Looking for a shot of high fashion fabulousness to get you through your week? Look no further than the red carpets of Cannes Film Festival 2022, which kicked off on Tuesday 17 and will run until May 28.
The event, which was cancelled in 2020 due to Covid and made a partially-masked return in 2021, is back with a bang this year as the red carpet is once again rolled out on the Croisette.
Stars have been private jetting in to the coastal town from far and wide for the fortnight-long event that has showcased new work from Parasite director Song Kang-ho and Baz Luhrmann plus a premiere of the Tom Cruise blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick.
With a dress code that’s rigidly smart and not at all casual Cannes — now in its 75th year — is always a magnet for fairytale fashion moments. And this year’s event is proving to be no exception.
Attending the Final Cut premiere, British actress Rebecca Hall rocked one of day one’s best looks in a fuchsia and coral red Gucci gown with sequinned front and feathered cuffs. The Prestige star, one of this year’s jurors, also attended a photocall earlier in the day wearing a green three-piece Burberry skirt suit with matching shades. Joining Hall on the official jury are stars like Deepika Padukone, Noomi Rapace and Jasmine Trinca.
Padukone also started strong with a daytime ensemble of green wide leg tailored trousers and a floral shirt, and a red carpet look a gold and black sequinned sari-style dress, both by Indian designer Sabyasachi. Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo,” opted for two Dior Haute Couture looks to kick off proceedings: for daytime, a ruffle collared organza blouse and sheer black maxi skirt; and for the evening’s event, an ultra-classic ivory off-the-shoulder gown.
Italian actress and director Jasmine Trinca also wore white to the opening ceremony, in an effortlessly cool silver sequin-embellished Prada column gown, accessorised with chunky silvery hoops, a red lip and a grey jacket thrown over her shoulders. Lashana Lynch also looked elegant in a long white jacquard dress from Fendi’s spring/summer 2022 show. Both expert examples of red carpet dressing sans-frills.
Eva Longoria killed it on day two, arriving to the screening of Top Gun: Maverick looking every inch the dazzling disco ball in a silver ombre mosaic-covered gown from NYC-based designer Cristina Ottaviano. Top Gun star Jennifer Connelly also stunned in silver, a beautiful blistered jacquard effect column gown from Louis Vuitton featuring a sharp off-the-shoulder silhouette. It was the second time she’d rocked the brand that day; her first LV look was a beige and pink tween pinafore dress, white blouse and red knee-high boots for a photocall.
Also turning heads was Adriana Lima, who served a bold Rihanna-style maternity moment in a custom black Balmain gown featuring a cutout at the stomach. She accessorised with boyfriend Andre Lemmers, who couldn’t keep his hands off her bump.
Anne Hathaway was the star of day three. She arrived for a daytime photocall looking every inch the starlet in a black mini with navy vinyl bustier and cat eye sunglasses, before hitting the red carpet for the Armageddon Time premiere alongside a navy suited Julia Roberts wearing an unbelievably elegant white sequinned column gown with upper midriff cutout by Armani Prive. The dress, which came with a spliced empire line and satin train, was perfectly accessorised with a dazzling “Mediterranean Reverie” necklace from Bulgari’s fine jewellery collection, featuring a vast cushion-cut sapphire pendant.
Isabelle Huppert stole the show this weekend in a green Balenciaga gown complete with inbuilt gloves and boots, while Sharon Stone created some red carpet drama akin to Blake Lively’s at the Met Gala when she hit the Croisette in a blue and white patterned Dolce & Gabbana dress with a voluminous overskirt, which she removed en route.
Alicia Vikander also stunned in a metallic bronze custom Louis Vuitton gown, as she attended the Holy Spider premiere with husband Michael Fassbender.
Emily Ratajkowski, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Naomi Campbell all flew into town to attend Monday’s screening of Crimes Of The Future, each of them opting for timeless black gowns.
Cara Delevingne and Bella Hadid jetted in on Tuesday to flex their red carpet flair at the screening of The Innocent.” Hadid killed it in a dramatic vintage 80s Versace number, while Cara wore a black Balmain gown with sheer cutout details. Jourdan Dunn and Italian model Paola Turani both opted for frothy pink taffeta, while Coco Rocha brought the drama in a black Pinko gown with a fabulous fuchia taffeta puffed neckline and Chaumet jewels.
The screening of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis attracted a starry crowd on Wednesday night, with everyone from Sharon Stone and Kylie Minogue to Kaia Gerber and Winnie Harlow hitting the red carpet. Influencer Elsa Hosk turned heads in a popping ‘PP’ Valentino pink gown and matching opera gloves from Valentino’s AW22 collection, while Brazilian model Izabel Goulart looked classically cool in a black gown with diamante neck detailing from rising London star David Koma.
Thursday saw Bella Hadid have another sparkling appearance on the carpet, as she made her way to the screening of Broker. She opted for a sleek and sexy white long sleeve gown, complete with a peek-a-boo cut out on the right hip. The vintage number was from Tom Ford’s days designing at Gucci, circa 1996, and featured a cheeky metal thong.
After hours, stars headed to the amfAR Gala, which raises money for Aids charities – one of many glamorous events that take place around film screenings. Model Coco Rocha was spectacular in a sculptural Iris Van Herpen dress, while Christina Aguilera supported upcoming London based designer Miss Sohee, wearing her long trained velvet frock with crystal embroidered snakes wrapped around each sleeve.
Scroll the gallery above for the best fashion moments so far.