First and foremost, I’d just like to say that writers across the interwebs really need to stop writing “(no relation)” after they type Li Bing Bing and Fan Bing Bing’s names. Newsflash, Chinese names place the surname in first and the given name second. So, their surnames are Li and Fan respectively, and are, therefore, obviously unrelated. Sorry, just had to get that out of my system after nearly every article I came across about the two Bing Bings (from here on out to be referred to as LBB and FBB) contained that misguided reference.
OK, on to Cannes. FBB has sort of taken the blogosphere by storm since her appearance at the Cannes Film Festival last year. And trust me folks, I was on the bandwagon too. Her Dragon Robe by Laurence Hsu dress was stunning and refreshingly unique. This year people seem to be even more googoo gaga over her (one of my favorite blogs, redcarpet-fashionawards.com, even lightly proclaimed her “the queen of Cannes”). And I’m completely baffled.
First of all, her makeup has been atrocious. She looks like she could be Edward Cullen’s long lost Asian cousin. I understand that being pale is considered very beautiful in China, but pale doesn’t have to translate to lifeless vampire skin. I’m no expert, but I’d say that she should probably switch to a foundation that doesn’t so closely resemble paint on a wall. And, um, FBB may I introduce you to blush? Oh, and blush’s friend illuminator! Then again, maybe this is all part of a plan for her to get in the next Twilight movie….
As for her sartorial choices, which everyone has been all up on, I’m so baffled. This red Chris Bu Kewen dress she wore to the opening ceremony was a watered down repeat of her Dragon Robe gown. And, um, what is going on with her hair and makeup?
This white Elie Saab Couture dress she wore to the “Polisse” premiere looked like something Cher would wear (no offense to Cher, but that was not a complement).
This pink Atelier Versace gown looked so horribly wrinkly.
And this green Oscar de la Renta that she wore to “The Tree of Life” premiere looked ill-fitting and unflattering. She looks like she has no chest!
The only dresses I liked were the purple Marchesa and the red Elie Saab Couture (shown above in the makeup pictures). I want FBB to go back to wowing us like this (yes I just posted the same link again). Until then I’ll feel unsatisfied
Consequently, I’m delighted by LBB! I think her makeup is lovely, she looks like she’s glowing. And her smile is absolutely radiant.
Her dresses have been a bit hit or miss, but I like that she takes risks and I can see her personal style emerging. I really liked her Elie Saab Couture gown. It was a modern take on old Hollywood glam and definitely sexy (though I wish she’d gone a bit easy on the jewels, but then I thought about it and If I had access to those gems I’d have been all over that, so maybe she gets a freebie?)
My absolute favorite though was this fitted white dress that she wore, but can’t find the designer. It looks like Versace to me, but god only knows I could be so wrong. It’s a travesty that I can’t find information on this look online. It seems the internet has a certain quota of Bing Bing news and FBB has eaten up most of it.
Even LBB’s Georges Chakras swan dress, though 100% not my taste (I honestly don’t even like it…) made me happy because it was new and refreshing and risky. And she looks like she’s having a blast wearing it!
The fact of the matter is, when I see LBB’s name I get excited. Too bad I can’t say the same about FBB.