All The Best From The Cannes Red Carpets

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.
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With her high braid and oxblood Gucci goddess gown, Blake Lively looks every bit the modern-day Athena.
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That ankle-length tea dress is a throwback silhouette, but Audrey Tautou's Prada gown pays homage to the Old Hollywood glitterati without looking dated.
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Who knew a long-sleeved, floor-length black gown could make us blush? Chinese actress Gong Li's Roberto Cavalli is the perfect balance of slink and sophistication.
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Stéphane Rolland might not be a household name, but this geometric-tattooed gown on Ziyi Zhang might launch him to stardom. Plus, we can't quite get over Zhang's adorable onigiri-shaped purse.
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Heike Makatsch's feathered Kaviar Gauche creation might put her on some ill-informed worst dressed lists, but there's something undeniably graceful and exquisite about this.
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A one-shouldered, goddess-draped Marchesa gown might not be breaking new molds, but when it's done well — as it is on Naomi Watts — there are few things as W-O-W-worthy.
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With fluttering sleeves, a trim train, and a dangerously smooth mermaid curve, this Zuhair Murad gown turns Sonia Rolland into a bona fide siren.
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On Cate Blanchett, formal gowns look more like battle armor; this powerful Givenchy is no different.
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Model Laetitia Casta goes for it in an asymmetrical, embellished, strapless Christian Dior.
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Can anyone blame us for thinking that this Saint Laurent le smoking on Aymeline Valade was our favorite dress of the week? Totally androgynous and completely sexy, it makes the best kind of red-carpet statement.
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Inès de la Fressange just constantly looks effortlessly majestic. And, this lipstick-red Sophie Theallet (worn with flats!) is the outfit-version of Cannes: lavish, but still laid-back.
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Eva Green is the real-life version of all those evil Disney queens that we secretly wanted to be. Her Elie Saab dress with a beaded bodice is bad in all the right ways.
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At Cannes, go big or go to the Oscars home. Freida Pinto dials it up to 11 with her Oscar de la Renta gown.
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Natasha Poly opts for a web of netted Oscar de la Renta chiffon. Simple, strappy heels and slicked-back hair keep this looking more polished than punk.
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Suki Waterhouse goes for the all-ivory thing with simple pumps and a not-so-simple Christian Dior dress featuring an exaggerated peplum skirt over a mermaid hem.
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We adore Sofia Coppola and her "Meh, I'd rather not" approach to event dressing. Her low-key Michael Kors frock evokes '40s-era Hollywood ease.
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Jess Weixler's skinny-strapped Armani Privé is a silhouette you don't see often these days but, considering how good it looks on her, we're ready for it to make a comeback.
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Carole Bouquet's striking, jade-green, silk and chiffon Prada shirtdress is just the right mix of conservative and cool.
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Sonam Kapoor mixes metallic-embroidery glitz with ethereal (and sheer!) pastels in her Anamika Khanna sari.
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With a train roughly seven photographers long, Cheryl Cole's Monique Lhuillier stunner definitely made hers a walk to remember.