Who Were the Best Dressed at Cannes This Decade?

A celebration of red carpet glamour over the last 10 years from the world’s premier film festival



Right about now, we would normally be cooing over the glamour on the sun-drenched tapis rouge of the 73rd annual Cannes Film Festival. Each year at the end of May, La Croisette becomes one giant catwalk as stars and models descend on the Cote d’Azur to drink Champagne atop superyacht decks and celebrate the best that the movie industry has to offer.

Cannes is known as the launching pad for many a Hollywood career, and the enormous prestige that goes along with being involved in a movie that wins a Palme D’Or is pretty much a guarantee for industry respect, increased publicity and box office success (Parasite was last year’s victor and went on to sweep the board at this year’s Oscars). But sadly, this year the festival, among so many others, was canceled for the first time since 1968, when it was shut down partway through, in solidarity with the civil unrest demonstrations that became known as May 68.

So instead, to savor what we are missing, we have rounded up the best fashion looks from the last 10 years, from Elle Fanning’s showstopping run last year to Marion Cotillard’s rebellious metallic jumpsuit back in 2010 — la creme de la creme.



There really was only one standout muse at Cannes 2019. Elle Fanning, then 21 years old — the youngest ever member of the jury — truly had her debutante party in public and wowed us all with her natural poise and style.



This year brought a touch of rebellion on the red carpet, with Jennifer Connelly and Kristen Stewart wearing modern minis, and Laura Harrier as the picture of modernity.



There was an air of frothy retro romance this year. Nicole Kidman was femininity personified in Rodarte, while Tracee Ellis Ross and Elle Fanning were inspired by the decadence of old Hollywood.



A tougher glamour surfaced in 2016, with Julianne Moore in a moody Givenchy number that set the scene for Jessica Chastain and Ruth Negga to follow in fashion-forward, intricately constructed looks.



It was a refreshingly romantic moment when three of the industry’s coolest stars — Rooney Mara, Lupita N’yongo and Zoë Kravitz — stepped out in floating chiffon and embroidered princess dresses.



Structure and craftsmanship ruled in 2014, from Zhang Ziyi’s futuristic gown to Marion Cotillard’s finely tuned metallic pleats to Hilary Swank’s cut-to-perfection couture number.



In 2013, flash was back, albeit in elegant and subtle incarnations. Tilda Swinton paraded the ultimate relaxed glamour, followed in suit by Naomie Harris in a minimal metallic sheath and Nicole Kidman with the most subtle of nods to the trend of the year.



Nude tones ruled back in 2012, from the elegance of a matte slip dress on Naomi Watts to the full-on shine of a corseted gown on Diane Kruger, while Tilda Swinton, once again, went for tailored perfection in shantung silk.



And the award goes to … Armani Prive, who outfitted all three of the best-dressed ladies in nautical tones: Uma Thurman and Aishwarya Rai in sailing blues, and the unfailingly elegant Zoë Saldana, who carried off red flag stripes.



Strong fashion statements made for a great start to the decade, with a young Carey Mulligan turning heads in her beaded jumpsuit; Marion Cotillard rocking her own strapless version; and loyal Alexander McQueen fan, Cate Blanchett, making brave choices once again.



May 28, 2020

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