The red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival never disappoints, but this year, the responsibility to keep that tradition alive has largely fallen on only two names: Elle Fanning and Chloë Sevigny, who've been in France for a week and yet are still somehow pulling out endless look after look, putting the rest of attendees to shame.
Fanning, for example, was a key factor in making the world premiere of Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood the biggest red carpet since the Met Gala. Margot Robbie has been coming through with references to the '60s—most notably, by channeling Sharon Tate's hair—but Fanning, who isn't even in the film (though, her sister Dakota is), easily put its cast to shame. She was the picture of Old Hollywood elegance, with a Dior couture ensemble that gave her a New Look silhouette, plus a macramé hat.
She also claimed a sizable, yet deserved, amount of real estate on the red carpet of Les Miserables in a giant floral Valentino couture gown, which she accessorized with real flowers in her hair.
Even while off-duty, she and Sevigny have been wearing looks more deserving of the spotlight than those on the actual red carpets. Sevigny, for one, showed up to the festival prominently toting a sun hat around her neck, harking back to the festival's surprisingly casual glory days
Of course, the fact that Sevigny has style is nothing new; she's been the standout on and off red carpets for the past 20-plus years. This time, though, she's really shown her range, following up the custom Mugler she wore to the first premiere of The Dead Don't Die with a relatively low-key, but nonetheless elegant, Loewe fall 2019 look with intricate eyelet lace and pearls the very next day.
Like the true runway model that she is, she's also been posing up a storm, both on the carpet and off:
And while it may have been unintentional, there's nothing to make your vintage Prada stand out like fainting because it's a bit too tight, causing Colin Firth to revert to Mr. Darcy mode.
Fanning might have taken the cake when it comes to couture, but no one has nailed the designer credits like Sevigny; in addition to custom Mugler, she's also worn some of the signature crescent moons of Paris's buzziest up-and-comers, Marine Serre
Somehow, the red carpets still aren't over yet, so the rest do have time to step it up like Sevigny and Fanning. For now, though, the only special shoutout goes to Kendall Jenner. While clearly in full promotion mode for Giambattista Valli's new H&M collab, we have to throw her a bone for looking like she was having an utter (post-breakup) ball while prancing around the city in layers upon layers of hot pink tulle.