BOLD FACE: Not content with walking the red carpet at Cannes, Diane Kruger will literally loom over the French Riviera resort for the duration of the film festival. A giant portrait of the German actress has been put up on the facade of city hall, part of an outdoor exhibition of portraits by German photographer Marcel Hartmann, set to run until July 1. “Cannes fait le mur,” organized by the Contour by Getty Images photo agency in partnership with watch brand Jaeger-LeCoultre, features a total of 17 portraits of film luminaries, including Lars von Trier, Willem Dafoe and Rachel Weisz.
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AMFAR AND AWAY: Karl Lagerfeld isn’t ready to give up his room at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc just yet. Having staged his Chanel cruise show at the mythic hotel in Cap d’Antibes last week, the designer will be showing a selection of his photographs, curated with Carine Roitfeld, at the amfAR gala there on May 19. A slew of celebrities are expected to make the journey from neighboring Cannes for the fund-raiser chaired by Kenneth Cole. Uma Thurman, Kanye West, Jane Fonda, Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Brooke Shields, Harvey Weinstein and Patrick Dempsey are among those slated to attend. With Donatella Versace taking care of the decor, fashion folk will also be out in force. Eva and Roberto Cavalli, Riccardo Tisci, Peter Dundas, Sidney Toledano, Yves Carcelle and Jean Paul Gaultier will be on hand to join bidding for auction lots including a Cavalli dress worn by Naomi Campbell at his 40th anniversary party last year, and a signed Herb Ritts photograph of Elizabeth Taylor, who tirelessly supported amfAR until her death in March.
SHOW FOR A CAUSE: Elie Tahari has a new design gig: dressing Broadway stars. But it’s for a cause close to his heart — supporting Israel; specifically, three organizations helping to develop communities in the Negev and Galilee: the Jewish National Fund, OR Movement and the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. He’s dressing performers at tonight’s “Broadway Sensation” one-time performance at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, to benefit the organizations. “It’s so great to be a part of this event and get the opportunity to dress all of those talented performers for one amazing night,” Tahari said. He’ll first be partying it up with others from the industry at the Empire Hotel rooftop and then attending the show, which has recruited the talents of more than 100 Broadway performers.
POP LIFE: Yigal Azrouël is going back east for the summer. On May 27, Azrouël will be opening a pop-up store at 2415 Main Street in Bridgehampton. The 1,200-square-foot unit will sell a mix of women’s and men’s wear, as well as pieces from the designer’s contemporary Cut25 line. He will even offer some baby T-shirts and blankets made from excess ready-to-wear fabrics. Sales of the baby items will benefit a charity that is still being determined. The boutique will be open through Labor Day weekend. This is not Azrouël’s first Hamptons outing — he had a freestanding boutique in Water Mill.