Bernadette Schaeffler Finds Inspiration in Cannes, Fashion, and Film

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Yes, she is German, but Bernadette Schaeffler has a soft spot for Cannes, France. This gorgeous city on the French Riviera plays host to the world’s most glamorous stars every year for its namesake film festival.

The Dallas designer loves the festival for how vibrant it makes the city. And with Steven Spielberg on the Cannes Film Festival jury this year, it’s even more special.

Palme D'Or

“When the festival is ahead like now (it starts May, 15) the entire city is in movement and glamour returns to the Croisette — the beach boulevard,” Schaeffler said. “It is a huge deal in France,  therefore around 40,000 people invade the coastal town. Even the common saying is that Cannes lost the stars and the glamour I still think it is a pretty sparkling event.”

The Great Gatsby

The film festival’s first showing is the highly anticipated Baz Luhrmann-directed re-make of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby.” It’s a film that has all of Hollywood holding its breath in awe.

Schaeffler says she’s “obsessed” with the film, which is no wonder. The sets and costumes of this film, set in the roaring ’20s, are just so opulent and incredible. Luhrmann, who directed “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge,” made this movie an absolute feast for the eyes.

Cannes Bay

Read more about Schaeffler’s love for Cannes and the movies on her blog. See the way it inspires her designs at her Design District showroom today.

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Joanna England

If Executive Editor Joanna England could house hunt forever, she absolutely would. Instead she covers the North Texas housing market and the economy for While she started out with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, Joanna's work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News as well as several local media outlets. When she's not knitting or hooping, or enjoying White Rock Lake, she's behind the lens of her camera. She lives in East Dallas with her husband, son, and their furry and feathered menagerie.

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