In pictures: The most glamorous fashions from the 2022 Cannes Film Festival red carpet
The Cannes Film Festival is not only one of the most prestigious events on the film calendar, it also hosts many incredible and memorable presentations of glamorous fashion.
Madonna ripping off her pink satin wrap coat in 1991 to reveal her Jean Paul Gaultier conical bra, Princess Diana in that stunning powder blue Catherine Walker dress in 1987 and heavily pregnant Angeline Jolie (with twins) walking the carpet red in an olive green Max Azria maternity dress in 2008: all the iconic moments of Cannes fashion.
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In recent years, it has also been a hotbed of fashion controversy, with questions over what many see as archaic and binary dress codes, including a first “heels only” rule for women.
The festival runs until May 28, so there’s still plenty of fashion to come out of Cannes, but we’ve already seen plenty of next-level looks and outrageous dresses. Keep scrolling for some of the glitziest looks yet.
The James Bond star stuns in this Fendi Couture high-neck lace dress. A good start for the actress who pointed out on Instagram that this is “baby’s first Cannes”.
At the Top Gun: Maverick reviewing Viola Davis stepped out in a sunny yellow off-the-shoulder dress by Alexander McQueen. But the detail that really made the outfit is the wonderfully playful Bird of Paradise hair clip.
Another dramatic look down the yellow red carpet at the Top Gun screening. Worn by model Jasmine Tookes, the pleated and beaded dress designed by Tony Ward couture contrasts sharply with the famous Cannes red carpet.
Earlier this year, Rihanna sent the world into a tailspin when she announced her pregnancy with a streetwear-style photoshoot. Brazilian model Adriana Lima must have taken notice, walking the red carpet at the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick in a black Balmain dress with a hole cut out to show off her bump.
Cannes Jury member Rebecca Hall has worn several jaw-dropping outfits so far this week. But this bejeweled red and pink number (a custom Gucci design) is one of our favorites and feels very current. Her bright red lipstick also scored points for its ability to make us think about a return to a bold lip.
Hall’s jury member Deepika Padukone also brought a lot of glamour. Overnight, she wore a super glam red Louis Vuitton look to a screening of Armageddon Time, and we’re still thinking of that dazzling sari-like dress by Indian fashion designer Sabyasachi that she wore to the awards ceremony. opening of the festival.
While Anne Hathaway’s white sequin headband and bow-back outfit by Armani Privé are a stellar display of Cannes glamour, it’s nearly impossible to look away from the necklace she’s wearing.
The piece of jewelry that gives the actress her very own Ocean’s 8 moment comes courtesy of Bulgari, the Roman jewelry house of which Hathaway is an ambassador (must be nice). The ‘Mediterranean Reverie’ necklace features a 15-carat cushion-cut Sri Lankan sapphire at the heart of its diamond-set geometric design.
Is it really Cannes without an over-the-top frothy dress? This fuchsia-pink feather-embellished dress by Atelier Zuhra respects the dress code worn by Dubai-based Indian influencer Farhana Bodi at a screening of French film Final Cut (Cut!).
For her light-reflecting red carpet moment, Eva Longoria opted for a mirrored off-the-shoulder gown by New Yorker Cristina Ottaviano.
L’Oreal Ambassador Elle Fanning is in Cannes mainly to attend a gala dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of L’Oreal Paris’ partnership with the festival, but has found plenty of opportunities to wear glamorous dresses and for that we we are eternally grateful to him. Here, Fanning attends the premiere of Top Gun: Maverick wearing a fairytale dusty pink Armani Privé dress.
Julianne Moore is a Cannes staple: remember her forest green Dior chiffon dress in 2019? This black Bottega Veneta dress with a deep V-neck is a perfect reminder of the actresses’ always impeccable style.
Ugandan-British actress Sheila Atim is the recipient of the 2022 Chopard Trophy, which honors up-and-coming acting talent – and judging by that stunning bronze open-back dress she wore to receive the accolade, she’s at watch out for in the style stakes as well.