Kirsten Dunst vs. Elle Fanning: who had the better gown at Cannes premiere?

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

Are you sort of over Nicole Kidman’s Cannes fashion at this point? I am. It’s too much! I prefer my Kidman in smaller doses, but she has so many projects at this year’s Cannes Film Festival that she probably has had to do 40 costume changes over the course of one week. It’s too much. So, here’s the latest: The Beguiled had its big Cannes premiere Wednesday night, and these are the photos.

Let’s start with Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning, both of whom chose these lovely pastels. It would have been great if Nicole had coordinated with them, perhaps done a soft rose to compliment Kiki’s pale blue and Elle’s pale lilac. Alas, that didn’t happen. Kirsten’s dress is Schiaparelli, and man, her proportions are insane. That tiny little waist and those big boobs! Get it, hourglass figure. Elle’s dress is Rodarte, and it’s a perfect princess dress. I enjoy both of them. Kidman’s fringe-crazy dress is by Michael Kors and I really, really dislike it.

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

More photos from the same Cannes premiere: Toni Garrn in Galvin. I don’t hate this? She has the body for it.

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

Fan Bingbing in Valentino. I was prepared to hate this but damn, this is striking. I actually think I might love it.

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

Hailey Baldwin in Ralph & Russo. This kind of sucks, but if Hailey had more pizazz as a person, she could have made it interesting. Alas, she’s a dead-eyed nepotism model.

70th Annual Cannes Film Festival - 'The Beguiled' - Premiere

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  1. sarri says:

    Kirsten and Elle look lovely, I really like both dresses.

    • Birdix says:

      I agree. I wish Elle had more flowy ballerina arm positioning to coordinate with that dress. But that might be ott.

    • Rice says:

      Same. But Kiki gets the edge because blue is my favourite colour. Tina Turner performing “Rolling Like a River” instantly popped into my head when I saw Nicole’s dress.

    • Lex says:

      Both look amazing but Kirsten wins!
      Loove her hair. That type of natural blonde would far better suit the Fannings – the super light bleach blonde is sometimes a bit harsh on them.

    • minx says:

      Yes. Very pretty. I give a slight edge to Kirsten.

    • Sarah says:

      I don’t like Kirsten’s dress because too much boob. I’m sorry, some cleavage is fine, but 1/2 of her breasts are visible, and it just seems distracting. I love Elle’s gown and I like Nicole’s gown, as well.
      Fan BingBing looks gorgeous!

      • Original T.C. says:

        Yeah Kiki is definitely a thumbs down, it’s all boobs in a trashy way, like it looks like her nipples are about to be freed any moment. It’s a Kim K. type dress.

        I give it to Elle (very beautiful and age appropriate), Sophia Coppola (I want her suit!), and Fan Bingbing (proving she can wear a sack and still win the red carpet-gorgeous). Nicole’s dress is too casual but I rather have her casual to Kiki’s “look at my boobs” trashy dress. Sorry Kiki, I know you want some attention after being away so long but no, just no.

  2. Sarah says:

    Fan Bingbing is/looks stunning!

    • Tanguerita says:

      It’s from another world. As fas as I’m concerned this is the best dress we’ve seen on Cannes red carpet so far this year.

    • Bug says:

      I agree. She has a natural charming beauty and the colors nuances and matches of this outfit are absolutely stunning, very intense and a bit “dramatic”. Gorgeous!

      As for the Kristen/Elle ‘s contest, I love Elle’s for the color and Kristen’s for the shape. Having to decide, I vote Kristen’s.

      One-legged Toni scares me and I find the dress so early-90’s-top-model gross. Hailey’s dress is not bad and earrings and shoes are well matched, but her expression ruins it all.

    • QQ says:

      Same, I haven’t even felt the need to give a F*ck about these dreary fashions and people but THIS?! I’m sure is 85% just her being her for me but this is GLORIOUS and dramatic

    • Sarah B says:

      The lines on that dress are stunning. Perfect construction.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I looooove that dress on her. So striking and gorgeous.

    • I Choose Me says:

      Yes. Fan always brings it. Whoo boy! is that woman stunning.

      Elle and Kirsten both look terrific but i have to give it up to Kiki both for the colour which is super flattering on her and for the fact that she clearly looks like she’s feeling herself in that dress.

    • ichsi says:

      It’s a red sack, it shouldn’t work on paper, but you try beating Valentino red on someone who knows how to carry herself like a queen.

    • G says:

      I refuse to choose between Kirsten and Fan. They both look incredible.

    • sendepause says:

      Agreed, she looks amazing.

  3. Aiobhan Targaryen says:

    I give the win to Kirsten on this one. The only think going for Elle’s dress is the color. Everything else is just a shade above beige and blah.

    Fan Bingbing looks lovely. I think it is very hard to make her look terrible, though.

    • Zaratustra says:

      I too think that Kirsten won. She had the matching hair: big and slightly messy.

      Fan Bingbing knows how to play her pale white skin perfectly.

      Hailey Baldwin: wrong hair colour for that dress. I think her hair ruins this look.

  4. SusanneToo says:

    Elle, definitely. Kirsten’s dress is hideous with that gaping top.

  5. Seraphina says:

    I agree with every said above. That red gown is striking! Love it. What’s up with Hailey’s leg?? Looks like it has been disjointed. She’s a model and this is the best pose she could muster on the red carpet????

  6. boredblond says:

    I’ll probably be the only one, but I’m liking the fringe..can you imagine if all three were pastel?..prom queen candidates

  7. Maria F. says:

    I love them both, but I give it to Kirsten for the beautiful blue color.

  8. Kata says:

    I like Sofia’s look the best. She always has such great style, very simple but ver classic.

    I don’t like Elle’s, Nicole’s or Kiki’s dresses. Fan BingBing looks great.

    • Oriane says:

      ITA, Sofia’s the best dressed here! And somehow I like Nicole’s lampshade dress too…

    • DystopianDance says:

      We’ll all forget the pastel prom queens (yawn) but Fan Bingbing is memorable.

  9. Elisa the I. says:

    Toni Garrn for the win – she looks fierce!

  10. DavidBowie says:

    Fan Bingbing looks AMAZING.

  11. SM says:

    Elle looks amazing. Did Kiki had breast implants? She is so busty here

    • Zaratustra says:

      I doubt it. From one angle you can see that they look rather naturally. But that dress does give her a Kristina-Hendricks-like hourglass figure.

      I just hope this doesn’t mean that us “normal” woman are expected to go back to hour-glass figures and all the corsett stuff which was required for that look.

      • CelebScan22 says:

        “I just hope this doesn’t mean that us “normal” woman are expected to go back to hour-glass figures and all the corsett stuff which was required for that look.”

        What in the world are you talking about?

    • rachel says:

      She has gained weight over the years. I think they’re natural.

      • Fleur says:

        I think they’re natural too. Also, some women (like me) get bigger boobs after they turn 30. I haven’t really gained weight, but either my breasts are bigger or my bra size was ridiculously wrong for all of my 20s.

    • TrixC says:

      She’s always had big boobs, even when she was really thin.

  12. Sullivan says:

    They all look beautiful except for the two models. Kirsten and Elle look ethereal. Nicole’s dress is interesting. I love Sofia’s style. Fan is exquisite.

  13. ElleBee says:

    I can’t name a single movie Fan Bing Bing has ever been in but she nails every red carpet she walks on. The woman is stylish as hell and gorgeous

    • Sara says:

      She has been in lots of movies, and done a lot of TV as well (famously the adaptation of Wu Zetian’s life recently, although her clevage seem to have got more attention than her acting…). I enjoyed the “I am not Madame Bovary” from last year.

  14. justme says:

    I would have a hard time choosing between Elle and Kirsten – both gorgeous. Fan Bing Bing is a work of art in these clothes she has been wearing. And don’t forget Colin Farrell! Another work of a different sort of art.

  15. tanesha86 says:

    Wow, both ladies look absolutely stunning and I don’t hate Nicole’s dress. Kirsten definitely wins this one in my opinion though, all I can think when I look at her in this photos is VA VA voom!

  16. Dolkite says:

    Nicole Kidman looks like something we used to put on top of our Christmas tree when I was a kid.

  17. Bettyrose says:

    Kirsten has always had a bangin’ bod. It’s fun to see her glammed up after watching her frumpy turn in Fargo 2. Elle is stunning, but she gives off a bit of a Nicole Kidman vibe here. I swear, I thought that before even realizing Nicole was also in the picture.

  18. Keely says:

    I think I love Fan Bingbing…all her Cannes looks have been amazing..she’s amazing. Elle and Kirsten have looked good too.

  19. Lucy says:

    Kirsten’s body never stops. Fan Bingbing must be some sort of goddess. And Hailey is slowly morphing into Bella Hadid.

  20. TheOtherSam says:

    Best dressed: Colin. In anything (jk). All three ladies looked beautiful, knocked it out of the park. Nicole looked every inch the leading actress she is, she’s been killing it all week long here. Those diamond earrings on her are gorge, shame she didn’t pull her hair back or up to show them so we could see them.

    The style and elegance shown by real stars like Nicole and Kirsten mark a huge contrast to the model/starlet contingent that seems to take over every year. You can tell by glancing at photos who’s A-list and isn’t; if you didn’t know who Fan Bingbing was you’d know just by looking she’s a major star from someplace.

  21. Joanie says:

    BAM, Kiki looks good!

  22. Justise says:

    Fan’s dress and make-up are well done. The bun at the back and the clutch are a fail. It looks a bit old-timey.

  23. Aerohead21 says:

    Can I just say enough already with legs of doom? They look stupid and make people hunch funny to stick their legs out showing the split in the skirt. Over it.

  24. thejordanriver says:

    HOLY SMOKES. Elle’s dress looks exactly like my prom dress from years back. I legitimately had to do a double-take. I wish I could upload a picture.

  25. Julia says:

    I think they both look lovely and even go very well with each other. I think both dresses have an argument in their favor, but shouldn’t be in competition because they are both gorgeous and age appropriate in two very different demographics.

  26. serena says:

    Love Kiki’s and Elle’s outfits! Also Fan Bingbing’s stunning in that deep red!

  27. blonde555 says:

    Didn’t even read ‘Toni garrn’ just thought BAM Leo’s old model.

  28. Rb says:

    Kirsten and Elle look absolutely gorgeous. Very pretty!

  29. LaDiabla says:

    Fan Bingbing wins everything here.