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Fan Bingbing, born 范冰冰, is one of the most popular and successful actresses in China. There, she is known for her beauty, her determined persona, and her talent. In addition, she has topped the list of Forbes Chinese Celebrities for around three years in a row. Despite dabbling mostly in Chinese romcoms, blockbusters, and TV series, her Hollywood and international breakthrough was when she appeared in the Chinese version of Marvel’s Iron Man 3. She also played the role of Blink in X-Men: Days of Future Past.

To the Cannes Film Festival, she wore this stunning Marchesa dress. A perfect blend of oyster gray and pale blue, the flowing gown was reminiscent of a many-hued pastel cloud, with colorful flowers trailing across it.

Fan may have already looked like a true faerie in this outfit, but she didn’t just stop there. An elegant updo composed of a braided crown woven with blossoms in varying shades of purple and lavender made her look the part of a flower nymph. She then of course accentuated with Chopard jewelry.

This look is not only one of my favorite looks from Cannes so far, but also probably one of my favorite looks to ever exist the fashion world. Truly, it was a representation of the feminine, classical, and whimsical side of couture.

Bal des Increvables. 1896. Clémentine-Hélène Dufau.

38 ¼ x 54 7/8 in./97.3 x 139.4 cm

From the few historic references that mention it, the Bal des Increvables was a costumed cycling party - a concept fully demonstrated in this pastel-hued design by Dufau in which Renaissance dandies and Nors gods pedal merrily toward an allegorical goddess holding the masks of comedy and tragedy. Note the Sagot sale stamp in the lower margin, indicating that this copy was sold by the leading poster dealer in Paris at the time.