Do you understand the Cannes Film Festival? I’m not sure that I do. On the surface, I can grok that it’s a place where films both American and international are debuted to a critical audience of industry folks, and the best ones are given awards. In actuality, it seems to be something of a festival celebrating being filthy rich and beautiful as much as its a festival celebrating film, and most of the attendees and their mega-yachts and supermodel dates would make the average one-percenter feel like a pauper. And an unattractive one, at that.
Where you find that many famous people and that much excess, you’ll also find a bevy of insanely good handbags. Below, we’ve collected the best from both on and off the red carpets of the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival, and the spoils of the event are about as good as you’d expect. The south of France becomes global paparazzi central for a week or so every year, and everyone brought their best bags out to play.