Formalwear options for women are amazingly limited–ball gowns make an impression about the red carpet but provide little ease of movement, and cocktail frocks can be high on shine but low on impact. However there’s another way. Case in point? The menswear-inspired tuxedo, as seen at the Cannes Film Festival, where it is being paired with everything from lace-ups into stilettos.
Cate Blanchett dismisses a cool figure in her glossy suit with wing collar top including a bold touch, accessorized by updated cat-eye colors. Zo? Saldana balances out her one-note look with a sheer blouse, while Aymeline Valade channels Marlene Dietrich in a slimfitting, cropped tuxedo by Pallas using a flat bow tie emphasized with Chanel earrings. But how can you translate the red-carpet variant to everyday? Keep items classic–start with a well–cut suit, blouse with self adhesive –tie bow and ruffled cuffs, and simple satin mules. Those wanting to make a grander entry should add a floral boutonniere (or bead brooch) to get a hint of conventional femininity.