Bulgari celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra at the Cannes Film Festival! Following a screening of the epic movie, the famed jewelry brand hosted a reception that showcased the famous collection of jewels star Elizabeth Taylor wore and received during filming (many as gifts from Richard Burton). Jessica Chastain (in Givenchy) was among the guests invited to view the baubles, which included Taylor’s emerald and diamond brooch, snake wrap bracelet, and beautiful hand mirror (shown). Click to see more parties at Cannes.
Bravo, Jessica Chastain! The actress celebrated the 50th anniversary of Cleopatra by watching the classic at a screening during the Cannes Film Festival yesterday, and after the showing, she teamed up with Bulgari to host a private reception where the Bulgari jewels Elizabeth Taylor wore in the film went on display. With that great honor comes great perks, including being able to wear one of the late legend’s pieces. She picked this Bulgari sapphire and diamond masterpiece. The stunning jewel is over 29 inches long. The sugarloaf cabochon at the center of the design is 52.72 carats. It was one of several stunning jewels Richard Burton gave Elizabeth Taylor for her 40th birthday. “I introduced her to beer and she introduced me to Bulgari,” Burton joked years later of his Bulgari shopping trips with Taylor. Gorgeous, don’t you think?
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In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Cleopatra, Bulgari co-hosted a screening of the film at the Cannes Film Festival and a reception where several of Elizabeth Taylor’s Bulgari jewels were on display. And five decades later, absolutely everything about Cleopatra is still epic. When it debuted in 1963, the full-theatrical length was just over four hours, having filmed for three years in Rome at a ballooned budget of $42 million—equivalent to about $300 million today. Without question the most dramatic aspect of the film’s history is that it was the setting where Elizabeth Taylor fell for her leading man Richard Burton. When news of the affair broke, photos of the couple kissing were plastered all over the press. Privately, the couple celebrated their love with extravagant tokens of affection at the celebrated Italian jeweler Bulgari. Years later, Burton recalled these shopping excursions with humor: “I introduced her to beer and she introduced me to Bulgari.” Click through to see a few of our favorite pieces.
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Glamorous gowns continue to make their way down the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. Sharon Stone (in Roberto Cavalli), Jessica Chastain (in Versace), Rosario Dawson (in Marchesa), and Dita Von Teese (in Elie Saab) were the latest to catch our eye. Click through the gallery to see more festival fashion.
Ahna O’Reilly made her first-ever Cannes Film Festival experience a memorable one! The actress has put on a full fashion show in the French Riviera, as she showed up to event after event in high-fashion looks. The latest we love: This Monique Lhuillier design, which she paired with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, H. Stern earrings, and a Jennifer Behr headband—and she gave us the exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the process to get her red carpet-ready. “I felt amazing in the dress,” she told InStyle.com exclusively. “Ever since I put it on for the first time, I knew it was what I wanted to wear. Walking the red carpet in Cannes for the first time was surreal, and a total dream come true.” Click through the gallery for a closer look, and get details from her glam squad, including stylist Caley Lawson, hairstylist Kylee Heath, and makeup artist Kindra Mann on how they made her dream a reality.
Didn’t have time to fit a jaunt to the French Riviera into your schedule? No problem. Thanks to Instagram, we feel like we’ve journeyed over to the Cannes Film Festival, as the stars are posting non-stop pretty pictures (with even prettier filters). Click through to see some of our favorite behind-the-scenes, getting-ready, and scenery shots worthy of your double-tap ♥.
As the days of the Cannes Film Festival pass by, the fashion keeps getting better! Rosario Dawson, Marion Cotillard, Zoe Saldana, and Milla Jovovich all made down the red carpet in dazzling gowns by Elie Saab, Christian Dior, Valentino, and Chanel, respectively. Click through the gallery to see more of the festivals biggest fashion moments.
Fifty years after capturing audiences across the globe, Cleopatra reigns again! The iconic Academy Award-winning movie starring Elizabeth Taylor—once the highest grossing film with $7 million earned in the initial release—has been restored to commemorate the milestone anniversary and today it screened as an official selection at the Cannes Film Festival. The world premiere viewing, hosted by Jessica Chastain, Kate Burton, daughter of Richard Burton, and Chris Wilding, son of Elizabeth Taylor, happened today. To cap it off, a reception following the premiere will include a display of Ms. Taylor’s personal jewels and an auction of an exclusive Bulgari design inspired by the star and benefitting her charity, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation. The celebration extends to our office, where we’re prepping for the re-release with a look back at the epic filming. Click though to see the stunning shots from the Roman set, and catch Cleopatra back in over 200 theaters across the world beginning May 22.