mila Al Zahrani this week.
Saudi actor Al Zahrani was first spotted at the premiere of Killers of the Flower Moon wearing a head-to-toe black ensemble consisting of a strapless Nihan Peker dress, and Boucheron jewelry. Styled by Rawan Kattoa, Al Zahrani committed to going a different route from her usual, princess gown-wearing persona by topping the outfit off with a round hat with swirl detailing from Virginie.O, a Paris-based celebrity-loved brand. As for Bruna, the former Vogue Arabia cover star and model arrived for the premiere of Club Zero blending masculine and feminine aesthetics in a black tulle corseted bodysuit by Saint Laurent paired with a wide-brimmed hat by Ukrainian brand Ruslan Baginskiy. Elsewhere at the festival, Tunisian actor Hend Sabri attended the press conference of her acclaimed film Les Filles d’Olfa (Four Daughters) wearing a black paperboy hat with a gold chain to go with her beige pantsuit.
Hats on the red carpet is not a completely new trend but is one that’s definitely finding its way back. The recent years have seen stars like Jennifer Lopez and Rihanna wear them to the Met Gala red carpet, while Florence Pugh also notably wore a wide-brimmed chapeau with her red Robert Wun dress to the London Critics’ Circle Film Awards in 2022.
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