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2009 was supposed to be the year of subdued glamour at Cannes, but someone apparently forgot to tell the stars. Bedecked in Cavalli and Dior, they prowled the red carpet wearing jewels everyone claimed would be left home in the vault. After all, if you can’t be stylish at Cannes, where can you?

Model-actresses are the order of the day at this year’s festival, so it’s unreasonable to expect them to eschew glamour entirely. After all, it’s been their job to look fabulous since long before anyone knew they could speak, much less act.

Devon Aoki, world’s shortest super model (she’s 5′ 4″ or 5′ 5″ depending on who you ask) proved that if you’re gorgeous, you can make even this year’s obsession with yellow work in your favor. She rocked a bright yellow Cavalli at a perfume launch. Later, she attended the premiere of Spring Fever wearing a lilac chiffon Alberta Ferretti.

All eyes will be on Lily Cole, making her film debut in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. She’s been known to wear everything from a poppy-speckled sundress by Jovovich Hawk (at Cannes 2007) to a black satin bustier and matching stretch pants (at the premiere of Rage in Berlin.) Meanwhile, we’ll just continue getting our (non-stretch) pants scared off every time we see her in a Rimmel ad, mysteriously and creepily sans freckles.

Laetitia Casta has modeled for brands as diverse as Victoria’s Secret and Louis Vuitton, and now she’ll expand her brand by making her film debut in sai Ming-Liang’s film Face. Of course, we’ll be interested to see what she wears, but honestly, when you look like Laetitia Casta, you don’t need to wear anything at all.