The 71st annual Cannes Film Festival ended on the 19 May, after 11 days of lively, très aesthetically pleasing events and galas. A fascinating array of standout couture was seen at the festival. Soon, the world will become dull again. Okay, this is slightly dramatic, but when you’ve been marvelling at splendid fashion moments daily for about two weeks, your eyes fast become accustomed to the finer things in life, reaching a point where you only speak designer.

So, in the name of all things couture, here are 18 grandiose red-carpet looks to appreciate from the last few days at Cannes Film Festival:

Lupita Nyong’o

Our March cover star attended the Chopard Secret Night in oodles of playful Prada fabric.

Best Cannes red carpet looks


Bella Hadid

The vertically blessed supermodel walked the runway at Naomi Campbell’s Fashion For Relief Gala and hit the red carpet in a figure-flattering black gown.

Bella Hadid at Cannes Film Festival


And then Miss Hadid attended the screening of BlacKkKlansman in a look by celebrity stylist Mimi Cuttrell.

Best red carpet looks from Cannes


Naomi Campbell

Forever reminding us why she’s the queen of the runway, Fashion For Relief gala host Naomi Campbell showed up to her event in an embellished Dolce&Gabbana gown.

Naomi campbell fashion For Relief


She’s no red carpet one-hit-wonder, so she decided to serve opulence again at the screening of Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman in a deep-green P O I R E T l’Art d’Être Libre gown and these incredible heels.

Naomi Campbell Cannes film festival


Thandie Newton

Vivienne Westwood Couture is the fashion house behind Thandie Newton’s playful gown, with illustrations of her black Star Wars co-stars.

Thandie Newton Star Wars gown


Maria Borges

Victoria’s Secret model Maria Borges shone bright in a Roberto Cavalli Couture dress, complete with Giuseppe Zanotti heels.

Maria Borges Cannes red carpet


Leomi Anderson

The VS girls really showed up and raised the bar at Miss Campbell’s do, where Leomi Anderson had us talking in her bespoke KHYELI gown and chic cornrows.

Best red carpet looks at cannes film festival


Aamito Lagum

The amfAR gala was a supermodel affair, and in true model style, H&M‘s Aamito Lagum served legs of an enviable length.

Best cannes red carpet looks


Halima Aden

Highly sought-after Somali-American model Halima Aden walked the runway for Marc Jacobs at the amfAR gala in this regal ensemble.

amFAR Gala runway Halima Aden


As if that didn’t get loud enough applause, Halima continued to exude this regal flair off the runway too.

Cannes red carpet looks


Laura Harrier

In case you forgot, Louis Vuitton makes some of the most memorable red-carpet gowns, which are simple yet uniquely designed, and actress Laura Harrier’s was the gentle reminder we needed.

Best red carpet looks at cannes


Teyana Taylor

She puts the Taylor in a well-tailored suit and is never short of classy sex appeal. Exhibit A: this décolletage-boasting black suit.

Best red carpet looks at Cannes


Paris Hilton & Winnie Harlow

The heiress to the Hilton empire, Paris Hilton, and Winnie Harlow, one of our favourite models, look they could be giving us a new and improved Simple Life reboot. No, not really, but their gowns do complement each other in a beautiful, unlikely way.

Best red carpet looks seen on the red carpet


Fan Bingbing

Is it even a Cannes Film Festival if Chinese model and actress Fan Bingbing doesn’t create a stir on the red carpet?

Best Cannes red carpet looks


Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett embraced one of Iris van Herpen Couture’s glorious architectural designs at the Women in Motion event.

Best red carpet looks at cannes Film Festival


Elsa Hosk

Elsa Hosk was truly a vision in this red Ermanno Scervino gown.

Best Cannes red carpet looks


Well, do you speak couture yet? We certainly do.

Look out for our Instagram story on @mariclairesa, where you can vote for your favourite couture gown from the Cannes Film Festival.