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The Cannes carpet isn’t just about gowns. While the fest’s female stars get most of the attention, men also are bringing great style to the Croisette, as proved by such gents as Colin Farrell, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Xavier Dolan and John C. Reilly.
Farrell looked dashing in a three-piece Dolce & Gabbana during a photocall for his well-received competition entry The Lobster. Chalk it up to genetics because he certainly doesn’t make a study of his style.
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“Fashion is not my favorite thing,” says the 38-year-old, who also dished to THR about the dressing difficulties he had during Lobster because of his heavier-than-typical frame while in character. “I go into a Dolce & Gabbana store and get spoiled. They’ve been looking after me for years, giving me beautiful things to wear.” Comfort also is key, Farrell notes. “I have no particular style,” he says. “I just put something on and I like the look of it or not.”
Sea of Trees star McConaughey, a Dolce & Gabbana vet, played it free at the film’s photocall with an open-shirt-and-scarf style that looked chic yet relaxed. Also relaxed: his wild beard for his upcoming movie Gold.
Meanwhile, Gyllenhaal has been looking like a classic gentleman during his jury run, wearing a Tom Ford tuxedo to the Standing Tall opening-night gala. Fellow jury member Dolan — the 26-year-old wunderkind known for Mommy and Laurence Anyways — is a risk-taking auteur who often pushes fashion boundaries, too. He experiments with mixed prints, ashy fabrics and bright colors, and has worn a lot of Louis Vuitton here, including an embroidered bronze tuxedo with a black shirt and long tie (Where’s the Cannes-required bow tie?!), proving that boldface names get away with more than do regular attendees inside the Palais.
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Lucky for us, Reilly also has gotten away with a lot, impressing with seersucker suits, fancy brogue shoes, hats and even a cane. “I like to overdress as opposed to underdress,” says the star, who has no stylist and is in Cannes for three films, including the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed Lobster opposite Farrell. “Beyond the kind of status-obsessed fashion-label thing that goes on in the fashion world, people wearing beautiful things makes the world a more beautiful place, so that’s a reason to dress up right there.”
This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter’s Day 6 Cannes Daily.
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