Glitter met glamour on the Cannes red carpet

Sometimes all that is needed is a little stardust. The red carpet of the 65th Cannes Film Festival will now be rolled up. The dresses, though, will be talked about a bit longer. Aishwarya Rai's horizontal expansion, unfortunately, might have overshadowed what was a significant presence of Indian cinema at an event that, furthermore, is frequented by as many brand ambassadors of cosmetic companies as film cast and crew. Getting down to dresses, there were many moments — from Diane Kruger's aqua Giambattista Valli gown at the opening, to Eva Longoria's Marchesa dream to Cheryl Cole's red-and-white Stephane Rolland. Good old disco chic — we're talking twinkling head-to-toe sequin dresses — though, will always hold their own.

Showing the way this time was jury member Diane Kruger. Hers was a string of statement gowns — from the above-mentioned Valli to a delicate Nina Ricci, culminating with a black-and-white voluminous Christian Dior Haute Couture Gown. (This from a lady who claims to not employ a stylist.) Shining through was the all-sequins Vivienne Westwood dress, which Diane wore at the screening of Love — something which rain and umbrellas could hardly hope to dim.

Model Doutzen Kroes attended the Cosmopolis screening in a sequinned emerald Elie Saab number, while (who else) Kylie Minogue went all gold in a sequinned Dolce and Gabbana dress at the screening of Holy Motors. Karolina Kurkova, too, wowed in a black backless sequinned Roberto Cavalli at the screening of Killing Them Softly.