Yeah, we know Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner were having a ball in Cannes over the weekend, but our attention was elsewhere. Namely, transfixed on Chloe Sevigny.
For over two decades the New Yorker has conquered every red carpet she's graced with her street-smart personal style. Though now aged 43, the actress-muse-director isn't slowing down her sartorial pace. No resting on her laurels or relying on easy paparazzi wins. So what is her attraction? Sure she's got a wardrobe to die for, packed with as much Gucci and Chanel as we have Topshop and Zara. But, it's her ability to pull off the seemingly bizarre as easily as the simply beautiful with the same unfazed smirk.
From the moment Chloe stepped off the plane wearing a beret and a Chanel pouch to her first Cannes red carpet of the season, she's been treating the South of France like a veritable catwalk. At the premiere of Everybody Knows she wore a fishtail Chanel gown with pockets. We repeat pockets. So often dresses fall short of this one intuitive and comforting feature. Odes have been written to the politics of the humble pocket for in women's fashion there's an epidemic of impracticality and this singular detail has been anointed as one of the last vestiges of male clothing's superiority.
Next, and possibly our favourite Sevigny sighting of this Cannes season, was on the sand. While we remain unclear why she was wearing a Chanel party dress adorned with paillette sequins on the beach (possibly because of a Vanity Fair photo shoot?) the residual image of the actress strolling alone by the crashing waves with her heels and handbag in hand is the most relatable thing that's ever happened on these fair shores. Later that evening in a sartorial about turn she walked the red carpet for a screening of Cold War wearing a Chanel dress and pearl earrings. The silken sheaf with its pearl halterneck was a far cry from the revealing tulle gowns of other starlets that have caught the Cannes headlines, yet in no way less impactful.
In many ways, Sevigny is America’s Kate Moss. She’s also a model-turned-muse with a personal style that’s launched reams of Pinterest pages, but the similarities don’t stop there for she’s that rare celebrity - like Jane Birkin or Edie Sedgwick - thats sartorial legacy is already confirmed. Like Moss, we see pictures of her drunken, woozy and having fun, which just helps cement that she’s that divine meeting of high-fashion and six steps ahead of scenesters. No wonder the New Yorker called her a ‘priestess’ of style.