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The fashion hits and misses from the Cannes 2018 red carpet

The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival is winding up this weekend and while previews of new films from around the world have evidently been the focal point, the fashion fraternity has had their eyes fixed on the celebs and their garb on the red carpet at the French Riviera. Here’s a round-up of the hits and misses this time around.


Bold and the beautiful

Bold coloured/solid hued gowns were a common and welcoming sight on the Cannes red carpet. Model Jasmine Tookes was a stunner in that scarlet strapless gown by Zac Posen that she wore to the screening of Girls of the Sun. Emilia Clarke looked rather charming in a violet number from Dior. Then there was Winnie Harlow who grabbed our attention in a resplendent off-shoulder green ensemble from Ralph & Russo that she paired with gold strappy sandals to the premiere of BlacKkKlansman. And there is no denying that Deepika Padukone was quite the eye candy in her flamboyant Ashi Studio fuchsia dress that someone on Twitter said resembled carefully preserved pencil shavings!

Nude feud

Naked dresses were definitely a thing at the French Riviera this year. And while some wore the trend with panache, taking inspiration only from the hue and nothing else, others looked like they were umm, at the wrong event, maybe? Anyway, it was Sonam Kapoor who stole our hearts in her tulle gown from Vera Wang that featured a nude-coloured strapless bodice and tulle skirt with an asymmetric ruffle element on the back, displaying multiple complementary layers of lemon yellow and beige tulle. With her hair worn in a low, messy bun, her makeup, taking a cue from the colours of her outfit, was on point, as was her choice of minimal jewellery from Chopard.

Flower power

The fashion hits and misses from the Cannes 2018 red carpet

Floral-inspired outfits on the red carpet run the risk of looking too casual but celebs like Thandie Newton who wore a super interesting Vivienne Westwood gown, printed with action-figure versions of all the Star Wars’ black characters, atop a delicate floral motif surface, rocked the trend. Then there was Cate Blanchett who looked great in a colourful asymmetrical floral print dress. We also think Amber Heard was a sensation in a Valentino ball gown featuring floral prints. Her hairstyle and jewellery upped her overall appearance.

Lehenga loving

After that star-studded wedding celebration where she looked phenomenal in every outfit she wore, Sonam Kapoor wore a showstopper of an outfit for her first red carpet appearance at this year’s Cannes. She opted for a Swarovski crystal-encrusted ivory Ralph and Russo tulle lehenga that featured a magnificent train. The floral embroidered skirt was paired with a three-fourth sleeved crop top. What we loved most was her intricate hair accessory from Amrapali that adorned her long and sleek plait.

Suited up

The fashion hits and misses from the Cannes 2018 red carpet

Looks like Deepika Padukone came determined to win the critics over with her fashion choices at Cannes. Opting for an edgy yet classy purple coloured pant-suit by Mao, she sure earned some extra brownie points. We also liked her neatly gelled hair, minimal makeup, and accessories. Another celeb who perfected this trend was model Doutzen Kroes who wore a plunging black Tom Ford tuxedo jacket and jumpsuit with black mesh pumps.


Tiring tiers

Kendall Jenner was one of the top contenders for ‘worst dressed’ because her Schiaparelli haute couture gown was anything but exquisite. Made from white silk tulle and accessorised with a wide belt, with its many tiers, flimsy fabric, and overall racy getup, Jenner didn’t surprise us with her choice of outfit but she also didn’t quite manage to win the appreciation of fashion critics. Olympic skater, Tatiana Navka, too had way too much going on with those terrible tiers of grey tulle.

Sheer shenanigans

This is one trend that could go either way. And unfortunately, celebs like Cheryl Cole couldn’t quite cut it in that Zuhair Murad sheer white beaded gown. The detailing looked a lot like leftover tinsel from Christmas. Then there was Talia Storm in a sheer, netted black overlapping dress like outfit, more suited for the bedroom than the Cannes red carpet.

Tulle much or nothing at all!

The fashion hits and misses from the Cannes 2018 red carpet

We loved the colour of Fan Bing Bing’s aquamarine Ali Karoui Haute Couture gown but loathed the innumerable rows of tulle. And if you thought model Cindy Bruna looked like a bird in that black Ermanno Scervino dress that had way too much fabric for a hemline as high as that, we couldn’t agree more. But then she did even worse by showing up in that saucy white number that was unfortunately not a wardrobe malfunction and left nothing to the imagination of onlookers.

Wallpaper vibes

So Salma Hayek is almost always amongst the most fashionable on any red carpet but then Cannes 2018 happened. The Mexican actress wore an aqua coloured gown with a shimmering silver belt. While we have no objection to her wanting to channel some vintage glamour, with all the floral accents, we do think her outfit would’ve looked better as a wallpaper in the royal palace.

Plain Jane

The fashion hits and misses from the Cannes 2018 red carpet

We must give her credit for attempting to dress the part, considering she was attending the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Unfortunately though, Jennifer Connelly looked rather boring in her white Louis Vuitton dress that featured black stripe detailing across the bodice and shoulders. Her zip-up sandals did nothing to make her look less drab. Then of course, there was Aishwarya Rai-Bachchan who could have done so much better. Her heavily embellished Manish Arora dress in pastel hues was artless and not red carpet worthy for sure.

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