Wednesday saw both the first day of the Cannes Film Festival in France as well as the Grace of Monaco premiere–and, naturally, an introduction to all the incredible fashion that will go down over the next week and a half. One excellent look from the bunch: Blake Lively. While we focused yesterday on the semi-beautiful disaster that was Kendall Jenner‘s paper mache Chanel dress and the supposed horrors of Grace of Monaco star Nicole Kidman‘s “puffy” face, this morning, we’re doing a double take after realizing that Blake’s braid was pretty much the best stylistic choice on the red carpet.
The actress/living mannequin wore a stunning wine-colored gown with a high slit by Gucci Premiere that was almost universally beloved, along with Casadei sandals on her feet. The neckline had an angular, then curved shape I would not typically pick out for anybody–whether for myself or a big-name actress–but it somehow looked great here. This may have been due to the fact that Blake’s stylist gave her the perfect big teased braid in the back that appeared sleek from the front while still adding a fun element to the look.
Additionally, Blake’s makeup is deep and dark enough to work between the playfulness of the braid and the drama of the gown. I might’ve gone a little easier on the bronzer, but that’s the only alteration I can think to make here. And check out those enormous Lorraine Schwartz earrings–they’re positively perfect for this look, which is simultaneously over-the-top and perfectly balanced out.
It’s been great to watch Blake on the red carpet as of late. She positively stunned at the Met Gala just last week whilst wearing a different Gucci Premiere gown in a lovely shade of nude while letting her hair cascade in lustrous mermaid waves to one side (a surprisingly attainable look, if you’ll recall). While I admittedly do not particularly look forward to her movies, I do think she’s a lot of fun style-wise, so let’s see which Gucci gown she picks out next.
As for the hair, this could be an awesome look for the summertime–especially if you’re like me and hate the feeling of having your neck sweat when it’s hot, but don’t feel like doing a boring ponytail everyday. Do you see yourself trying out a giant braid like this?