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Cannes 2019: The most show-stopping red carpet looks

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With the Cannes Film Festival well underway, the red carpet has been awash with the most incredible gowns. See the biggest show-stopping dresses here. 

The Cannes Film Festival plays host to the world’s world’s greatest film talent. A platform for pure entertainment, the festival also marks an important date in the diary when it comes to red carpet fashion, drawing in the biggest names from all over the world. 

Following on the wings of the recent Met Gala, the Cannes Film Festival (which spans 14 - 25 May) red carpet is known for the most beautiful gowns. Often deemed as a place where people can be a bit more exciting (really we think that’s code for more “extra”), we have come to expect big things from the Cannes red carpet. 

After all, it is the same spot Princess Diana stepped out in an ice blue strapless chiffon gown, where Blake Lively has consistently wowed crowds, where models Kendall Jenner and Bella Hadid regularly wear their most show-stopper dress, and where Lupita Nyong’o stole the spotlight in a bright green Gucci dress. 

So far the Cannes red carpet has not disappointed, with stars taking to their film premiers in the most jaw-dropping gowns. Let’s just take a minute for Elle Fanning who is really ruling the fashion waves this season. 

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Prepared to be wowed. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Elle Fanning

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Elle Fanning
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Elle Fanning

    From the fresh flowers in her braided hair to the lace up back to this in breathtaking Valentino Couture gown, Elle Fanning is proving to be the golden girl on the Cannes red carpet this year. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Aishwarya Rai

    Aishwarya Rai Cannes Red Carpet
    Cannes 2019: Aishwarya Rai

    Aishwarya Rai goes on full-on mermaid for her Cannes red carpet debut in Jean Louis Sabaji. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Bella Hadid

    Cannes 2019: Bella Hadid 

    Bella Hadid really comes into her fashion own at Cannes, when she isn’t making us all want a nude Dior ballet skirt she’s painting the town red. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Helen Mirren

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Helen Mirren
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Helen Mirren

    Showcasing candy pink hair to match her metallic gown, Helen Mirren proves you don’t have to take yourself too seriously to be stylish. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Priyanka Chopra

    In Cannes you can even get away with wearing a wedding dress on the red carpet, just as Priyanka Chopra who did just that. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Penelope Cruz

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Penelope Cruz 

    Bringing the drama and volume in none other than bespoke Chanel couture. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore 

    In a silver column Givenchy dress, Julianne Moore proves sequins is always an elegant option. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Elle Fanning

    Cannes 2019: Elle Fanning
    Cannes 2019: Elle Fanning 

    As well as making a huge mark on the film scene, Elle Fanning has found her footing in the fashion world too. Often opting for Alessandro Michele’s Gucci designs, last night was no different as Elle wowed in a peach dress with exaggerated cape. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Chloë Sevigny

    Cannes 2019: Chloë Sevigny
    Cannes 2019: Chloë Sevigny 

    Ever the style Maverick, Chloë Sevigny, opted for a Mugler thigh high split gown for the occasion. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Eva Longoria

    Cannes 2019: Eva Longoria
    Cannes 2019: Eva Longoria 

    Continuing the theme of thigh high splits, Eva Longoria took on embellished and satin in last night’s Alberta Ferretti gown. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Tilda Swinton

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Elle Fanning
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Tilda Swinton 

    Only Tilda could pull off a Haider Ackerman creation that is essentially column of silver sequins. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Selena Gomez

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Selena Gomez
    Selena Gomez wears her dark hair up at Cannes 2019.

    It’s not easy to make a quilted bustier and skirt work on the red carpet, but as always Selena Gomez takes this Louis Vuitton look in her stride. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Julianne Moore 

    Green is always a good idea on the Cannes red carpet (see Lupita’s look from 2015), especially when it’s Dior. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Araya Hargate

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Araya Hargate
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Araya Hargate

    Thai born actress, Araya Hargate stuns in an ombre Ralph and Russo couture gown - the design duo are known for their extravagant pieces and of course for designer Meghan Markle’s engagement dress. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Romee Strijd

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Romee Strijd
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Romee Strijd

    Victoria’s Secret model, Romee Strijd takes to the red carpet in a beautiful beaded Etro gown. 

  • Cannes Film Festival 2019: Alessandro Ambrosia

    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Alessandro Ambrosia
    Cannes Film Festival 2019: Alessandro Ambrosia 

    Fellow Victoria’s Secret model, Alessandro Ambrosia took on a whole host of show-stoppers last night: feathers, sequins, thigh high split and a train. That’s how it’s done. 

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