Tragic moments in Cannes fashion

Slide show: Elizabeth Banks, Naomi Watts and Cate Blanchett prove even beautiful stars make terrible choices

By Mary Elizabeth Williams

Published May 23, 2010 10:45PM (EDT)

Actress Elizabeth Banks arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film Poetry in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2010. Nineteen films are competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 23.   REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier  (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT)  (© Jean-paul Pelissier / Reuters)
Actress Elizabeth Banks arrives on the red carpet for the screening of the film Poetry in competition at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival May 19, 2010. Nineteen films are competing for the prestigious Palme d'Or which will be awarded on May 23. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier (FRANCE - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) (© Jean-paul Pelissier / Reuters)

The rise of the superstar Hollywood stylist has, in recent years, posed a serious threat to the grand tradition of the epic red carpet fail. Fortunately, all bets are off when it comes to the Cannes Film Festival, where the most beautiful, talented people in the world annually throw taste to the wind. As the festival wraps up, behold the best of the worst.

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Mary Elizabeth Williams

Mary Elizabeth Williams is a senior writer for Salon and author of "A Series of Catastrophes & Miracles."

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