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Style instinct at Cannes Film Festival

Rebecca Hall in Gucci, Alicia Vikander in Louis Vuitton and Olivia DeJonge in Gucci (from left to right)

By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The Star

And the winner is, Sharon Stone. Hands down.

With a triumphant look on her face, the actress made a fabulous display of glamour and charisma at each and every appearance on the Red Carpet during the 75th Annual Cannes Film Festival, which ended on Saturday. In an event where hundreds of actresses and celebrities wear only the best and most exclusive custom gowns, it is not easy to stand out and make headlines. It takes confidence, experience and instinct.

And Sharon Stone has it all. At 64, Stone confirms once again that she has what it takes to walk a red carpet in style. Boy can she hypnotize an audience! Wearing her signature pixie cut, Stone wowed everyone in at least three custom looks by Dolce & Gabbana. She stunned in a white and blue dress beaded with mini Swarovski tiles which -- pausing mid-carpet -- she transformed into a sleek column by removing a voluminous wraparound skirt and train as she entered the screening of “Forever Young.” The style icon also dazzled in a form-fitting red sheath enriched with silver and red Swarovski crystals on the bust and straps. Another fantastic look was the sparkly emerald leopard print strapless she wore to the “Crimes of the Future” screening.

The “Basic Instinct” star is not new at rewriting red carpet history. In 1996 she was censured by fashion gurus, who later idolized her. The culprit? That memorable ensemble: Gap black turtleneck, velvet jacket and RTW Valentino skirt she wore to the Oscars. She challenged fashion experts again in 1998, when she decided to repeat The Gap moment, this time wearing a white buttoned-down shirt with a satin lavender skirt by Vera Wang.

Millennials, Gen Z … Watch and learn. With a perfect smile and a winning attitude, Sharon Stone has a powerful message for mature women out there: You can do it, own it! Other legends over 50 strutting around with elegance at Cannes include Priscilla Presley, Carla Bruni, Rossy de Palma, Andie MacDowell, Naomi Campbell, Julianne Moore, Viola Davis, Helen Mirren and Maye Musk.

This Red Carpet was magical. Bright colors, heavenly draping, fairytale bodices, capes, volume, summer glitter and lots of happy fuchsia by #ValentinoPinkPPCollection. Top models and celebrities brought the best in international fashion to the star-studded Promenade de la Croisette. Among the unforgettable: Deepika Padukone, Olivia DeJonge, Noomi Rapace, Eva Longoria, Anne Hathaway, Sara Sampaio, Lea Seydoux, Alessandra Ambrosio and Caroline Daur.

Best dressed throughout the many events at the festival must include Rebecca Hall (Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Burberry) and Rossy de Palma (Gucci, Balmain, Schiaparelli, Valentino). Alicia Vikander, by Louis Vuitton, was perfection. Other stars dressed by Louis Vuitton include Jennifer Connelly, Agatha Rousselle, Marina Fois, Gemma Chan, Cynthia Ervico, Tahar Rahim, Lea Seydoux, and Hathaway.

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