Ah Cannes; the stronghold of cinematic taste and tradition - not anymore with Netflix and Amazon having breached its defenses, ha! Along with its bounty of world-class cinema and auteurs, the Cannes Film Festival is also known for its legendary Croisette red carpet where cinematic icons have graced the red carpet in haute couture to glide up the steps of the Palais du Cinema. This year was no different, with a plethora of stunning looks gracing the red carpet. Below are my top twelve looks from the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival
Elle Fanning threw down the gauntlet on opening night with a Vivienne Westwood gown. Fanning tends to wear lighter colors, which tend to wash out her already pale skin, but the dramatic length of the train, decorated with shooting stars, orbs and unicorns (unicorns make EVERYTHING better!!!), and a heavily made-up face balanced out the pale color of the gown.
Susan Sarandon needs to become persona non grata ASAP, but one cannot deny she is serving up classic, vintage Hollywood glamour in Alberta Ferretti. I would happily swim through an ocean of manure for those killer sunglasses.
Elisabeth Moss took a hard/soft edge with her Oscar de la Renta dress. On a gown heavy red carpet, the tulle skirt topped off with a leather moto jacket kicked the cool factor a couple of notches and stuck in people’s mind as a truly unique look on the Cannes red carpet.
Rihanna served up some restrained Euro elegance on the Cannes red carpet, opting for an elegant cream Christian Dior gown and cape. She topped off the look with some seriously 90s shades and mountains of diamond bling on her wrists. If only we could look as chic as Rhianna when going to the movies.
Jessica Chastain, one of the members of Pedro Almodóvar’s Cannes jury, modeled an impressive trousseau of designer outfits on the Croisette, with this Givenchy couture gown being a standout. Normally I would be silently screaming in terror at a dress that has a skirt consisting of TASSEL FRINGE, but seeing it in movement is truly breathtaking. Haute couture wins this round.
Kristin Scott Thomas went the no fuss, no muss route in a hot pink Schiaparelli gown. Not one thing wrong with this classic and colorful look. It was a refreshing change from the sheer and naked gowns that graced the Cannes red carpet, of which it felt like there were much more than usual. I can’t wait for the “I can see your underwear” trend to die on the vine.
Only at Cannes would a sparkly, sequined Chanel jumpsuit be considered par-for-the-course. Tilda Swinton looked effortlessly chic and continued her streak of making every piece of couture that touches her body look like it was breathed into existence solely for her.
Kirsten Dunst is a Cannes staple, and her festival fashion has always been on point. However, her pale blue Schiaparelli Couture gown for The Beguiled premiere was truly stunning. It looks like something Aphrodite herself would wear rising from the sea.
Aishwarya Rai is another Cannes staple and can always be counted on to bring the drama to the red carpet. While she had modeled an equally voluminous dress on the red carpet earlier in the week, I find this red Ralph & Russo Couture gown to be the better dress. The tiered skirt balances out the volume of the dress, although it is a shame that the color of the gown matches so closely to the red carpet. Perhaps a darker or lighter red would have provided more contrast?
Marion Cotillard sure gave the middle finger to Christian Dior for being “unceremoniously dumped” (OUCH) from her Dior contract. She cranked up the French va-va-VOOM to eleven in Armani Privé. The whole look screams “LOOK AT WHAT YOU’RE MISSING OUT ON - va ta faire foutre.” I hope she raided the Dior master closet for its few remaining decent pieces as revenge.
Fan Bingbing, another member of the Cannes jury, wore an abundance of beautiful outfits each of which could easily have been featured on this list, but this boldly simple Valentino gown stands apart for its stark simplicity. If the Clue reboot is still cooking, I believe Bingbing would be an excellent Miss Scarlet: Scarlet in the Library with the Candlestick anyone?
Cannes is never complete without the requisite tacky, trashy outfits that have come to define the festival as much as its glamour and world class cinema. Emily Ratajkowski’s Peter Dundas “gown” is certainly…..unforgettable. The scariest aspect of the outfit is that in comparison to some of the other crazier outfits that have walked the Croisette, this is relatively TASTEFUL. Quelle horreur!