5 Trends We Saw on The Cannes 2018 Red Carpet

From all-black suits to barely there gowns, here are what the best-dressed ladies wore to the prestigious film festival at the French Riviera.

May has been a great month for us red carpet observers. The first week had blessed us with an array of heavenly looks presented by our favourite celebrities at the 2018 Met Gala Ball. Regardless of our lingering awe, the opening of the annual Cannes Film Festival 2018 was upon us the very next day, kickstarting an 11-day period of back-to-back red carpet sightings — and we were not disappointed.


We won't blame you for missing out on the last day of the film fest in favour of the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (now HRH Duchess of Sussex), though. That's why we're marking the Cannes Closing Ceremony on our own with a breakdown of all the couture looks we saw (and loved) at the French Riviera. 

For starters, there were lots of nudes.
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Bella Hadid in Dior Haute Couture
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Celina Jade in Dior Haute Couture
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Laura Harrier in Louis Vuitton
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Stacy Martin in Dior Haute Couture
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Isabelle Adjani in Dior Haute Couture
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Kiko Mizuhara in Dior Haute Couture
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Diane Kruger in Giorgio Armani Privé

Dresses, we mean. The gentle skin-coloured tones of the gowns worn by Bella Hadid and Laura Harrier were easy on the eyes, with their softness lending a delicate air of grace to the bright red carpet. Not too far off the palette, powdery pastels also added a dose of sweetness to the dresses of Kiko Mizuhara and Diane Kruger.

The "barely there" dress was everywhere.
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Natasha Poly in Atelier Versace
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Léa Seydoux in Louis Vuitton
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Kendall Jenner in Schiaparelli Haute Couture
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Charlotte Le Bon in Dior Haute Couture
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Joan Smalls in Robert Cavalli Couture
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Cheryl Cole in Zuhair Murad

How do you amp up the sexiness factor without looking inappropriate? Jury member Léa Seydoux showed us how when she attended the festival's opening ceremony in an extremely sheer white silk gown, the likes of which was also seen on Kendall Jenner and Cheryl Cole. There was also supermodel Natasha Poly, who turned heads in a lavender silk chiffon gown with revealing thigh-high slits. And if you're wondering how much effort it takes to craft a "barely there" dress, check out Charlotte Le Bon's grey tulle dress

Red wasn't just reserved for lipsticks.
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Irina Shayk in Atelier Versace
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Julianne Moore in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Bella Hadid in Dior Haute Couture
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Araya Hargate in Zuhair Murad
Shahira Fahmy in Dior Haute Couture

There's nothing braver than showing up to the red carpet in a dress of a matching colour. You run the risk of looking tacky, or worse: fading into the background. Thankfully, none of the ladies above had that problem. Julianne Moore kept it classy as usual with a brilliant scarlet cape dress, while Irina Shayk paid homage to Liz Hurley's iconic safety pin dress with a daring crimson cut-out gown held together by gold chains. Bella Hadid took it to another level, arriving in red from head-to-toe with a matching dress, heels and lipstick.

The coolest girls ditched dresses for black pants.
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Doutzen Kroes in Tom Ford
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Kristen Stewart in Chanel
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Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Isabelle Huppert in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (Image Courtesy of Saint Laurent.)
Chiara Mastroianni in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (Image Courtesy of Saint Laurent.)
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Julianne Moore in Sonia Rykiel
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Isabelle Huppert in Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello (Image Courtesy of Saint Laurent.)

Sure, most of the men at the Cannes may already have been wearing one black suit or another, but the ensemble takes on a more intriguing quality when it's a woman wearing the pants. Case in point: Kristen Stewart, who channelled full-on androgyny with a blazer, an unbuttoned collared shirt, fitted trousers and loafers. Speaking of the lady tux, Isabelle Huppert showed up in a glittering Le Smoking jacket, proving once again that her appeal is as timeless as that of the iconic blazer. 

Others stole the show in bold colour choices.
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Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture
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Liu Wen in Bottega Veneta
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Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
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Winnie Harlow in Ralph & Russo
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Araya Hargate in Giambattista Valli
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Chiara Ferrgani in Alberta Ferretti
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Fan Bing Bing in Ali Karoui Couture

Even after all that we've seen, there's still room for surprises. There was an array of unexpected colours on the red carpet, from salmon pink (see Lupita Nyong'o's tulle slip dress) to bright orange (courtesy of Liu Wen's marigold velvet dress). We think jury president Cate Blanchett did it best with her tiered-skirt gown, which featured a gradient from plum purple to tomato red to dusty blue. 

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