All of the best looks from the 76th Cannes Film festival red carpet

18 May 2023
By Amberley Colby

The Cannes Film Festival: Where silver screens and fashion unite in a glamorous fusion. Kicking off with its opening ceremony yesterday, this year’s red carpet served up some memorable moments.

Elle Fanning on Cannes red carpet
Elle Fanning gracing the red carpet in pink tulle and crystal beading. Image supplied by Alexander McQueen.

In a celebration of spectacular filmmaking and equally spectacular fashion, the Cannes Film Festival is underway for 2023. Considered to be one of the most highly-anticipated film events to take place annually, this year’s line-up will debut new films by the likes of Wes Anderson and Martin Scorcese.

To honour the commencement of the two-week long festival, some of the biggest stars in entertainment graced the red carpet in a flurry of upscale glamour. Sequins, drapery and intricate embroidery were seen far and wide, with luxury fashion houses stepping up to dress the attendees. Host to memorable looks like Bella Hadid’s gold-plated Schiaparelli gown in 2021 and Madonna’s Jean-Paul Gaultier cone-bra in 1987, this year’s red carpet did not disappoint. 

Read on for our top looks from the Grand Opening.

Elle Fanning in Alexander McQueen

Wearing custom Alexander McQueen, Elle Fanning’s pink tulle gown hit the light from all angles, thanks to the assortment of silver bugle beads and crystals that it was embroidered with.

Helen Mirren in Del Core and Bulgari

Looking a vision in periwinkle, Dame Helen Mirren playfully elevated her look by matching her hair to her dress. Adorned with exquisite pieces from Bulgari’s high jewellery collection, Mirren’s appearance exuded timeless elegance infused with a touch of whimsy.

Alessandra Ambrosio in Elie Saab

All eyes were on Alessandra Ambrosio as she walked the carpet in a vintage Elie Saab number. Donning a full length hooded gown that featured in the designer’s FW 2005 collection, Ambrosio’s look was embellished with a scintillating array of burgundy sequins.

Cindy Bruna in No. 1

Amidst a sea of glamorous gowns, model Cindy Bruna opted for a bold choice with an oversized suit from No 1, offering a refreshing departure from convention. Providing contrast to the grey tailoring, Bruna’s look featured a draped mesh ruffle that was further elevated by a pair of black mesh opera gloves.

Simona Tabasco in Lanvin

Making a statement in red, actress Simona Tabasco is certainly no stranger to a great carpet look. Featuring a plunging back with a sheer detailed train, Tabasco’s ensemble oozed old Hollywood glamour.

Araya Hargate in Jean Paul Gaultier

Looking like something of a modern Cinderella, actress Araya Hargate showcased a striking gown by Jean Paul Gaultier. Juxtaposing a corseted bodice with a voluminous ruched skirt, Hargate topped off her look with a slick bun and necklace of Bulgari jewels.

Uma Thurman in Dior

Uma Thurman channelled her ‘90s self on the red carpet, wearing  a dress and opera coat by Dior that bore a striking resemblance to an ensemble worn by the actress to the 1995 Academy Awards. The rose pink dress, though understated in its simplicity, served as the perfect canvas to showcase Thurman’s elaborate red opera coat that truly stole the show.

Naomi Campbell in Celine and Chopard

Ever-glamorous Naomi Campbell exuded disco-ball energy in a ‘70s-style plunging Celine gown. Fully embellished with silver sequins, the supermodel bought a bit of added drama with jewellery by Chopard and an obviously-large pair of Celine sunglasses. 

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