Cannes Watch: Diane Kruger in Giambattista Valli

Posted on May 17, 2012

Since Miss Diane is one of the judges at Cannes this year, for the opening ceremony, she decided on full-on Aphrodite drag:

Diane Kruger at the Opening Ceremony and screening of ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ during the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. Diane Kruger wore a Giambattista Valli aqua silk draped couture gown.

As far as goddess gowns go, it doesn’t get much more goddess-y than this. She looks impeccable. The color is beautiful on her, the dress moves beautifully, hair looks good (couple flyaways), makeup looks good, and the jewelry is well-chosen. We do tend to think, though, that goddess gowns are reserved for the style intermediate-levels to wear; PhD-level fashionistas should be encouraged to wear things a little more interesting and perhaps more difficult to wear. This is beautiful, but a little basic. In fact, the only design interest is that thing covering her left arm, which we would imagine gets awfully irritating after a while.

Still, she looks gorgeous. Can’t take that away from her.



[Photo Credit: Jean Catuffe, DLM Press/]

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  • anotherkate

    Unfortunately those hoof-shoes are kind of ruining it. Luckily they don’t peek out too often.

    • kikisayshi

       Didn’t even notice that, but you are so right.

    • Yup. I guess she needed the height?

    • Beardslee

      I hate those shoes and wish they would go away.  A hoof does not set off chiffon – I so agree with you.

    • RzYoung

      Yeh, i concur, those shoes are awful!

  • Judy_S

    She does look gorgeous. I kind of like a few loose hairs in an updo–makes it seem less lacquered and wiglike, more tactile.

  • She looks gorgeous, but I can’t believe you didn’t call her out for the platforms.

  • I hate what I can see of those shoes. The dress beautiful if…unexciting. Her hair looks nice.Apparently she took the advice and did something with it this time around. She looks much better than yesterday.

    • kimmeister

      Almost anything is better than yesterday’s S&M cheerleader look!

      • mountainFashionista

         With yesterday’s gladiator look and today’s goddess gown, it’s almost like she’s promoting Troy again…

        NB: I know that Troy was Greek, and gladiators are Roman.  I’m just sensing a classical theme here.  🙂

  • penny586

    Is she going for Grace Kelly here? It’s very reminiscent of Kelly’s blue chiffon on To Catch a Thief. When in the south of France, I guess.

  • halleygee

    I don’t like that wonky waistline – it needs to be more dramatic or even.

    • bluefish

       The waistline is all kinds of crooked. 

    • CMS

       That was one of the aspects of this gown that I particularly liked

  • Hate the shoes. I don’t usually like goddess gowns but this is a lovely one and she looks amazing! Fabulous colour on her.

  • blogless

    I think she looks beautiful but from some shots it almost looks like she’s got a receding hairline. 

    And yeah that thing covering my left arm would drive me NUTS.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty dress, but I hate the platform pumps with this.

  • It looks like she is able to free her covered arm if she wants to; but it definitely looks more dramatic and interesting covered, which probably why she chooses to keep it under.

  • Kate4queen

    I love it 🙂

  • Pennymac

    Normally I’m not a fan of the godess gowns, but this is as good as it gets. I think its lovely!

  • CatherineRhodes

    She got robbed of a WERQ.

    • carolynmo

      Yes! I agree!

    • Amy Ellinger

      Agreed. She’s serving up some serious Helen of Troy goodness here.

  • alyce1213

    I’m not a big fan of goddess or one-shoulder gowns, but I love this on her – the color, asymmetrical waistline, great flow.  
    The left arm thing wouldn’t bother me.  Ladies are accustomed to dealing with stuff like that and the best of us know how to work it.
    Don’t like the platforms.

  • nannypoo

    Beautiful dress, and it looks great on her. She has got one big forehead, though. The skinned-back hair is not for her.

    • Spicytomato1

      Maybe…but I think the alternative would elicit cries and shrieks about the horrors of bangs.

      • nannypoo

        I agree, bangs may not be the answer. Maybe just something softer that would frame her face.

  • CassandraMortmain

    The shoes are awful and damn near kill the whole look.  That said, she looks spectacular and the dress is gorgeous.  Sometimes even a PhD-level fashionista just wants to look like a goddess. 

  • I’m guessing the waist is supposed to be angled like that?

    Those platforms are gross.The dress is pretty, especially the color, but without that detail on the left, it’s pretty boring and average. About as average as it gets on the red carpet, actually.

  • Nariya

    Ugh, she could go waterskiing in those shoes!

    But hot damn, if ever there were a toga getup I’d sign up for, this would be it.

  • marilyn

    She gets a 99 out of 100.  The one point is deducted for the shoe.  She needed a strappy Jimmy Choo sandal type shoe.  I was surprised that this worked so well in aqua.  If it had been in white it would have been boring and lingerie-ish.  Brava!!

  • BazoDee

    Oh goodness I gasped when I saw this -she looks stunning. Pacey is a lucky man. 
    And I don’t fault her for playing it “safe” occasionally. She was on a limb yesterday.

  • kikisayshi

    I adore this color on her.

  • mommyca

    what? you are not commenting on the fact that she is wearing platforms??? 😉
    She looks gorgeous! 

  • TheOriginalLulu

    She’s no Ursula Andress, but she looks really good. Love the color on her.
    Somebody should tell her it’s not necessary to hold the end of her skirt like that.

  • I love the sheer over her left arm — good point!

  • J MN

    I like it all, she’s gorge.  Definitely in the minority or the only one that doesn’t mind the shoes. they look like satin or silk, but they don’t distract.  Her hair and makeup look excellent (I also don’t mind a few flyaways, looks softer).  I just love the overall effect. 

  • piecesofconfetti

    I really love this. Gorgeous color on her. She is capable of something much more fashion-forward, but I appreciate this for its elegance and relative simplicity.

  • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

    she went full Kira.  

  • Anathema_Device

    Ack–those shoes! Does MBT make dress shoes now?

    I’m not wowed. Pretty but standard dress. This is kind of a yawner for me. Maybe I’m just cranky.

    • *snort*!  MBT dress shoes

  • PeaceBang

    The shoes!!! ACK!

  • SpcilK

    Elegant and lovely.

  • kimmeister

    Not only do I hate the huge platforms, but also their ridiculously tiny toe opening!

    Jane Fonda wishes she had similar chiffon arm covers instead of the illusion netting.

  • EEKstl

    I can’t even quibble with this – classic and lovely.  And that color is to die for.

  • I don’t understand tiny peep toe shoes… actually peep to shoes at all. : /

  • poggi

    Wow, she looks great.  While I don’t love the shoes, maybe she got the dress and it was a few inches too long so she strapped on the platforms rather than getting it hemmed.   If so, it makes me like her more. 

  • This is a WERQ. Finally, Diane. Finally.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Very goddess-like, and she looks ethereal. Well done!

  • Let’s all just look away from the shoes and marvel at how amazing her and the dress look.  Loves.

  • AWS

    Too skinny.  Her boobs look non-existent.  

  • Susan Crawford

    I’m not normally a big fan of goddess gowns, but have to admit this one is pretty damned terrific. She looks ethereal and floaty, and the color is heavenly – matches those ice-blue eyes of hers, with their million-mile stare. Not crazy about those super-thick platform shoes, but that’s a minor quibble.

  • Serving up Grace Kelly realness!

  • bluefish

    Boring.  I hate the princess look for older women–no matter how beautiful. 

  • giiiirrrr

    The whole is greater than the sum of its parts.  She looks ethereal and lovely.

  • That’s purty.  Next to “ethereal” in the dictionary are these pictures.

  • littlemac8

    I like the softer hairdo on her.  I think it’s more flattering than the scalp-tight pull backs she features so often.  God, she’s beautiful!

  • formerlyAnon

    I don’t usually like goddess dresses, but this is lovely on her. Though the shoes are too heavy, as has been noted.

  • TieDye64

    Nothing earth shattering here, but she does look very pretty. 

  • GTrain

    Pretty but boring.

  • guest2visits

    This is full out beautiful. The only thing that would improve it would be if she cracked a smile at least once.

    • Lilak

      Yes … a pretty smile with a pretty dress would do nicely.
      Her face (v. attractive though it is) almost looks severe in all the RC photos, kind of at odds with a confection of a gown.

      [And while I’m here, a note to TLo:  I don’t think I’d mind the feel of diaphanous silk on my arm – or anywhere else – all night!]

  • msdamselfly

    She looks too thin, to me

  • Melissa Brogan

    I don’t really like the gown or the shoes, but that color is stunning on her.

  • Judih1

    Although she is a red carpet staple, I still don’t know why she is famous. What movies has she been in or what man is she sleeping with that causes her to be a celebrity?

  • Renaissance_Man_ATL

    She looks gorgeous.  The dress should have been a COLOR though!  I’m not a fan of this pastel trend.

  • ccm800

    she looks like an ocean breeze. 

  • ballerinawithagun


  • I can’t help it…. I love goddess gowns.  Maybe cos I wish I had a reason to wear one. 🙂

    •  And I love Diane.  Fashion PhD… love it. 🙂

  • ThaliaMenninger

    She looks gorgeous. Aphrodite, indeed. In an odd note, I noticed at least three girls named Athena at a large high school athletic event yesterday. There was also a Thalia and a Freya. So maybe the goddess (and muse) names are in, too.

  • Adriana_Paula

    Good call!

  • NurseEllen

    Totally gorgeous, although those shoes are so very wrong.  Good thing they’re covered up most of the time.