Wednesday 22 May 2019

17 Best and Worst Dressed at Cannes Film Festival's Opening Gala

L-R: Jessica Chastain, Lily Rose Depp, Emily Ratajkowski and Susan Sarandon at Cannes.
L-R: Jessica Chastain, Lily Rose Depp, Emily Ratajkowski and Susan Sarandon at Cannes.
Actress Elle Fanning attends the 'Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)' screening and Opening Gala during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
British actress Naomie Harris poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images
US actress and member of the Feature Film jury Jessica Chastain smiles as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: (L-R) Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel and Charlotte Gainsbourg attend the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Italian model and actress Lara Lieto poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Actress Susan Sarandon attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Host Monica Bellucci arrives on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Fan Bingbing during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Elle Fanning attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
Uma Thurman attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Actress Elle Fanning attends the 'Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)' screening and Opening Gala during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)
Bella Hadid attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
US actress and model Emily Ratajkowski poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images
Sveva Alviti attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Sasha Brady

Who wore what (and WTF?) at the first night of the Cannes Film Festival.

BEST: Bella Hadid

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Bella Hadid attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
 

She was the Belle(a) of the ball last year but this year's champagne silk Alexandre Vauthier gown with a hip-high slit (no-one does thigh-high anymore) is another statement making look from the Californian model. It's old-school Hollywood glamour at the French Riviera with a touch of 2017 daring. Extra glamour points to Bella for topping off her clavicle-baring gown with a sparkling Bulgari sapphire and diamonds.

MEH: Emily Ratajkowski

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Emily Ratajkowski attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Emily is twinning slightly with Bella in this champagne silk Twin Set by Simona Barbieri dress. She also opted for statement-making Bulgari jewels but while the dress looks great on Emily, we want more glamour for Cannes. It's too early 90's supermodel hanging out in LA. It's grand but it's not great.

BEST: Julianne Moore

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Julianne Moore attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Pfft! Julianne Moore doesn't even need to try. She could show up in a Lidl bag and it would go down as one of the most classically understated looks of the festival. For the opening ceremony, Julianne chose a scarlet embellished Givenchy Couture design, fitting for the regal movie star that she is.

BEST: Susan Sarandon

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US actress Susan Sarandon poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLI (Photo credit should read ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images)

At 70, Susan Sarandon went to Cannes and stole the spotlight from the 20-year-old models on the red carpet with this midnight green, off-shoulder, velvet Alberta Ferreti grown. She knows it too.

BEST Elle Fanning

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Actress Elle Fanning attends the 'Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)' screening and Opening Gala during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images for Kering)

The alway stylish Elle went for custom Vivienne Westwood for the opening ceremony, showing off the amazing hand-painted unicorn on the train. There are also illustrations of a shooting star named Elle, hearts, and the planet Gaia. It's pretty spectacular.

MEH: Fan Bingbing

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Fan Bingbing during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Fan Bingbing usually puts her own creative twist on red carpet dressing and while there's nothing wrong with this duck-egg, chiffon design, we wanted something more exciting from the Chinese actress.

BEST: Monica Bellucci

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Host Monica Bellucci arrives on stage during the Opening Ceremony of the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Monica Bellucci made a showstopping entrance in this figure-hugging, navy custom-made Dior tulle gown. You wouldn't expect anything less from the host of the evening.

WORST: Robin Wright

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Robin Wright attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

The black Saint Laurent dress is gorgeous on Robin Wright but at Cannes we want pure escapism and this just feels a little too safe. It's something you'd wear to your office Christmas party and knock everyone dead... but not at Cannes.

BEST: Uma Thurman

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Uma Thurman attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The soft candy-pink hue of the Atelier Versace dress, the silhouette, the pearls and the slick sidepart. Uma has every box ticked.

WORST: Marion Cotillard

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: (L-R) Marion Cotillard, Louis Garrel and Charlotte Gainsbourg attend the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

I'm just not sure how I feel about pinstripes and a bustier on the one dress, even on someone as effortlessly chic as Marion is. And there's too much space at the bust. What is she hiding down there? Snacks.

BEST: Lily Rose Depp

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Lily-Rose Depp attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

Gallic princess Depp went for Grecian glamour in this Chanel Resort gown. A perfect choice for a 17-year-old style ingeniue.

BEST: Jessica Chastain

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US actress and member of the Feature Film jury Jessica Chastain smiles as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

The 40-year-old is a vision in Alexander McQueen. The intricate embroidered bodice with pops of vivid colour makes this dress look like a work of art. Jessica wears it well.

WORST: Lara Lieto

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Italian model and actress Lara Lieto poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / Alberto PIZZOLIALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images

This just feels a little too 'beach-to-bar' or 'Real Housewives' for the Cannes red carpet.

BEST: Naomie Harris

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British actress Naomie Harris poses as she arrives on May 17, 2017 for the screening of the film 'Ismael's Ghosts' (Les Fantomes d'Ismael) during the opening ceremony of the 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, southern France. / AFP PHOTO / LOIC VENANCELOIC VENANCE/AFP/Getty Images

Like Lara Lieto, British actress Naoime Harris went for neon tulle for the opening ceremony but this Gucci creation is red-carpet worthy.

WORST: Frederique Bel

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Frederique Bel attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

It's too Celtic warrior princess meets rogue cowgirl. Not fitting for Cannes. Or anywhere apart from a fancy-dress party.

BEST: Sveva Alviti

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Sveva Alviti attends the "Ismael's Ghosts (Les Fantomes d'Ismael)" screening and Opening Gala during the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 17, 2017 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

Italian actress and model Sveva Alviti played it safe in this midnight blue off-the-shoulder gown but it's Cannes-appropriate.

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