Demystifying Cannes Chic

Day 1 highlights …

Day one of the 69th Cannes Film Fest saw oodles of pastel tones, heavily embellished and embroidered gowns with billowing trains. Besides the rich surface texturing and cut-work detailing on the outfits dazzled the red carpet causing a pap frenzy of sorts! While Naomi Watts looked elegant in an off-shoulder lilac embellished Armani Prive gown, Blake Lively looked divine in a cut-work and embellished Versace number. Julianne Moore made quite a statement in a shimmering Cobra-inspired Givenchy dress for the premiere of Cafe Society as did Bella Hadid in her shimmery and strappy Roberto Cavalli couture gown. Here’s the lowdown on the fabs and the drabs so far…

Who sizzled 
Frothy fantasy
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British-Thai actress Araya Hargate

British-Thai actress Araya Hargate owned the red carpet in a voluminous and decadent Ralph & Russo couture gown.
Femme fatale
Cast member Blake Lively poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Blake Lively

Blake Lively was a vision in a sheer and cut-work Versace gown which had a lot of surface texturing and train detailing. She left her hair open and opted for a side-parted blowdry.
Tantalizing train 
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Italian model Bianca Balti

Italian model Bianca Balti posed in a tiered Alberta Ferretti gown with a cascading train. The center-parted hair and a pair of dangler earrings completed her look.
The White Knight
Actress Eva Longoria poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Actress Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria wore a figure-hugging Pamella Rolland gown with a train. The bust and sleeves had a lot of surface texturing.
Dapper dude
Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick pose on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake cleaned up rather well and posed in a sharp tux. A white pocket square and a pair of patent leather shoes added to the dapper finish.
Hissing Cobra 
Actress Julianne Moore poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Actress Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore channeled her animalistic side in a statement-making snake-inspired dress by designer Riccardo Tisci for Givency. The gown was an interesting study thanks to its interplay of texture and sheerness.
Sex on toast
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Dutch model Doutzen Kroes

Dutch model Doutzen Kroes’ Brandon Maxwell black gown had a deep neck and a slit at the thigh.
Who fizzled 
Frumpy dumpy
Kirsten Dunst

Jury member Kirsten Dunst arrives for the Opening Ceremony at the 69th international film festival, Cannes, southern France

Kirsten Dunst didn’t do justice to her Gucci gown. The overall effect was bland.
Sheer cheer
Director Woody Allen jokes with cast member Kristen Stewart on the red carpet as they arrive for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Director Woody Allen jokes with cast member Kristen Stewart on the red carpet

Kristen Stewart’s sheer Chanel dress lacked the punch and seemed more suited to a cocktail party than the Cannes red carpet.
Not Spicy enough
Fashion designer, model and singer Victoria Beckham poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the opening ceremony and the screening of the film "Cafe Society" out of competition during the 69th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes

Fashion designer, model and singer Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham’s monochrome was more suited to a casual outing than a formal red carpet event.
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