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Cannes Diary with Chopard

Our journey to Cannes started a few months back; it actually began in Geneva in a workshop of craftsmen, spending countless hours making this year’s precious Palme d’Or Chopard so proudly bears the honor of crafting each year for the Cannes Film Festival.

I had a lot of expectations for Cannes – how could you not with such a famous and star studded event? I can remember as if it was yesterday sitting at the breakfast bar of my parents’ house in Texas, getting ready for school and watching the Today Show cover the red carpet of Cannes. My eyes were fixated on the screen… and now I am here. Beyond the glamour and the evening gowns, the faces of such notable actors and luxury brand names, the Cote d’Azur, our French Riviera, was also the view that inspired artists such as Matisse, Picasso, F. Scott Fitzgerald. I couldn’t wait to see it, to taste it, and to just watch it all with my own eyes and not those of a child in front of a TV set.

The day started at the Chopard Lounge on top of the Hotel Martinez: a sweeping terrace with views of the Promenade de la Croisette. Yachts smiled in the harbor as the crowds of photographers swam around waiting for pictures of celebrity arrivals in the bustling streets. It was a very strange sensation from up on the terrace and laying in bed at night to all of a sudden hear screams from a crowd – ah yes, another celebrity has emerged.

The rain came and went and with each pop of sun another beautifully dressed guest would walk through the doors, glittering in diamonds and sapphires, French perfumes dancing through the air, entangling itself with the smell of fresh cut roses. The distant sound of champagne being poured and glasses clinking, the faint smell of cigarettes over whispers and laugher, and that view… I’ll never get over that beautiful view.

As the day came to a close we attended the official dinner of the opening ceremony of the festival at the Agora. The Great Gatsby had just finished premiering and as we sat for dinner, in poured the cast and an excited air filled the room…but it was not until Steven Spielberg walked in that the space erupted in applause. He was magnanimous.

The first day at Cannes…despite being jet lagged and just coming off a week long shoot in LA, I lay in bed and thought about how the little girl watching the TV became the woman walking in the room tonight.

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MAIYET hand block printed  in Jaipur, India maxi dress to blow around in the Mediterranean wind. 

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Exploring Cannes in a handwoven MAIYET skirt with jacquard detailing, Barneys cashmere sweater and J.Crew ballet flats

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Actress Blanca Suárez, this year’s Trophée Chopard winner for emerging talent.

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Actor Jeremy Irvine, this year’s Trophée Chopard winner for emerging talent.

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Above~ Caroline Scheufele, Chopard‘s Co-President  and designer of the Palme d’Or and high jewelry collections. 

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“I don’t dream at night, I dream all day, I dream for a living.” -Steven Spielberg

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Actress Julianne Moore in a Chopard platinum & diamond necklace.

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See the other days here: lunch in paradise and our glamourous walk down the red carpet!



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  • This is magical! Living vicariously through each of your photographs!!!!

  • brunetteletters

    Wooow you are so lucky that you get to go to marvelous places!!

    Beautiful pictures… enjoy :) xoxo

    Brunette Letters Blog

  • What a dream… I love that you started off by connecting this spectacular event back to your younger years (which we can all relate to), what a journey! Beautiful photographs as always Jamie, can’t wait to see more photos from more of your days spent in Cannes!

  • ghamma

    Great lesson in capturing events…sometimes you go with the best shot you’ve got even if it isn’t studio crisp…

  • billetrouge

    What beauty! Your photos reflect the sumptuous opulence that I’ve come to expect of the Cannes Film Festival. Thank you for including the detailed close ups of the red carpet fashion. It’s so incredible to see the intricate lace patterns and beadwork. Just spectacular!

    http://www.billetrouge.com/

  • Stunning as ever. Congrats on your extraordinary success! From the first time I saw your shots on Tumblr — and then that first Cinemagraph — I knew you were bound for greatness.

    • Thanks Nora, it’s been great following you as well. One of these days our paths will cross over mixed drinks I’m sure… :)
      Xx

  • It was grey and rainy and yet Cannes just looks sunny on your pictures. This is magic. I really love the first series in colours, and the second in black and white is everything, wow! I’ve seen a lot of pictures of the red carpet but they looked like paparazzis’ pictures ; yours are art. I love how you focused of the back of the dresses, because they’re all incredibly beautiful (especially in black and white, it covers some hideous colours on some gowns. :p).
    Anyway, I really love this post and I’m really happy that the little girl watching Cannes on TV made it to the red carpet. :)

  • What beauty! Your photos reflect the sumptuous opulence that I’ve come to expect of the Cannes Film Festival. Thank you for including the detailed close ups of the red carpet fashion. It’s so incredible to see the intricate lace patterns and beadwork. Just spectacular! I also love the graceful ease of your white pieces from Maiyet. You wear them beautifully…

    http://www.billetrouge.com/

  • candace flores-rodrigue

    Jamie & Kevin,
    Thank you for sharing.
    Candace

  • Oh, I’m so excited to see your beautiful photos :) I love Cannes and I adore your photography so the combination is just perfect. Thank you for letting us have a little peek inside this glamourous event, I really enjoyed it.

    … And I have to say, I absolutely adore your style. You’re always dressed so chic and impeccable!

  • Wow! Having spent some time in Cannes, your photos bring back fond memories of road tripping along the Cote d’ Azur. Is it me or have you captured Carrie and Marcus mid-tiff?

  • Feyza

    Gorgeous photos!! They reflect festival soul. Thank you for sharing!

  • camillaleila

    Your photos are so rich and luxurious – the way you frame things, the lighting, everything. I’m in awe. What a wonderful experience.

  • Maya

    Gorgeous visuals to an enchanting story!! I’ve been holding my breath for your pics from the Met gala; will you be posting any??

  • That image of the golden-swingy dress captures the essence of this post – glitzy and glamorous, all captured in the very best way by you, the most glam person I know! Can’t wait to see more…I think Cannes looks good on you!

  • Rachel

    I got such chills reading through this and looking at the photos. I can’t imagine the most wonderful time you had!

  • Carey Mulligan looked stunning that night!

  • Sean