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10 ICONIC CANNES LOOKS

By Matt Glazebrook, 17 May 2017

The 70th Cannes Film Festival kicks off today, which means a fortnight of premiere parading, industry schmoozing and dapper beachfront promenading by the international movie industry's beautiful people in sunny southern France. Let's take a look at what the class of 2017 are up against with our rundown of classic Cannes style.

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Kirk Douglas (1953)

With all the glamorous eveningwear and preening press calls, it's easy to forget that Cannes is – at heart – a holiday resort. Kirk Douglas didn't in 1953, when he looked perfectly at ease (certainly more so than the buttoned-up chap behind him) in a classic pair of swim trunks, hanging with none other than Brigitte flipping Bardot, who was there to complete his 'Aren't I just the coolest thing on Earth?' look.

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Marcello Mastroianni (1960)

What's cooler than kicking back on the Côte d’Azur in a rad linen suit and shades? Kicking back under a giant billboard of yourself in an equally rad linen suit and shades, that's what.

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Ian McShane (1978)

Look, it's Al Swearengen from Deadwood (or, if you're of a slightly older vintage, Lovejoy) bringing classic Cannes summer suiting bang into the late 70s. He makes a white jacket and black shirt look positively caddish with a silk scarf.

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Mickey Rourke (1989)

Kudos to Mickey for updating Riviera suave for the brash, bold-coloured 80s. Statement blazer, faded blue jeans, cowboy belt buckle and deeeeeep V-neck make for a look that says, 'Where's my damn yacht?'

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Hugh Grant (1996)

'I'm on a boat! Everybody look at me 'cos I'm sailin' on a boat.' Yes, Hugh – and you're also rocking a nicely 90s interpretation of Côte d'Azur couture: Ray-Ban Clubmasters, loose-fit shirt and the floppiest of fringes.

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Johnny Depp (1998)

Not exactly embracing the spirit of the Cannes spectacle, Johnny hung out in the hotel bar all tattooed and work-booted in 1998, rather than parading for the beachfront paparazzi in a linen three-piece. He does look cool, though.

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Ryan Reynolds (2014)

We've praised Ryan Reynolds' contemporary take on the sockless Riviera playboy look before – all brogued, be-blazered and polka-dot pocket-squared – but doesn't he just nail it? Looks like Rosario Dawson and Mireille Enos agree with us, the rogue.

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Ryan Gosling (2014)

Artfully battered boots and a lightweight shirt made this one of Mr Gosling's more understated Cannes 2014 get-ups, but it just oozes that Marcello Mastroianni-inspired, dapper, Euro-gent vibe. Christina Hendricks, meanwhile, is a plausibly Anita Ekberg-esque sidekick.

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Xavier Dolan (2015)

Canadian directing wünderkind Xavier Dolan is a fan of peacocky formalwear and statement prints, so it's no surprise he swerved classic Cannes cool for something bigger and bolder in 2015. Specifically, a tulip-patterned Valentino blazer that, dressed down with ripped black skinny jeans, an unbuttoned white shirt and black Ray-Bans, brought a bit of rockstar strut to the Promenade de la Croisette.

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Kristen Stewart (2016)

In case you missed it, K-Stew is serious menswear goals right now. This navy suit couldn’t be slicker, especially when expertly paired with a white tee, Jack Sparrow-style pendants and Vans. Yes, that’s right, she wore Vans in Cannes. And lo, a new men’s style icon was born.

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