Fan Bing Bing In Chris Bu Kewen – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

This time last year we had just been officially introduced to the wonderful Fan Bing Bing.

The Asian beauty opted to wear a traditional robe to the Opening Ceremony of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival like she did last year.

Her red gown was embroidered with white cranes with a bow detail on the bodice.

The gown was designed by her stylist – Chris Bu Kewen.

I don’t think Fan Bing Bing knows subtle, which is why I love her.

This dramatic red gown was paired with a high bouffant, stunning Cartier jewels and a pearl embellished clutch.

Hopefully Fan is at Cannes for the duration as I can’t wait to see what else she gives us.

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71 Responses to Fan Bing Bing In Chris Bu Kewen – 2011 Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony

  1. noo May 11, 2011 at 20:08 #

    her hair is scary

    • pauline May 12, 2011 at 21:32 #

      I think that is style

      • MG May 13, 2011 at 07:00 #

        This is a traditional Chinese hairstyle, mostly used in Tang Dynasty. I’m pleasantly surprised with it

    • Sunny May 15, 2011 at 16:15 #

      Both this dress and her hairstyle are classic Tang Dynasty style. The dress needs such a hairstyle to match itself.

      • noo May 16, 2011 at 12:39 #

        thanks for the clarification 😀 i’ve seen pictures of Tang Dynasty fashion before but i never thought of that with her hair because usually they wore accessories in it!!!!

  2. maria May 11, 2011 at 20:09 #

    this look is so gorgeous. I love the cut of the dress, the colour, the embroidery and all her accessories.

  3. Victoria May 11, 2011 at 20:12 #

    Oh I love her too! 😀 I can already feel that Fan Bing Bing is going to be one of my faves at Cannes once again!

  4. mm May 11, 2011 at 20:12 #

    The Fashion at Cannes puts the MET to shame! Fan is Outstanding!

    • Fashion Critic May 11, 2011 at 20:19 #


    • Alexandra May 11, 2011 at 20:40 #

      true! MET was kind of disappointing and meh.

    • Pablo May 11, 2011 at 20:51 #

      Absolutelly agree. Go drama queen Fan :)

  5. dee May 11, 2011 at 20:13 #


  6. Paddy M May 11, 2011 at 20:14 #

    Divine! I think she looks even better than she did last year!

  7. yy May 11, 2011 at 20:15 #

    Fan Bing Bing looks beautiful! But those are cranes not swans on her dress

    • Fashion Critic May 11, 2011 at 20:18 #

      ta x

  8. Jennifer May 11, 2011 at 20:15 #

    I take it back… this is BDOTW…. Fan is flawless…. love love love!!!

  9. Moxie May 11, 2011 at 20:17 #

    Not a fan of the hair, but LOVE the dress.

    • Rebecca May 11, 2011 at 20:31 #


    • Jen May 11, 2011 at 23:25 #

      Me too. That hair is no, but the dress is so much win.

  10. Kelly May 11, 2011 at 20:18 #

    This is unbelievably perfect!! BDOTW …scratch that BDOTY worthy for sure.

  11. Laura May 11, 2011 at 20:23 #

    Amazing and dramatic. No one could pull this off like Fan can.

  12. LizLemooooon May 11, 2011 at 20:29 #

    Now THIS is how you werk it. I ADORE her, she looks fabulous, note perfect, chic, glamorous and classic. In love with everything.

  13. Hisadora May 11, 2011 at 20:35 #

    She looks amazing!!!!! The dress is so beautiful and theatrical. It is going to be a hard decision on the best dressed of the day!

    • mol May 11, 2011 at 21:14 #

      ‘Theatrical’ is the perfect descriptor of this, and while others don’t like her hair, I think it fits in with the whole dramatic flair of it all – she’s always so excitingly entertaining!

      • Terry May 11, 2011 at 22:40 #

        I agree. Bouffant hairdos are dangerous hairstyles (just think of SJP a few days ago), but Bing totally owns this one. The hairstyle, the dress, the jewellery, not to mention the make-up: everything is gorgeous.

    • KateS May 12, 2011 at 02:53 #

      Very theatrical and OTT, which make it perfect for the event. It’s also true to her personal style, which I always admire.

  14. KEN May 11, 2011 at 20:36 #

    is that Cranes?

  15. Emi May 11, 2011 at 20:37 #

    Ok, the dress is beautiful and it’s nice from her to pay homage to her country… but her hair is totally awful!!

    • Lils May 11, 2011 at 22:00 #


      • Martin May 12, 2011 at 15:37 #

        Totally agree. Fan in her Dragon Robe gown from last year’s Cannes Film Festival made it into my Top 10 gowns of the year but I just can’t drag my eyes away from that frightening hairstyle and that super-harsh make-up. This is veering way too close to drag queen territory for me. Such a shame, because the dress is divine.

  16. Alexandra May 11, 2011 at 20:39 #

    outstanding. now i can’t decide if i prefer the dragon robe or this one.

  17. Moxie May 11, 2011 at 21:06 #

    FC — if you were to have a Fan Bing Bing alone best dressed poll, I don’t know how I could choose between the crane dress and the dragon robe! Both are wonderful!

    • Fashion Critic May 11, 2011 at 21:07 #

      I would go for the Dragon robe…East meets west :)

  18. Rashmi May 11, 2011 at 21:17 #

    I love the gown… But dont like the hair or her makeup… Her eyebrows look scary

  19. Marvel May 11, 2011 at 21:27 #

    I like the look but the hair is a big no

  20. Jing May 11, 2011 at 21:29 #

    I love her from the very first start~ she is just more than just outlook, as years passed now people praise her for this Chinese characteristic show, however she is always a cute, and hardworking young girl.

  21. mari May 11, 2011 at 21:58 #

    Girl won’t let us down. This is what I’d expect from her, knowing her for a year here in your blog, another string of amazing looks, I hope.
    She’s unafraid of trying trying unexpected looks.

  22. idarklight May 11, 2011 at 21:58 #

    The crane dress has a similar connotation as the dragon dress last year. In China, there’s an idiom called “he li ji qun,” or “like a crane standing amongst chickens.”

    • bella May 12, 2011 at 01:09 #

      that means the best!

    • cliff May 14, 2011 at 13:09 #

      yes,I’m surprised at your mention of Chinese idiom,which is used very properly here..

  23. D May 11, 2011 at 22:40 #

    put fan besides gong li…..hummmm who is more gorgous? hard one

    • Jennie May 12, 2011 at 12:48 #

      gong li for me!

  24. Thomas Monks May 11, 2011 at 23:54 #

    did Fans MET invite get lost in the mail? Anna has to be blind to not have invited her as she is such a fashion plate and she would have work glad to see fan has her mojo back after not being so sure with her past two outings this blows me away

  25. June May 12, 2011 at 01:00 #

    Fan is outstanding!!! She is gorgeous!!!

  26. Zoe May 12, 2011 at 01:15 #

    Love her hair!!!

  27. Jennesia May 12, 2011 at 01:29 #

    The hair is kind of scary when looking at it for long periods of time (not by choice i was trying to determine if i liked it). She is so beautiful and elegant and i felt she pulled of the look extraordinarily.

  28. Carolina May 12, 2011 at 01:44 #

    Dragon robe was amazing, but this one just didn’t work for me.

  29. Wendy May 12, 2011 at 02:41 #

    Fan Bing Bing and her makeup artist together designed this red Crane dress! Fabulous!

    • Fashion Critic May 12, 2011 at 10:28 #

      thanks for the info

  30. Pye May 12, 2011 at 03:12 #

    i am so excited about what she would wear in the following days, that makes her special from the other stars.

  31. Diana May 12, 2011 at 03:52 #

    Am I the only person who doesn’t mind the hair? I feel like she always goes for the dramatic hair but she always works it well.

    Also, I’m pretty sure I see elements of the Tang Dynasty style in her dress (especially in the bow and the train). Ugh, this makes me love her even more (if that’s possible!)

    • Fashion Critic May 12, 2011 at 10:13 #

      I like the hair too

  32. miyuki May 12, 2011 at 04:58 #

    Very beautiful!

  33. f4fashion May 12, 2011 at 07:07 #

    There are brand ambassadors, and there are fashion/culture ambassadors. Fan shows how beautiful and interesting the oriental culture is. LOVE the embroidery.

  34. Billie May 12, 2011 at 08:18 #

    Typical Ancient Chinese Tang Dynasty style: crane, towering plate made, lanterns, made it kind of grace and luxury.

  35. Alicat May 12, 2011 at 09:14 #

    She looks so different to everybody else with this Asian inspired gown. I love the knock out scarlet colour, red of course meaning good fortune. The hair and makeup are making a strong statement, but this is needed to balance the impact of the gown.

  36. Mia Spring May 12, 2011 at 09:16 #

    Oh, she’s never disappointed me!! I DO LOVE this look.
    the white Red-crowned crane is the symbol of long-life, elegance and peace in Chinese culture, also used to describe beautiful people and long-time love. Whereas dragorn is the more masculine, used to describe the power of the emperor . So Chinese criticism said she was more like a queen tried not to be too ambitious, just have hun and relaxed .

  37. tomi May 12, 2011 at 09:19 #

    FC! do you want to kown the designer of this gown. which is designed by fan bingbing’s dresser . exactly BDOTW!!! as perfect and stunning as dragon gown

  38. Bonnie May 12, 2011 at 12:39 #

    MAJOR,Fan always exudes glamour,class,fun and drama…its always a joy to see her.

  39. Alina May 12, 2011 at 12:49 #

    Perfect !

  40. Christ Wei May 13, 2011 at 06:09 #

    It’s very beautiful.perfect.love fan .

  41. Christ Wei May 13, 2011 at 06:10 #

    love you,beautiful

  42. Raquel May 13, 2011 at 08:08 #


  43. Alice May 13, 2011 at 17:55 #

    The dress is designed by Bo Kewen, her stylist. I think this BDOTY for me.

  44. imam May 13, 2011 at 21:35 #

    It’s great! But I’m bored seeing her with this kinda look…

  45. T May 15, 2011 at 04:37 #

    I think she is too affected.And her make-up has never changed.

  46. Tangs May 15, 2011 at 22:45 #


  47. sharmila May 16, 2011 at 11:28 #

    A total hit

  48. Ena May 19, 2011 at 14:13 #

    Oh my gosh !! She looks so fascinating with that marvelous dress <3

  49. Andy May 25, 2011 at 16:09 #

    Love most of her choices of wardrobe but she needs a different makeup and hair stylist.

  50. Joy September 28, 2011 at 09:46 #

    Gorgeous! I like her,the dress,the bag.

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