what’s black and white all over? the cannes red carpet.

by rebecca willa davis

The weather at this year's Cannes Film Festival has been pretty bleak: rain, rain, and more rain.

So maybe that has something to do with the preferred color palette that has emerged the past few days. From the up-and-comers (Carey Mulligan, Rooney Mara), to the established It Girls (Kirsten Dunst, Marion Cotillard) to even the models (Doutzen Kroes), we've been seeing a lot of black and white--and that's about it. Indeed, in some cases the only color to an outfit comes with a pair of bright heels, a la Zoe Saldana, or a bold lipstick.

Which doesn't mean it's a bad thing; we actually love how it gives even the most simple of dresses a bold, graphic twist. Is it a sign of things to come? We wouldn't be surprised if the rest of the year the only real color we see at major events is the red carpet itself.

Marion Cotillard in Dior

Zoe Saldana in Ungaro

Kirsten Dunst in Michael Van Der Ham

Rooney Mara in Christian Dior

Doutzen Kroes in Calvin Klein Collection

Carey Mulligan in Vionnet