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The Hotel du Cap lit up Tuesday night, courtesy of thousands of tiny gemstones of Swiss jeweler De Grisogono’s Divine party. A fashion show of models paraded heavy emerald and diamond earrings and massive beads of turquoise, to the delight of Natalie Portman, who had a front row seat.
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Dressed in a sleek emerald Lanvin dress, right out of Atonement, Portman swapped a pair of heavy earrings for a five-foot gold and pearl wrapped necklace, from the brand’s new collection, for the party. Brand founder and CEO Fawaz Gruosi called her the “number one divine here tonight.”
In true Cannes style, French paparazzi started the night early with a ruckus. Upwards of 20 photogs chased celebs into the party after they made their red carpet walk. The mob of flashes rubbed Cara Delevingne the wrong way and prompted no fewer than three bodyguards to surround Portman the entire night, blocking photogs’ shots with their hands if they got too close.
Delevingne shone in a high-low creme dress and four-layer emerald, diamond and ruby De Grisogono necklace. A slew of other models in attendance included Chanel Iman, Karlie Kloss, Izabel Goulart, Eugenia Silva and Joan Smalls, all dripping in loaned jewels. Harvey Weinstein and wife Georgina Chapman arrived early to make the rounds. Antonio Banderas made an entrance with girlfriend, Dutch banker Nicole Kempel.
Michelle Rodriguez carried on her festival party street, looking radiant in a white floor-length gown. Adrien Brody, a regular at the party, had just rolled into Cannes for the event, and gamely posed for selfies with fans. Mary J. Blige, looking elegant in a crystal and black towered dress chatted with Portman and Gruosi.
Chris Tucker got the party started. Cutting the dinner short, he slid onto the dance floor and sang along to the cover band’s version of Pharrell William’s “Happy.” Where Tucker goes the crowd follows, and the floor was instantly filled with partygoers taking his lead.
Surprise guest Robin Thicke sang for guests including Benicio Del Toro, fresh off the success of his Sicario premiere, and Robbie Williams, who just performed the night prior at the Chopard party.
But the true star of the night was Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Clad in a black-on-black tiger print Tom Ford tuxedo, Drogba modestly engaged throughout the night with doting fans eager to catch a word with the football legend.
Paris Hilton was doing her own quiet protest of the red carpet heels scandal, where several women wearing flats were denied entry into the festival’s Palais for gala screenings. “I normally wear six-inch Louboutins,” Hilton told THR. “Tonight I’m wearing two-inch heels. I feel so short!”
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