Cannes Carlton Hotel

The season of glamour on the French Riviera

May 21, 2024

The season of glamour has descended upon the French Riviera as the Cannes Film Festival takes center stage.

Drawing in celebrities, journalists, and fans from LA to Singapore, the red-carpet city of Cannes is outfitted to the nines! Hotels along the Croisette create movie-themed luxurious indoor/outdoor lounge spaces to welcome A-listers, film producers, and filmmakers during the festival. 

As interior designers, we are always drawn to new fabrics, patterns, and inspirations for our clients and the Cannes Film Festival has no shortage of inspiration!

The lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes reopened in 2023 after a 2-year-long renovation. Image @amaurylaparra.

Glamour fish scale pattern in the lobby of the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Beautiful fish scale pattern. Image by Carlton Hotel.

Chandelier at Bar58 at the Carlton Hotel in Cannes.

Venini chandelier with Murano glass droplets at Bar58 at the Carlton. Image by Carlton Hotel.

Style is all the rage and it is normal to catch glances of designer fashion couture floating down the Croisette to the Palais and across the red carpet.

Some celebrities opt for outrageous glam, while others keep it simple and classy. This year, Palm d’Or honoree Meryl Streep stole the show in a white power suit, bold blue and white striped shirt, and of course her chapeau. Very French. Very French Riviera. 

Meryl Streep on the French Riviera at the Cannes Film Festival.

The 77th Cannes Film Festival Palm d’Or honoree actress Meryl Streep.

Luxurious Pampering

Between all the parties and film screenings, some guests seek a bit of peace and self-care.

The Dior Spa gazebo set in the lush prestigious grounds of the Eden Roc hotel in Cap d’Antibes is the perfect setting to restore energy from the film festival. Quintessential blue and white mariner stripes are a favorite, even for one of Cote d’Azur’s most prestigious and luxurious hotels.

The Gazebo at the Dior Spa at Hotel Eden Roc in Cap d’Antibes.

Style reigns supreme

Minimal luxury fashion, maximal luxury style? Or just a simple polo shirt with a chapeau left over from the Monaco Rolex Tennis Masters in April? Certainly, hats are synonymous with French Riviera style because of the touted 300 days of sunshine a year!

It’s all about style on the French Riviera. The film festival is the designer barometer for some of the season’s latest looks and themes certain to appear through the spring and summer seasons. 

Thus the season begins with new lines, fresh colors, head-turning necklines, and bare backlines. But don’t forget statement shoes ( with a pair of flats in your handbag), designer beach bags, and sun hats! 

Anya Taylor Joy arriving at Nice airport for the film festival. Image @TomLorenzo

Lunch and sun at the beach clubs

The beach clubs are outfitted with the latest outdoor furniture collections to host private lunches and soirees. The window displays of the boutiques sparkle with their best designer looks of the season and all the restaurants are buzzing with champagne flowing.

La Reserve a la Plage in Pampelonne Beach in Ramatuelle.Image by La Reserve.

La Reserve a la Plage. Image by La Reserve.

The energy in Cannes is electric and eclectic!

The party continues at the Monaco Grand Prix

Towards the end of the film festival, the party moves over to Monaco to its most famed event the F1 Monaco Grand Prix. It’s always so impressive to see how Monaco transforms into a high-speed racetrack because all the hairpin turns are within the tiny area of 2.08km2! 

The most stylish place to watch the F1 is on the terrace of Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in the Casino Square in Monte Carlo.

The terrace of Louis VX is ready for the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. Image @société des bains de mer-monte-carlo

And glamour continues…don’t forget your hats!