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Posted at 06:08 PM ET, 05/24/2012

Cannes fashion: Diane Kruger, Freida Pinto stealing the spotlight

The Cannes Film Festival attracts a glamorous set to southern France each spring in the name of cinema. And with typically sparkling weather (though chilly temperatures have prevailed this year), dozens of photo calls, after-parties and red carpets, the event is seemingly custom-made for high fashion.

Diane Kruger, a juror for the festival, has been the undeniable standout this week. Her choices have been nearly flawless, from a mint Giambattista Valli gown on opening night to a short lace-up piece from Versace Versus to a sequinned Vivienne Westwood column dress. Even the simple print frock she was spotted in at dinner with sweetheart Joshua Jackson was notable.
Diane Kruger in Vivienne Westwood with Joshua Jackson at the 65th Anniversary Party at the Agora. (Vittorio Zunino Celotto - GETTY IMAGES)

Freida Pinto has likewise displayed a mastery of both high glam and softer daytime wear. Her matching cropped top and high-waisted skirt by Salvatore Ferragamo is perfect inspiration for Memorial Day parties this weekend. And her Michael Angel gown with peplum detailing and multi-hued bustier was bold enough to keep us interested.
Actress Freida Pinto in Salvatore Ferragamo (Gareth Cattermole - GETTY IMAGES FOR PARAMOUNT)

Freida Pinto poses on the red carpet before the screening of "Moonrise Kingdom." (Alberto Pizzoli - AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Marion Cotillard has been letting onlookers know this is her home turf, putting her traditionally effortless, chic Parisian style on full display — with the help of Dior, naturally. She looked sweet yet classic in light peach-colored chiffon at the photo call for “De Rouille et D’Os” on day two, before changing into an elegant ball gown with a black top and full navy skirt later in the evening.
Actress Marion Cotillard in Christian Dior. (Joel Ryan - AP)

Other fashion highlights included Jessica Chastain’s pearly Giorgio Armani, Kristen Stewart’s Balenciaga pants and Berenice Bejo in Prada.

Jessica Chastain arrives for the Haiti Carnival charity event in Giorgio Armani. (Jonathan Short - AP)
Then, of course, there were the missteps. Pop singer Lana del Ray (whose presence at the film festival we don’t completely understand) looked pouty and generic in a black strapless piece, and blander still in baggy brown trousers and top at P. Diddy’s party.

Del Ray in Alexander McQueen. (Joel Ryan - AP)

Erstwhile “X Factor” judge Cheryl Cole’s gown, on the other hand, was not boring. It was difficult to discern, however, where her train of crimson plumage ended and the carpet began.

Kim Kardashian’s midriff-baring black lace ensemble for P. Diddy’s fete was less successful than Pinto’s; the reality star was too heavily adorned for a spring celebration on a yacht.

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By Cara Kelly  |  06:08 PM ET, 05/24/2012

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