For a masterclass in savvy styling, look no further than the Croisette during the Cannes Film Festival, where quirky ingenue ensembles collide with luxe supermodel fare and the elegant trappings of Hollywood mainstays. Beyond the je ne sais quois, the red carpets for festival contenders see style stars like Marion Cotillard, Karlie Kloss and Freida Pinto at the sartorial chalkboard doling out lessons on the history of eveningwear, smart street-style pairings, of-the-moment accessories and all-around glamour.
Actress Marion Cotillard received a standing ovation (in 140 characters or less) when the Twittersphere caught a glimpse of her distressed Filles à Papa denim minidress. Trading the tailored suiting and Gucci frills favoured by her peers, the 40-year-old dared to bring a touch of punk to the photocall for her latest film, From the Land and the Moon. She anchored the winning look with studded, snakeskin-embellished Mulberry platforms. Showing what a chameleon she is and in keeping with the black-tie tradition of evening galas, the French beauty later slipped into a timeless gold Dior Couture column gown for the film's premiere.
The importance of impeccable details wasn't lost on Freida Pinto, either. The Slumdog Millionaire actress attended the Kering and Cannes Film Festival Official Dinner party in a white-hot Elie Saab couture dress. The 31-year-old's pretty confection was an inspirational gift, wrapped up in a delicate blue ribbon tied at the waist and topped off with a pearlized clutch.
And it seems bows have found their way into the glamorous ensembles of many a Cannes attendee (expect to see them everywhere!). Catwalker extraordinaire Karlie Kloss rocked an adorable ribbon right at her hairline that literally elevated her red-carpet hairstyle, adding a dainty touch to her rocker-worthy, silver metallic Louis Vuitton gown. The thigh-high slit? A must on Cannes' carpets, especially for the model pack.
Rounding out our favourite looks this week were Julianne Moore (in Louis Vuitton), Kate Moss (in a dress from her capsule Topshop collection) and Vanessa Paradis (in lacy Elie Saab). Cannes jury member Kirsten Dunst proved that a tiny handbag can make a big statement, pairing a fuchsia Salvatore Ferragamo clutch with a floral Marc Jacobs gown. Have a peak and then go forth to your wardrobe, armed with new knowledge , and show the world just how magnifique you can be!