Cannes Film Festival 2023: Best Dressed Celebrities On The Red Carpet

The Cannes Film Festival is always an exciting and glamorous time. So I took a look at the fashion at the Cannes Film Festival 2023 and the best dressed celebrities on the red carpet. Last year the event was kind of a dud, according to the media, but I was thrilled to see this year’s highlights more than made up for it.

Cannes Film Festival 2023 Award Winners

Anatomy of a Fall won the Palme d’Or, making French Film Director Justine Triet the 3rd woman in Cannes history to win the coveted honor. Roberto De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio made quite the impact in Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon. And stars like Julianne Moore, Natalie Portman, and Harrison Ford shined in May December and Indiana Jones – although the critics didn’t quite love the fifth (and reportedly final) entry into the franchise. 

Best Dressed Celebrities On The Red Carpet

The fashion on display was nothing short of awe-inspiring, as elegance, experimentation, and extravagance prevailed. Nearly naked trend aside, the actors, actresses, socialites and supermodels pulled out all the stops. Some embraced the allure of Old Hollywood, while others boldly ventured into uncharted territory, which, for the most part, paid off magnificently. In this feature, I choose to highlight those who truly succeeded in making a lasting impression with their bold, risk-taking looks and not the ones who should have left their strange fashion at home.


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Coco Rocha in blue Gaurav Gupta Cannes Film Festival 2023
Coco Rocha in Gaurav Gupta

This striking royal blue look conjures up images of the finest couturiers and the beauty of the ocean. Model Coco Rocha wore this stunning creation to the annual amfAR gala, which usually has its fair share of standout moments. This year’s fashion was pretty boring, except for Rocha of course. 

Ikram Abdi in Harris Reed
Ikram Abdi in Harris Reed
Cannes Film Festival 2023 Rawdah Mohamad in Robert Wun
Rawdah Mohamad in Robert Wun

A pair of Somalian models made quite the statement in their unique looks by Harris Reed and Robert Wun respectively. Ikram Abdi wore a black velvet gown and harlequin pattern complete with a grand headpiece. I’m wondering if anyone else got attention that day? Rawdah Mohamad was able to pull off Robert Wun’s elaborate white ensemble which made her look both like a ghost and a haunted bride. 

Elsa Hosk in Viktor & Rolf
Elsa Hosk in Viktor & Rolf

I was just waiting for someone to wear one of Viktor & Rolf’s whimsical pieces from their Spring Haute Couture 2023 collection and pull it off. Elsa Hosk did just that, and it works perfectly here.

Cannes Kate Beckinsale in Tony Ward
Kate Beckinsale in Tony Ward
Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad shorts gown
Kate Beckinsale in Zuhair Murad

Kate Beckinsale stood out in not one, but two aesthetically pleasing looks by two top haute couture designers. She wore a beautiful blue asymettrically draped look by Tony Ward to the amfAR gala. Then later, she wore Zuhair Murad to the premiere of ‘La Passion De Dodin Bouffant.’ Playful, but interesting, I love that Kate Beckinsale always has fun with couture, and still looks as elegant as ever. 

Cannes Film Festival 2023 shay mitchell cult gaia
Shay Mitchell in Cult Gaia

Shay Mitchell certainly leaves little to the imagination in this Cult Gaia Arya gown, but I’m proud she was able to make it look good. 

Olivia Culpo in Miss Sohee
Olivia Culpo in Miss Sohee

So here’s one dress I’m still not 100% sold on, but it certainly made a statement. Olivia Culpo wore a velvet and taffeta Miss Sohee gown to the premiere of Asteroid City at Cannes and it’s like nothing she’s ever worn before. I can’t figure out whether that is good or bad because I’ve read mostly positive reviews, but I don’t love it.

Standout Gowns from the A-listers 

Cate Blanchett black and white Louis Vuitton Cannes 2023
Cate Blanchett in Louis Vuitton

Sometimes I find Cate Blanchett’s style a little too out there, but often, it just works. 

Cannes Film Festival 2023 Naomi Campbell in Valentino
Naomi Campbell in Valentino
Gemma Chan in red Louis Vuitton Cannes Film Festival 2023
Gemma Chan in Louis Vuitton
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior with flip flops
Jennifer Lawrence in Dior

I thought Jennifer Lawrence looked quite nice. They made such a big deal out of those flip flops. I felt like she had the easiest night out of all of us. I mean it’s like taking your shoes off when a wedding is at its halfway mark and everyone is drunk and dancing. 

Sofia Carson in red Elie Saab
Sofia Carson in Elie Saab

Sofia Carson looked stunning in this red hot Elie Saab number. 

Natalie Portman in vintage Dior Cannes Film Festival 2023
Natalie Portman in Dior

Natalie Portman took everyone’s breath away in this stunning recreation of a Dior gown from 1949. It is currently part of The Costume Institute’s collection at The Met.

Natalie Portman in Dior red carpet 2023
Natalie Portman in Dior 

This Dior look on Natalie Portman is also breathtaking.

Scarlett Johansson In pink Prada
Scarlett Johansson In Prada

This unique Prada column gown worn by Scarlett Johansson has an interesting peekaboo bra detail.

Michelle Yeoh in green Balenciaga Cannes
Michelle Yeoh in Balenciaga

Other Standout Looks At The Cannes Film Festival 2023

Cannes Film Festival 2023 Yseult in Balenciaga
Yseult in Balenciaga

I have to say, if you’re a curvy girl at a black tie red carpet event, take your cue from Yseult, not Ashley Graham

Bianca Balti in red Dolce & Gabbana
Bianca Balti in Dolce & Gabbana
Cannes Film Festival 2023 Grace Elizabeth in Rasario
Grace Elizabeth in Rasario
Yao Chen Armani Prive gown
Yao Chen in Armani Prive


Do you have a favorite red carpet look from the Cannes Film Festival? Who do you think was the best dressed?

– Simona Shemer 

Photos: WWD,, Red Carpet Fashion Awards, InStyle, Vogue 

You may like to read more of Simona’s celebrity style posts like The Oscars 2023 Red Carpet Best Dressed: Fashion Is Back! and Grammy Awards 2023 Fashion: The Standouts and The Over-The-Top.

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1 thought on “Cannes Film Festival 2023: Best Dressed Celebrities On The Red Carpet”

  1. Tweeted. I always enjoy your posts. And I tend to LOVE the more conservative gowns. Cate Blanchet, for example. Her beauty doesn’t require three boobs or letting in all hang out. SHE HAS TASTE.


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