The Gold Coast in Australia, situated 62 miles southeast of Brisbane, has traditionally gotten a bad rap. Despite its reputation, however, Goldie, as it’s referred to by locals, is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia.
As they prepare to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games, the city has seen as burst of new construction that’s added modern hotels and upscale restaurants to the mix.
The city is a particularly sunny one, with its days of rays clocking in around 300 per year, which has caused local travelers to take note of the exciting destination in their own backyard.
[The Games] changed everything,” Dean Gould, executive director of corporate affairs and strategy for Gold Coast Tourism, explained to CNN Travel. “Over the last five years, the city has come alive again.” In the past year, they’ve seen a 7.2% increase in international travelers who are choosing to visit the city.
Prior to this revival, Gold Coast was only associated with its most popular surfing beach and boasted a less than stellar reputation for reasons ranging from out of control youngster looking to party on the sly to high crime rates. The city began cracking down on underage drinking which has mitigated at least one of the problems, but it was being chosen to host the 2018 that began Gold Coast’s renaissance when it was announced in 2010.
“The Games has fast-tracked a lot of construction projects,” says Gould. “But we realized early on that success is not just a highrise. It’s about making things accessible, usable and available.” In order to help facilitate the expected influx of people, the city smartly commissioned the installation of a light rail, which has made it infinitely easy to get around the area.
The city has also realized just how much prime beachfront property they have to develop, so glitzy hotels have been constructed along Broadbeach, Surfers’ Paradise’s neighbor. Naturally, all of the hotels have seen an marked increase in good restaurants too, making it an excellent time to visit Gold Coast.
The red carpet attracts the best actors and actresses from around the world. Let’s embrace film work, fashion, the glitz and the glamour…with these red carpet looks that made people do a double take.
The former Home And Away actress made some serious waves when she ruled the red carpet while wearing a Samara’s floor-length gown that was cinched at the waist. Adorned with a shimmering criss-cross band that highlighted her fit physique, the star’s Schiaparelli dress only sparkled brighter when Samara went for a bold makeup look. Smokey, kohl-rimmed eyes and lashings of mascara contrasted her nude lips and flushed cheeks. As for accessories, Samara opted a clutch purse by Valextra that matched her dress.
Victoria’s Secret star Stella Maxwell proves she is anything but Angelic in a stunning, flesh-flashing gown and completely commanded attention with her pulse-racing dress. The in plunging gown featured a daring hip-high slit which highlighted her slim pins at the Vanity Fair Oscars Party on Sunday. The supermodel walked down the star-studded carpet while avoiding a wardrobe malfunction despite her daring low-back couture and strappy heels. Maxwell also parted her golden locks right in the center for a classy finish.
Many said her navy Armani Privé dress stole the show, but the bow-tiful Nicole Kidman simply did the unthinkable and dazzled the industry of the rich and famous even more so than the award seasons in previous years. The stunning 50-year-old proved age works to her favor with the large leg split directly up the center of the dress, which only drew more attention to the gown’s dramatic bow. The heart-shaped top flaunted her enviable toned physique and bare decolletage.
At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, actress Diane Kruger dared to bare her back in this sensational Prada gown. The flowing nature of the dress, together with her relaxed hair made Kruger look like a goddess. Diane might have the looks and style, but she also had the talent to back it up. Kruger is no stranger to a dramatic role and has acted in respected films including Quentin Tarantino’s war film Inglourious Basterds, National Treasure and Troy.
As one of the new crop of supermodels, Bella Hadid worked her Cavalli Couture gown and de Grisogono jewelry. Bella, together with sister and fellow supermodel Gigi, have risen in the ranks of high fashion, fronting campaigns for fashion powerhouses including Tom Ford and Dior. With the sisters inheriting their beauty and modeling chops from their mother Yolanda, there’s no slowing down for these two.
Emily Ratajkowski is one of those models who can pull of just about anything and isn’t afraid to show off some skin. At Cannes in 2017, Emily donned this sweeping Peter Dundas lace gown with a daring cut out on the bodice. The dress was perfectly crafted and showed off her phenomenal figure.
Said to have won this year’s best red carpet look at the 2018 Oscars is non-other than Eiza Gonzalez. The Mexican actress who is not yet well known in Hollywood but did manage to make some headlines after she scored a small role in the Oscar-nominated movie Baby Driver rocked an eye-catching Ralph Lauren bright yellow dress, voluminous red lips, and a classy yet simple cat-eye liner. Eiza also presented the Best Sound Editing and Best Sound Mixing awards alongside her Baby Driver co-star Ansel Elgort.
Kendall has risen through the ranks to prove herself as one of the most stylish young models out there. The Giambattista Valli asymmetrical gown she wore to Cannes in 2017 propelled her to new heights in the style stakes. Kendall’s lucrative modeling contracts with Chanel, Balmain, Givenchy and Tom Ford, have ensured that this supermodel has learned from the best.
As one of the most famous Indian actresses, Aishwarya Rai knows how to give the wow factor. Her lilac princess gown by Michael Cinco at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival ensured that all eyes were on her. Through Rai’s exotic looks and overt talent, she managed to establish her name on different continents after winning the 1994 Miss World pageant. In addition to her acting, Rai branched out into modeling where she worked with international brands including Coca-Cola, Titan Watches, and Pepsi.
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The Empire star Taraji P. Henson wowed many in a custom-made, stunning Vera Wang gown that left most speechless at the 2018 Oscars in Los Angeles. The bold actress was over the moon with her overall look but did reveal to the online magazine ET that her slit could have definitely gone a bit higher. “I’m not afraid,” she said. “Vera was like, ‘Let’s take it there!’ Wangy bangy, baby.” The all-black, hand-draped french tulle gown had an with illusion keyhole neckline and sheer back.
Actress Gal Gadot made her way to the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Shine still rocking the previously established Wonder Woman theme. The Fast and the Furious star stepped out in a sequined dark red Armani Prive gown for the bash. In spite of the shimmering material and flattering cut, the ensemble had a certain ease that Gadot is known to be a fan of. No dramatic accessories or embellishments were needed, nor did Gadot mount her face with a heap of makeup. Natural beauty is what Gadot is all about.
Emma Stone has had an extremely successful career with a portfolio containing blockbusters including The Amazing Spider-Man, The Help and the Oscar-winning musical La La Land. In addition to her acting, Stone has consistently owned every red carpet that she walks with one of her most memorable looks taking place at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Emma’s pale blue, open-backed lace Christian Dior Couture gown was one of the best looks of the festival. Teamed with a diamond choker and hair pulled back, she was a star.
Jessica Chastain is never one to shy away from the more daring red carpet dresses. Her vibrant, canary Zac Posen custom gown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival hugged her in all the right places. Flanked by Sean Penn and Brad Pitt, the actress was a shining star. Jessica has rightfully earned her place on one of the world’s most famous red carpets through her incredible acting abilities. Her highly acclaimed roles in Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar and The Martian thrust her into A-list Hollywood stardom.
She may have started out in the Spice Girls, but Victoria Beckham has made her mark as a fashion designer, building an incredible empire. It is no surprise then that she upped the style stakes at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival in this black and white jumpsuit. Victoria kept it simple but chic, nonetheless. The gorgeous British star has been married to soccer star and international stud David Beckham for 18 years, and they have four beautiful and talented children together.
Luscious Latina Eva Longoria stepped out like the movie star that she is and stunned in this custom Gabriela Cadena gown. The plunging white strapless silk dress was adorned with pearl and Swarovski detailing. Eva’s dangerous curves clung tightly to the custom gown, and the glamour she brought was everything desired for that moment in Cannes. Despite the actress being well known for her naughty role on Desperate Housewives, Longoria has been laying low in her career after marrying second husband, Jose Baston.
The Notebook actress Rachel McAdams shot to fame through cult-movie Mean Girls, starring opposite actresses Lindsay Lohan and Tina Fey. McAdams went on to star in box office hits including The Time Traveler’s Wife and The Vow, making her highly sought after, both off and on screen. At the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, Rachel looked ravishing in this red sheer Marchesa dress for the premiere of her movie Midnight In Paris. Rachel’s decision to forgo opulent jewelry allowed intricate details on the dress to be the focus.
English rose Rachel Weisz has gained a huge amount of popularity since she made the trip across the pond. Rachel has gone on to become a critically acclaimed actress and Academy Award winner. During this time, her style evolved, and she found herself being admired in high fashion. At the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, Weisz modeled a satin Prada gown – simple yet stunning. Rachel’s beauty speaks for itself, and it’s no surprise she bagged herself Mr. James Bond as a husband, Daniel Craig.
Kerry Washington was snapped at Cannes in 2009 wearing a beautiful Zuhair Murad gown which hit all her curves perfectly. The stunning ivory fishtail dress was finished with embroidered blue flowers to make it pop. Washington usually gets her fashion choices right, and this was one for the books. The actress has had quite the impressive run and has starred in films including Scandal, Ray, Fantastic Four, Django Unchained, The Last King of Scotland, and 30,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
As one of the best supermodels in the world, Naomi Campbell could look amazing in just about anything. The gorgeous model was dressed in custom Roberto Cavalli when she appeared on the 2010 Cannes red carpet. The gold shine of the dress worked seamlessly with her flawless complexion and skin tone. Campbell’s personal life has been highly publicized in recent years due to her run-ins with the law. The British supermodel has taken up positions as a judge on modeling reality show competitions.
Harley Quinn’s Suicide Squad and star of the major Hollywood hit I, Tonya is Margot Robbie, who proved her acting talent and professional worth a long time ago in one of the most robust industries out there. Here she is wearing a Chanel Fall 2015 white gown with embellished frill to dazzle up the monotone dress. The actress also wore Roger Vivier Es’sensual Satin Sandals to the 90th Annual Academy Awards in Los Angeles, which took place on March 4th, 2018.
Emily Ratajkowski is not known for the most conservative red carpet looks, but her outfits always catch the fashion world by a storm. This yellow number will make you stand and stare, even if you’re a part of the paparazzi crew.
Bella Hadid’s style has been making headlines since she entered the modeling world in 2012. Within these last few years specifically, Bella full-on went from Gigi’s baby sister to a full-fledged model and fashion icon in her own right. She can pull off anything and everything — a superpower that all of us mere mortals can only dream about. Bella sported this gown to the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and people couldn’t look away.
There have been quite a few risqué outfits on the red carpet in the last few years, but Irina Shayk’s Vanity Fair Oscar party look was definitely pushing boundaries! Well, if anyone can push boundaries with style, it’s this beauty. People did a double take when she walked out in this dress.
Kate Upton never fails to wow on the red carpet and her look at the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar After-Party was no different. The model oozed glamour and style as she stunned in this Victoria Beckham, classic black dress. Kate let her body do the talking as the gown sat beautifully on her every curve. She teamed the look with some sparkling emerald and diamond earrings, paired with a bold red lip to keep it sultry but still fierce.
Ashley Graham is one of the biggest models in the world, taking the industry by storm with her striking looks and real woman curves. The brunette bombshell ensured that all eyes were on her at the GQ Men of the Year Awards 2016, with this impressive plunging neckline and thigh-high split. Graham worked the red carpet and ensured that every inch of her was pristine and perfect. This was one of Ashley’s best red carpet looks to date.
Colombian actress Sofia Vergara has one of the most sought after figures in Hollywood. Her voluptuous curves are perfectly proportioned and Sofia makes an effort to show them off on red carpets. At the 2014 NBC Golden Globes After Party, Sofia once again wowed in this sparkling Zuhair Murad dress which showed off her best assets, along with a pair of Brian Atwood shoes. Sofia flashed her gorgeous smile as she walked down the red carpet looking like a true star.
Kim Kardashian is always one to watch on and off the red carpet. Through her husband Kanye West, Kim made some of the best contacts in the fashion industry and her popularity led every designer vying to work with her. At the 2014 MTV VMA’s, Kim Kardashian wowed in this beaded Balmain dress, complete with a plunging neckline. Kim teamed the mini dress with a pair of black sandals and left her hair loose and wavy to finish.
Chrissy Teigen is not shy about oversharing but when it came to her dress at the 2016 American Music Awards, her wardrobe malfunction was a little too much. The model and wife of singer John Legend showed of her impressive legs with an outrageous slit which went all the way up to her midriff. Despite having to be extremely careful when walking, Chrissy’s slip of the leg was unavoidable and she ended up baring much more than she intended to!
Gigi Hadid is one of the biggest models in the world, having worked with every notable fashion designer, appearing in their campaigns and walking their runways. It is therefore no surprise that when it comes to runway, Gigi knows how to dress to perfection. At the 2016 American Music Awards, Gigi wore this stunning floor-length, white lace Roberto Cavalli gown, as well as a shiny choker necklace. The model proved her worth as she wowed in this look and unsurprisingly ensured all cameras were flashing on her.
Madonna turned up to the 2015 Grammys in this bodysuit by Givenchy. The intricate detailing on the bodice was matched perfectly with the shoulder pads and netted hat and Madonna’s over-the-knee leather boots gave the look an extra ounce of provocation. When the singer turned around, she really shocked fans as she dared to bare her backside for everyone to see.
Lady Gaga is always one to watch on a red carpet. While you never know what outrageous outfit she will turn up in, she always manages to turn heads. At the 2015 Grammys, Gaga wore this sparkly Brandon Maxwell gown with a deep, plunging neckline and a thigh high split, which undoubtedly excited fans. Gaga completed her outfit with beaded sandals, and stunning Lorraine Schwartz jewels to give the look a splash of color with a little more sparkle.
At the 2017 Vanity Fair Oscars after party, Gabrielle Union was one of the standout stars in the fashion stakes. Union hit the red carpet in this unusual Jean-Paul Gaultier, black and blue geometric gown, complete with a thigh-high slit and bare belly. Union’s fans couldn’t get enough of the actresses look and she found herself on many of the best dressed lists after not being afraid to take a risk in fashion. This was one of Unions best looks.
Kendall Jenner has never been one to be afraid of showing some skin, whether she is walking down a runway, at a red carpet event, or even on her off days. At the Met Gala in 2017, Kendall was one of the best dressed, (or should we say un-dressed,) celebrities at the event. This stunning La Perla gown was tailored perfectly on the model, showing off her long legs and toned stomach. Kendall finished off the look with a red lip and loose waves.
If there was one celebrity who is known for not caring how others perceive her, it’s Amber Rose. The model and personality is known for ignoring fashion trends and dressing herself in outfits which make her feel good and show off her assets. At the 2017 MTV Movie Awards Amber wowed in this revealing two piece, flaunting her curves and giving her best pose in this red hot outfit. Amber finished off the look with simple, diamond hoop earrings.
Jennifer Lopez always seems to look a million dollars on a red carpet. The Latina beauty rocked not one, but two daring dresses at the 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards in Miami. This Julian MacDonald dress showed off Jlo’s best assets and was fitted to her every curve. Jennifer’s gorgeous complexion made the whole look pop, and there are not many stars that would be able to pull this one off. Lopez manages to bare some skin while still looking classy.
We are used to seeing Nicki Minaj pour her curves into some risque and barely there outfits during her performances, but at the 2016 Time 100 Gala, Minaj managed to tone the controversy down for the red carpet. She wore a sheer black lace Givenchy number that was much closer to couture fashion than the daring outfits she usually wears, as Minaj is known for her own personal style and affinity for shocking people. Nicki definitely knows how to look gorgeous even with something a bit more conservative!
Spanish senorita Penelope Cruz is no stranger to red carpets and never fails to bring the glamour. Cruz turned heads in her figure-hugging classic Marchesa number at the 2011 Cannes Red Carpet. On the arm of her co-star Johnny Depp, cameras were flashing from every direction. The actress had appeared in highly acclaimed films including musical Nine, which she earned an Academy Award nomination for. Cruz and husband Javier Bardem are amongst the most favorite of Hollywood couples, but their dedication to philanthropy keeps them grounded.
At the 2016 Grammy awards, Ciara was not afraid to show off her incredibly figure in this Alexandre Vauthier Haute Couture silk chiffon slip dress. The intricate beading on the dress gave it some added glamour and the hip-high slit was so daring that only a handful of stars could pull it off. Ciara added some jewelry from Norman Silverman Diamonds and swept her hair back into a loose up do, to ensure that her dress was shown off to the max.
Rita Ora gives off an attitude that she doesn’t care what other people think of her, whether it is her music or her fashion. The British singer was a siren as she walked the red carpet of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, showing off her dangerous curves. Ora seemed to channel Marilyn Monroe in this slinky number, adding the touch of sparkle with the diamond choker, and bring it all together with a strong red lip.
Beyoncé might have shown up a little late to the 2015 Met Gala red carpet but that didn’t stop all heads from turning when she eventually did slay her grand entrance. While this Givenchy gown leaves very little to the imagination, there’s no denying that Beyoncé looks like an absolute queen. From the looks of it, too, we can understand why she was so late. After all, Bey had to make sure every single gem on her bejeweled dress was in the right place because, let’s be real — when it comes to a dress like this, there’s really no room for error.
A critically-acclaimed actress, Eva Longoria looked absolutely breathtaking as she walked the red carpet at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. The Desperate Housewives star stunned in an Alberta Ferretti-designed bedazzled gown as she glided through the opening screening of horror flick The Dead Don’t Die. The dusty pink shade of the dress perfectly illuminated Longoria’s beautiful bronzed skin tone and the thigh-high split — although daring — was the perfect feature to show off the 45-year-old’s fit bod and toned legs.
Irina Shayk — no surprise that this model made the list twice. Now 34 years old, Shayk is originally from Russia but moved to New York in 2007 in order to pursue a more serious modeling career. With her breathtaking looks, there’s no doubt that Shayk is one of the hottest models of this time. And how good does she look in this yellow Versace gown at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival?! Fun fact: this is literally two months after giving birth to her and Bradley Cooper’s daughter! How does she even look like that?!
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Towering gold heels and a wine colored gown featuring a low neckline and high split turned out to be the exact right look for the Step Up actress, who pulled off suggestive cleavage through a stunning strapless very well. The professional actress and singer Jenna Dewan Tatum, sported the Pamella Roland gown like no one else as she attended the star-studded bash with her close friend and fellow actress, Emmanuelle Chriqui (who is most remembered as Sloan from Entourage).
Angelina Jolie has never failed to look like an absolute bombshell on the red carpet. Her Atelier Versace gown from Cannes in 2009 couldn’t have looked more perfect on the brunette beauty. Jolie is amongst the most famous actresses in the world, and her work had not gone unnoticed through winning an Oscar, two SAG awards, and three Golden Globes. Despite going through a bitter divorce to estranged husband Brad Pitt, Jolie has continued to excel in her directing and producing, together with being a philanthropist and mother.
At the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party, Miranda Kerr wowed in this custom red KaufmanFranco gown. Miranda proved that she is every inch the supermodel as she put her best assets on display through a plunging neckline and her tight abs. Miranda brought the look together with a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes and added some sparkle with an Atelier Swarovski clutch. Kerr might not have been at the Oscars, but she sure would have made waves on the red carpet.
Lupita stormed on to the Hollywood scene and never looked back. Her exceptional performance in Academy Award-winning period drama 12 Years a Slave resulted in Lupita becoming the breakout star and Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actress. In the style stakes, Lupita has managed to wow on the red carpet every time, and this was no different at the Cannes Film Festival in 2015. Her stunning emerald Gucci dress complemented her skin tone beautifully, and her complexion was absolutely flawless.
It is hard to decide whether Priyanka Chopra’s 2017 Oscar gown had more of an elegant or sensual feel to it, but the talented actress dressed in the futuristic, body-hugging Ralph & Russo dress turned heads no matter where she went that night. To top things off, Priyanka had her hair in a sleek, side-parted manner and was embellished with a set of sparklings diamonds worth over $5 million. The Indian actress, film producer, singer, philanthropist, and the winner of the 2000 Miss World 2000 was definitely dressed to impress.
Nicole Kidman is one of the classic, most beautiful actresses in Hollywood. She pulled out a showstopper at the 2014 Cannes red carpet with this Armani Prive strapless gown. The opulent gem work on the dress was exquisite, ensuring that the look did not require jewelry. The wife of country singer Keith Urban has had a hugely successful career, starring in iconic movies including Moulin Rouge! and The Hours, of which she won an Academy Award for.
Chinese actress Fan Bingbing always rules the red carpets in elaborately elegant gowns. The risk-taking actress wowed in this sheer, floral Marchesa gown, complete with a flower crown. We have seen Bingbing in some daring looks, but this one is perhaps her boldest yet. The actress has been one of the most high-profile Chinese celebrities for a long time running, but in recent years she managed to break into the US market with appearances in films including X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Penelope Cruz hit the 2008 Cannes red carpet looking absolutely radiant and regal in a white Marchesa gown. The Grecian-inspired gown had a deep drop in the back and the straps covered in crystals. The Spanish beauty accessorized her look with sparkling Chopard diamond earrings, bracelet, and a ring. The wife of actor Javier Bardem can claim that she is one of the most successful actresses of her time, appearing in popular movies including Vicky Christina Barcelona, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, Nine and Broken Embraces.
It is no surprise that Victoria Secret angel Alessandra Ambrosio knows how to slay a red carpet and beat off all the competition. Alessandra had her moment in this embellished Zuhair Murad Couture ballgown. The bottom half of the dress combined pants and a skirt for added drama. She finished the look with the stunning Bulgari Serpenti necklace and stole the fashion award that night. The mother of two has an amazing modeling portfolio containing fashion houses including Balmain, Dior, and Givenchy.
French actress and model Audrey Tautou grew up in the modeling world so was no stranger to wearing chic, designer clothes. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, she wowed in a vibrant pink Prada dress. Her hair style was relaxed and allowed the attention to be on the dress. Tautou shot to international fame in movies back in 2001 through her role in Amelie, which was followed by hits including Priceless, The Da Vinci Code, and A Very Long Engagement.
Real-life superhero Gal Gadot swung by the Oscars at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theatre wearing a slinky sparkling 1920 style Givenchy gown that dripped with fringe. Acing the chic flapper look with her hair slicked-down and styled by the talented Mark Townsend, the Wonder Woman star’s sleeveless outfit featured a neckline that plunged nearly to her midriff. The fabulous 32-year-old glittery silver outfit had a curtain of darker metallic fringe down to the hem of the gown. Needless to say, all eyes were on Gal that night.
The Silver Linings Playbook actress stepped onto the red carpet in a glowing gunmetal gown designed by Dior. The sequined couture had a fitted corset-like top that was held upright by only two delicate black strings. The floor length gown was flattering in the sense that it was formfitting until the hips, then loosened all the way to the hem. The glamorous golden gown went well with her loose, wavy blonde locks and smokey eyes, and the total look was made flawless thanks to her minimal jewelry.
Indian actress Freida Pinto shot to fame after her outstanding role in eight-time Academy Award-winning film Slumdog Millionaire. Frieda is always a red carpet favorite with her soft, feminine looks and Cannes in 2014 was no different. Frieda wowed in this Michael Kors blush dress adorned with feathers and a plunging top, adding a bold red lip which tied in perfectly. Pinto’s career boomed, and her schedule became packed, starring in films including Girl Rising, Desert Dancer, Blunt Force Trauma.
Another model who rocked the red carpet at Cannes in 2016 was blonde British beauty, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. This Alexandre Vauthier Couture flowing red dress was one of the model’s best looks yet. Rosie completed the look with sparkling diamond earrings and bracelets. The model has starred in some impressive fashion campaigns before transitioning to movies, starring in Mad Max: Fury Road, and the Transformers franchise. Recently, Rosie gave birth to her son with fellow British actor Jason Statham.
Naomi Watts is an actress who radiates glamour, poise and elegance. Naomi is often found on the best-dressed lists, and her look at Cannes in 2012 did not disappoint. The Australian actress wore a stunning nude Marchesa number with an impressive fishtail. Naomi’s moment was completed with a sparkling diamond necklace and earrings which was complemented through bringing her hair up in an old-Hollywood style. The actress has been admired through her roles in films including The Ring, King Kong, The Impossible, and J. Edgar.
French actress Lea Seydoux has had a very successful career, taking up starring roles in notable French films and Hollywood cinema thereafter. On the international stage, Lea’s roles in Inglourious Basterds, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol propelled her to stardom. Lea’s style has been something she was always admired for and one of her best looks yet was in Cannes in 2014. Lea dazzled in her plunging, intricately beaded emerald Prada gown which she finished off with with teardrop diamond and emerald earrings.
Charlize Theron looked like a vision in yellow on the 2015 Cannes red carpet. The color and structure of this Christian Dior dress did wonders for the South African beauty. Her pulled back hair and minimal jewelry allowed her gown to make a statement. The Academy-Award winning actress always stuns on the red carpet, exuding class, poise, and elegance. Charlize is best known for her outstanding performances in hit movies including Young Adult, Snow White and the Huntsman, and Prometheus.
Comedian and actress Mindy Kaling went for the color-blocking trend that took over in 2015 on the Cannes red carpet. Kaling’s favorite designer Salvador Perez pulled out all the stops with this chic custom gown. The simplistic top of the dress was perfectly complemented by the impressive skirt train and thigh-high split, which was adorned with an impressive 3,000 hand-sewn crystals! Kaling has seriously established herself in the industry, creating and starring in her own show, The Mindy Project.
The talented Elizabeth Banks has proved she can do it all. At the Cannes Film Festival in 2010, Banks looked to take a note out of her character’s, Effie Trinket from The Hunger Games, book with this striking look. This Georges Chakra Couture gown spoke for itself with its impressive blend of colors and long train. The actress finished off her look with simple jewelry and a black clutch. Banks has branched into producing as well as acting and was part of the genius team behind Pitch Perfect.
Some people can work yellow while others just can’t. Uma Thurman however, completely rocked this look. The actress turned heads in this striking Atelier Versace gown in Cannes in 2014. The plunging neckline allowed her to show off some skin for a more sultry look, while the long, flowing dress remained chic and appropriate. The actress has been a long-standing, well-respected Hollywood actress, starring in blockbusters including Kill Bill, The Producers, Prime, My Super Ex-Girlfriend, and Pulp Fiction.
Zhang Ziyi is considered one of the most famous women in China as one of the Four Dan Actresses. Ever since, all the top designers around the world have wanted to dress the actress. At the Film Festival in 2014, the Asian beauty wore this Stephane Rolland Couture dress. The design was supposed to be somewhat futuristic with many applauding her fashion choice. Ziyi is best known for her roles in Memoirs of a Geisha, The Banquet, House of Flying Daggers, and The Grandmaster.
Top model and actress Cara Delevingne always rocks the red carpet with her outgoing personality and daring style. At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, Cara’s Burberry dress was everything. From the lace sleeves to the red lip and stunning diamond jewelry, Cara’s look was perfection. The striking British model has been highly sought after in both fashion and acting and has worked with fashion houses including Chanel, Dior, Balmain and Burberry while starring in films including Pan, Paper Towns and Suicide Squad.
British singer and public figure Cheryl Cole has been up and down with her fashion, but her moment at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was applauded. This show-stopping white and scarlet dress was created by Stephane Rolland Couture with the dramatic feathered train making it appear as if it was melting into the red carpet. The gorgeous brunette was a judge on The X Factor and recently disappeared from the public eye to have her baby with boyfriend Liam Payne from One Direction.
Actress Michelle Williams opted to wear something feminine and flowing to one of the 2010 Cannes Film Festival events. This blush pink, off the shoulder dress was courtesy of Chanel, choosing something understated, in contrast to the other dramatic dresses we often see at Cannes. The actress got her start on Dawson’s Creek and crept up in the ranks of Hollywood to star in recognized films including Brokeback Mountain, Shutter Island, My Week with Marilyn, Manchester by the Sea, and Blue Valentine.
Actress Camilla Belle stunned at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival in this midnight blue Gucci Premiere number. The one-shoulder dress, together with the thigh-high slit and bold red lip, gave her a more sultry look. Camilla got her start in acting from a young age and her beauty and likable nature had led her to stay ahead in the film industry. As she grew up, Belle was able to be taken more seriously and took up roles in films including Cavemen, Diablo, The American Side, and Sundown.
Spanish actress Paz Vega was white hot on the Cannes red carpet in 2013. The beautiful brunette was dressed in a Roberto Cavalli gown which was covered in dazzling beading throughout. The sheer nature of the skirt allowed Vega to show off her long, toned legs. Vega was another actress who successfully transitioned from Spanish films to American, after starring alongside Adam Sandler. Vega is also signed to a modeling agency and impressively took over Penelope Cruz as the face for Spanish L’Oreal.
Twilight franchise star Kristen Stewart has had some questionable style choices over the years, but at Cannes in 2012, everyone agreed that she killed it. This red hot dress by Reem Acra had everyone’s heads turning with her red lips tying the look together. Ever since her departure as Bella Swan from Twilight, Kristen has taken up more serious roles in order to distance herself from the teen hit. Some of her movie credits include Snow White and the Huntsman, Still Alice and Cafe Society.
Julia Roberts is among the Hollywood greats and designers line up to dress her for award shows. At the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Roberts opted to wear this chic black Armani Prive dress which pulled in at the bodice before flowing out into a billowing skirt. Julia actress finished off her look with a statement diamond and emerald necklace. The Academy-Award winning actress has starred in iconic movies including Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride and Notting Hill and more recently in Eat, Pray Love and Money Monster.
The Shallows, Green Lantern and The Age of Adrenaline actress Blake Lively was a standout star on the 2014 Cannes red carpet. Her chic monochrome dress by Gucci Premiere was teamed perfectly with a bold red lip and stunning diamond and ruby jewelry. Walking the carpet with handsome husband and fellow actor Ryan Reynolds, Blake proved that moms can still bring the glamour.
Mexican seductress Salma Hayek has worked a fair few red carpets and has the fashion down to a tee. Needless to say, she held this title at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Her champagne silk Gucci Premiere gown presented a bodice embroidered with silver beads, sequins, and crystals to give it that star finish. Salma’s star value has been seen in her hit movies including From Dusk Till Dawn, Frida, Wild Wild West, Once Upon a Time in Mexico. We’re sure Hayek’s billionaire husband approved of this look.