Cannes 2011: Déjà Vu Dresses

Amongst the sea breezes and star-gazing, amongst the taking of toasts and teasing tresses, there were more than a handful of deja views from this distant observer, and perhaps even a singing mermaid or two.

Settle in with your double espresso and tell me if you see what I see.

Aishwarya Rai in Elie Saab at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Aish wore a nude lace Elie Saab at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Penelope Cruz in Elie Saab and Javier Bardem at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
But I think Penelope Cruz wore nude lace Elie Saab better at last year's Fest.
Aishwarya Rai in Armani Prive at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Aish opted for Armani Privé on another evening during the Festival.
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive with Tom Ford at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Naomi Watts had chosen a similar Armani Privé gown for the amfAR gala at last year's Festival.
Naomi Watts in Armani Prive at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Take a second look - the idea is the same.

There was much fuss over Rachel McAdams in Marchesa – but to me, it just looked clumsy at every turn.

Rachel McAdams in Marchesa at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Not a trained professional, in this case.
Julie Atlas Muz at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Burlesque star Julie Atlas Muz wore something last year that might remind you of this year's Marchesa.

Now I know what you are thinking – the dresses are in different leagues. Agreed, but it is the same idea, only the execution and quality differs, in my opinion.

Rachel McAdams in Marchesa at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
While she carried the dress everywhere she went, I'm not sure she carried it off.
Julie Atlas Muz at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Muz carried it with confidence, at least.
Rachel McAdams in Marchesa at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
This dress needed a delicate shoe - not a pump. And it needed to be held with poise, not pumped fists.

If you are still doubting my double take, I’ve got the evidence to back it up.

Julie Atlas Muz at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Back-tracking.
Rachel McAdams in Marchesa at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
More expensive or just as cheap?

Penelope Cruz wore a similar see-through-you look later in the week, also in Marchesa.

Penelope Cruz in Marchesa at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
Penelope Cruz ascends the famous steps, in an infamous gown, accompanied by Mr. Depp.
Penelope Cruz in Marchesa and Johnny Depp at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
The two pirates at the Pirates premiere.

To me, the frou and flaunt was unnecessary. Take another look at how breathtaking she was in last year’s Elie Saab, not to mention on the boat earlier that day with Johnny.

Penelope Cruz in Elie Saab and Javier Bardem at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival on exshoesme.com.
And the circle is complete.

(Note to Ms. McAdams: that is how you hold a dress.)

See more Aishwarya in Cannes 2011: Trained Professional.

See more Johnny in Cannes 2011: Quadruple Depp.

Read all Cannes 2011 posts.

1, 13, 14.  Photo by Pascal Le Segretain – Getty Images Europe; 2, 4, 5. Getty; 3. Photo by Andreas Rentz – Getty Images Europe; 6, 8, 10, 12. JustJared.com; 7. Life magazine; 9. AP; 11. Exposay.com;

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