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The cast of "The Idol" arrives at Cannes 2023

Amid controversy, applause and vintage Chanel

The cast of The Idol arrives at Cannes 2023 Amid controversy, applause and vintage Chanel

The opening of Cannes 2023 last week was Johnny Depp's return to acting after his trial of Amber Heard, to applause, controversy and glamour. Last night, a similar atmosphere greeted another Depp, Lily-Rose Depp, who is trying to step out of her father's troublesome shadow at a crucial stage in her career and life. The actress came to the Croisette to introduce The Idol, a new project from Euphoria director Sam Levinson that has been billed as "the dirtiest love story ever told in Hollywood" and has been dogged by a long line of controversy since its launch. An article in Rolling Stone US spoke of a toxic set and "torture porn" scenes subjected to Levinson's male gaze. These hints were partially confirmed at the 76th Cannes Film Festival, where the first two episodes were previewed full of nudity, explicit sex, revenge porn images, bodily fluids on Lily-Rose Depp's face and autoeroticism with ice cubes. In cinemas, the world premiere was greeted with a five-minute ovation, but early reactions from critics have been quite controversial, with comments on Twitter calling the HBO series, which will officially launch on Sky and streaming on NOW on 5 June, "50 SHADES OF TESFAYE: an odyssey on the Pornhub home page" or a cross between "Black Swan, Succession and Secretary".

While the verdict on the show is still out until all episodes are seen, fashion fans have already rewarded Lily-Rose for her style and love of vintage. On the red carpet, the Nepo babe stole the show from Levinson, The Weeknd in Loewe and the rest of the cast thanks to a strapless sequined LBD adorned with a pastel blue resin rosette and black satin bow, which was teamed with sheer opera gloves, black stockings and black pumps. The creation was from Chanel FW94 collection and was worn on the runway by Helena Christensen.

Also delightful was the look of Jennie Kim, who opted for a white lace midi dress from Chanel's spring 2020 couture show, the first with Virginie Viard as creative director since the death of Karl Lagerfeld.