The 65th-annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close on Sunday after more than 10 days of film debuts, award ceremonies and as many evenings of must-attend events. We know that the festival is a celebration of film—and we’re all for that—but what would these films be without the actors who populate them? And as long as we’re celebrating the swans of the silver screen, we can’t help but fixate on the myriad jaw-dropping gowns they get to wear for the duration of the festival.
If we had to choose one darling of the festival, it would have to be Diane Kruger. The stunning Kruger, who was also on the festival’s jury committee, must have been one of the most sought-after figures for designers to dress. Our top-three looks? In Nina Ricci at the “Killing Them Softly” premiere, in Jason Wu with her boyfriend Joshua Jackson and in Giambattista Valli at the “Moonrise Kingdom” premiere.
With the French Riviera as your backdrop, it’s no surprise that the glam factor is turned way up at Cannes. It was gowns galore, from soft and flowing silhouettes (Jessica Chastain) to body skimming columns (Kylie Minogue).
There was also an emphasis on embellishment. Naomi Watts looked like a roaring twenties swan in her sequin-and-feather festooned dress from Gucci, while Jennifer Connely was her black swan counterpart in an inky-green sequin shift, also Gucci. Ines de la Fressange took a Grecian approach in a one-shoulder Lanvin gown, which was simply adorned with a belt of leaves around her tiny waistline.
But if we had to pick a favorite among them, it would be Freida Pinto in an acid yellow, floor-length Atelier Versace gown with a lace bodice and the most delicate spray of beading down a sheer skirt, with an up-to-there slit.