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Woody Allen poses with Corey Stoll and Blake Lively (left) and Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg (right) as they arrive at the opening ceremony of the 69th Cannes Film FestivalAFP/Getty

There were wall-to-wall celebrities as the 69th Cannes Film Festival took over the French Riviera for the annual festival of film. The illustrious roll call of celebrities who donned their best frocks for the opening film, Woody Allen's Cafe Society, included the stars of cinema, the fashion world and music as the A list converged on the famed Palais des Festivals et des Congrès for a night of show-stopping glamour.

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Blake Lively showed a hint of a baby bump in a figure-hugging silver gownAFP/Getty

Cafe Society star Blake Lively set the standard as she glided across the red carpet in a figure hugging nude gown with sheer cut-outs and chiffon skirt with a dramatic train. The glowing actress who is pregnant with her second child with husband Ryan Reynolds, showed off the merest hint of a baby bump as she pose with her co-stars Kristin Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg and director Woody Allen.

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Woody Allen, Kristen Stewart and Jesse Esinberg at the premierie of the opening film Cafe SocietyAFP/Getty

The 80-year-old director was flanked by his cast for the screening of his 49th movie. Kristen Stewart stood out on the red carpet as she showcased her characteristically edgy style, sporting her newly platinum blonde hair and a daring sheer top with well-placed pockets and a flattering full skirt.

In contrast Jurassic World star Jessica Chastain stuck with convention, playing it safe with a figure-hugging strapless yellow gown in the spirit of old Hollywood.

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Jessica Chastain channeled the summer sun in a conventional red carpet gownAFP/Getty

Cannes veteran Eva Longoria, did her best to change things up as she made her entrance on the red carpet in a striking white and pale gold dress with beaded detail on the bodice.

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Eva Longoria went for something a little different in a striking white gownAFP/Getty

An unexpected arrival was British designer Victoria Beckham who made a style statement on the croisette all her own. The former Spice Girl, known as Posh, went one better than the rest, looking comfortable and sharp in a strapless black bustier with white trim, matched with high-waisted trousers.

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Victoria Beckham made a bold style statement donning trousers for the Cafe Society premiereAFP/Getty

The 42-year-old, who channelled her masculine side midst a sea of feminine gowns, even managed to crack a smile – well almost.

She wasn't the only one who suited up for the evening. Susan Sarandon went for masculine chic in what looked like a man's suit. And while the actress is known for defying convention when it comes to fashion, the suited look worked a little better for Justin Timberlake.

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Suit and Tie singer Justin Timberlake cut a fine figure on the red carpet with Trolls co-star Anna KendrickAFP/Getty

Donning his suit and tie for the glamorous event the always smooth and stylish pop star, who recently attended the TV Baftas in London, was accompanied by Trolls co-star Anna Kendrick.

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Julianne Moore went gothic in a bold black and gold dress with an elaborate cobra designAFP/Getty

Another veteran actress who dares to be different on the red carpet was Julianne Moore. The Oscar winner went goth in a gown adorned with a striking silver and gold cobra design and a dramatic sheer skirt.

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Doutzen Kroes led the model contingent on the red carpetAFP/Getty

Of course as film and fashion coincide, there was the usual presence of the superstars of the catwalk including Bella Hadid, Doutzen Kroues and Lily Donaldson. 19-year-old Bella looked flawless in a dramatic cut-out gown by De Grisogono.

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Model of the moment Bella Hadid strikes a poseAFP/Getty

And there were the stars of the international movie world who also made an impact as they descended on the world famous film festival.

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Bollywood actress Mallika Sherawat is a Cannes regularAFP/Getty

Representing Bollywood was Cannes regular Mallika Sherawat who looked stylish and sexy in a silver gown that showed off her curvacious figure, while actress Araya A. Hargate made sure nobody missed her as she posed in a pastel pink gown with cascading frou-frou ruffles.

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Araya A. Hargate made sure she was noticed on the red carpetAFP/Getty

With an explosion of diverse styles on the red carpet, the fashion statements were just a taste of things to come as the Cannes Film Festival gets underway.

The 69th annual Cannes Film Festival runs from 11 to 22 May 2016.