Celebrity Style at the Cannes Film Festival

May 17, 2010 • Celebrity Style

Frothy tulle, sewed on jewels, and a new couture line called Gucci Premiere have abounded amongst the luscious gowns at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival this year.  Celeb fashionistas are also rocking lots of crystals and sparkle along their collar, bold colors, and unique designs. Even Cate Blanchett has deviated from the norm, forgoing her usual architectural but conservative look for wild eagle print on her gown in tribute to late designer Alexander McQueen.

Cate Blanchett


For her movie Robin Hood, which opened the Festival, Cate Blanchett chose to pay homage to the late designer Alexander McQueen by wearing his ankle-length eagle print Jacquard dress with white tulle details from McQueen's Pre-Fall 2010 collection. The designer chose the gown especially for Cate and it was tailored to her figure. Cate is stunning as usual in a gown that deviates from her usual structured look but is just as striking.

Camilla Belle


Camilla Belle chose a midnight blue silk sable gown in a style that seems to be popular among this year's Cannes fashionistas. (Later Salma Hayek was also seen flaunting the one-shoulder trend.) Camille's one-shoulder gown from Gucci Premiere featured degrade embroidered detail along the collar and hip.  This stylish young lady is always a winner in our book.

Carey Mulligan


While other stars were choosing sparkly shoulder baring gowns and frocks with slits up the sides, Carey Mulligan wowed in her own conservative, though nonetheless stunning, creation, a short sleeve navy blue gown with crystal collar in the shape of a bow. 

Samantha Harris

Samantha Harris is an unexpected show at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and while her red one-shouldered gown is not as innovative as some of the others we've seen, it's no less beautiful.  While some celeb sites grumbled that she needed to iron her dress, I thought it gave it character.

Naomi Watts


I'm not digging Naomi Watts scarlet lips simply because it goes against her light beige colored pleated strapless gown and sunshine yellow curls.  But kudos to Watts for not causing a scene and letting her acting do the talking.  

Kristen Scott Thomas


Kristen Scott Thomas has an enviable figure and she sure likes to show it in a metallic strapless gown that looks like it should be worn by a pop star 20 years her junior.  Still, she chose a dress that definitely accentuates her muscular physique and makes us all wish we looked as good as her.

Helen Mirren



Whether in a black draped off-the-shoulder gown or a pastel blue one with well-placed sparkle, we are always admiring Helen Mirren's elegant style that always highlights the right places.  She's quite the lady and she always dresses as such. Perhaps Meryl Streep should take a few lessons from this classy madam.

Diane Lane



Once again, it's sparkle and off-the-shoulder! In what seems to be the running theme of Cannes dresses, Diane Lane doesn't disappoint while making her stylish presence known at the Festival where she came to show her support for husband Josh Brolin. While her posture leaves something to be desired on the red carpet, Diane Lane is still pretty and petite but doesn't take the spotlight away from her actor husband.

Salma Hayek



Salma Hayek knows what works for her and in this case, it's red tones, sparkle, and one-shouldered gowns.  While she donned the so-called first Gucci Premiere gown in Bordeaux red-silk georgette at the opening, she chose to let the simple second gown (at top) speak for itself in a bold red jewel tone and criss crossed draping.  Fashionista.com remarked that Salma has a knack for making even the most boring gowns look quite glamorous and we couldn't agree more.

Kate Beckinsale



Whether it's the gobs of tulle in a Marchesa ball gown or the off-white, off-the shoulder, silver sparkle emblazoned look of Gucci Premiere, Kate Beckinsale was nothing short of spectacular at Cannes.  While her film roles are usually action-packed or syrupy sweet, Kate is at least versatile in her style, going from pretty pretty princess to sleek and chic with little effort.  

Eva Longoria Parker


Not quite certain what Miss Desperate Housewives Eva Longoria Parker was doing at this year's film festival but she certainly looked the part as she sparkled with the best of them and showed off the curves we never knew she had. First, a frothy and feathery white confection from Pucci followed by a drop dead gorgeous gem-encrusted platinum gown.  How does she do it? 

Friend and former Miss World Aishwarya Rai may be asking the very same question, but she was just as stunning in a black strapless Armani Prive.  It was the second time she joined her fellow L'Oreal world ambassador Eva and the first time also included frothy off-the-shoulder goodness in pastel blue. 



Photos: Wireimage, People

–Simona Kogan

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