From May 11-22, all eyes are turned to Cannes for the international film festival, this year in its 69th edition and still drawing stars from around the world. If this event is aiming to identify and reward the best movies of the year, at least part of the show is outside the screening rooms, on the red carpet. Which celebrity will win the Palme d’Or for most beautiful dress this year? You can be the judge…
1. The long dress
The long dress was setting pulses racing at Cannes 2016. Sexy and daring, the slashed-to-the-thigh designs are right on trend. It was impossible to miss the bold red dress by Alexandre Vauthier that Bella Hadid wore. Beautiful Salma Hayek also fell for a long dress, choosing a plunging neckline that made the most of her curves.
2. The tuxedo
The festival’s dress code comes from an era when the events were held in a casino and it was mandatory for women to wear evening dresses and the men to wear dinner jackets. But times change, and in the 21st century it’s just as likely you’ll see women sporting a tux.
3. The sleeveless dress
Feminine and elegant, the bustier dress is a popular choice for a reason. The shape makes the most of a full bust and shows off a smaller waist, or creates curves where necessary. The ladies on the Croisette know this well: Eva Longoria, Michelle Rodriguez and Naomi Watts all posed for the sea of photographers in a strapless bustier gown.
4. The glittery dress
A go-to for the most special occasions, glitter encapsulates party and luxury, so it’s no surprise that there are so many sparkling looks this year at Cannes. And if there is one person you can count on to nail bling, it’s Kim Kardashian. Blake Lively also impressed in her beautiful sequinned dress by Atelier Versace.
5. The yellow dress
This year’s standout shade: yellow. Photogenic and more original than the traditional black and white, this sunny shade will work for everybody who dares to wear it. My favourite piece is Kirsten Dunst’s Dior dress, which is a perfect fit with her vintage look.
Where are the plus-size actresses?
Sadly, we noticed there are still way too few plus size women on the red carpet at Cannes.
As an echo of our campaign #moreplusplease, Cannes showed poor diversity of body shapes and sizes. Since more than 50% of women are plus size and yet we find only 2% of women in monthly magazines are plus, we are convinced that it’s time for the media to catch up.
Jaclyn Jose, however, proved that you don’t need the figure of a model to take home a prize. The Filipina actress took home the top prize for her role in Ma’Rosa by Brillante Mendoza.