Last week, GRAZIA’s contributing beauty editor Kate Lancaster wrote a dedication to ageless sophistication on the Cannes film festival red carpet. Of all the chintz and tulle that floated past the photographer’s pen, it was indeed the more mature actresses – Helen Mirren, Andie MacDowell, Jodie Foster, Tilda Swinton – who caught our eyes, each appearing really confident within themselves, each taking style risks, and each having a damn good time.
Smiling, laughing, blowing kisses and waving for the lenses, they each emitted ease and elegance, a tricky formula that those 20-something posey models are yet to grasp. A late addition to Kate’s ode to such enduring elegance is Sharon Stone. We need to talk about Sharon Stone.
Styled by celebrity stylist Paris Libby, the 63-year-old stepped out in three Dolce & Gabbana gowns that definitely deserve more press than they received. The first (as seen at the premiere of A Felesegam Tortenete / The Story Of My Wife), was an off-the-shoulder powder blue gown – cinched in at the waist by way of a boned corset – with florals pinned sporadically atop voluminous layers of tulle. We couldn’t keep our eyes off Stone, she looked simply fabulous.
The second D&G made an appearance on July 16 at the amfAR Gala in Cap d’Antibes. Stone embodied a woman of liberty in the lavender halter neck as evidenced by her carefree poses in these pictures. Now, are you beginning to see what I mean? I’m in my 30s and I only hope to be as confident as Stone when I’m older.
There was a costume change at the same event; an Alberta Ferretti slimline black gown with plastic paillettes.
And then, on the last day of the festival, Stone stole the carpet again, this time at the premiere of OSS 117: From Africa With Love. In a one-shouldered, white floor-length D&G gown with a sparkling bodice, the Basic Instinct star proved yet again that women over 50 can actually have fun (shock horror!) and steal the show from the many insecure amongst us.