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May 8, 2011

Fashion Cannes-Dos

Red carpets and La Fonda in France!

By Nancy Staab

Check out the most scintillating fashions from Cannes Film Festival 2011, plus a glimpse back at some prime vintage moments. Who was queen of the red carpet: Uma Thurman, Carolina Kurkova or Jane Fonda? You decide.

Starlets came out for the 2011 Cannes Film Festival this May in head-to-toe high couture--from their polished day looks for yacht-hopping, champagne lunches and other le chic diversions, to the high-glamour quotient of their red carpet walks….Armani, Gucci, Versace, Lanvin, Chanel and more.

Proving that youth does not always conquer age, former Atlanta resident Jane Fonda stole a considerable amount of the limelight, night after night, in her glittery, sexy-at-70, body-skimming gowns and even did a turn on the catwalk for AmFAR. Honorée Faye Dunway has been setting a high fashion bar since her cool turn opposite Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde and still looked every inch the elegant starlet at Cannes in 2011.

Uma Thurman rocked a series of mostly white frocks (telegraphing subconscious wedding desires much?), with one stunning cobalt blue number thrown in to shake things up. And, perhaps taking cues from the sapphire oceans of the South of France, Mediterranean blues were a major trend that celebs as diverse as Penelope Cruz and Tilda Swinton tapped into. Models such as Karolina Kurkova and Bar Rafaeli had several major fashion moments (Leo who?) and there were enough spangles, feathers and glitter on the red carpet of Cannes to banish any thought of minimalism. Gwen Stefani brought a soupcon of rocker dash in a glittery Stella McCartney black jumpsuit, while young starlets like Kirsten Dunst  (featured in official Cannes entry Melancholia by Lars Von Trier) and Rachel McAdams (representing Woody Allen’s critically praised flick Midnight in Paris) showed their daring and diverse day-to-night fashion range. The most unique accessory of the film fest? It had to be the glittery one-hand glove by Lanvin, with a nod to Michael Jackson, that model Liya Kebede wore with her sapphire-blue Lanvin cocktail dress.

Want to soak up more of Cannes champagne-and-starlet glamour? Check out the new coffee table book  Cannes Cinema (Phaidon Press), which includes official Cannes photographs from the festival’s inception in 1937 to the present. Available at

Click on the gallery below to view the best of the Cannes Film Festival 2011 fashion spectacle, as well as a few vintage photos from the new book Cannes Cinema