Sampaio has a Black Swan moment in a spectacular feathered gown by Armani Prive and Messika jewelry
Jasmine Tookes is a ray of sunshine in a ruffled, ombré-yellow gown by Georges Hobeika
More modern bridal inspiration at Cannes: supermodel Karolina Kurková wore an off-the-shoulder, pearl-embellished dress by Gabriela Hearst and Messika jewelry to the amfAR Gala
A trailing skirt elevates Tami Williams’ sleek jumpsuit from simple to standout
Chu Wong was a classic beauty in a bias-cut, mustard-colored silk dress
Dobrev perfectly highlights her statement diamond Messika necklace with a sleek up-do and off-the-shoulder Dior dress
At a photocall for her new film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Margot Robbie kept things simple in an ultra-pretty white cotton dress by Chanel
Izabel Goulart brought the romance in a burgundy tulle dress by Maison Valentino Couture, complete with ruby and diamond jewelry by Chopard
Skriver perfectly showcased her emerald jewelry in a super-sleek backless white cape and wide-leg pants
Léa Seydoux wore a beaded bustier top and blue cigarette pants by Louis Vuitton for the screening of Oh Mercy!
French model Nabilla Benattia hits the sweet spot in a layered tulle gown by Ali Younes Couture
Poly ruled the red carpet in a glittering gown with a cascading brocade train by Atelier Versace
Leomie Anderson’s custom ruffled Rami Kadi gown left others trailing in her wake
One of our favorite red-carpet dressers, Elle Fanning had a Grace Kelly moment in Dior at the screening of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Model and actress Camila Morrone wore a feathered Miu Miu gown and Bvlgari jewelry for the screening of Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
The Australian model amped up the drama in a statement floral gown by Vivienne Westwood
Soo Joo Park
Model Soo Joo Park eschewed a gown in favor of a sequined top and pants with sculptural diamond jewelry, all by Chanel
Continuing with the night’s Old Hollywood mood, Dakota Fanning was pure ’50s elegance in a white silk gown by Armani Prive and Chopard jewelry
French actress Virginie Ledoyen proves that less is more in a simple yet stunning emerald green dress
Supermodel Natalia Vodianova wore a stunning crystal-embellished dress by Atelier Versace for the screening of La Belle Epoque, before changing into a red one-shouldered dress and ruby and diamond jewelry by Chopard for the jewelry maison’s Trophée dinner later that evening
Model Fernanda Liz wore a sheer Dior gown and Flavia Vetorasso jewelry for the screening of La Belle Epoque
The Ethiopian-born model wore an embroidered tulle gown by Maison Valentino for the screening of Pain And Glory
Polish supermodel Anja Rubik wore a cutout Saint Laurent dress for the premiere of A Hidden Life
Hadid looked red hot in Roberto Cavalli Couture and Bvlgari jewelry
Newly engaged supermodel Ming Xi gave us all the princess vibes in her ultra-pretty embellished sheer gown
Toni Garrn serves up modern bridal inspiration with her minimalist white gown by Ulyana Sergeenko and Messika jewelry
Chinese actress Guan Xiaotong’s crystal-encrusted Atelier Versace gown was a work of art, complemented with Chopard jewelry
Chopra made her Cannes debut in a glittering split-leg gown by Roberto Cavalli Couture, Chopard jewels and Christian Louboutin pumps
Bella Hadid looked ethereal in a tiered white tulle confection by Dior and Bvlgari diamonds
Moore continued her red-carpet reign in a silver sequined gown and flowing pink cape by Givenchy Haute Couture at the Rocketman premiere
Model Maria Borges sent hearts aflutter with her beaded and feathered Roberto Cavalli dress, finished with Chopard jewelry
Sara Sampaio channeled man of the hour Elton John at the Rocketman premiere in a silver caped suit by Rami Kadi, complete with Boucheron jewelry
Model Blanca Padilla epitomizes modern glamour in a high-neck, cutout black gown by Givenchy and Bvlgari jewelry
Filmmaker and activist Gelila Bekele channeled old-school glamour in a sheer black dress that was beaded from head to toe
Fanning brought the romance to the red carpet in a beautiful floral gown by Valentino, complemented with miniature flowers in her braided up-do
Wearing Chopard jewelry and a beaded leather cape over a simple column gown, both by Louis Vuitton, Julianne Moore had one of the standout looks of the second night
Actress Hina Khan shutdown the red carpet with her intricately beaded gown complete with statement flowing sleeves
Singer-songwriter and model Carla Bruni looked immaculate in a blue satin dress by Celine
Tina Kunakey Cassel
The French model kept things beautifully simple in Messika jewelry and a strapless velvet and satin dress, in her first red-carpet appearance since she gave birth to a daughter last month
Former PorterEdit cover star Elle Fanning is a red-carpet revelation in a caped Gucci gown and Chopard diamonds
Polish model Malgosia Bela looks the business in an exquisite tailored pantsuit
Caroline de Maigret
Fashion editor Caroline de Maigret flies the French flag in black and gold Chanel
The perennially cool Tilda Swinton is never one to be outshone
Julianne Moore has us green with envy in a sweeping Dior gown and diamond and emerald jewelry by Chopard
While the Oscars are often regarded as the apex of film-industry awards, the Cannes Film Festival has long been considered the most glamorous event on the cinema circuit. Each year sees Hollywood icons, art-house filmmakers and everyone who’s anyone jet into the picturesque resort town on the Côte d’Azur for a bonanza of red carpets, premieres and exclusive afterparties.
Although the Cannes Film Festival draws attention for its glitz, there’s plenty of serious business taking place, too. Behind the scenes, as movie stars parade their couture gowns and jewels in front of the cameras, multimillion-dollar deals are being made; with every major filmmaker, producer and distributor – plus a fair few sponsors – in town, Cannes is a networking Mecca. And, of course, there are prestigious prizes to be won. Selecting the winners is a painstaking affair, with the highest honor of the Palme d’Or – one of the most esteemed awards in cinema – previously awarded to the likes of Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch and Francis Ford Coppola.
This year’s festival runs from Tuesday May 14 to Saturday May 25.
Cannes attracts both Hollywood and real-life royalty. It’s where Grace Kelly, fresh from her Oscar win, met husband-to-be Prince Rainier in 1955. And where, in 1987, Prince Charles and Diana walked the red carpet at the 40th festival, the latter in a powder-blue gown by Catherine Walker.
The festival has also provided the backdrop to now-iconic images of ‘golden age’ film stars: a young Bardot sunbathing in her bikini; Jane Birkin being photographed by Serge Gainsbourg in the late ’60s; a 25-year-old Elizabeth Taylor in a diamond tiara alongside Mike Todd, and then two decades later, in chandelier earrings and an over-the-top red gown that perfectly encapsulated the ’80s. More recent couples have also had their share of memorable red-carpet moments at Cannes: a heavily pregnant Angelina Jolie in a green Max Azria dress alongside Brad Pitt, or Amal Clooney in a pale-yellow Grecian gown by Versace, sharing a tender moment with husband George.
The incredible paparazzi presence also makes Cannes the perfect platform for a protest. Last year, 82 women (representing the number of female directors who have been nominated at Cannes, compared to over 1,600 men) made a stand for gender equality in the film industry, while black French actresses protested endemic racism. Defying the festival’s super-strict dress code is also noteworthy: see Julia Roberts going barefoot to protest the ‘no flats’ rule in 2016 or a 1991 Madonna in a Jean Paul Gaultier bralette – and very little else.
As for the films themselves? So far, only one female director has been awarded the first prize – Jane Campion in 1993 – although in more recent history, the Palme d’Or for Blue Is the Warmest Color was shared between its director and two lead actresses. Michael Moore’s controversial Fahrenheit 9/11 famously received a 20-minute standing ovation – one of the longest recorded – while cult classics Pulp Fiction and Taxi Driver were both booed by festivalgoers.
When Lupita Nyong’o twirled her green Gucci gown for the cameras at Cannes back in 2015, it made for an iconic fashion moment, and the star has since returned to reassert her style credentials, last year turning heads in a white cage dress by Louis Vuitton. The 71st annual festival also saw President of the Jury Cate Blanchett looking simultaneously edgy and elegant in labels including Armani, Alexander McQueen, Givenchy and Mary Katrantzou.
Tilda Swinton regularly tops Cannes best-dressed lists for her uniquely androgynous style and laid-back polish – see the mint-green skirt suit by Haider Ackermann and sequined black Chanel jumpsuit worn at the 2017 festival. Uma Thurman’s most stylish moments have come courtesy of Versace, who dressed the star in a strapless white feathered number in 2011 and a pale pink off-the-shoulder gown in 2017.
Hollywood up-and-comer Laura Harrier made her Cannes Film Festival debut last year in a pleated peach gown by Louis Vuitton for BlacKkKlansman’s premiere and a stunning backless blue dress by The Row for the amfAR Gala. And Elle Fanning has consistently shown poise and presence beyond her years in couture pieces by Vivienne Westwood and Zuhair Murad.
The Cannes 2019 contenders
The 72nd Cannes Film Festival this year sees 21 films from around the world competing for the elusive Palme d’Or. Among them is The Dead Don’t Die, a comedy-horror by Jim Jarmusch starring everyone from Steve Buscemi to Selena Gomez, which will show on opening night. Two-time Palme winners Ken Loach and the Dardenne brothers will also return to the competition category: Loach debuts Sorry We Missed You, about an under-pressure delivery driver, while the Belgian directing duo are vying for the top prize with The Young Ahmed, the tale of a teenager who is radicalized.
French female director Céline Sciamma is perhaps best known for Girlhood, which received international acclaim back in 2014, and this year she’ll be showing Portrait of a Lady on Fire, a romantic drama set in the 18th century. Meanwhile, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar will debut Pain and Glory, a nod to Fellini’s 8½, starring Antonio Banderas and Penélope Cruz.
However, it’s the competition’s most recent addition that’s attracting by far the most buzz: Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood boasts an A-list cast (Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt and Margot Robbie all feature) befitting the title and, win or lose, it is set to be the most talked-about film at the festival this year.
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