The Five Evening Dress Trends from the Cannes Film Festival’s Red Carpet


The Academy Awards might be touted as the greatest celebrity night of the year, but the Cannes Film Festival will always boast the greatest dresses. It has a lot to do with the location, I mean seriously is there a more glamorous location. Secondly when you look at the photos (because I haven’t been to the festival) there seems to be so much red carpet. It’s a huge space which allows for the celebrities, designers and stylists to go overboard on the pouf and size of the dress. Something we don’t usually see anywhere else, not to mention all the whirling and twirling that goes on!

As Ramadan beckons, we are already dreaming of the wedding season that will naturally follow. We’ve broken it down and come up with the 5 strongest evening dress trends from the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

For obvious reasons we will not tell you that sheer, nude colored beaded dresses are on point. There were many on the red carpet. This style has become more of a red carpet staple, seen season after season. Here’s what’s new though!


1 || Pretty Pastels

Although there wasn’t a ‘pantone of the year’ lilac in sight there were plenty of other pastels on show. From Lupita’s peachy Prada number to Diane Kruger’s more adult Armani Privé choice.


Diane Kruger in Armani Prive
Elsa Hosk in Ralph & Russo
Josephine Skriver in Georges Hobeika
Lupita Nyong’o in Prada
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2 || Princess Dresses

We at CIIN are particularly fond of princess dresses, we would rather keep them for princesses… The greatest disappointment was truly Bella Hadid that wore the drabbest Dior couture number, the only glamour was the designer name and the celebrity herself.


Bella Hadid in Dior
Irina Shayk in Twinset
Josephine Skriver in Giambattista Valli Couture
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3 || Feathers

So many feathers…Tucked into the cape à la Julianne Moore or perhaps more OTT like Arya Hargate in Ashi Studio, there was plenty to see. Our favorite must have been Lupita Nyong’o’s white Dior dress.


Arya Hargate in Ashi Couture
Camila Coelho in Ralph & Russo
Jessica Kahawaty in Zuhair Murad
Julianne Moore in Givenchy
Lupita Nyong’o in Dior Couture
Penelope Cruz in Chanel
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4 || Tulle and Ruffles

Ruffles and tulle were everywhere, from Kristen Stewart’s understated number to Deepika Padukone’s flamboyant dress by Ashi Studio.


Deepika Padukone in Ashi Studio
Fan Bingbing in Ali Karoui
Kendall Jenner in Schiaparelli
Kristen Stewart in Chanel
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5 || Fifties Beading

We are so glad this trend is back, giving us a welcome break from the nude beaded party dress.


Jane Fonda in Givenchy Couture
Lea Seydoux in Louis Vuitton
Sara Sampaio in Julien Macdonald
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