Entertainment Style Racy copycat dress steals the show at the Cannes Film Festival
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Racy copycat dress steals the show at the Cannes Film Festival

Alessandra Ambrosio Cannes May 14
Alessandra Ambrosio wafts into the Cannes Film Festival on May 14 for her first headline-making appearance. Photo: Getty
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The annual Cannes Film Festival is as much about fashion as films, with stars pushing their personal brands via frocks.

None did it better – or worse, depending on your taste – this year than model Alessandra Ambrosio.

On May 15, she flaunted (an overused description but the best one here) a scarlet Julien Macdonald chiffon halter with soaring split and magician-style cape. Ta da!

Alessandra Ambrosio Cannes
Ambrossio struts her stuff on May 15 at Cannes. Photo: Getty

The main trick? How the Victoria’s Secret model simultaneously kept her modesty while giving away a stack of mystery.

Bella Hadid Cannes 2016
Bella Hadid in 2016. Photo: Getty

While Ambrosio’s dress was the most head turning of the festival, it’s nothing the Croisette hasn’t seen before.

In May 2016, model Bella Hadid hit the red carpet in a crimson Alexandre Vauthier gown, which at the time was hailed as the most risque in Cannes’ history. (Her secret? A built-in bodysuit.)

Ambrosio made the barely-there dress her trademark at Cannes 2019. For May 14’s opening ceremony and premiere of The Dead Don’t Die, she went with a guilty pleasure Ralph & Russo.

The feathered number was like the Barbie doll dress your five-year-old chooses which you think is tacky but pure fun.

Alessandra Ambrosio Cannes 2019
Alessandra Ambrosio. Photo: Getty

Elle Fanning owned opening night in a plunging Gucci gown that was close to perfect with its floral embroidered belt detail and (good) cape, worn with crimson lip, Chopard jewels and Gucci platform sandals.

Elle Fanning Cannes May 14
Elle Fanning. Photo: Getty

Chloe Sevigny also slayed, in a strapless gown with opera gloves, diamonds, dramatic scarf and classic black pumps. Super classy.

Chloe Sevigny Cannes May 14
Chloe Sevigny. Photo: Getty

French model Caroline de Maigret struck a perfect note of insouciance with minimal make-up, undone hair and pockets in her vintage-inspired Chanel.

Caroline de Maigret Cannes May 14
Caroline de Maigret. Photo: Getty

Brazilian model Izabel Goulart was supernaturally amazing, albeit a tiny bit obvious, in ox blood, second skin backless Etro.

Izabel Goulart Cannes May 14
Izabel Goulart. Photo: Getty

Eva Longoria looked like she’d thrown on some bedsheets and was running away to ice dancing school.

Eva Longoria Cannes May 14
Eva Longoria. Photo: Getty

Araya Hargate drew the short straw and had to wear the evening’s mandatory tiered, tulle, ombre confection. Cliched wackiness.

Araya Hargate Cannes May 14
Araya Hargate. Photo: Getty

OK, so now it’s starting to seem like a theme. In (fabulous) cobalt, fashion blogger Farhana Bodi was both overwhelming and underwhelming in that way where a look has everything but originality.

Farhana Bodi Cannes May 14
Farhana Bodi. Photo: Getty

Selena Gomez made history: First person to look ace in a red carpet crop top. Her Louis Vuitton padded skirt was futuristically retro.

Selena Gomez Cannes May 14
Selena Gomez. Photo: Getty

Tilda Swinton is style. Authentic, interesting, covered-up, amazing, from the gunmetal shade to the asymmetric beading and her hair.

Tilda Swinton Cannes May 14
Tilda Swinton. Photo: Getty

Yolonda Ross went with what I call ‘passionfruit cocktails by the Palm Springs pool at 5pm on a Saturday night in 1973’. Shoes needed work.

Yolanda Ross Cannes May 14
Yolonda Ross. Photo: Getty

Julianne Moore looked flawless as ever in Dior, but do you feel you’ve seen this all before? Maybe that’s the beauty of it. Maybe it’s just dull.

Julianne Moore Cannes May 14
Julianne Moore. Photo: Getty

Javier Bardem went classic, Charlotte Gainsbourg went full French punky chic with zebra striped mini, sheer stockings and bare face.

Javier Bardem Charlotte Gainsbourg Cannes May 14
Javier Bardem and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Photo: Getty

Romee Strijd was stunning but lacked irony. And also, what is Rosie Huntington-Whiteley going to wear while Romee has her dress?

Romee Strijd Cannes May 14
Romee Strijd. Photo: Getty

For May 15’s premiere of Les Miserables, Fanning (in Valentino Haute Couture) chose full-blown Versailles floral, proving the past is very now.

Elle Fanning Cannes May 15
Elle Fanning. Photo: Getty

Model Nadine Leopold’s short suit with wafty bits will probably next be seen at the final rose ceremony of next year’s Bachelor in Paradise.

Nadine Leopold May 15 Cannes
Nadine Leopold. Photo: Getty

At the Les Miserables screening, Moore was fantastic in a column gown with dramatic embroidered capelet and out-there Chopard earrings.

Julianne Moore Cannes May 15
Julianne Moore. Photo: Getty

Amber Heard heard ‘festival’ and thought glam Coachella in a leotard with sheer skirt and couture boho belt.

Amber Heard Cannes May 15
Amber Heard. Photo: Getty

Spanish model Nieves Alvarez had May 15’s most stunning shoes and most inexplicable pant and skirt mash-up.

Nieves Alvarez Cannes May 15
Nieves Alvarez. Photo: Getty

Hadid was back at Cannes, looking like a living Oscar statuette in sheer gold top and flamenco skirt (trend alert) for a Dior and Vogue dinner.

Bella Hadid Cannes May 15
Bella Hadid. Photo: Getty

Shailene Woodley also went for tiers at the dinner, wearing a chic, sophisticated dress with restrained pumps and lady hair. Game on.

Shailene Woodley Cannes May 15
Shailene Woodley. Photo: Getty

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