Last week, GRAZIA’s contributing beauty editor Kate Lancaster wrote a dedication to ageless sophistication on the Cannes film festival red carpet. Out 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.