This year, the Cannes Film Festival delivered epic amounts of glamour as Hollywood royalty, the fashion industry’s finest, influencers and supermodels pulled out all the stops on the South of France’s famed Croisette. And there were lots of killer updos to boot while the crème de la crème celebrated a host of new cinema releases. That’s great news for those of us living in the Middle East as they provide perfect inspiration when it comes to wanting to stay cool during the scorching summer months.
There was a wealth of stylish summer-appropriate up-dos, with buns and top knots taking centre stage. Whether you prefer them ultra-tight and sleek, sculptural or accompanied with playful ringlets, a la Bella Hadid, we’ve handpicked many options to bookmark. Pretty plaits, which can add an instant bohemian aesthetic while beating the heat, were another major trend spotted on the red carpet during the 72nd edition of the festival. A great solution to bad hair days, they appeared in several forms, including the practical and adorable milkmaid braids. Plus, they look amazing with woven flowers, as seen on Elle Fanning.
Canadian model-of-the-moment Winnie Harlow rocked a milkmaid braid and pinned back hair, while her veil added some drama.
Danish model Josephine Skriver nailed her hair look with this super-tight and polished twisted top knot and centre parting.
Swedish Victoria’s Secret Angel Elsa Hosk looked like a Grecian goddess in a festival-worthy single milkmaid braid, which doubled up as an elegant accessory.
Lebanese-Mexican “From Dusk To Dawn” star Salma Hayek showed she was the hair queen by working her raven-coloured hair into a beehive with thick face-framing soft waves, then adding a gorgeous silver hairband.
As well as those envy-enducing hair tints, we loved Palestinian-American supermodel Bella Hadid’s updo. Her ponytail was pulled tightly, then fixed high up and curled into springy ringlets that fell in all directions.
Youngest Cannes juror in history Elle Fanning offered a dreamy summery look with these halo braids. What’s more, the tiny white and pink flowers nestled in between strands were the perfect accessories for her floral gown.
Multi-talented American star Selena Gomez really delivered during her first Cannes Film Festival. While going for glamour, her hair was slicked back into a tight updo, with a bun featuring a modern French twist at the back.
Brazilian supermodel Isabeli Fontana made a seriously fashionable hair statement with her dark hair pulled ultra-slickly off of her face and a complexly twisted knot at the back.
Portuguese beauty Alessandra Ambrosio wowed with hair that was brushed up into a messy loose bun, accompanied by soft face-framing tendrils.
Brazilian influencer Camila Coelho mastered the art of looking glam in an extremely glossy high bun.
Multi-talented Rita Ora looked bewitching in a new waist-grazing Rapunzel-like hairstyle. The English star’s platinum hair extensions were styled in a low ponytail as she swished on by.
Russian supermodel Natasha Poly was a vision in an alluring twisted bun, which allowed her to show off her perfect features and jaw-dropping jewellery.