Cannes Film Festival 2016: 10 Best Looks

05.12.2016

[caption id="attachment_17443" align="alignnone" width="800"]Cannes-Day-One-Featured Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] Summer has officially begun in France, with the arrival of the celluloid screen’s elite for the Cannes Film Festival 2016. In its 69th year, the film festival is one of the most highly anticipated events, after the Oscars (sorry, Golden Globes) and the Met Gala — for the fashion world, of course. The opening night of the festival saw the stars decked in some of the finest designs that have graced the red carpets. We travel to the French Rivera and bring you our 10 favourites from Day One.

1. Kristen Stewart in Chanel

[caption id="attachment_17442" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] We start with one of Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite muses. Kristen Stewart has come a long way from the awkward teenager who walked, well, any red carpet. This time, in a sheer black shirt and midi length tea skirt from Chanel, the face of the brand’s Collection Eyes was equal parts daring and feminine. With her new blonde hair, she stood out by keeping her accessories to a minimum and simply throwing on a pair of Christian Louboutin’s — we wonder where those comfy sneakers have gone, though.

2. Blake Lively in Atelier Versace

[caption id="attachment_17433" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] How is this woman so flawless?! We bet she could make a potato sack look amazing. The 28-year old actress turned heads on the red carpet in a style dubbed the naked dress. Covered with metallic beadwork patches, the diaphanous Atelier Versace gown was an utter head-turner. This red carpet appearance was a chance for the actress to debut her baby bump to the world and she used it well, and completed the look with glittering bijouterie from Lorraine Schwartz.

3. Anna Kendrick in Stella McCartney

[caption id="attachment_17436" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] Bringing some sunshine to our life was none other than Anna Kendrick. The Pitch Perfect star donned a yellow Stella McCartney gown with a plunging neckline that complemented her skin tone perfectly. Rather than appearing washed out or sticking out like a sore thumb, she looked perfectly comfortable in the vibrant hue. It also helped that she was standing next to Justin Timberlake - but that’s just us. She accessorised with a Bulgari necklace and earrings from the brand's Diva's Dream collection and channelled a little old-Hollywood glamour with soft side-swept waves.

4. Kristen Dunst in Gucci

[caption id="attachment_17437" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] We’ve watched her grow up on the red carpet much like Kristen Stewart has, and this time she’s back as one of the jury members — how quickly they grow up. Wearing a pale organza Gucci gown, the actress was pretty in pink. The gown featured large red embroidered flowers as well as a black trompe l’oeil embroidered belt with a bow detail. She wore her hair up to show off her elegant Chopard earrings and accessorised with a diamond Chopard bracelet.

5. Eva Longoria in Pamella Roland

[caption id="attachment_17438" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] The Telenovela star was a vision in white with her Pamella Roland number. We love the mix of a top with a maxi skirt (almost as much as we love our No. 2, Mrs Ryan Reyonlds). Her sheer mesh top was intricately beaded and featured long sleeves. The skirt was a pristine white number that hugged her curves. The outfit seemed like something Kim Kardashian would wear but on Eva, it looked elegant and sophisticated, proving that you don’t have to flash much skin to make the list.

6. Naomi Watts in Armani Privé

[caption id="attachment_17435" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] In a sweet pale lilac gown from Armani Privé, the Australian would put any of the new starlets to shame. The strapless chiffon-style column dress had a subtle hint of layers and complemented her skin tone perfectly. The gown was covered with metallic embellishments to add some extra edge. Rather than keeping her accessories to a minimum, the actress wore a statement, one-of-a-kind Bulgari necklace named Italian Extravaganza as well as diamond earrings. Her blonde hair was kept simple in a stylish bob with soft waves.

7. Jessica Chastain in Armani Privé

[caption id="attachment_17434" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] This sunny hue was also seen on Miss Chastain. In a form-fitting Armani Privé gown, the actress proved to be a red carpet favourite. The sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice showed off her slim waist while the flowing train added a touch of elegance to her look. She added a diamond-encrusted leaf necklace from Piaget's high jewellery collection to her ensemble that evening.

8. Li Bingbing in Stephane Rolland

[caption id="attachment_17439" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] Her white and black couture gown proved to be anything but boring. She showed us how to work a “business-in-the-front-party-in-the-back” sort of outfit with class. The high neckline of her gown, made way for a low cross body in the back. She showed off her accessories by sweeping her hair into a high bun and surprised us with a massive diamond embellishment in an unlikely spot.

9. Doutzen Kroes in Brandon Maxwell

[caption id="attachment_17440" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] The Dutch model showed up in an all-black gown with a deep neckline, open back and thigh-high split in the middle of her skirt. A contrast to Eva Longoria’s demure white, the former Victoria’s Secret model proved to be another red carpet winner. Her gown also played with contrasts, thanks to the velvet top and soft skirt. She stayed clear of accessories and let the dress do the talking by also keeping her makeup au naturel.

10. Julianne Moore in Givenchy

[caption id="attachment_17441" align="alignnone" width="800"]Image from Runway Manhattan Image from Runway Manhattan[/caption] Our final entry on the list is none other than Oscar-winner Julianne Moore. Her gown may seem a little bit out there but you have to give her credit for being adventurous. The serpents on her black Givenchy Couture number proved to be the epitome of a show-stopper. With sheer panels, it was an decidedly offbeat design among the sea of safe choices. She paired the gown with emerald earrings from Chopard’s Green Carpet Collection.