[STYLE]: 2013 Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet Fashions

By on May 22, 2013 in FASHION, Hot Gossip!, NEWS


The 66th Cannes Film Festival was graced by many Chinese celebrities.  Opening on May 15, the film festival will last through May 26.  Fan Bingbing (范冰冰), Zhang Ziyi (章子怡) and Carina Lau (劉嘉玲),  Kitty Zhang (张雨绮), and Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文) sported bold looks on the red carpet.


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Kitty Zhang conveyed classic Hollywood glamour in an Ulyana Sergeenko gown. The bodice fit like a second skin before flaring into a sweeping skirt.  The chartreuse color was in sharp contrast against Kitty’s creamy skin and red lips. Kitty opted for minimalist ruby drop diamond earrings and a simple clutch for a flawless look.

Fan Bingbing

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Appearing at the Cannes Film Festival’s opening ceremony in a pink Louis Vuitton gown, Fan Bingbing was all saccharine sweet with her hair flowing freely. The pale mauve dress has a sequined bodice which prevents the dress from looking ordinary. It’s rather different from her usual looks but no doubt, just as stunning.

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The next day, at Jeune et Jolie’s premiere, Fan Bingbing turned up in a splendid 2012 Elie Saab couture yellow gown. In her usual braided hairdo, she looked totally adorable in the dress which featured a heavily embellished top. Though the gown wasn’t  my favorite, the fact that Fan Bing Bing used heavy eye makeup and striking orange lip color to counter the paleness of the whole look makes it a win.

Later in the day, Fan Bingbing attended the Trophée Chopard party in an Ulyana Sergeenko Spring 2013 haute couture gown. Much as I love the shade of the electrifying pale blue, I just don’t care for this gown. The rolled up sleeve gave the whole dress a futuristic look.

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On the same day, Fan Bingbing turned up at The Bling Ring party in another Elie Saab number. The black lace dress was heavily embellished. Conservative yet sexy. It’s a risky dress to pull and Fan Bingbing barely pulled it off.

Fashion Forward Carina Lau

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In the photocall for Bends <過界>, Carina Lau wore a gray Elie Saab dress. Despite its flat gray color, she brought the dress to life. Besides a couple of rings on her fingers, her makeup and accessories were kept to a minimum to finish the look.

For Bend’s premiere, Carina turned up looking glamorous and elegant in another Elie Saab gown. Easily one of the best-dressed that night.

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At the premiere of a Touch of Sin <天註定>, Carina donned an asymmetrical antique gold gown with a huge bow on the front. Gold normally won’t work well on Asian skin because of the yellow undertones but the sheen on this dress is just like liquid gold, making the dress deliciously elegant. The best accessory is of course husband, Tony Leung (梁朝偉).

The Different Looks of Zhang Ziyi

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Zhang Ziyi wore a two-piece Christian Dior ensemble to Cannes’ opening ceremony. With her wig and an equally casual pair of earrings, Zhang Ziyi looked more like she was heading out for a day of shopping in town than the opening ceremony of the prestigious film festival.  The only thing I like about this outfit is her Christian Louboutin pumps.

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For the Un Certain Regard photocall the next morning, Zhang Ziyi wore a shortened version of the Giambattista Valli Spring 2013 Couture dress which featured a sheer top and a structured skirt with embroidered leaf details throughout. I love eccentric dresses such as this and the shade of green is beautiful. With the casual hairdo and yellow Christian Louboutin pumps, this look makes me think of spring and gives off cheerful vibes.

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The next day at the Jeane & Jolie premiere, Zhang Ziyi looked absolutely resplendent in a Carolina Herrera black/grey gown. There is nothing extraordinary about the design of the gown, but the bold prints just shouted for attention, in a good way. With her slicked back hair and nude makeup look, she complemented the attire with an elaborate necklace color-coordinated with the dress. The whole outfit was stunning and powerful.

Other Celebrities

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For the screening of Bends, lead actor Chen Kun (陳坤) showed up formally in a shiny Louis Vuitton suit. Chen Kun escorted Bends director, Flora Lau, at the opening ceremony.

Andy Lau (劉德華) and Sammi Cheng (鄭秀文) promoted their new film, Blind Detective <盲探>, at Cannes. Sammi dressed wisely in a metallic dress that hugged her hips and gave her a curvaceous silhouette. Sammi looked like she stepped off a catwalk in the fashion-forward dress that suited her personal style well.

WORST DRESSED: Wang Baoqiang

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Mainland actor Wang Baoqiang (王宝强) is known for his flamboyant suits. At the festival’s opening ceremony, he showed up in a striped purple/blue suit, which gave off a cartoonish vibe. The matching shirt and bowtie turned Wang Baoqiang into a mass of walking stripes and was awful.

This fashion review is written by Karen for JayneStars.com.

26 comments to [STYLE]: 2013 Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet Fashions

  1. Puff says:

    I love Ziyi’s Giambatista look and Sammi’s dressed to match me look.

    Definitely not a fan Ulyana Sergeenko, for both Kitty Zhang and Fan BingBing!

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    • Puff replied:

      Oh sorry forgot to say… How delicious does Chen Kun look!!!

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  2. Iris says:

    Sammi’s look and Fan Bing Bing’s first gown are definitely my favorites!

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  3. Victoria says:

    All of Karen’s comments are really accurate! The only thing I would have to disagree on is Kitty Zhang being best dressed. Makeup and hair-wise, she is flawless. The dress is just terrible though, from the design to the color.

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    • Victoria replied:

      Love Carina with her gold gown and husband by her side. Fan Bing Bing looks gorgeous as usual wearing the first dress with her hair down. Zhang Ziyi’s second and third dresses are also very beautiful.

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    • jayne replied:

      I made some minor edits to Karen’s submission by adding a Best Dressed category, in which I chose Kitty Zhang’s dress. 🙂

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      • Victoria replied:

        Oh oops, well that’s awkward. Hope you weren’t offended or anything. It was just an opinion of mine~

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      • jayne replied:

        That’s okay. Just wanted to clarify since you thought it was Karen’s taste. Haha she and I differ in style preferences. I think Karen prefers more refined, subtle designs while I like more bold and edgy cuts.

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    • Issy replied:

      Love Kitty Zhang’s green dress but her eyebrows need a little tweezing or waxing.

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  4. Funn Lim says:

    Jayne, you forgot Fukuyama Masaharu who was there for his movie. He looked every inch of a movie star, perfectly cut suit and all. So so so handsome! His lady co star was also rather pretty even if a bit not much colour. But classy!

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    • Funn Lim replied:

      By the way what is Fan Bing Bing doing there? Another red carpet event? Is her entire foreign career so to speak consists of carpet events?

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    • jayne replied:

      We’re focusing on Chinese stars lah. Fukuyama will look good in anything.

      Fan Bingbing was there to promote her new movie “Skiptrace” with Jackie Chan and endorse her luxury brands.

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      • Funn Lim replied:

        But for once, I wanna see him here! In full glory! Like Wallace Huo!. And isn’t this Asian news site? No?

        I petition for at least Fukuyama Masaharu news site. I swear the reviews are glowing. Maybe an oscar for the picture… maybe.

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      • jayne replied:

        Wallace Huo is Taiwanese (part of greater Chinese region). Fukuyama is Japanese and there are no other Japanese/ Korean stars featured without a direct Chinese entertainment link on our site’s news coverage.

        You’re doing a great job in spreading love for Fukuyama already.

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  5. jayne says:

    I like Kitty Zhang and Fan Bingbing’s dresses by Ulyana Sergeenko. They’re bold and suit the Kitty and Bingbing’s frames.

    The above Elie Saab gowns are a bit conservative.

    Fan Bingbing’s mauve Louis Vuitton dress is almost bridesmaid like (the color and skirt cut). I did like Zhang Ziyi’s green Giambattista Valli dress, which is quite original in the design and standout color.

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  6. Funn Lim says:

    Kitty Zhang – lovely look but too much breasts. Let the hollywood types show their boobs but I prefer us Asian stars keeping it classy.

    Fan Bing Bing – best look with Elie Saab couture yellow gown. Suits her skin tone and looks glamour and classy. As for pink Louis Vuitton gown, I like her hair down but I feel the entire effect makes her look like mannequin on heels. She looks very plastic in that dress. Or rather like an alien princess. The Elie Saab dress at least makes her look human.

    Carina Lau – Elie Saab gown looks similar to one worn by Gwyneth Paltrow many years ago. Suits her though, since it requires a woman of maturity to wear such a severe cut.

    Zhang Ziyi – fail, fail, fail

    Sammie Cheng – the look is good, the pose is good, the dress is just not that good. However it suits her. She has a certain attitude, a certain style that she makes that look work.

    Wang Baoqiang – that’s not playful, that is lazy.

    Show Fukuyama Masaharu!! Show him! That’s style and respectability!

    Anyway so few chinese stars there?

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    • jayne replied:

      Few Chinese actresses can pull off Kitty Zhang’s look successfully. Especially that shade of green can wash out the wearer, but she looked so luminous. She has voluptuous figure, so why not?

      One complaint I have is about the ladies’ hairstyles, which seem so uninspired. Especially Fan Bingbing, whose hair looks exactly like the styles she wore at last year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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      • msxie replied:

        Bet you many of the photogs were holding their breaths waiting for a nipple slip

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  7. Jack says:

    Not that Kitty Zhang and Fan Bingbing aren’t gorgeous women but I hesitate to describe their dresses as embodying Hollywood glamour. The way their dresses are cut in the front just barely skirts the thin line between classy and trashy. Somehow, the actresses and designers made it work.

    As for Zhang Ziyi, she’s cute!

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    • msxie replied:

      it was ironic that Bai Ling, the queen of trashy low cut dresses, wore relatively conservative gowns at the event, while actresses from China are now emulating the boob poppers.

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  8. Larry 3 says:

    boobs 🙂

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  9. sushiroll says:

    They are look like the clothes are wearing them, and not other way around. I bet cause they saw the label was Elie Saab or whatever, that they just threw it on.

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  10. jenny says:

    今年第四次到戛纳的陈坤,说起红毯忍不住自嘲:“国外摄影机不会对准你,你摆姿势也没用。” 所以你嗖嗖嗖的走么!!!@陈坤

    Saw this news about what Chen Kun says about walking the red carpet. He says no foreign reporters is interested with Chinese artists. There is no point standing there waiting for them to shoot photos. Very true too. There were comments that he “fly off” the red carpet, walking very fast. Even reporters complaint that it was so difficult to get hold of his pic. At his weibo he wrote that the rain was very heavy, that’s why he walk very fast. His manager said he would had walk faster if not for the director who dragged him down. Very funny, the ladies try to stay as long as they can while he run off as fast as he can.

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    • skinnymocha replied:


      (But boy, do I see Fan Bing Bing sticking her face in every red carpet event…)

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  11. skinnymocha says:

    Haha. Tony Leung, the best accessory. I’m sure a lot of girls wouldn’t mind a bit of that on their arms.

    I think my favourite is Ziyi’s Giambattista Valli look.

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  12. Cleo says:

    and Sammi maintains her tradition of I’m not going to let you see anything (other than my beautiful face), nuh!

    I’d like to see if anyone else can wear that impossible looking Elie Saab dress on Carina Lau.

    I liked Bingbing in that yellow – she looked like an old fashioned painting of one of China’s historical great beauties.

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