Cannes Lions Festival: Ways To Dress Smartly In Summer

The Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity is a week of talks analysing the entertainment business. Stars attend not to promote their latest album/movie but to talk about how they’ve worked their way up through the business.

This year’s line-up was very impressive. Model Karlie Kloss gave a talk about coding and hosted a workshop afterwards while Dita Von Teese was scientifically focused talking about how and why music affects people.

As the weather in Cannes was just as hot as in the UK, the challenge was on for the stars to find outfits that were smart but allowed them to stay cool and fresh on stage. Here are some of the festival highlights in terms of talks and outfits worn to present those talks:

Karlie Kloss

The model and BFF of Taylor Swift had to keep her mind and body cool to host her workshop on computer coding. But when you have a model reputation to uphold, you can’t exactly be scruffy, can you? Her trick was to wear a gorgeous green midi skirt combined with a sleek black cami, which allowed her statement skirt to stand out as well as helping her to feel some fresh air on her shoulders. This is a great office look and you could always add a light blazer to put on after the commute if you’re worried about showing off too much skin at work.

Demi Lovato

The US singer kept her outfit simple with a tailored jumpsuit. In hot weather, jumpsuits and playsuits are ideal as you don’t need to worry about them getting creased or crumpled in the heat. Combine with a pair of strappy sandals to keep your feet cool. Shoes with a chunky heel are best so that you have a bit of extra height and confidence but still feel comfortable.

Halle Berry

Halle Berry talked about the importance of social media on your brand and how not to ruin your reputation with some ill-advised postings. For this serious subject, she wore a  power dress.  Her black mini dress has a loose cape detail so it covers her arms like a blazer but keeps her cool at the same time. This is a gorgeous look that really means business.


She’s the only solo female artist to have a No 1 album in the US Billboard chart in the whole of 2017 so far with Hopeless Fountain Kingdom and on stage, everyone wanted to hear how she did it! The first thing is that she has a unique image, which is her personal brand. Not everyone could get away with a floral suit and blue hair but she pulls it off with such attitude, we wonder why we’re not all doing it. Summer is a great time to take risks and be bolder with your outfits.

Dita Von Teese

Dita has a ladylike style and she showed that you can look elegant in hot weather in a 50s style prom dress. Matching the red shoes to the red print of the dress really shows that she’s made an effort and is easy for everyone to do. You could wear an outfit like this to a summer wedding and wow all your friends and family.

Whose summer style do you admire the most?


21st June 2017
Written by Zoe Griffin