The Cannes Film Festival 2012 kicked off yesterday with the Opening Ceremony red carpet including walking up the hallowed steps of the Grand Palais in Cannes, France. This annual film festival is celebrating its 65th year with a tribute to Marilyn Monroe 50 years after her death. The festival’s sponsor, Chopard, will launch an exhibition of 25 unpublished photos of Marilyn Monroe taken by photographer Milton Greene during the festival, which will tour worldwide afterwards.
Monroe famously sung about diamonds as a girl’s best friend, and keeping suit, Chopard designed a set with her in mind for an identity-concealed star to reveal at the Opening Ceremony. Last night, supermodel Eva Herzigova sported the stunning pieces accompanied by a pale pink Dolce & Gabbana gown. The necklace featured cascading heart-shaped diamonds, briolettes, and beads worked into an intricate lace set in 18K white gold, in total there were over 200 carats in diamonds. Of course no necklace is complete without matching earrings. The set was completed after 980 hours of work and designed by Chopard’s Co-President, Caroline Scheufele. Before the big unveiling, the only detail Scheufele divulged was that the set would be worn by “a glamorous woman as she glides up the famous red-carpeted staircase.”