There's something about a chic cocktail dress against the French Riviera that feels so timeless, elegant and cool.
I'd be curious to know just how many gowns were flown into Cannes for its annual film festival. With its many premieres and galas, the number must be greater those brought in for any other event series.
But it's the stars' daytime looks — typically worn to photocalls for the films they're promoting — that always prove the most varied, and thus interesting. They range from sleek little cocktail numbers (like Sienna Miller's Balenciaga frock, at bottom) to — and this is unusual for the red carpet — separates, as modeled so elegantly by Cate Blanchett. This year, one accessory was mysteriously absent during those photocalls: sunglasses. Did Cannes ban those along with flat shoes?
Regardless, scroll down to see our favorite daytime looks from Cannes.