Can you imagine waiting all winter for an event as chic and luxurious as the Cannes Film Festival, and then getting to the South of France and half the time it's cold and rainy? Cannes seems to last for like a month and a half now, so there were still some sunny days to be had, but if I spent all that time stuffing my suitcase full of loaned designer sundresses, I'd be pissed!
Luckily, handbags are more weather-proof than frilly blouses and cute little sandals, so we still found three dozen from Cannes's most famous attendees for your viewing pleasure. Check them out below.
Brands who see Cannes as especially on-brand for their marketing efforts often "place" bags on certain celebrities specifically for the film festival. Balmain is one of those brands, and it had Alessandra Ambrosio carry the Balmain Box Bag for most of the festival's daytime events. Shop the Balmain Box Bag via farfetch.com ($1,077)
To be fair, Balmain is an extremely Cannes brand. It's famous for very expensive little party dresses, after all. Shop the Balmain Box Bag via farfetch.com ($1,077)
Amber Heard was all over Cannes; first, we caught her with a Chloé Hudson Bag. Shop the Chloé Hudson Bag via farfetch.com ($1,890)
Model Andreja Pejic chose a throwback that's not really a throwback: the Balenciaga City Bag. Shop the Balenciaga City Bag via Neiman Marcus ($2,190)
See? Did I lie?
She also showed up with her Dolce & Gabbana Lucia Shoulder Bag. Dolce is another very Cannes brand. Shop the Dolce & Gabbana Lucia Shoulder Bag via farfetch.com ($2,405)
Although Cannes has a significant beach, French celeb Caroline Receveur is the only star we caught with an actual beach bag: the Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote. Shop the Saint Laurent Rive Gauche Tote via farfetch.com ($1,050)
I can't explain Cate Blanchett's suit or her bag, although if I had to guess, my guess would be Armani.
Cristina and Maria Teresa Buccino
At first when I saw Diane Kruger carrying a Fendi Peekaboo, I was surprised she wasn't carrying Chanel. Then I remembered Karl Lagerfeld is in charge of both. Shop the Fendi Peekaboo Bag via Fendi ($4,200)
Veteran supermodel Eva Herzigova carried the new Ferragamo Studio Bag. Shop the Ferragamo Studio Bag via Ferragamo ($2,400)
The weird thing about Cannes is you get a huge mix of stars, all the way from Instagram "models" to a legend like Helen Mirren, who carried a Loewe Missy Bag. Shop the Loewe Missy Bag via farfetch.com ($1,890)
British reality star Kimberly Garner was in attendance, carrying a Chanel Logo Satchel. Shop Chanel Bags via Vestiaire Collective
German model Lena Gercke paired a cute two-piece ensemble with a Mark Cross Grace Box Bag on one of the festival's sunnier days. Shop the Mark Cross Box Bag via farfetch.com ($2,105)
The thing Google really wants me to know about Lorena Rae is that she briefly dated Leonardo DiCaprio last year, but, like, Cannes is also basically just an annual convention for that dude's exes. Here she is carrying a Gucci Dionysus Bag. Shop the Gucci Dionysus Bag via Gucci ($2,390)
We caught Spanish TV presenter Nieves Alvares carrying two Bulgari Serpenti Bags at the festival. First, with an all-pink outfit.
Second, she paired a Bulgari Serpenti with one of the festival's most popular fashion items: an Alberta Ferretti weekday sweater. (They also come in crop-top T-shirts.)
Here we have our first mystery bag, carried by Penelope Cruz.
And now, our second and final mystery bag. Supermodel Romee Strijd has carried a lot of Miu Miu lately, but I couldn't find any proof that this is from the brand.
Here she is a couple days earlier, indeed carrying a Miu Miu bag on the Croisette. Shop the Miu Miu Matelasse Bag via Neiman Marcus ($1,750)
Always the dutiful wife, Salma Hayek showed up to one of her events in Cannes with a Gucci Wicker Bag. (Her husband owns Gucci's parent company. A good gig if you can get it, especially right now.) Shop the Gucci Wicker Shoulder Bag via Gucci ($2,390)
Tallia Storm is a singer from Scotland, and she's all over the British tabloids for reasons I am not British enough to explain. She was widely photographed at Cannes, including with this orange Chanel Boy Bag. Shop Chanel Bags via Vestiaire Collective
She showed up in an entirely different two-piece outfit with a Saint Laurent Monogramme Kate Bag. Shop the Saint Laurent Monogramme Kate Bag via Nordstrom ($1,990)
Model Thylane Blondeau wore one of the popular Alberta Ferretti shirts with her Balmain Box Bag. Shop the Balmain Box Bag via farfetch.com ($1,077)
Remember what we said about Cannes and Leo DiCaprio's exes? Well, here's Toni Garrn with a Bulgari Serpenti Bag.
Finally, we end with Instagram star Xenia, who, like so many of her compatriots, was carrying a Bulgari Serpenti Bag.
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