Alright, I want everyone to go look at a map right now. More specifically, look at Europe. See France? Okay, now look even closer. See that town called Cannes along the French Riviera? Well, trust me when I say it’s glamourous. Endless champagne, yacht parties,  and an uncountable number of models all situate here. Actually, I think ‘glamourous’ may be the only word to describe the tropical seaside town that plays host to the most important festival in all of film, the Cannes Film Festival.

Amber Heard in Vionnet at the “Two Days, One Night” Premiere

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The lavish lifestyle of Cannes brings all powerhouse celebrities, from all sectors of the entertainment industry, together to celebrate the biggest films of the season. This years festival kicked off with a screening of Nicole Kidman’s new film Grace of Monaco and Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Winter Sleep won the Palme d’Or – Cannes’ highest honour.

From the press conferences to the photocalls, to, most importantly, the red carpets, Cannes proves it’s special. The festival first debuted in 1947 and has since designed a reputation for itself that embodies spectacle and elegance. It’s become the go-to destination for the rich and famous. It’s the place for both filmmakers and designers to showcase their best works.

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Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in Gucci at “The Search” Premiere

Like most prestigious events, fashion is always at the forefront. Ball gowns, jewels, and the combination of perfect hair and makeup are constantly being talked about. This year, Cannes was all about the contrast, which proved to be refreshing. From daytime to evening, there was a mix in both glamour and edge. Shimmering couture gowns one moment and a crop-top trouser fusion the next (trend alert Fashionistas: It’s all about the crop-top and midriff this season. Emma Stone did it in Thakoon at the Met Gala earlier this month, and now Jennifer Lawrence in a youthful Dior creation at Cannes).

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Jennifer Lawrence in Christian Dior Couture at “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1” Photocall

Other notable trends included lace, embroidery, and sheer fabrics, which were all executed brilliantly by the likes of Alessandra Ambrosio and Cheryl Cole. Neural colours were another winner on the red carpet with many starlets wearing grey, white, and black dresses. In terms of beauty trends, makeup and hair were kept minimal, allowing for the dress to do all the talking. This was beautifully conducted by Blake Lively, who proved to be the best dressed of the entire festival. Every single look worn by Lively was enchanting. From her luminous Chanel gown with impeccable detailing and a plunging neckline, to her classic strapless black and white Gucci Premiere dress, the Gossip Girl star was the talk of the town.

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Blake Lively in Chanel at the “Mr. Turner” Premiere

And here are some of the best looks of Cannes Film Festival 2014:

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Zhang Ziyi in Stephane Rolland at the Opening Ceremony & “Grace of Monaco” Premiere

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Chloe Moretz in Chanel at the Clouds of Sils Maria Press Conference

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Alessandra Ambrosio in Atelier Versace at the “Two Days, One Night” Premiere


Sonam Kapoor in Anamika Khanna at “Foxcatcher” Premiere

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Sarah Gadon in Dolce & Gabbana at the “Maps To The Stars” Photocall

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Cheryl Cole in Monique Lhuillier at the “Foxcatcher” Premiere

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Blake Lively in Gucci Premiere at Opening Ceremony & “Grace of Monaco” Premiere
Monika Markovinovic

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