France and fashion are nearly synonymous, which means when the stars go to Cannes, they make sure to dress to impress. Whittling down the hundreds of gorgeous red carpet looks from the 12-day-long film festival is no small feat ― especially when a slew of A-listers like Jessica Chastain and Nicole Kidman are in attendance ― but then again, it wasn't terribly difficult. These four looks are luxurious, gorgeous, and, most important, memorable. (No dull LBDs or pedestrian prom dresses here!)
Kidman kicked off the festival on May 15 at the French premiere of The Great Gatsby in a sweet but chic strapless floral embroidered Christian Dior dress, pairing it with bright coral patent Dior pumps. The actress, attending this year as a jury member, would go on to walk the rouge carpet several more times during the festival in couture gowns, closing the fest on May 26 in a stunning custom Giorgio Armani bustier gown, but it was her first look that stood out.
Isla Fisher, who appears alongside Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby, was also a major standout at the premiere, which doubled as opening night of the festival. The actress wore a red strapless Oscar de la Renta gown and exquisite statement jewelry ― a multi-colored necklace and a serpent watch, both from Bulgari Heritage. With her red hair worn down and loose, Sasha Baron Cohen's wife was the picture of unfussy glamour.
Five days later, Zoe Saldana hit the Blood Ties premiere in a dreamy gray sleeveless brocade gown from Valentino's Fall 2013 collection. David Yurman jewels in coordinating hues completed the understated yet super-stylish look.
And then there was Chastain, resplendent in a beaded custom Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci gown at the All Is Lost premiere on May 22. The sparkly and elaborately detailed dress needed no further embellishments: Chastain kept her makeup natural, her hair in a tousled ponytail, and her neck, ears and wrists free of any jewelry.
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