2009 May 19

Chopard's Big Winners

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Marion Cotillard and husband/actor Guillaume Canet Marion Cotillard and husband/actor Guillaume Canet
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(CANNES) After hosting last year’s Chopard trophy at the lavish Carlton ballroom, the festival’s official partner moved the festivities over to Le Bâoli. But the famed jeweler doesn’t do anything small, and thus, the Croisette staple was transformed into a Chopard universe complete with A-listers, an extravagant fashion show, endless supply of champagne, black caviar, and more carats than you can count on a thousand hands. “Like sometimes when you describe wine, I think this a great year for our laureates,” said the company’s face and designer, Caroline Gruosi-Scheufele. “It’s really a celebration of young talent that just over the last 12 years has evolved into this huge party. But I think this year’s festival in general is more to the point.” This year’s honorees were Lea Seydoux and David Kross, who were presented with their shiny prizes by Hilary Swank and Marion Cotillard.

“I believe it’s good karma to give back,” smiled the French Oscar winner, who won the prize herself few years back. And Kross, who starred in The Reader with Kate Winslet, was clearly elated by all the attention. “Not in a million years did I expect to get something like this,” he exclaimed. “I was just kind of happy to walk around Cannes and the beach for the first time like a wide-eyed tourist. This is everything that I expected and more!”  It’s also turning out to be a good year for Harvey Weinstein, who not only gave the two honorees their big break, but has also been all over the festival promoting both Nine and Inglourious Basterds. “Asia Argento is the juror this year,” he explained to wife Georgina Chapman as he introduced the two. Basterds just happens to be in contention for the big Palm d’Or this year.

“The atmosphere here is insane,” said Dean and Dan Caten on the other side of the bash. “And then we’re off to some Canadian forest to shoot our perfume ad. We’re spinning the continents!” Guli Karimova was another familiar face that jetted to the fete from Sardinia. “I’ve designed a tiny capsule collection with Chopard and it’s pretty much sold out, so they’re elated,” she said. “Now, I have to think of what’s next.” The likes of Eva Herzigova and Evangeline Lilly partied at the bash till the wee hours, but it was Peaches Geldof who felt most like Cinderella. “I’m living out a fantasy every night with all these carats,” she said. “I’m not sure I’d wear diamonds every day in my real life, but for few weeks I’ll gladly take it!”


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