A bit of controversy doesn’t always harm a film’s publicity, and The Idol, Sam Levinson’s film at Cannes starring Lily-Rose Depp, is based around a concept from pop star The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye) and his perception of fame.
Tesfaye stars with Depp, and they play the other’s love interest. Depp plays Jocelyn, a rising pop star, who gets involved with a nightclub owner, Tedros, played by Tesfaye.
The film takes place in the same universe as Levinson’s TV series Euphoria.
Levinson intended the film to be provocative and there are explicit scenes and nudity. Both Levinson and Depp defended the scenes at Cannes, and Depp said she was involved heavily in creating the character and her sexuality.
Both Depp and Blackpink’s Jennie Kim, who makes her acting début in the film, donned Chanel at the première and after-party.
Jennie’s dress featuring a sweetheard bustier top, black silk cape and petticoated skirt, was from Chanel’s haute couture spring–summer 2020 collection, designed by Virginie Viard. It was complemented by Chanel shoes and jewellery.
Depp wore vintage Chanel, with a black sequinned mini-bustier dress from the autumn–winter 1994–95 ready-to-wear collection, complemented by Chanel shoes. She opted for something more current at the after-party, namely look 43 from the cruise 2023–4 collection.
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