From Bardot to Bo, we remember the most gorgeous red carpet looks through the decades
It’s not hard to see why a 19-year-old Bardot made a splash during her first appearance at Cannes, and her kittenish beauty look has been much-imitated ever since.
With her beachy waves, dishevelled choppy fringe and smudgy rose pout, the French actress heralded a new wave of playful starlet style, when unapproachable glamour was still very much the red carpet look du jour. Try using Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Hair Texturising Spray, £4.99, to create your own tousled look.
Oozing super-charged Italian sex appeal, Sophia Loren’s 1966 look typifies everything we love about the glamour of Cannes Film Festival.
With her signature russet bouffant teased within an inch of it’s life, graphic winged liner, creamy nude pout and strategically placed beauty mark, nobody could accuse Loren of subtlety, but who needs natural when ‘done’ looks this good? A highly-pigmented liquid liner is key to this feline flick, and MAC Liquidlast, £15.50, is the very best.
If one photograph sums up 1970’s glamour for us, it would be Joan Collins, on a yacht at Cannes, wearing a white grecian gown and a liberal smattering of diamonds.
Who knows what our W&H cover star was pondering when she was snapped at the 1979 festival, but her bouncy mocha curls, smoky eye and signature scarlet nails leave no room for confusion. This is a look that means business and one coat of Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red, £6.49, will show you do too.
Proving smoky kohl can be fresh and summery, Bo Derek was still the film industry’s golden girl in 1987, after her famous swimsuit scene in 10 (although thankfully, she lost the cornrows.)
With barely-there brows, a healthy ‘scrubbed’ complexion, a hint of pink on her lips and a cascading blonde mane, Bo let her defined eyes do the talking here, a welcome antidote to the heavy-handed beauty trends of the era. Try smudging Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘n’ Kohl in Veruschka Mink, £19, around your upper and lower lids for similar eye-catching appeal.
The 1990’s were all about the supers – Christy, Cindy, Kate, Naomi, Linda, and of course, statuesque German beauty, Claudia Schiffer.
Sitting pretty on La Croisette with the Med sparkling behind her, we can’t help but notice Claudia appeared have a 20 year head start on some of today’s biggest beauty trends – ombre hair? Check. Contoured cheeks? Check. Nude lips? Check. For this excellent foresight (and those cat eye sunglasses) Claudia, we salute you! Try Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate, £56, to create some Cannes-calibre contours of your own.
If there’s one woman you can always rely on to ramp up the glamour at any event, it’s the inimitable Ms. Hall.
Doing what she does best on the Cannes red carpet in 2003, it’s fair to say there is nothing we don’t like about this look. The tumbling Veronica Lake curls, the perfectly arched brows and those impossibly glossy lacquered red lips – so classy, so Cannes, so very Jerry. Fancy a go? Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 400, £27.00, is pure glamour in a tube.