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Perhaps it's because they do it differently on the Côte d'Azur, but there's just something special about the Cannes red carpet. Maybe it's the palm trees that line the background or the fact that even the photographers are in tuxedos, but there's an undeniable glamour that permeates, turning modern-day stars into legends. You've never seen Suki Waterhouse look more like Grace Kelly, Audrey Tautou evoke Sophia Loren, and Blake Lively conjure Jayne Mansfield as much as they do on the carpets of Cannes — it's magic, and nothing less.
This year, the week-long festivities really brought out Old Hollywood, in all its tanned-skin, chiffon-skirted, feathered-and-sequined drama. Click through to see 20 stars reaching for icon status, and getting there.