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Cannes Film Festival 2017: Best dressed on the red carpet from Sara Sampaio, Bella Hadid, Jessica Chastain and more

Gems and glitterati flock to the event of the year. This year marks the 70th year of the annual film festival, with stars and lining up the red carpet with their best looks

May 19, 2017 | By Teri Chong

From Chopard to Bulgari, this year’s Cannes Film Festival stars shine the spotlight on their fashion and styling choices. Making a statement on this year’s red carpet and 70th edition of the iconic film festival, these ladies bring elegance and sophistication to a new level. We take a look at the gorgeous gems and fantastic outfits that awed the crowd with our top ten best dressed list.

Aymeline Valade

French model and actress Aymeline Valade pulled off the suit better than her male counterparts at the opening ceremony when she donned a sleek teal trouser suit from Saint Laurent, coupled with a pair of classic black brogues. This isn’t the first time that the actress, who had previously played the muse of the eponymous designer in the ‘Saint Laurent’ biopic, has opted for an androgynous look. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2014, she wore an effortlessly stylish cropped tuxedo, complete with a flat bow. This time, her standout accessory of choice are a pair of white gold earrings, set with emeralds and diamonds, from Chopard’s High Jewellery Collection.

Deepika Padukone

Deepika Padukone made an ethereal appearance in a sheer plum gown with a sweeping train from Marchesa’s Fall 2017 collection. The elegant one-shoulder look resembled the white and gold saree that Deepika had worn at her Cannes debut back in 2010, but the crystal-encrusted bodice wrapped in layers of rich, wine tulle gave the Indian actress’s look more of a femme fatale touch. To complete the look, she wore dangler earrings studded with diamonds and rubies, as well as a matching ring, by De Grisogono.

Monica Belluci

Bond girl Monica Bellucci looked the picture of elegance in a sheer navy gown, befitting her prestigious role as Mistress of Ceremonies. The Italian actress is known to favour off-shoulder dresses when she makes red carpet appearances: back in 2009, she wore a stunning red satin number to the Cannes in that style. This time, she wowed the crowd in a chiffon gown specially made by Christian Dior, and kept all eyes fixed on her throughout the show with her captivating drop diamond necklace from Cartier.

Sara Sampaio

Victoria’s Secret angel Sara Sampaio made a statement on the red carpet when she walked in with a crimson couture ball gown adorned with intricate thread embroidery by Zuhair Murad. If the plunging neckline of her backless dress is any indication, the Portuguese model is not one to shy away from attention. She had previously worn a similarly bold dress to the Cannes Festival in 2015 that featured a diamond-shaped cut-out on the front. This year, Sara elevated her dramatic look with smokey eye makeup and statement High Jewellery diamond earrings by De Grisogono.

Uma Thurman

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Versace has joined the ranks of designers using pastel for its red carpet-worthy designs, as demonstrated by Uma Thurman’s powder pink gown. The off-shoulder dress worn by the Cannes juror featured a thigh-high slit, an unmistakable touch of a fashion house that specialises in sensual and feminine pieces. With a gorgeous dress — and legs that seem to go one for days — stealing the show, the actress kept the simple accessories to complete her look. These were in the form of a High Jewellery Serpenti diamond necklace, a matching bracelet and diamond stud earrings by Bulgari.

Jessica Chastain

The stunning redhead swept the red carpet in a strapless embroidered Alexander McQueen number. The gown featured a velvet bodice, flaring out at the bottom into semi-sheer fabric for a touch of sultriness. Chastain’s accessory of the night was a Piaget High Jewellery necklace from their soon to debut new collection. Rubies and diamonds circled the actress’s neck, adding sparkling red accents to match perfectly with her classic red lip.

Julianne Moore

The Academy Award winning actress dazzled in a high-neck scarlet Givenchy Haute Couture gown. Staying as classy as ever, Moore completed her look with accessories from Chopard — the festival’s official jeweller. Seen on Moore were two 18-carat white gold rings, one featuring an emerald-cut diamond and the other a marquise brilliant cut diamond. To top it off, the actress showed off her 18-carat white gold earrings set with rubies and diamonds from the Precious Chopard collection, complimenting her dress perfectly.

Bella Hadid

After last year’s jaw-dropping scarlet slit dress, model of the moment Bella Hadid channelled old Hollywood glamour on the red carpet in yet another risqué gown from Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture — this time in a champagne hue. Yet, the star of her look is undoubtedly her opulent 180-carat blue gem necklace from Bulgari. The sugarloaf cabochon sapphire necklace taht also boasted over 28 carats of diamonds contrasted perfectly against her nude dress, giving off a subtle elegance.

Lily Rose Depp

Despite her young age, Lily Rose Depp packed a punch on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival. Of course, the Chanel ambassador was decked in the brand from top to toe. The starlet wore a Greek inspired white jersey embroidered dress from Chanel while declaring the official opening of the festival alongside Iranian director Asghar Farhadi. Depp modelled the ‘Solaire’ earrings as well as the ‘Plume’ bracelets, both in 18-carat yellow gold, from Chanel’s Fine Jewellery collection. Not forgetting beauty, Depp’s look of the night was also constructed using products from the brand’s beauty line.

Emily Ratajowski

Donning a barely-there champagne backless slip dress from Twinset, the American actress let her accessories do the talking on the red carpet. Ratajowski’s 1969 medallion style necklace from Bulgari’s Heritage collection drew all eyes with a huge deep set cabochon emerald surrounded by a mix of rubies and diamonds, setting a new standard for the term ‘statement necklace.’