Cannes gets a stylish kick-off

Elizabeth Banks joins the glitterati on the red carpet at Cannes

Elizabeth Banks was the belle of the ball at the first night of the Cannes Film Festival, as she lit up the red carpet in a stunning scarlet gown.

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Just a day after being announced as the new face of L’Oréal Paris, the Hollywood beauty arrived for the premiere of Up in a scene-stealing asymmetric Armani Privé S/S ’09 gown.

But it wasn’t just her gown that caught our eye. Perhaps in preparation for uttering the immortal beauty mantra, ‘Because You’re Worth It,’ the actress showed off picture-perfect, flawless make-up, and gave a nod to old school Hollywood glamour with her soft marcel wave curls.

Banks was one of the first A-listers to step out at the French film fest, and was joined by Tilda Swinton, in maroon Haider Ackermann autumn ’09, and Cannes judge Robin Penn Wright, radiant in a metallic Elie Saab autumn ’07 Couture gown.

A stylish start, but the glittering event is set to get even better, with news that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie will walk the red carpet together, in a bid to silence those persistant split rumours.

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