Every February, Berlin hosts one of the most prestigious and largest film festivals with the second-largest film market called the European Film Market. This year’s 69th Berlinale International Film Festival was held from 7-17 February, with Danish director Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers as its opening film. This particular year also marks Dieter Kosslick’s last of his 18-year tenure as Berlinale’s director. But past the bittersweet farewell and the cold winds at Potdsdamer Platz, the festival welcomes filmmakers and film connoisseurs to witness cinema at its very best. Lucky for us, we not only get to treat our eyes on-screen as with film screenings, come red carpets. And with red carpets, come red carpet looks. The following, in no particular order, are a few looks that captured our attention for their cinematic elegance and personal flair.
Hero image credit: Sandra Weller, Featured image credit: Prabal Gurung
With her film The Kindness of Strangers slated for the opening night, actress Zoe Kazan did not disappoint with this beautiful floral number from Maison Valentino. With hair slicked back and minimal make-up, Zoe was a breath of fresh air in the cold.
Actress Alia Bhatt had us green with envy in the very chic Atelier Prabal Gurung neon silk faille column with a hand-draped train. In attendance for the world premiere of her film Gully Boy directed by Zoya Akhtar, Alia looks chic, young, and absolutely stunning. The slicked back hair and simple make-up allowed the dress to pop.
The lovely actress Diane Kruger wore a Givenchy Haute Couture dress paired with Messika jewellery to the premiere of The Operative (Die Agentin). With her hair slicked back into a bun (are we noticing a trend here?), she manages to look effortlessly regal and chic.
French actress Juliette Binoche, the head of the jury this year, wore Guillaume Henry’s first design for Jean Patou for the premiere of her film Who You Think I Am (Celle Que Vous Croyez), directed by Safy Nebbou. The light blue silk gown with cutout shoulders is the perfect culmination of chic and classy for the lady of the hour.
German model Toni Garrn wore this beautiful Alex Perry dress paired with Chopard Haute Joaillerie Collection earrings at the premiere for The Kindness of Strangers. The pleated sleeves cascading to the ground complements the silhouette of the dress that is very flattering to the frame. This dress is pure elegance, and we are here for it.
Attending the world premiere of his film Gully Boy, actor Ranveer Singh graces a Tom Ford hot pink leopard pattern jacket and a metallic black jumper. His look is fierce, bold, and it brings a much-needed heat to the windy nights of Berlin.