The annual Cannes Film Festival drew to a close on Saturday after almost two weeks of actresses, models and elite influencers strutting their stuff on the red carpet. Films are the primary focus at the French Riviera-based festival so there’s understandably a lot of familiar faces from the big screen in attendance – all dressed to the nines! While the majority of us can’t afford to wear an Elie Saab jumpsuit on our next night out, we can definitely keep an eye on some of the key trends that crop up…

Cannes Trends Black Dress

L-R: Naomi Campbell in Poiret, Bella Hadid in Julien Macdonald, Jane Fonda in Givenchy Couture and Alessandra Ambrosio in Zuhair Murad

Wearing a black dress to an event isn’t anything groundbreaking, but as the A-lister’s above highlight – it’s a look that’s easy to modernise! Whether you’re 21 or 80 (Bella and Jane’s ages respectively), details such as lace, sheer fabric and cut-outs add a modern touch.

Cannes Trends Statement Jewellery

L-R: Irina Shayk, Elsa Hosk in Alberta Ferretti, Georgia Fowler and Romee Strijd in Roberto Cavalli Couture

Chopard is one of the official partners at Cannes so you know the jewellery is going to be just as showstopping as the dresses! From Romee’s python necklace to Georgia’s spiked choker to Irina’s emerald embellished number – OTT necklaces were all the rage at Cannes. Head to ASOS, Topshop and Accessorize for a budget-friendly take on the trend.

Cannes Trends Jumpsuits

L-R: Cindy Bruna, Cate Blanchett in Givenchy Haute Couture and Izabel Goulart in Elie Saab

Stepping away from frothy floor-length gowns, some attendees opted for statement jumpsuits instead. For an 80’s throwback, do like Cindy and embrace the power shoulder or go for a lacy look á la Cate and Izabel – will you opt for a black or white one-piece?

Cannes Trends White Dress

L-R: Nicole Scherzinger, Kendall Jenner in Schiaparelli, Lupita Nyong’o in Dior Haute Couture and Iskra Lawrence in Justin Alexander

Black gowns were a popular look on the Cannes red carpet but on the other end of the colour spectrum; white was a favourite amongst the celebs too. All managed to keep their dresses from looking too bridal thanks to quirky silhouettes (Lupita’s futuristic gown, we’re looking at you!) and flesh-flashing cuts.

Cannes Trends Short Dress

L-R: Mette Towley, Laura Harrier, Ming Xi and Maria Borges 

Cannes have unspoken rules about what should be worn on the red carpet e.g women must wear heels (Kristen Stewart removed hers this year in protest) so it was surprising to see so many stars take risks by posing in mini dresses rather than ball gowns. Shorter hemlines already add a more playful touch so when it’s paired with a detail such as vibrant prints, metallics or a leather finish – you’ve got yourself a winner!

Cannes Trends Green

L-R: Fan Bing Bing in Ali Karoui Couture, Winnie Harlow in Ralph & Russo and Phoebe Waller-Bridge 

Last year, Pantone named ‘Greenery’ as the colour of the year so it comes as no surprise that green’s made its way onto the red carpet circuit! The looks above showcase how versatile it is – go for a minty hue like Fan, a glossy finish á la Winnie or opt for a matte evergreen shade like Phoebe.


Which of these trends will you be trying out? Show us your outfits on the Looker app!


Image Credit: Fashionista 


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