This is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, days on the international film calendar celebrated not least for the sartorial elegance on display, but also for the fact it offers an important outlet for aspiring filmmakers. We’ve all heard of the Oscars, lifted into the limelight on the back of the big budget films and stars that compete for those iconic golden statues. Cannes, on the other hand, is an intimate invitation for indie artists to truly show the diversity of cinema.
The line-up of starlets wAS looking especially resplendent in an array of jewelled gowns, from Blake Lively, fresh from battling angry sharks in The Shallows, to Naomi Watts, turning heads at Money Monster premiere. There were a few tuxedos thrown into the mix as well, courtesy of Julia Roberts and Susan Sarandon, both looking sophisticated and alluring with a touch of contemporary style. It’s safe to say that the sun-beaten French Riviera was lit up on this momentous occasion – the 69th annual Cannes event. It all started two days ago on the 11th and is set to wind down on May 22nd, over which time there will be all kinds of festivities and newly released films on show. The President of the Jury for the main competition this year is none other than Australian director, George Miller, who you might know from his high-octane road thriller, Mad Max. The host for the opening and closing ceremonies is moustachioed French actor Laurent Lafitte. The whole proceedings began with comedian turned director, Woody Allen, and his latest slick offering, Café Society, which was chosen to open the festival.
You can always count on Cheryl Fernandez-Versini to turn heads with an effortless and stylish look. Sure enough, she surpassed our expectations wearing this colourful, sequined jumpsuit with vertical stripes to match her glossy, straightened hair.
Julia Roberts was an image of playful levity in this pinstripe, tailored Saint Laurent suit ensemble with subtle touches of Repossi jewellery.
Blake Lively brought was the calm centre of the Café Society premiere, stealing the title of ‘classic beauty’ in this embellished Atelier Versace gown.
Doutzen Kroes, never one to let down her army of fans, cut a dazzling figure in this sophisticated, navy cut-out gown by designer Brandon Maxwell.
The diminutive beauty Anna Kendrick, star of Pitch Perfect, was looking glamorous in this vibrant yellow dress, accessorised with a stunning flower of Bulgari jewellery.