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Cannes 2012: The Best & Worst Fashions on the Red Carpet (Photos)

While some film festivals are a bit funky where jeans and t-shirts are de rigueur,  the Cannes film festival is not that kind of movie event. Sundance has the parkas, Tribeca has hip NYC vibe, and Cannes? Cannes is hands down – the most glamorous film festival in the world.

It’s a big deal, especially when the world is watching as you walk up the long red staircase Cannes is famous for while hundreds of cameras snap away.  With such a spot light, what you wear to Cannes is of the upmost importance.  This is when people really get dressed up for the movies, even for screenings of kid’s movies like Madagascar 3 (where outrageous gowns were the norm).

Check out the best and worst of Cannes fashions…so far!

  • Naomi Watts 1 of 18
    Naomi Watts
    Mom Naomi Watts looked stunning in this beige Marchesa gown. It was just the right mix of glam, beauty and chicness.
  • Jennifer Connelly 2 of 18
    Jennifer Connelly
    New mom Jennifer Connelly wore a simple black frock. Maybe a bit too simple for the event, especially compared to what others wore.
  • Asia Argento 3 of 18
    Asia Argento
    Asia Argento wore all white to an event for her father Dario Argento's film Dracula 3D
  • Salma Hayek 4 of 18
    Salma Hayek
    Va-Va-va-voom! Salma Hayek wowed the red carpet with her custom Gucci gown.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith in Gold 5 of 18
    Jada Pinkett Smith in Gold
    Jada looked every inch the star in this Gold Emilio Pucci Gown at the Haiti Carnival Benefit at Cannes.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith in Orange 6 of 18
    Jada Pinkett Smith in Orange
    At the Madagascar 3 screening, Jada Pinkett Smith shined very bright in her Atelier Versace orange gown.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith in Turquoise 7 of 18
    Jada Pinkett Smith in Turquoise
    Too bad the dress got so wrinkled for the Madagascar 3 photo call, but the color is great.
  • Jada Pinkett Smith & a Plunging Neckline 8 of 18
    Jada Pinkett Smith & a Plunging Neckline
    Jada Pinkett Smith wore a very plunging neckline at the Calvin Klein party at Cannes. Her outfits for Cannes were far more flattering.
  • Sarah Marshall 9 of 18
    Sarah Marshall
    European star and mom Sarah Marshall (and no relation to the film Forgetting Sarah Marshall ) wore a questionable gown showing off her nylons.
  • Jane Fonda in Red 10 of 18
    Jane Fonda in Red
    Jane Fonda - the grand dame of Cannes - pulled out all the spots with her wardrobe at the Cannes. Here she wears a red sequined Roberto Cavalli couture design to a screening of Madagascar 3 .
  • Jane Fonda in Black & White 11 of 18
    Jane Fonda in Black & White
    Showing off her figure that is enviable to women fifty years her junior, Jane Fonda wore a black & white form fitting gown by Film Festival one of its best looks on Thursday in a stretch, form-fitting, two-tone gown by Stella McCartney.
  • Jane Fonda in Beads 12 of 18
    Jane Fonda in Beads
    Jane Fonda made headlines in her Atelier Versace gown at the opening ceremony of Cannes. Yes, she looked amazing!
  • Eva Herzigova 13 of 18
    Eva Herzigova
    Model mom Eva Herzigova shined bright in this heavenly white beaded Dolce & Gabbana gown.
  • Tilda Swinton 14 of 18
    Tilda Swinton
    Tilda Swinton glammed it up this tan satin structured gown.
  • Bianca Balti 15 of 18
    Bianca Balti
    Italian super model Bianca Balti wore a very bold floral gown. Hit or miss?
  • Marion Cotillard 16 of 18
    Marion Cotillard
    Marion Cotillard looked very sweet and lady like in this Dior nude hued dress.
  • Mouna Ayoub 17 of 18
    Mouna Ayoub
    Mouna Ayoub - who is known for her Cannes Film Festival appearances - and is a mom of five - wore a VERY racy see through orange own.
  • Marie Gillain 18 of 18
    Marie Gillain
    Belgian actress, and single mom of two, wore a gorgeous black gown on the red carpet.
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Photos: PacificCoastNew and PR Photos

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