‘Barbie’s Greta Gerwig is giving major Trinity from ‘The Matrix’ vibes at Cannes Film Festival and literally no one’s talking about it

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Swapping out the vibrant and almost dazzling pink hues that defined the worldwide Barbie craze of 2023, director Greta Gerwig made a striking impression with a decidedly darker look at the 2024 Cannes Film Festival.

This year, Gerwig holds the prestigious position of serving as the festival’s Jury President, and she made a bold fashion statement on the red carpet for the premiere of ‘Le Deuxième Acte’ (‘The Second Act’). Clad in a custom Saint Laurent dress, Gerwig dazzled in a show-stopping ensemble featuring a deep V-cut design adorned with shimmering auburn sequins. The dress, accentuated by a long leg slit, elegantly showcased Gerwig’s sleek silhouette.

At first glance, Gerwig’s ensemble evoked imagery reminiscent of characters from ‘The Matrix,’ with her slicked-back hairdo and the dress’s dark, leather-like tones exuding major Neo/Keanu Reeves energy. Completing the look with bold eye make-up, Chopard jewels, and a pair of Saint Laurent pumps, Gerwig exuded confidence and sophistication.

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While some pastel-loving fans might be taken aback by this departure from the bright hues of the past, Gerwig’s embrace of darker tones is a refreshing change, especially following the pink explosion that dominated Barbie’s press tour in 2023. The significance of Gerwig’s appearance is heightened by her historic role as the first female American director to preside over the Cannes jury, echoing the can-do spirit of the iconic Mattel doll that captivated audiences worldwide.

Styled by renowned fashion stylist Karla Welch, who has previously collaborated with celebrities such as Lorde, Justin Bieber, Karlie Kloss, and Amy Poehler, Gerwig’s Matrix-inspired look made waves not only at the French film premiere but also during the festival’s opening ceremony. Additionally, Gerwig had the honor of presenting Meryl Streep with the prestigious Palme d’Or award, marking a poignant moment in their professional relationship. Gerwig previously directed Streep in the critically acclaimed 2019 film adaptation of ‘Little Women.’

While Gerwig’s fashion statement turned heads, she faced competition in the form of two furry red carpet guests: Messi, the beloved dog from ‘Anatomy of a Fall,’ and Kodi, the canine star of the Cannes entry ‘Dog on Trial.’

Amidst the glitz and glamour of the festival, several highly anticipated films are generating buzz, including ‘Kinds of Kindness’ starring Emma Stone and directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, John Krasinski’s ‘IF,’ and the eagerly awaited Pixar animated sequel, ‘Inside Out 2.’ Notably, George Miller’s latest installment in the ‘Mad Max’ franchise, ‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga,’ has been confirmed to premiere out of competition, adding to the excitement surrounding this year’s Cannes lineup.