Jessica Chastain

PEOPLE Editors Picks: Our Four Favorite Gowns From Cannes 2013 (And Your Top Choice!)

May/24/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Cannes is usually just a gorgeous parade of one amazing dress after another, and this year certainly didn’t disappoint. After much discussion, four of our fashion editors picked their favorite gowns from the gala — and in one case, avoided gowns altogether. Check out our picks below, then see all the looks from Cannes by night and day, plus the amfAR gala, to decide whose ensemble takes your top spot.
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Chic Clicks: Amanda Seyfried's New Givenchy Campaign; Plus, Jessica Chastain Brings Her Purple Spanx to Cannes

May/23/2013 at 05:05 PM ET

Amanda Seyfried GivenchyCourtesy Givenchy

Amanda Seyfried is one of the stars of Riccardo Tisci’s new fall/winter campaign for Givenchy, wearing a Bambi-print shirt and matching clutch. We love that Tisci’s traded his tough Rottweiler designs for the gentle Disney character! [Givenchy]

–We’re ready to officially declare this Michelle Obama‘s favorite dress! See the Tracy Feith dress the FLOTUS has turned to at least seven times since 2009 [ [Huffington Post]

–One more reason to love Jessica Chastain: The actress wore purple Spanx to Cannes that perfectly matched her stunning Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown [The Cut]

–A week after debuting her lion tattoo on her index finger, supermodel Cara Delevingne gets more fresh ink on her hand. Check it out here [BuzzFeed]

–This #ThrowbackThursday picture might be the best ever. President Barack Obama’s prom look proves he has some serious fashion chops. [TIME]


Jessica Chastain: It Was 'a Little Scary' to Wear Elizabeth Taylor's Necklace

May/22/2013 at 10:37 AM ET

Jessica Chastain Cannes 2013Joel Ryan/Invision/AP

Jessica Chastain was so nervous about wearing Elizabeth Taylor‘s sapphire-and-diamond necklace at the Cannes Film Festival’s Cleopatra screening, she didn’t even ask its value.

“I didn’t want to know how much it was worth,” Chastain told PEOPLE at a Bulgari-sponsored soirée, following the film’s 50th-anniversary screening. “It was so thrilling to wear it, but I was overwhelmed too. It was a little scary. I was the first person to wear it since Elizabeth. I felt as if I was able to spend the day with her today by wearing the necklace.”

That sense of familiarity likely extends from Chastain’s choice of reading material. She admitted to picking up Furious Love, a book about Taylor and Richard Burton’s tempestuous love affair, which began on the Cleopatra set and was marked by Burton’s many opulent Bulgari purchases for Taylor.

“I was captivated … [by] what an incredible love story they had,” Chastain said. “And I loved Richard’s famous quote about how ‘Bulgari’ was the only word Liz knew in Italian. I was just touched by everything about their love.”

PHOTOS: See all the stars’ stunning Cannes styles in one place — here!
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Jessica Chastain Wears Elizabeth Taylor's Necklace to Cannes 'Cleopatra' Premiere

May/21/2013 at 05:00 PM ET

Jessica Chastain BulgariTerry O’Neill/Getty; Dominique Charriau/WireImage

The infamous film Cleopatra was a smashing success for Elizabeth Taylor in at least two ways: It introduced her to two of the loves of her life, Richard Burton and Bulgari jewelry. Burton commemorated the start of his scandalous on-set affair with Taylor by purchasing her a massive emerald ring from the jeweler, which he followed up with a matching necklace and brooch for their engagement a few months later.

So it seems only fitting that Taylor’s Burton-selected Bulgari jewelry would return to the red carpet for a 50th anniversary Cleopatra viewing in Cannes, worn by another great beauty of her time, Jessica Chastain.

PHOTOS: See even more stunning star styles from the Cannes red carpet!
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Jessica Chastain's Sheer Paris Fashion Week Pants Leave Us (and Her Legs) Cold

Mar/04/2013 at 11:59 AM ET

Jessica Chastain Sheer Pants
Zacharie Scheurer/AP

Did Jessica Chastain intercept a package meant for Kim Kardashian? Or did she work extra-hard on her awards season physique, and so hates to let all those squats go to waste? There must be some explanation for the totally out-of-character pants, complete with thigh-baring sheer lace inserts, the star wore to the Givenchy show during Paris Fashion Week.

If we’d spotted these unusual trousers on, say, Rihanna, we wouldn’t have batted an eyelash. But on the classic beauty, whose last big red carpet moment was the extraordinarily elegant Giorgio Armani gown she wore to the Oscars, they were more than a little jarring.

Between her flat-ironed hair and her model stance, we have to assume this is an effort by the star to try more avant-garde fashion. And we certainly can’t argue with the fact that an inverted-V cutout at the crotch of one’s pants, inset with gold lace and displaying two-tone undershorts, is the very definition of avant-garde.

Tell us: What do you think of Jessica Chastain’s high-fashion look? Do you prefer her in more classic styles?

–Alex Apatoff


Red Carpet Trend Report: The Oscars Edition

Feb/28/2013 at 06:00 PM ET

Oscars Red CarpetJason Merritt/Getty; Kevin Mazur/WireImage; Jason Merritt/Getty

We were tempted to say that the two trends on the up are: Jennifer Lawrence. And Jennifer Lawrence. But we recognize we may need to reel in our obsession with the Best Actress winner just a tad, so we found two other Oscars trends worth taking note of. We also identified a beauty look that seems to be on the way out, based on how little we saw of it on the Academy Awards red carpet.

Up: Pale Pastels: Pastels, are by definition, pale, but the ones we saw at the Oscars were even lighter than typical pastels. We lost count of how many ladies wore so-light-it’s-almost-white gowns, but here are some of the ones we do remember: Jennifer Lawrence (ever heard of her?) stunned in a blush Dior gown, Anne Hathaway chose a baby pink Prada dress, Amy Adams slipped into pale blue Oscar de la Renta and Amanda Seyfried donned a lavender Alexander McQueen creation.

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Oscars Gowns: The Five Best Dresses According to Celebrity Stylist Jen Rade

Feb/25/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

When it comes to great red carpet dresses, we trust superstar stylist Jen Rade’s opinion. After all, she’s put Angelina Jolie in some of her most memorable gowns and made Jada Pinkett Smith look smokin’ hot. Below, the stylist and TJ Maxx brand ambassador shares her five favorite dresses from Sunday night — and why she loves them.

Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé: “The dress was the perfect tone for her skin and her lip color was great,” Rade tells PEOPLE. “Everything about her look was classic Hollywood glamour.”

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