Even though many stars may have opted for quiet, understated looks at the Met Gala this year, they made up for it by going all out at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. From custom Haider Ackermann to to-die-for sexy Versace, here's a look at some of the best red carpet looks so far.
Walking the red carpet in a custom Calvin Klein Collection beaded dress, Diane Kruger looked like she was dipped in liquid gold, while French style icon Ines de la Fressange once again proved that age doesn't matter (even if you opt for flats!) in her custom Carven gown.
Rachel McAdams knocked it out of the park not once, but twice. Sporting a new, lighter hair color, the actress opted for a fitted Maxime Simoens Spring 2011 Couture dress beautifully accented with flowers on the shoulders and pockets. She switched into a Fall 2011 Marchesa gown that I distinctly remember fawning over when the collection was shown back in February. Needless to say, McAdams did the embroidered red silk organza illusion cap sleeve gown (accented with a tulle ruffle skirt) justice.
Echoing a look that Jennifer Lopez wore to the Met Gala, Salma Hayek shone in a custom Gucci strapless cocktail dress which she wore with a floral applique shrug. Later, the wife of PPR's head honcho, Francois Pinault, (PPR owns Gucci), was once again a best dressed in a strapless pale Gucci Premiere (Gucci's couture collection which was launched at the festival last year) gown with an embroidered silver bead, sequin, and crystal bustier.
Uma Thurman may have been off the Hollywood radar for a while now, but she's back with a vengeance thanks to an understated, sexy, white cut-out, feather-accented Versace gown that showed off an on-trend thigh-high slit. Also in white, Bianca Balti paired her strapless chiffon Alberta Ferretti dress with a bold green necklace.
Dazzling in Armani Prive were Aishwarya Rai in a look from the designer's Spring 2011 collection and Karolina Kurkova in a Fall 2009 blue sequin gown.
You either love Tilda Swinton's style or you don't. Fans of the actress will no doubt be pleased to see that she opted for a custom, navy satin Haider Ackermann high-waisted skirt and a lighter blue top. So far, the only true Cannes disappointment has been Jane Fonda in a "what was she thinking" Emilio Pucci pale pink, long-sleeve gown — but then again, the festival's only just begun…