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Over the last two weeks, I've posted several red carpet photos from the 62nd Annual Cannes Film Festival.

I asked for your opinions on star's looks, and you didn't let me down. (See Cannes Red Carpet Fashion and More Cannes Fashion.) You loved the red carpet looks of Evangeline Lilly, Elizabeth Banks and Aishwarya Rai, though one reader felt Rai is overrated and said, "she looks like she wrapped toilet paper around her and called it fashion." Ouch.

Here's one last installment (the festival ended earlier this week). Actresses continued to go a little bolder, edgier for this film festival. And it also seems like someone sent out a "wear black and white" memo.

As always, let me know what you think:

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Oh Edward. Your alter ego, British actor Robert Pattinson, dressed you in a slimming black tux for the "Inglourious Basterds" premiere, which is all very well and good. But I prefer your more relaxed, fitted blue military-inspired jackets and shirts.

Waiting area at Halo [for Men] spa. Courtesy of Halo.

Halo [for Men's] Gold Coast location, 21 W. Elm, has just launched their new Quickies menu -- five skin care services meant to hydrate and revitalize on the fly.

For those who don't already know, Halo [for Men] is a salon and spa -- with five locations in Chicago -- that offers a masculine environment for city-dwelling men who could use a little pampering. Services include razor shaves, waxing, massages, facials and hand and foot grooming.

A rundown of the Quickies menu (call (312) 642-4256 to make an appointment):

-- Pop in Mud Mask, $25 (15 minutes): Deep cleansing mask to reduce oily skin.

-- Texter Hand Treatment, $25 (15 minutes): A de-stressing, moisturizing hand treatment.

-- Drink Conditioning Seaweed Mask, $30 (15 minutes): A deep moisturizing mask to sooth and protect dry skin

-- Raccoon Firming Eye Treatment, $45 (30 minutes): A fast route to reducing wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles.

-- Junior Seaweed Facial, $55 (30 minutes): Fast alternative to a full facial that still nourishes, hydrates and rejuvenates with anti-oxidants.

The Quickies are at the Gold Coast location only. Other locations include: 1655 N. Damen, 654 W. Diversey, 500 W. Madison and 70 W. Madison.

INC International Concept's Smocked Tie-Dyed Maxi Dress, $99, with shimmery metallic streaks, at Macy's.

Macy's is showing some hippie love with a Summer of Love shopping party at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Macy's, 111 N. State on the fourth floor.

Shop the store's retro looks for the summer, get an air-brushed, tie-dyed T-shirt, rock out to a DJ and snag some giveaways from Carlos Santana shoes.

In case you get the munchies, Rock-n-Roll Gourmet will be handing out their new all-natural baked snack Hippie Chips for you to taste.

Ukranian Village boutique Soko Fashion offers clothing that's both affordable and pretty darn cute. From left: Mystree Rag Doll Dress, $59.99; Tulle tank, $39.99; BB Dakota dress, $69.99.

Ever wish you could see a woman with curves -- or breasts -- model clothing on a runway?

Soko Fashion, 1925 W. Chicago, has tapped its own customers, of all shapes, sizes and heights, to model new clothing lines during Fashion Rocks, a live music fashion show this Sunday, May 31, at Darkroom, 2210 W. Chicago.

The free event will feature three local bands, including the Ragtones.

Last week on opening night of the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival, I posted a few red carpet photos, and you had lots to say. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that Indian actress Aishwarya Rai (who Roger Ebert once referred to in a review as the "most beautiful woman in the world"), was by far the best-dressed. One reader thanked Italian actress Asia Argento for wearing her sofa to Cannes.

Here are few more red carpet photos from today and over the weekend. Let me know whose dress you like and whose you don't like. Or if you just feel like some Monday afternoon cattiness, I'll take those comments too:

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Is the Pritzker Pavilion missing one of its parts?: Hilary Swank is beautiful in this sculptural, shale-colored dress at the screening of "Looking for Eric" today at Cannes. Courtesy of AP

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FROM LEFT: T-shirt designed by Anna Sui but no longer available; Embroidered Feather Tee by Koi Suwannagate; Pearl Print Tee by Anna Sui (satin bows add three-dimensional charm).

You still have time to snag one of these adorable limited-edition T-shirts, designed by Koi Suwannagate and Anna Sui for Nordstrom in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The shirts, $60, are sold exclusively through May at and at select stores (520 N. Michigan is the only Illinois location included).

Proceeds from the shirts will benefit the scholarship program of OCA, a national organization dedicated to serving Asian Pacific Americans.

Since film and fashion are two of the great loves of my life, I always keep up with what's happening over at the Cannes film festival. The festival opened today with a screening of Disney's "Up." Hollywood actresses are already all over the red carpet in gorgeous evening gowns. Well, some of them are gorgeous. Others...

On the film side of things, here are some of the films at this year's festival I'm excited to hear some buzz about: "Inglourious Basterds," Quentin Tarantino's (what else?) bloody WWII film (both he and Brad Pitt expected to appear at the festival); "Bright Star" from Jane Campion ("The Piano"); "The White Ribbon" from Michael Haneke ("Cache," "Funny Games), and "Taking Woodstock," from Ang Lee and starring Emile Hirsch and Liev Schreiber.

And now back to fashion. Here are the first sightings of actresses on the red carpet at this year's festival. Leave a comment and let me know your favorite or least favorite dress. Or if you just have a catty comment, I'll take that too!

Elizabeth Banks wrapped in red. Or is that a new car?

How many layers of tops are there?: The always-interesting Tilda Swinton in a maroon suit-dress.

Indian model and actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who Roger Ebert once called "the most beautiful woman in the world" in his review of "Bride and Prejudice," is stunning in a strapless white ballgown.

No lack of shine here: Actress and Cannes jury member Robin Wright Penn in a metallic wrap dress.

Always one to stand out in a crowd, the sexy Italian actress Asia Argento wasn't afraid to go with the curtain look.


I won't be able to afford anything from Indian designer Naeem Khan. But boy do I wish I could. His new Fall collection features gorgeous dresses and "cocktail suits" (his signature look) in rich jewel tones, such as silver, black and red. He's also known for his intricate and ornate detailing. His dresses have been worn by Carrie Underwood, Eva Longoria and Beyonce.

If you'd like to drool over dresses you most likely can't afford, head over to the Naeem Khan Fall Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 12 and Wednesday May 13 at Neiman Marcus, 727 N. Michigan at the Couture Salon, second floor. For more information, call (312) 642-5900, ext. 2050.

Above are three of my favorites (I'll take one of each, please!) from his Fall 2009 collection, though click here to pick YOUR favorites.

Another event at Neiman Marcus this week: Pamela Roland Fall Trunk Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 14 at the Couture Salon, second floor.

This one's a head-scratcher, since the store isn't actually open 'til midnight. But I'll go with it anyway.

Both City Soles/Niche locations are hosting their annual Midnight Madness sale today. Everything in the store is on sale, so expect to snag big discounts, as well as a few cocktails.

-- The location at 2001 W. North is open until 11 p.m. tonight (but if show up late and shop between 10 p.m. until closing, you'll snag even bigger discounts!).

-- The location at 3432 N. Southport is open until 9 p.m. tonight.


Home decor store Material Possessions, 704 N. Wabash in Chicago, is inviting brides and their friends who still love them anyway to a Brides & Baubles shopping event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 6. Sip Grey Goose cocktails and nibble on treats from Gibson's while you preview the store's new online bridal registry and celebrate the launch of Erin Gallagher Custom Jewelry (at left). Purchases over $100 will be 20 percent off all evening.

Also, bring along any bridesmaid dresses at the back of your closet. The store will be accepting any gently used bridesmaid or formal dresses and accessories to benefit The Glass Slipper Project, which provides free prom outfits to low-income Chicago high school students.

Can't make the event Wednesday? You can still check out the designs of Erin Gallagher at a trunk show between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday at Material Possessions, 945 Green Bay Road in Winnetka. Erin will be on hand to talk about her collection. Just as the city event, feel free to bring gently-used bridesmaid or formal dresses for the Glass Slipper Project.


Parker Posey wore Chicago designer Cynthia Rowley to the Lucille Lortel Awards (for off-Broadway shows) in New York Sunday.

The waxed linen dress, from the designer's Spring collection, gives the illusion of leather. You can find it at Cynthia Rowley stores (1653 N. Damen and 810 W. Armitage in Chicago) and at

I think the dress is pretty darn cute (and perfect for a Picasso-loving biker chick!).

What do you think?

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