The 76th edition of Cannes Film Festival is drawing to a close, and outfits worn on the Promenade de la Croisette have been as surprising as ever. For more than seven decades, the hallowed red carpet has welcomed time-honored starlets and fashion icons such as Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana and Madonna and if anything, the level of spectacle has only increased.
Out on the red carpet, we saw Julia Fox in an avant-garde, transparent gown that looked almost like saran wrap, Gen Z influencer Mia Regan in a custom latex dress and witnessed Jennifer Lawrence pair a timeless, Spring-Summer 2023 Dior couture gown with a pair of black flip flops.
Overall, there has been no shortage of glamor, theatricality and even some fashion history. Natalie Portman arrived at the “May December” screening wearing a spectacular embroidered tulle Grand Gala dress, a replica of the “Junon” dress from Dior’s Fall-Winter 1949 couture collection. The intricately beaded skirt, where each ombréed tier is shaped like a single petal, remains one of Christian Dior’s most recognisable designs. Similarly, at “The Idol” premiere, Lily Rose Depp arrived in an archival Chanel sequin mini dress older than she is. The piece was originally worn by Christy Turlington during Chanel’s Fall-Winter 1994 runway.
While some stars chose more muted displays of elegance (take Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s ultra chic, all-black, custom Schiaparelli gown with elbow length gloves), others jumped at the chance to make a big entrance. On the first day of the festival, Chinese actor Fan Bingbing captivated onlookers with a custom Christopher Bu gown featuring delicate, painterly tigers. Her bodice was decorated with a bamboo forest scene.