Most Styles-ish 20 Looks That Did the Most at Cannes


The film festival, which took place over almost two weeks, brought lots of fashion to the French Riviera.

By the Styles Desk of the New York Times.

May 30, 2023

Peek-a-boo!Credit…Andreas Rentz/Getty Images


There has been a lot of head-turning fashion on the French Riviera lately. Though some of it was spotted on guests at the Monaco Grand Prix (hello Bad Bunny in torso-hugging Jean Paul Gaultier), much of it came from the Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Saturday.

As one might expect from a pack of A-list celebrities attending a star-studded festival in a particularly glamorous location, there were lots of gowns and tuxedos. But in contrast to the Oscars or other awards ceremonies, there were many daytime events at Cannes, which gave many festival attendees repeated chances to dress up and take style risks — some of which were more successful than others.

There were a lot of outfits that caught our attention during the almost two-week festival, including Jennifer Lawrence’s red Dior gown and flip-flops (most comfortable!); Naomi Campbell’s Valentino dress and flowing pink feathered cape (most ethereal!); and the nearly identical tan linen blazers that David Zaslav, a media executive, and Graydon Carter, an editor, wore as co-hosts of a party for the Warner Bros. movie studio (most coordinated!).

But the 20 looks on this list stood out more than most. Some were unexpected, while others were flawless. All, importantly, drew strong opinions.

Cool blue.Credit…Mohammed Badra/EPA, via Shutterstock

Helen Mirren: Most Blue Crush!

To match her cornflower-blue Del Core gown (and her nails), the actress wore blue streaks in her wavy silver hair, the colors of which recalled a frothing ocean.


Elle Fanning: Most Antique Silverware!

The actress’s metallic Paco Rabanne dress was suspended by what looked suspiciously like a piece of cutlery and had a skirt that looked as though it could cut someone who came too close.

You can practically hear the tiger’s roar.Credit…Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images


Fan Bingbing: Most Scenic!

Printed on the actress’s Christopher Bu gown was a design featuring a roaring tiger in a bamboo forest that extended onto the dress’s train.

A commanding presence.Credit…Andreas Rentz/Getty Images


Viola Davis: Most Volume!

A towering Afro and a colossal ostrich-feather stole punched up the actress’s otherwise simple Valentino dress.

Free the shoulder! Credit…Joel C Ryan/Invision, via Associated Press


Troye Sivan: Most Negative Space!

The singer’s ensemble of Valentino shorts, shoulder-baring shirt and tie advanced a new definition of business casual.

Ramata-Toulaye Sy, center, at a screening of her film “Banel and Adama.”Credit…Guillaume Horcajuelo/EPA, via Shutterstock


Ramata-Toulaye Sy: Most Power-Glam!

Amid the many penguin suits at Cannes, the director’s wide-leg multicolor Chanel pantsuit was a sartorial unicorn.

A look that could be described as (first) lady in red.Credit…Joel C Ryan/Invision, via Associated Press

Natalie Portman: Most Jackie O.!

In oversized cat-eye sunglasses and a belted Dior mini dress (and matching jacket), the actress brought a dose of the former first lady’s style to La Croisette.

From left, the spicy boys José Condessa, Jason Fernández and Manu Ríos.Credit…Patricia De Melo Moreira/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

José Condessa, Jason Fernández and Manu Ríos: Most Triple Threat!

It seemed impossible that the trio of actors in “Strange Way of Life,” a queer Western directed by Pedro Almodóvar, did not plan their three peek-a-boo Saint Laurent looks in advance.

Yellow and green colors helped make the flowers pop.Credit…Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Lily Gladstone: Most in Bloom!

An understated hairstyle toned down the drama of the actress’s floral Valentino cape dress and three-tiered earrings by Jamie Okuma, a Native American designer.

s that the look of love in their eyes?Credit…Mike Coppola/Getty Images


Dua Lipa: Most Accesorized!

The singer paired her sleek, one-shoulder Celine dress with accessories that included jewelry, tattoos and her reported boyfriend, the filmmaker Romain Gavras.

The flash bulbs surely lit up at this look.Credit…Valery Hache/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Rawdah Mohamed: Most Smoldering!

The model set the carpet ablaze in a Robert Wun gown covered in what appeared to be burn marks. Over her head was a tattered veil that matched the distressed dress.

This dress will turn 30 before Lily-Rose Depp, center, does. Credit…Kristy Sparow/Getty Images


Lily-Rose Depp: Most Dressing-Her-Age!

Or almost her age: The 24-year-old actress’s sequined Chanel mini dress is from 1994, making it a few years older than she.

Not your father’s double-breasted suit.Credit…Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images

Alton Mason: Most Snatched!

Look behind the model’s gloved hands, and you will notice the hourglass silhouette of his double-breasted Balenciaga suit jacket, which was tapered sharply at the waist.

Think of this dress as an upside-down exclamation point.Credit…Yara Nardi/Reuters


Scarlett Johansson: Most Trompe l’Oeil!

With a contrasting white top and straps, the actress’s pink Prada sheath dress gave the illusion of an exposed bra.

It was a nice day for a white wedding dress.Credit…Mike Coppola/Getty Images

It was a nice day for a white wedding dress.Credit…Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Jennie Kim: Most ‘I Do!’

The Blackpink member was a vision in white — specifically, a Chanel bridal gown made (slightly) less sweet by black tulle poking out from the bodice.

A paint job would be one way to freshen up old clothes.Credit…Scott Garfitt/Invision, via Associated Press


Orlando Bloom: Most Painterly!

The green and blue streaks down the actor’s pale Paul Smith suit were a risk — as were the chunky soles on his matching shoes.

Ilona Chernobai, left, poured a red liquid over her blue-and-yellow gown on the red carpet.Credit…Christophe Simon/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images


Ilona Chernobai: Most On Message!

As the Ukrainian influencer ascended the festival’s red-carpeted stairs wearing a blue-and-yellow gown, the colors of the Ukrainian flag, she popped balloons filled with a red liquid on her head. Those who witnessed her fashion statement included security personnel, who escorted her off the carpet soon after.

She was definitely dressed for a festival. The question is: Which one?Credit…Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images


Marion Cotillard: Most Coachella!

Her twee Chanel sweater set and pink bleached jorts were textbook festival style — music festival style, that is.

Stella Bugbee, Vanessa Friedman, Elizabeth Paton, Callie Holtermann, Anthony Rotunno and Jessica Testa contributed reporting.