With Gong Li, Li Bingbing, Kristen Stewart and Blake Lively around, there is no shortage of star power at the opening of the Cannes Film Festival on May 11.
Yet something seems to be missing - a certain spark, a certain surge of excitement that a true fashion goddess can cause just by showing up in something outrageously fabulous.
Where are you, Fan Bingbing? Come back. Cannes needs you.
Gong Li is the queen of "I woke up like this". She wakes up this glorious, so she seldom makes a real effort on the red carpet. She looks good here, but this is also just the celebrity equivalent of slumming it in a basic white dress while on a beach holiday.
Your life is rough when you are the other Bingbing, Li Bingbing. Even when you bring your A game, in a dramatic dress with dazzling white pleats, red carpet commentators will still be looking over your shoulder, looking for Fan Bingbing.
It's witchy, butchy and very Kristen Stewart. Who else could pull off a Chanel shirt dress on the Cannes red carpet and look too cool for it at the same time?
Speaking of witchy, here's the charming Julianne Moore, encircled by sequinned cobras. She is with her bodyguard - sorry, Susan Sarandon - and Naomi Watts.
Blake Lively dresses her baby bump in a figure-hugging Versace gown and a flattering Juan Carlos Obando jumpsuit.
Victoria Beckham is a serious fashion designer these days. This is her in her serious fashion uniform, a simple black-and-white look that works at weddings, funerals and everything else in between.
Vanessa Paradis, Kirsten Dunst and Araya A. Hargate: pretty, prettier and prettiest in pink. French singer Paradis can do waifish chic in her sleep, however, so this is just her sleepwalking in a beautiful tablecloth. Dunst's dress, with enormous embroidered blooms, is more high-impact. But British-Thai actress Hargate takes the cake, sweeping onto the red carpet in a tsunami of pink ruffles. Fan Bingbing's heart would swell with pride if she were to see Hargate.
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