Cannes Watch: Nicole Kidman in Lanvin

Posted on May 25, 2012

We have to say, it’s been quite a month for the red carpet. We don’t know what’s in the air, but it’s causing a lot of celebrities to hit the RC looking very, very good. In fact, some of them are reaching personal bests in red carpet appearances. We’re getting a little tired of featuring world famous beauties in gorgeous gowns, y’know? It’s death for people like us, who make their living from being bitches. These ladystars are killing us.


Nicole Kidman attends the ‘The Paperboy’ premiere during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival in a Lanvin gown. Jewelry by Cartier.

So you go straight to hell, Nicole Kidman. We’re sick of this shit. Where’s Paz de la Huerta when you really need her?

[Photo Credit: Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images]

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  • Isadora Paiva

    Wow. She looks stunning, better than most WERQs.

    • prettybigkitty

      Stunning was my exact thought

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Amazing – one of my favorite looks so far.  The color – perfection!  I don’t love the back as much as the rest of it, but wow – gorgeous!! 

    • What would you call that beautiful color?

      • vanjar

         Perhaps coral?

      • Deep rose? Whatever it is, it’s lovely on her.

        • It’s called “the colour of the lipstick I have been looking for, for about 3 years and haven’t found”. 

          • librarygrrl64

            Try the shade Rose Aglow by Clinique. Pretty damned close.

          • I checked out that color and you’re right, it’s a perfect match for Nicole’s dress.

          • librarygrrl64

            That and Creme Cerise by MAC (a browner shade) are my go-to lipsticks as a pasty-faced ginger. 😉

        • Sophie Collier

          “Deep rose” was what I thought too.

      • amian3


        • calimon

          nailed it

      • kimmeister

        I consider it the perfect shade of dusty rose.

      • Alisa Rivera

        Ashes of roses. Please let me know I wasn’t the only person who thought of that.

        • That was the first thing that came to my mind.

        • I always thought of Ashes of roses to be more ashy and pale, in my imagination. That book is so tragic.

        •  My thought too, but it’s not quite correct. Ashes of Roses is a dustier, grey-er color.

  • CassieLee22

    Stunning! just don’t love how the strap attached in the back, but ahh beautiful!

    • AudreysMom

      45 and no back fat. I’m impressed.

  • One quibble:  slight nipplage.

    • Kristin McNamara

      slight? the combination of the color and what must be shadows makes it (to me) look like you can actually SEE nip through the dress, not just the protruding-ness of them…

    • Pants_are_a_must

       Eh, it’s Cannes, i.e. the one red carpet where nipplage goes unremarked on, because it’s a bit sleazy anyway.

      • UptownNippy

        Ze French do not faint at the sight of a nipple.  Sleazy?

        • Pants_are_a_must

          It still is a red carpet event for a famous film festival.

    •  I really like the nipplage actually. I’m sick of seeing no nipples in situations where logically we should be able to see them.

  • That color is magnificent. Not sure I like it with her hair, but nevertheless….

  • She looks the best she has looked in ten years. No. Joke. 

  • Sue_Asponte

    Well, that lipstick is kind of match– Oh, I can’t. She looks fantastic. Good on ya, girlfriend.

  • Sobaika

    She looks gorgeous but – and I fear the Bitter Kittens will hate me – I don’t think it’s the best for her. Especially with chain back strap situation. As beautiful as she looks in it, someone could probably look better. Maybe Zoe Saldana?

    • HomeOfficeGirl

      Several of the girls would have looked amazing in this – it’s that great of a dress! 

      Diane Kruger could have tried a color like this maybe? 

      • She wore a similar color with that hideous laceup on the sides

        • HomeOfficeGirl

          ooh.. yeah, that one.  NOT quite the soft, classy look we’ve got here, was it!

    • That chain back strap looks terribly uncomfortable.. even for just standing, can’t imagine sitting down with you back against a chair. ::Shudder::

  • In_Stitches

    Girl has POISE.   It a great color, a great fit, and a great style for her.  Her bracelets draw the eye a bit too much and I suppose the back isn’t fantastic, but I’m happy it’s not another crack-grazing scoop back and who can complain really when she knocked so many of the details out of the park (fantastic hair and makeup). 

  • marilyn

    She is GORGEOUS!!!!!!

  • She looks fantastic. I’m not crazy about the chain back either, but it’s an open back without illusion netting (which seems to be a rarity these days) so I’ll take it. Absolutely stunning.

  • Gorgeous!

  • aimee_parrott

    WOW, she looks phenomenal.  That color is perfect for her. 

  • Sara__B

    Nicole has finally figured out how to be an older beauty. She looks classy and elegant and sexy and gorgeous without desperately hanging on to age 25. Well done!

  • AnaRoW

    I really feel like I’m missing something because, aside from Fan Bingbing, I’ve been consistently bored and underwhelmed by the red carpet looks I’ve seen lately.   Nicole does looks nice here but I doubt I’ll remember this later on.

  • Anathema_Device

    Wow. What a beautiful & interesting color. She looks amazing here.

  • judybrowni


  • AlexisPayne

    Gorgeous, simply gorgeous. This is what should come to mind when you think celebrity.

  • Lilithcat

    The color is gorgeous.  The gown itself, on the other hand, is too nightgown-y for my taste.

  • janetjb


  • fringebenefit

    She must have a new stylist lined up in conjunction with this new film. She has been rocking Cannes…one terrific look after another. 

  • Lina_bee

    Love this color on her. Like the top. Don’t like the way the skirt falls. And her face…maybe it’s the makeup but there’s something VERY Stepford about her expression. It’s disconcerting.

    • Tatiana Luján

      ¿Do you think it can be the cooper eyeshadow? It brings out the red in her eyeglobes

  • PeaceBang

    Can’t argue with that. Gorgeous. I don’t love the dress but it is styled to perfection and she looks happy, healthy and every bit the star that she is. Rock on, Mrs. Urban.

  • SusiePamudji

    This is a WERQ for me. Flawless. Stunning.

  • Joyce VG


  • judybrowni

    I miss the Paz.

    Is she locked away somewhere in rehab, or a rubber room?

    • judybrowni

      Well, apparently the Paz escaped, briefly, last month and gobbled down a street burrito, before she was recaptured.

      But no matter, Paz still brought the cray cray fug:

  • She looks gorgeous, and not just in these pictures. Her face is looking a lot more natural and less stiff than it was a few years ago. I’m not crazy about the back, but that’s a minor quibble; the color is stunning on her and most of the details are perfect.

  • SpcilK


  • Spreecord

    Are those nipple rings I’m spying?

  • VioletFem


  • MilaXX

    She looks great. I like everything about this look.

  • RebeccaKW

    She looks STUNNING.  I love that color.

    However, I do think some of her poses are off.  Like the ‘yes, this is a pregnancy belly not a beer belly’ pose.

    • YES – I was wondering if I missed the memo that she is pregnant again. Is she?

      • RebeccaKW

         I don’t think so, I thinks she’s just standing awkwardly.

  • fireontiger

    Wow. She looks like a modern, redheaded Betty Draper. Incredible!

  • Denny Li

    Her boobs look like perfection. Is this the magic of tape?!

    • makeityourself

      She had her second boob job recently.  They’re bigger, to match the more muscular frame she’s developed over the past few years.  Hey, whatever.  I think this is about the most beautiful she has ever looked.  That color, whatever it is, is fantastic on her.  Love the whole thing.

      • Denny Li

         Ah… that explains it. Her new breasts do fit her proportions very well. And, she looks incredible. She’s one of the few women I find to have greatly improved with age and cosmetic surgery. I remember when she was featured in Vogue back when she first married Tom Cruise -I thought she was the most bland, washed out looking thing. But these past 10 -15 years, even botoxed to the gills, she’s been one of the most gorgeous women on the big screen.

  • Jecca2244


  • This is the best she’s looked in a long time. Even her face looks normal again!  

  • janedonuts

    Saw a picture of it earlier and thought, damn. T Lo will be talking about how she is shutting. it. down. 

  • Susan Crawford

    Nailed it to the front door! Fabulous!

    • carolynmo

      What a great phrase–mind if I steal it? She does indeed look wonderful.

    • carolynmo

      What a great phrase–mind if I steal it? She does indeed look wonderful.

  • Judy_J

    In that last photo, she’s posed like a Barbie doll. Looks like one, too. That’s not a bad thing.

  • Pennymac

    If I close my eyes and think “Movie Star at Cannes” I couldn’t come up with a better picture. She is SPOT ON!

  • Wowza, even her hair and makeup look great. I hope she ditches the severe hairstyles forever, she looks so much better with a little softer ‘do. 

  • Wowza, even her hair and makeup look great. I hope she ditches the severe hairstyles forever, she looks so much better with a little softer ‘do. 

  • i usually don’t like her or her way of dressing all pale and one-color-y.  but dayum, girl.  she looks absolutely stunning.

  • i usually don’t like her or her way of dressing all pale and one-color-y.  but dayum, girl.  she looks absolutely stunning.

  • SapphoPoet

    Love the color. Don’t love the strappy thing–it looks awkward. 

  • Valdri8

    Thank you for sending me back to that Paz post. It always makes me laugh until tears flow down my cheeks.

    Nicole Kidman in that dress is absolutely stunning. 

  • KikiB1

    she looks stunning but can someone slip some Visine in her bag? Her eyes look so red!

  • KaileeM

    That’s the best I’ve seen Nicole Kidman look in ages! Gorgeous! That color is perfection on her. 

  • newtonGOTbeaned

    Her face looks like her face again! That’s very exciting. She’s so pretty.

  • 😀

  • Holy shit, personal best.  Well done, Nicole.

  • Judy_S

    Exquisite. Um, I mean, isn’t it just bridesmaidey?


  • Pants_are_a_must

    No dice, overlords. She’s stunning.

    Maybe you should do more tv reviews. Plenty of opportunity to bitch there!

  • Bill Curtis

    Nice to see Nicki with some meat on her frame.  I used to find her shoulder blades a bit troubling.  She looks great.

  • A gown that is flattering, interesting and beautiful. Ka-POW!

  • alyce1213

    I’m not ordinarily a fan of the goddess dress (usually predictable and disappointing), but this, in the beautiful, soft, sub-shade of red, is simply stunning.
    She looks amazing.

  • She looks amazing. There isn’t a single thing that looks off style-wise. Not crazy about her all the time, but she’s working it like a movie star should.

  • Lilyana_F

    Ufff, gorgeous! Seriously, Nicole, that’s how it’s done!

  • I hate that neckline (is that a neckline?), but the whole thing is fabulous on her.  Her face looks the best it has in AGES.

  • Jana hughes

    One of her all time most Stepfordesque moments.  I love the almost life-like posing.  Take away the beautiful dress and she basically is a mannequin.

  • I’ll be the one dissenting BK… First I have to say I adore this color on her and in and of itself. It’s beautiful, stunning, and as foodycatAlicia said, a perfect lipstick shade. Dreamy sunsety beautiful.

    But once I had the thought, “It looks like she just tucked one strap under her arm,” I couldn’t unthink it. The first impression over her left shoulder is gorgeous; the next shot straight on reminded me of something I’d try when I was a little girl to play dress up. It’s a gorgeous well-made dress, but that was the thought I had.

    And I felt like it looked like she wanted to smile bigger than she physically could, especially in that last shot. Sigh.

    Sorry, carry on!

  • She can look so severe sometimes, but she’s bodacious as all get out in this number. So refreshing to see a woman working her rack whilst remaining inside of her dress. Very sexy way to show it off, woman. (Take note, Xtina!)

  • kimmeister

    Confirms that her hair from the airport a few days ago was indeed a wig.

  • erinbinek

    Love it! Just wish I couldn’t see her nipples.

  • Wow.  Gorgeous. Stunning.

  • j_anson

    Damn. That dress looks AMAZING on her.

  • What a knockout.

  • butterflysunita

    Fabulous.  A WERQ, I think.  

  • another_laura

    Lerve that color on her!  Yowza, Ms. Kidman!

  • petalfrog

    Gorgeous. There’s been some speculation on other sites about possible implants and this is the first dress I’ve seen that makes me think this is possibly true. The height and roundness of her boobs is somewhat distracting here. The color I believe is dusty rose. I love the back of this.

  • Nic looks outstanding! 

  • She looks like an actual Barbie doll. That dress is gorgeous.

  • hmariec19

    Crap. She looks so good she’s levitating.  

  • quiltrx

    WTF?  Lanvin gives Julianne Moore the coo-coo shit, and Nicole gets this piece of heaven?  SO unfair.

  • Call me Bee

    Wow–absolutley perfect.  The hair, the color and the hem are perfect.  On perfect Nicole Kidman.  I hate.  (actually no–I’ve always liked her but I am totally green with envy…) 

  • she looks stunning.

  • That color is amazing!

  • Does she, um, know that her dress is see-through?

  • She should teach some of the other lady stars about posture. No slouching on the red carpet

  • bluefish

    Lovely dress and I kind of like the sheer around the breasts.   The bracelets are divine.

  • MzzPants

    My Gawd…that’s the best she’s looked in a long, long time.

  • eight_of_nine

    She is looking FAB these days. 

  • Judih1

    Stunning. But who is the black woman in the background in the yellow dress who is rocking the “fro? Could it be Viola Davis wearing the “hair the Jesus gave her?” 

    • malvernite

      i was thinking it was macy gray because that kind of hair is part of her look. but it could be viola, since macy is a singer and i couldnt think of a reason she’d be at cannes, unless she has a role in some action movie (she had a small scene in the first spiderman, i think).

  • frankystein123

    Looking gorgeous.

  • butter nut


  • TieDye64

    So gorgeous.

    ETA: I must thank you for again highlighting the Paz post. Yet again I found myself squealing out loud in delight. It totally confused my husband. Whatever. Bless you boys!

  • Stargatefan

    Simply amazing!

  • lesmaha

    That is perfection.

  • poggi

    Whatever she used for support is working!  This could have easily made her chest look wonky or lopsided or droopy.  But she looks great–great figure, hair, and face. 

  • I am so happy Nicole has not renewed her botox subscriptions. She’s back to looking fresh-faced. Her movie choices, however, I’m not so satisfied.

  • LambeeBaby

    Great color, great dress! Lovely all the way around.

  • Markatha

    Like everyone else I think that color is beautiful.  She looks terrific!

  • TomBord

    oh look it’s the former mrs cruise and all her work.  can an actress act if her face does not emote……or move?

  • PastryGoddess

    I see you only picked the pics where her headlights were not on.  How did you manage that?  You two really are demigods.

  • best she’s looked in a long time!

  • LinXGUA

    Her skin… is perfect. How does she do that? 
    Stunning look. Good color on her.

  • calimon

    Straight up WERQn it.

  • WERQ! WEEEERQ!!!! Bow the hell down, Nic is showing everyone how real movie stars do it.

  • imagine bad posture in this dress; one slouch and you’d have your ‘bad’ post

  • This should be a WERQ! She looks like a true move star

  • I see. The threat to your livelihoods has forced you to withhold the WERQ. 

  • MattCooper27

    Lovely woman. Lovely dress. She’s a modern day Grace Kelly…

  • Sweetvegan

    She looks amazing, but as Joanna Coles would say, “How do you wear a bra with that?”

  • guest2visits

    Just beautiful; she has amazing taste in gowns.  Great jewels.

  • Lisa

    Jesus!  She’s flawless!

  • HobbitGirl

    That is a KILLER color on her, but as a redhead with her complexion myself, I have to say she’d look even better in the dress with her own hair color!

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    there is no way on god’s green earth that those breasts can stay up like that all by themselves.  this woman has had WORK done.  and more power to her, because she looks wonderful.

  • AWS

    Wow is right.  She’s a living Barbie doll (in a good way).  

  • Whoa!

    Best she has looked since the peacock feather Oscars gown. Go Nicole!

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Where’s Paz de la Huerta when you really need her?  Hahahahaha!  Would it not be PERFECTION to see Paz on the red carpet at Cannes??  I would pay good money to see that!  Thanks for making me laugh outloud, boys.  I needed it today!

  • Kolo_Ol

    Wow, Nicole looks the best she’s looked in ages.  More like herself again.  Has she lightened up on the botox?

  • sunnycalif

    Ah, TLo–you make me laugh!  In fact, where is Paz?

  • This may be the most perfect dress she has ever worn.  (Besides that fabulous Oriental Galliano….)

  • EEKstl

    Perfection.  Love that color on her.

  • CatherineRhodes

    This should be a WERQ. She looks amazing. (Her lips look so much better in their natural unplumped state.)