The stars set foot on the red carpet for a touch of air-kissing for Cannes’ grand opening on Wednesday...and then the rain began.
Several days of grey skies, stiff winds and rain are scheduled, spoiling plans for media-friendly stunts on the palm-fringed Croisette seafront.
Regardless of the rain, the women still managed to shine on the red carpet.
Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi stole the show at the opening ceremony of the 66th Cannes Film Festival in a bright green gown with a cleavage-baring neckline.
Other asian actresses like Fan Bing Bing, Zhang Ziyi and Carina Lau were also spotted at the glamorous event.
Actress Julianne Moore looked radiant on the red carpet, but captured attention for all the wrong reasons.
Media sites zeroed in on her tortured feet trapped in too-narrow stilettos, leaving her toes sticking out awkwardly.
But kudos to the actress, who did not let the painful situation show on her face.
The prestigious Riviera movie meet provides both big fashion houses and up-and-coming designers with unparalleled opportunities to showcase their work before a global audience.
Over the years, the number of photo opportunities at Cannes has mushroomed.
And at 12 days, the festival provides even greater opportunities to highlight a designer's work than the one-night only Oscars.
Cannes, is "better than an advertisement", said Elie Saab's Emilie Legendre.
Last year Elie Saab dressed China's Fan Bingbing and France's Virginie Ledoyen.
View the gallery for more photos of the actress in the cleavage-baring dress and Julianne Moore's awkward toes that were photographed on the red carpet.
The gallery also features other stars at the event.