Was There a Cannes Dress Code Memo and We Just Missed It?

05/20/2013 at 12:52 PM ET

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If you’ve been following Cannes fashion as avidly as we have over the past week, you’ve likely noticed a few things. Namely, that everyone appears to be wearing black. Or white. Or (wait for it) black and white.

It’s a graphic, sleek and chic look that’s easy for any star to pull off — ease being a must during a week when it’s been pouring every day, so stars have more important things to worry about (like keeping their hair dry) than, say, coordinating a full outfit.

PHOTOS: See all the killer looks from Cannes so far!

And there’s no denying that everyone has looked fabulous in their dresses. We rounded up five of our favorite black-and-white looks above, including Zoë Saldana‘s Emanuel Ungaro mini, Carey Mulligan’s stark Vionnet gown, Rooney Mara and Jennifer Lawrence both in contrasting Dior dresses and Emma Watson in a lovely elegant sequin bustier with an ivory skirt.

One major surprise: Few stars opted for a pop of color to liven up their looks, à la Saldana’s red heels. In fact, Mulligan’s favorite black satin Brian Atwood “Aida” platform appeared to be the official shoe of the film festival, popping up on Mulligan, Mara and Lawrence within a few days.

So the question is: Do you love this stark trend, or are you missing a major red moment, like Kristen Stewart‘s last year? And who’s doing B&W best?

–Alex Apatoff

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incaunipocrit on

Reblogged this on The Blogspaper.

flore on

They all look great! By the way, Emmas dress is Chanel!

Courtney on

it’s probably the first festival for most of them so who cares

Sophia on

Zoe Saldana and Emma Watson’s dresses are the best. (For my like)

Lisa on

Jennifer Lawrence by far. Fabulous dress!

Julia Emry on

black and white is just naturally flattering on most body sizes.

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