The International Cannes Film Festival is a fashion extravaganza that I look forward to almost more than the Oscars – and exclusively for the red-carpet looks. Throughout the week, the best and most dazzling variety of international and Hollywood stars – from actors to models to designers – grace Cannes with their presence, as well as their beautiful red-carpet looks. Just as the guest lists display evident variety, so do the clothing choices of the guests. From punk-esque frocks to glittering gowns to ethnic ensembles reflecting the cultures of different attendees, Cannes has no lack of style essence. With hundreds of looks to choose from, it was difficult to hand-pick my favorites for this best dressed list. But the following outfits stood out for me among the rest, making an impression like no other.
Blake Lively can do no wrong and she proved this quality at Cannes. She stunned in couture looks, day after day. My absolute favorite was the crimson, wine-colored Gucci gown, above. The former Gossip Girl star has never shed her permanent position on best dressed lists. The multiple layers of fabric swathed into one beautiful silhouette made for an utterly elegant look. In the same area as Lively is Rosie Huntington-Whitely, donning a Gucci ensemble, too. The pale hue, which would normally make little impact, had a stunning effect; combined with pleats and a perfectly-cinched waist, she brought Gucci to a whole new level. While the two aforementioned stars opted for the quintessential film festival gown, Cara Delevingne and Liya Kebede looked just as fabulous, though in shorter, edgier looks. Delevingne displayed her loyalty to Chanel Couture, in a smoldering gold dress while Kebede wore a Cavalli creation, with the plunging neckline and dark color palette. While some night suggest that these outfits lack the glamour that Cannes implicates, it is merely the length that brings such an idea to mind. Otherwise the two stars managed to pull off their looks beautifully, upholding their reputations.
This year, I was particularly keen on seeing what the Indian attendees would wear to Cannes. While Freida Pinto has established herself as primarily a Hollywood actress, Aishwariya Rai Bacchan was the former queen of Bollywood and Sonam Kapoor is India's current style star. This is basic background information for those of you who aren't familiar with Indian stars – but should now become acquainted with them. Pinto opted for a custom-made Oscar de la Renta gown in a striking shade of salmon pink. There was somehow an essence of India in the design of the dress, seen in the intricate gold embroidery we often associate with elaborate Indian wear. However, it was Sonam who shone in Indian clothing, wearing a breathtaking ensemble by Indian designer Ananika Khanna. The accessories, layering of fabric, delicate and sheer quality of the color, and the adorned blouse made for a stunning look. Meanwhile Aishwariya Rai stole the show in a Roberto Cavalli dress, somehow mermaid-esque in terms of the silhouette. Topping it off with a bold red lip, the dazzling actress managed to pull off a look that not everyone could.
What do you think of these looks? Which one is your favorite?