Although it technically doesn’t take place during red carpet season, the Cannes Film Festival is a perennial favorite for seeing your favorite celebrities walk the red carpet in stunning fashion. Every year, I browse countless photo galleries of the festival and gawk at the gowns that grace the events held on the French Riviera, while not so secretly wishing I could hop on a private jet and arrive at the fest wearing one, too. Being the person that I am, my first instinct is always to find my own affordable versions of the looks I like most. But unfortunately, the opportunity to wear elegant ensembles such as these does not present itself often (or ever). Therefore, I took a similar approach to what I did with Jennifer Lawrence’s gown from The Hunger Games premiere and used four red carpet looks as inspiration for creating more accessible (yet still stylish) everyday ensembles for us non-celebrity folk.
Bérénice Bejo captured our hearts in this year’s Best Picture winner, The Artist, but she has also managed to capture my fashion-obsessed heart with this Prada gown. Seriously, I think I’m in love. Everything from the embroidered bodice to the color-block skirt and bejeweled belt makes me weak in the knees, and I knew from the moment I laid eyes on this dress that I had to locate something just like it. While I couldn’t find an exact replica, I did come across this color-block dress from ASOS and several accessories that reflect the main colors of Bejo’s gown, which makes the reality of me never getting to wear this dress, or see it in person for that matter, a bit easier to accept.
For Kirsten Dunst’s ice blue ensemble, a dress like the one I chose from ModCloth is a great option for recreating the sheer pleats of her Louis Vuitton gown. But as opposed to adding a statement belt, I stuck with a simple dark blue one and included a couple different accessories, like the patterned bangle and woven clutch, which mirror Dunst’s color palette but are geared more toward everyday wear. Lastly, I selected a pair of patent nude wedges for the shoes, as they allow the look’s blue overtones to better stand out.
The ever-fashionable Diane Kruger was a judge at this year’s festival, which meant she got to strut her stuff on the red carpet in a number of different gowns. This white Nina Ricci, however, was definitely one of my favorites, and a high-neck lace number from ASOS is perfect for channeling Kruger’s celestial dress. As for the purple accent, I chose a pair of purple suede platforms from ALDO and this butterfly ring from Mango to create an eye-catching pop of color.
I perhaps took the most liberty with recreating this last look, but Nina Dobrev’s Elie Saab gown could not be ignored. Although I wouldn’t object to wearing sequin dresses like this one every day, I generally prefer to wear my sequins in moderation, which is why I chose this tank from Express and paired it with a white blazer and dark wash jeans. The ensemble is loosely inspired, but it allows you to rock that royal blue sparkle in your everyday style without looking over the top or breaking the bank. And that’s what I call a ready-to-wear red carpet look.
Turning A-list fashion into accessible fashion isn’t as difficult as it seems, and I hope my picks illustrate some ways in which you can find more affordable pieces to capture the red carpet vibe. If you have any alternative items you’d like to suggest or want to voice your favorite celebrity Cannes look, feel free to do so in the comments. Or share this with your friends on Twitter and/or Facebook!