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Cannes Do White

Petra Nemcova wearing Emilio PucciWhite was big at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and the fashion world is encouraging brides to look to the red carpet for inspiration. I love wearing white myself, and declare Women unite! Let’s reclaim this non-colour from the brides. Why should they have all the fun?

Tanya DziahilevaAfter all, white has only been a tradition since Queen Victoria’s wedding day – prior to the dowdy monarch donning white silk satin for her big day, brides wore whatever colour they fancied. Vicky’s choice was considered unusual in fact. I, as a bride-to-be once, never intended to wear it to my wedding. As much as I love white, I had bought a vintage 50s dove grey dress instead.

Most of the dresses on the red carpet of Cannes that caught my eye were white, black, or black and white – with a few brilliant shots of colour. Graphic cuts, fluid lines, beads, sequins or appliqué make them interesting. Here are my favourites.

Visit UK Glamour’s selection of the best ever Cannes red carpet gowns here

Marion Cotillard in Alexander McQueenDoutzen Kroes, in Calvin Klein CollectionJessica Biel, in MarchesaErin Heatherton, in Roberto CavalliCarey Mulligan, in Vionnet, with Brian Atwood shoes, and Justin Timberlake, in BalenciagaEmma Watson, in Chanel Haute Couture, with Repossi jewels, and Sofia Coppola, in Louis VuittonMilla Jovovich, in Chanel Haute CoutureDelphine ChanéacLiya Kebede, in Roberto Cavalli, with Boucheron jewelsJessica Chastain, in custom Givenchy Haute CoutureZhang Yuqi, in Ulyana Sergeenko CoutureAudrey Tatou in Prada

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