As I mentioned before, Cannes is far more exciting than the Oscars – not only is it does it last more than a week (meaning we get ultra-glamorous red carpet looks every.single.day), celebrities also tend to take more risks and really up their game when at Cannes, where the unofficial motto is go big or go home.
Celebrities in attendance this year, however, seems to have toned things down – even Chinese megastar Fan Bingbing, who can usually be depended upon to bring the drama. But it’s still early days yet. Here’s my picks for the best dressed at the opening ceremony last night:
#1: Lily-Rose Depp
As the new face of Chanel fragrances, Lily-Rose Depp naturally turned to the latest Chanel Cruise 2018 collection (which debuted only 2 weeks ago) and picked this easygoing Grecian number, which made her look effortless and quite age-appropriate (she’s only 17). As the daughter of French model/actress Vanessa Paradis and Johnny Depp, it would appear that she’s got their laidback charm down pat.
#2: Elle Fanning
Vogue‘s latest cover star Elle Fanning is really becoming a favourite with the fashion set – she’s at Cannes for the premiere of her latest film, The Beguiled, directed by Sofia Coppola who has previously helmed Lost In Translation, The Virgin Suicides and Marie Antoinette.
While Fanning is known for her preference of (sometimes overtly) pastel-y hues on the red carpet – and this Vivienne Westwood Couture corsetted gown is no exception – somehow this time I’m liking this whimsical look that featured handpainted illustrations, which apparently even included a unicorn.
#3: Li Yuchun
Chinese singer/actress Li Yuchun, also known as Chris Lee, took a gamble and opted for this Maison Martin Margiela Spring 2017 couture ensemble head to toe. It’s sure to be a highly polarising topic but on my part, I felt that Li managed to pull off this look without looking like the clothes were wearing her instead of the other way around.
You’d imagine a look like this could only be pulled off (hat and all) by someone like Rihanna but the tomboyish Li successfully made it her own. Whether such an avant garde look belongs at Cannes is another topic all together but I personally found it extremely refreshing that it wasn’t yet another predictable princess-y ballgown.
#4: Fan Bingbing
China’s highest paid actress was surprisingly demure, given that this is the same woman who gave us such memorable looks at previous editions of Cannes.
That’s not to say that her periwinkle blue Elie Saab Spring 2017 couture gown was terrible by any means – it’s just that we’ve come to expect a lot more from Fan. The gown did make her look regal and offset her new bob very nicely, but I’m expecting more from her for the rest of the festival.
#5: Sara Sampaio
I’m a sucker for a lady in red and while Victoria’s Secret model Sara Sampaio’s Zuhair Murad Spring 2017 couture look was not groundbreaking by any means, it was still a well-executed look (she wisely removed the satin bows around the waist) that was thankfully not over-accessorised with bling (google Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski at Cannes for textbook examples of try-hard cases).
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