The 68th Cannes Film Festival has kicked off in spectacular style, with the likes of Julianne Moore and Naomi Watts leading the fashion on the red carpet on the first night, alongside Sienna Miller and Natalie Portman.
The Hollywood beauties looked sensational in their deep plunging gowns as they showed up for the premiere of La Tete Haute (Standing Tall) and the opening ceremony held at the Grand Theatre Lumiere, Palais des Festivals on Wednesday evening.
Oscar-winner Julianne, 54, cut a particularly glamorous figure in her racy but classy black gown, complete with over-the-top embellishments on the shoulders in a netted sequin-type wrapover.
The bodice of the youthful 46-year-old’s silver-grey dress was, like Julianne’s, incredibly low-cut, revealing a subtle and tasteful amount of her cleavage.
And also like Julianne’s ensemble, it was glistening with a smattering of gorgeous embellishments, glittering in the nightfall on the French Riviera town.
However, it was the full feather-covered skirt – with added pockets for nonchalance – that really added to the drama of the Australian actress’ incredible red carpet look.
As she turned to all angles to face the hundreds of photographers on the prestigious red carpet, the star revealed her dress to be backless.
Her blonde locks were slicked back off her face in a flattering quiff, and her beauty look was as fresh-faced and natural as could be while accentuating her delicate features.
And, although they were barely visible, she added height to her frame with a pair of Nicolas Kirkwood Maeva sandals in silver.
Elsewhere, keeping it more low-key but no less stunning was Natalie Portman, who wore a column-shaped strapless red gown.
The bust of the classic garment was cut in a sweetheart style, the body of the dress clinging to her slight curves before falling straight down.
Natalie Portman was joined by husband Benjamin Millepied on the red carpet at the La Tete Haute, wowing in a chic, classy and simple – but effective – red column gown with a sweetheart neckline
The 33-year-old – who walked the red carpet with her husband, choreographer Benjamin Millepied -wore her mid-length brunette tresses in the sleekest of styles, slicked back in a glossy ‘do, lightly curling up at the ends.
And Sienna Miller followed suit in a primary colour dress: the member of the Cannes jury rocked the perfect black tie attire in a midnight blue one-shouldered gown.
With a style similar to Naomi’s, the 33-year-old British actress wore her blonde mane in a pushed-back style with a lift at the roots, but added a dash of colour with a scarlet red lipstick.
She joined her fellow members of the jury as they made their way up the iconic red carpet at the steps of the iconic Cannes landmark, all of them giggling and clearly enjoying a rapport that will no doubt intensify as the days and judging wear on.
Looking particularly dapper was Sienna’s fellow judge Jake Gyllenhaal, working a black tuxedo.
The two appear to have struck up quite the rapport: as well as giggling away at the official juror’s photo call on Wednesday afternoon, they showed off their friendship status at the opening ceremony too, chatting away among the others.
Also taking to the red carpet were the other jurors: Sophie Marceau, Xavier Dolan, Rokia Traore and Mexican director Guillermo del Toro, as well as jury presidents Ethan and Joel Coen.
This year Julianne is at the star-studded event in her role as a L’Oreal Paris ambassador with the beauty no doubt top of the guest list for the week’s best parties.
And, on Wednesday night during the opening ceremony, she was given the prestigious Best Actress award for her role in Maps To The Stars, a prize she was revealed as the winner at last year’s ceremony.
This follows her slew of awards season success this year, for her role as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in Still Alice: she won an Oscar, a Golden Globe and a BAFTA among many others.
The Oscar winner can next be seen in Freeheld, playing a police lieutenant who is diagnosed with cancer. Ellen Page portrays her lover in the film, due out in October.
She’s also also reprising her role as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part Two, which will be released in November.
Meanwhile Naomi’s latest film Sea Of Trees is competing for the coveted Palme d’Or top prize at the 68th annual festival. The film from Gus Van Sant also stars Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe with the tale of survival shot in Massachusetts and Japan.
The A-list were out in force for the premiere of La Tete Haute on Wednesday – the movie centres on a young delinquent as he comes of age.
Starring Catherine Deneuve and Benoît Magimel the film is slated for release on Thursday after it’s showing at Cannes.
It was an incredibly fashionable evening, even for Cannes, which is renowned for its prominence in the fashion arena, rivalling the likes of events such as the Met Gala and the Oscars.
The skirt section was pleated and made up of diaphanous fabric, which flew in the air as the Oscar winner made her way inside the venue.
Elsewhere, models traded the catwalk for the red carpet, as the likes of Doutzen Kroes, Karlie Kloss, Liya Kebede and Bar Refaeli attended the opening ceremony.
If there was a prize on the night for the most colourful look, that would go to Noemié Lenoir.
The French model and actress, currently pregnant with her second child, showed off her prominent baby bump as she arrived on the coastal resort’s Croisette shortly after proceedings got underway.
Noemié, 35, looked stunning in a fresh, vibrant yellow halter neck gown with a sleeveless detail that enabled her to show off her nicely toned arms while posing for the obligatory series of photos at the opening night screening of Standing Tall.
Also arriving were the actors and those who worked on the movie of the night, La Tete Haute (Standing Tall), including leading actress Catherine Deneuve, the film’s director Emmanuelle Bercot, stars Sara Forestier, Rod Paradot and Benoit Magimel, as well as French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin.