Cannes 2018 Style File: Ava DuVernay in Elie Saab and Greta Constantine

Posted on May 15, 2018

As we’ve said before, it’s very rare for us to cover the red carpet choices of a director who’s not also an actor or some other sort of celebrity. But Miss Ava’s got such a distinctive style that she renders so consistently well that it’s hard for us to keep our mouths shut on her various looks. She has a preference for slightly boho looks that center modesty as their main trait. She has a basic shape and style that she sticks to, but mixes things up with the use of color and texture and minor variations in design. It’s not a coincidence that all of her looks are practically display pedestals for her spectacular hair.


Ava Duvernay Attends the Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes, France in Elie Saab

If it weren’t for the color, this would almost have a sort of “Dracula’s Daughter” vibe to it. But rather than take this in a gothy direction, it feels a little more regal in tone. Which is interesting, because she doesn’t rely on a lot of jewelry in her looks. She wears a few notable pieces, but it’s all about the dress and the hair above everything else. It’s not the kind of approach that works universally, but it’s hard to argue with the results when she does it.



Ava Duvernay attends the Screening of “Blackkklansman” During the 2018 Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France in Greta Constantine

On another wearer, this might have come off so simple as to be compared to a Butterick pattern. And to be fair, that argument could still be made. But as we noted, she’s very consistent about her choices and prefers to make minor changes in her style here and there. The shape is exactly the kind she prefers, but this time all the details have been stripped out and she’s letting the color-blocking do all the work. Again, not a lot of jewelry. Face, hair and a modest but colorful dress is all she ever needs.


Style Credits:
First Look: Elie Saab Teal Gown with Macramé Detailing
Second Look: Custom Greta Constantine Dress

Styled by Jason Bolden

[Photo Credit: INSTARImages]

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