Cannes Style: Introduction

More than any other city, Cannes embodies the fast-paced, international sybaritic lifestyle (think James Bond and jewel thieves, casinos and leggy women on yachts, Dior and Chanel shops along the Croisette). But the excess extends far beyond the lavish studio-sponsored beach parties, beyond the wheeling and dealing, and long after the star-studded, red-carpet premieres have receded into festival lore.

The world-renowned Monaco Grand Prix kicks off on the heels of the festival, winding through the narrow, twisty streets of Monte Carlo and La Condamine and featuring young, sexy drivers like Jenson Button (who’s known as much for the women he dates and the discos he frequents as he is for leading Honda’s F1 team).

The need for speed plays out in other ways among the wealthy, European jet-setting crowd, who dance ’til dawn at flashy bars and elegant enclaves, then nurse their hangovers at quiet, seaside spas.

From partying and pampering and haute cuisine hideaways to fabulous post-festival escapes, we hope our Cannes Style issue will help you navigate the good life as extreme sport.

Speed racer
F1’s Jenson Button revs his mojo on the Riviera

The car club
Aficionados can get first crack at driving the latest sports cars around the Riviera

Art & alchemy
Filmmakers who have made their mark at Cannes say the festival’s peaks often happen when no one’s watching

Two-piece revolution
Sixty years ago in Cannes, an itsy-bitsy swimsuit made a big splash

From high life to healing
Partying and pampering along the Cote d’Azur

Expat pads
Forget hotels — for a few weeks, at least, call the Cote d’Azur Home

The Ferrari of the sea
Slip into the WallyPower to blow away the bigger boys

Taking it to the streets
Protesters make their way to Cannes

Eat drink man woman
For the best haute cuisine hideaways, travel the backroads

Off the beaten plage
Glamorous splits from Cannes on an indie budget

First Class on the cheap
World Wide Travel Consulting helps bizzers fly in style without paying top dollar

Cannes’ band of outsiders
Fest famous for cameo appearances

Hitch’s pitch
The Master of Suspense loved to mix high art and low-down promo; Cannes was perfect

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