This 7 days, Nicole Kidman arrives on the Promenade de la Croisette as the belle (and busiest star) of the Cannes Film Pageant, with 4 assignments to premiere: Jane Campion’s Best of the Lake, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled, and John Cameron Mitchell’s How to Talk to Ladies at Functions. Kidman’s packed plan demands the Oscar-winning actress to wander the renowned Palais purple carpet 4 moments, appear at 4 push conferences and picture phone calls, and attend countless other occasions. That usually means Kidman desires around a dozen substantial-manner appears to be like flown to the French Riviera that fulfill the star’s unrivaled purple-carpet history. How in the sartorial hell will she pull it off?
Enter Julia von Boehm, Kidman’s stylist who has been performing for two months now to assemble Kidman’s Cannes closet, crisscrossing the place for fittings, Facetiming the star, and plotting with military services precision how to get the couture robes, heels, clutches, and jewels from their countless areas all-around the planet to the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc, the luxe hotel exactly where Kidman will be resting her tired head at night. The worry for von Boehm isn’t the crazy logistics but the strain on Kidman to retain topping her very own appears to be like. “Because she has so quite a few unique occasions, one particular gown has to blow the other one particular away,” von Boehm explains. “You truly simply cannot go up and down [in phrases of wow factor]. You have to often retain or establish on that exact same stage.”
To put together, von Boehm has assembled binders full of meticulous “look” sheets, each website page that includes a picture of Kidman in the seem taken in the course of the fitting, alongside with the footwear, the jewellery, and clutch. Neither von Boehm, her assistant, nor Kidman’s assistant go anyplace in the weeks foremost up to Cannes without it.
“I vacation with this binder all over the place I go in scenario she phone calls me out of the blue,” says von Boehm. “You’ve obtained to be organized, and I have to have in brain which outfit or celebration she is chatting about. I have an assistant who helps me with all of that as very well, and she’s in constant touch with Nicole’s assistant.”
Von Boehm does not vacation to Cannes with Kidman, but she tries to stay clear of flying in the course of the festival so that she is often reachable in scenario of a final-minute mishap. Considering Boehm’s specific setting up, though—which involves up to 4 appears to be like for each day, with backups for each—that must not be a challenge.
In advance, von Boehm reveals her Cannes-styling techniques, Kidman’s manner tastes, and a couple of hints about the surprising designs the duo have concocted for the 7 days.
How Cannes Is Different from Other Crimson Carpets
“I consider about the Cannes purple carpet as currently being far more than the gown or the carpet alone,” claims von Boehm. “I picture the Croisette and the backdrop. The festival is in the summer months way too, so I appreciate to see good colours.”
To honor the site, von Boehm favors European designers and can take advantage of the festival’s whimsy—dressing the star in a totally unique way for each celebration on Kidman’s non-cease plan. Von Boehm claims that this year she pulled two designer robes for each premiere—“I try out to be overprepared,” she says—and is choreographing appears to be like so that Kidman will be regularly alternating silhouettes, colours, and sparkling aspects to retain each manner second interesting and surprising.
Kidman’s Own Choices
“She can truly don anything,” claims von Boehm. “She will get a minimal chilly quickly and likes to be protected, so I truly like her in lengthy sleeves. So we go a ton for that. A very deep, plunging neckline operates completely on her simply because she has a wonderful upper body. We also lean towards silhouettes that are limited on her condition. We like to intensify the waist generally, simply because she has a very small waist. Lengthwise, a ton of unique lengths perform on her.
“Nicole truly understands and appreciates about manner, and appreciates what operates on her,” von Boehm claims of her shopper, who sends her stylist shots whenever she sees a seem that grabs her eye. “But at the exact same time there’s a large rely on stage as very well. When I get truly energized about a gown she is hesitant about—like, ‘Oh truly, are you positive?’—she lets me persuade her, which is good. (Von Boehm factors to Kidman’s dazzling silver-sequined Alexander McQueen gown, which she wore to this year’s Golden Globes, as a seem Kidman was not bought on at initially.)
Neither von Boehm nor Kidman account for what her co-stars may be putting on on the purple carpet, but peak is a different problem, contemplating that Kidman is five toes eleven inches in flats.
“It’s not simple to find heels that are not way too substantial but however classy,” von Boehm explains. “But I do have have my to-go folks and I know which brands she’s snug with. You know, if she is standing upcoming to Reese Witherspoon, I am not heading to place her in a massive heel simply because that would seem odd.”
Von Boehm also tries to give Kidman one particular or two alternatives for footwear, in scenario the actress is not snug in a individual shoe that day.
Heading from Working day to Night
Motion picture stars marketing movies generally have two big picture times on the Croisette for a movie: the premiere and, various hours before, a daytime picture contact that precedes each push convention.
“It’s a far more informal seem,” von Boehm claims of the wardrobe expected for these daytime obligations, “but these appears to be like are just as significant simply because they are very photographed—sometimes even far more than the purple-carpet seem. Even though it is in the course of the day, I like to surprise.”
For these, von Boehm pulls two choices for each celebration, accounting for unique weather situations. For the reason that Kidman will be seated in a vehicle for the thirty-minute scenic generate from the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc to the Palais, von Boehm is also mindful to select practical materials that will not quickly crinkle.
Dependent on Kidman’s obligations—between premieres, push conferences, dinners, and right after-parties—von Boehm has organized two to 4 appears to be like for each day, each with a backup.
Fit for a French Premiere
For movie stars, deciding on a gown isn’t as uncomplicated as obtaining one particular at a runway show—stylists also have to reserve reported gown weeks in progress. To put together for unforeseen disaster, though, von Boehm pulls two robes for each premiere—which, although a protected move strategically, is also monotonous contemplating that the designer robes usually call for two fitting classes, at times with a tailor dispatched from the designer to guarantee an immaculate in shape. (Kidman and von Boehm, in the meantime, depend on one particular tailor to ideal all of the day appears to be like.)
“Fortunately, Nicole is very in shape and matches into just about every piece of garments correct off the runway, which is a large advantage for me,” says von Boehm.
For the reason that Kidman’s hotel is so considerably away from the Palais, exactly where premieres are held, and the close-by right after-parties, von Boehm claims that Kidman will not improve right after a premiere for an right after-get together.
All around the Environment in . . . a Pair Days
“I put together almost everything up to the tiniest minimal element in progress, and then it demands an monumental quantity of logistics to assure almost everything arrives,” claims von Boehm. “Because robes have been shot in advertisement campaigns, or made use of in a picture shoot, they typically trickle in from all around the planet. At times I have to vacation to Nashville [exactly where Kidman lives] right before, and then Nicole travels to Cannes with the attire. At times the attire are flown straight to Cannes, but I often like to have a minimal little bit far more wiggle room just in scenario something goes improper. Dependent on the designer and the gown, at times a designer or a designer’s tailor will personally accompany the gown to Cannes.”
Von Boehm makes certain that Kidman’s workforce is despatched off with a minimal toolkit with double tape, pins, and other emergency tools—as very well as distinctive undergarments for sheer models.
Von Boehm has an inventory of just about every heel, jewellery piece, and clutch that Kidman owns so that she can select and pull accent parts appropriately, or know when to outsource add-ons.
For the reason that Kidman tends to get cold, von Boehm tries to provide layers for any appears to be like sans sleeves.
“When she wears an Armani gown, I like to place a men’s jacket on best of her shoulders or something like that,” explains von Boehm. “It’s a little bit far more fashionable than a shrug. But with robes, or the day appears to be like, we try out to have some type of sleeve simply because a jacket doesn’t usually seem good around a gown.”
Jewels are generally the final piece of the equation—unless von Boehm has stopped initially at Harry Winston or Fred Leighton, Kidman’s most popular jewelers, and has totally fallen in appreciate with a piece she needs to foundation a seem all-around. Logistics for expensive jewels especially are tricky, contemplating insurance policies, transport, and the protection guards expected for large-ticket things.
Textual content S.O.S.
For the reason that each seem is so diligently organized, Kidman may not arrive at out to von Boehm although in Cannes at all, unless of course there is a final-minute problem. “But Nicole has these a good being familiar with of manner that she appreciates the correct issue to do. And I have presented her choices so if she is not experience in the temper for one particular gown, there is a backup. But she is so chaotic the moment she is there. We may textual content each other for a minute and say, ‘What do you consider tonight, must I don this or must I don that?’ At times we talk about hair—should it be up, down—or what type of make-up would go best. But by then we just textual content.”
Let the Social Media Critique Start out . . .
At the time Kidman is dressed, von Boehm then turns on Instagram to see how Kidman appears to be like on the carpet, and watches the opinions pour in, superior or terrible. “I’m often happy,” says von Boehm. “But it is especially good to see when we get a hazard and folks respond very well to it.”