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Fan Bingbing In Christopher Bu – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony

Fan Bingbing opened up her 2012 Cannes Film Festival account in typical traditional fashion this evening at the opening ceremony.

She glided down the red carpet like an elegant swan wearing an ivory embroidered Christopher Bu strapless gown.

The green accents on her gown were complemented with emerald Chopard jewels and a green-and-gold Elie Saab clutch.

An orangey-red lip colour and a traditional hairstyle completed her look.

Thanks to those who shared that Fan’s hair is a symbol of the Tang dynasty’s noble women and the gown has embroideries which tells the stories of the four beauties of ancient China.

You can buy Fan Bingbing’s clutch from Boutique1.com.

Credit: Getty

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99 Responses to Fan Bingbing In Christopher Bu – ‘Moonrise Kingdom’ Cannes Film Festival Premiere & Opening Ceremony

  1. Susan May 16, 2012 at 19:56 #

    This is beautiful too.

  2. Linda May 16, 2012 at 19:57 #

    Trust Fan Bing Bing to bring it! The carpet wouldn’t be the same without her dramatic, daring gowns. She looks gorgeous and I love it.

    • bas May 16, 2012 at 22:17 #

      +1. I love the traditional hair.

  3. Lola May 16, 2012 at 20:00 #

    A beautiful gown too…but she is so boring in a very symmetrical way…her hairdo looks crazy…

    • Nina May 16, 2012 at 20:16 #

      Agreed. She can have nice gowns and a good stylist (more often than not) but she’s boring.

      • NateK May 17, 2012 at 04:06 #

        Her hairstyle is to restore ancient ways in China.If you know chinese history ,you will understand the clothes is a traditional way and her hair also has a historical significance.

    • pipsqueak May 17, 2012 at 02:47 #

      +1

    • Bunny August 4, 2013 at 21:32 #

      It is hogwash that people say she looks tedious.No one on the red carpet came up with the innovation like her. They all wore dresses in the same old style.But when she walked up, she immediately became the limelight due to this fresh look and the new concept. I love her hairdo.

      • Shu Zhen November 1, 2013 at 23:37 #

        agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Thomas May 16, 2012 at 20:01 #

    she would be among my best dressed if she had not worn that wig

    • Jenny May 16, 2012 at 20:29 #

      i don’t think that’s a wig, haha

    • Mandy May 17, 2012 at 02:20 #

      +1. I can’t get pass that hair. Trying to hard probably?

  5. mm May 16, 2012 at 20:01 #

    So beautiful, she looks like live figurine

  6. Iris May 16, 2012 at 20:03 #

    hmmm… she obviously appreciates the impact she made last year in *that* gown! Still, the make-up and hair make this a fresh look.

  7. Sabreena May 16, 2012 at 20:03 #

    Guys look no further…the Queen of Cannes is BACK! She looks amazing!

    Although am not a huge fan of the print of the gown..But,I still gotta give major props to her for always wearing a traditional wear… on her first red carpet walk at cannes…and also making each and every look of hers ENTIRELY different from one another.

    Can’t wait to see more red carpet appearance of hers!

    • Kitty May 17, 2012 at 15:06 #

      That’s not print, lol~~ it’s embroidery, which takes much more effort than print.

  8. Yeliz May 16, 2012 at 20:04 #

    And I was wondering where our Cannes darling is. Here she is!
    Ok her hair is kinda weird but I can overlook it because OMG what a gown! I looove the embroidery on it and it fits her perfectly.

  9. noo May 16, 2012 at 20:04 #

    i love the dress, make up and accessories but have some reservations on the hair (i am sure it is in keeping with the cultural meaning of the look, but it looks like she has sideburns)

  10. justme May 16, 2012 at 20:06 #

    I love her for always going traditional at Cannes.
    This is another stunning look, minus that hair.

  11. DSI May 16, 2012 at 20:06 #

    Fan is the only lady who can carry off such atypical looks aplomb! Kudos to her!

  12. Ioana May 16, 2012 at 20:09 #

    Her hair ruins the look for me. Her face looks weird…

    (too bad, the dress was so special!)

  13. ChloeSaab May 16, 2012 at 20:12 #

    isn’t the clutch by Elie Saab ?

    • Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 20:52 #

      yes, thanks

  14. Beta May 16, 2012 at 20:15 #

    J’adore!
    I LOVE that she wears a gown with traditional chinese inspiration.
    She looks fantastic!

  15. Hugo May 16, 2012 at 20:15 #

    it’s only bcs of the angle! her hairdo is typical for ancient chinese women, and so does her gown, the whole idea is from Tang Dynasty. i found some pics from a chinese blogger and it looks much better, according to that blogger the name of the gown is “唐代仕女瓷瓶裙” http://ww3.sinaimg.cn/large/4a966cefgw1dt0ouf95nlj.jpg

  16. rachel May 16, 2012 at 20:17 #

    nice~~~~

  17. Lara May 16, 2012 at 20:23 #

    I’m sorry but I really can’t look past the hair. It drags the whole look down! I’m all for keeping with traditional culture but with a modern twist (which in this case would be the hair please!)

  18. Shelly May 16, 2012 at 20:23 #

    Fan’s hairdo comes from some ancient painting in Tang dynasty from 1300 yrs ago.
    I admire her courage to add traditional element to her look but the hair looks far more acceptive in the painting rather than real life.
    ……..Although I have deep passion for Chinese art, this does shock me,not in a good way. Fan you scared me.
    still good to see her lost a few pounds.

  19. Ramsay May 16, 2012 at 20:23 #

    Same old story: Fan Bing Bing trying too hard – I know all celebrities put a lot of thinking and effort into their red carpet looks but somehow it doesn’t show as much as it does on her…

    • Nadine May 17, 2012 at 03:03 #

      Very much agreed.

  20. Jenny May 16, 2012 at 20:26 #

    a royal look. the idea comes from the Tang dynasty, which is the golden age of Chinese history. Actually she’s about to play the most beautiful Chinese woman in a film back to the Tang dynasty, which i guess is one of the reasons why she chose this look. btw, the designer of the gown as well as her stylist is her best friend. of course she’d always do the “got ur back” thing.

  21. Lisa May 16, 2012 at 20:27 #

    Her gown is meant to resemble the ancient Chinese paintings. The floral motif is common amongst those paintings and image of the people are meant to tell a story. I’m not sure if it is suppose to be a specific painting though.

  22. lily May 16, 2012 at 20:30 #

    I’m chinese but not sure what’s the meaning of the gown but green means spring or renewal. It also represent health, prosperity, and harmony. But I think she chose the dress for the renewal or spring.

    • Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 20:52 #

      that’s great thanks

  23. yvett May 16, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Read about her didnt bring any gown to Cannes when she landed, she was going to pick one from the local boutiques. Apparently, the gown hunt was not that successful but we got to see this gorgeous gown which is even better!

    I LOVE the embroideries on the gown!
    The inspiration came from colourful Chinese vases made in the late Qing Dynasty.
    If you look closer, it has embroideries of women on the lower part of the gown, which are the traditional Four Beauties in Chinese History,
    wikipedia link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Four_Beauties

    As for the hair, I do believe it is the traditional hair style back in Tang Dynasty. but Dont quote me on this! Lols

    It is also a refreshing colour! the past two, yellow and red, are usually associated with the Royals, but this is just stunning, including the contrast with the bright coral lippie!

    • Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 20:52 #

      thanks for the explanation

      • Jocelyn May 17, 2012 at 01:22 #

        The blogger should use other pics instead these two. I found a much better pics online.

  24. asherlev1 May 16, 2012 at 20:31 #

    Gahh. This is fantastic. I’m not the biggest fan of Fan Bing Bing’s at all, but I am a sucker for cultural dresses, and I love that she wanted to bring a piece of her heritage to the red carpet, and did so while staying fresh and modern.

    SO much love.

  25. dee May 16, 2012 at 20:34 #

    She looks great but the hair is a little off-putting.

  26. CTgirl May 16, 2012 at 20:34 #

    Everything but the hair works.

  27. linda May 16, 2012 at 20:36 #

    Her hair is a symbol of the Tang dynasty’s noble women and the gown is from the blue and white china with the pictures describing the stories of the four beauties in ancient China.

    • Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 20:52 #

      thank you

  28. ash May 16, 2012 at 20:52 #

    OMG, this is such a weird look, but she is ROCKING it.

  29. Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 20:54 #

    Thank you all for your help with discovering the meaning of Fan’s look

  30. Jones19 May 16, 2012 at 21:05 #

    I don’t care that the hair is meaningful, it looks awful. It doesn’t ruin the look though, I love the dress.

  31. HM May 16, 2012 at 21:10 #

    SHE’S BAAAACCCCKKKKKKKKKKKKKK!!!! DAMN I MISS HER!!! ;)

    I am loving this look from head to toe and I especially love the fact that Miss Bingbing is not shying away from showing off her cultural identity (I’m asian as well!). I know that her hairstyle or embroidered dress may not rock some peoples’ boats, but for once it is nice to see celebrities appreciating their cultural backgrounds. Western style of dressing and hairstyle isn’t the only option. Marcel waves is an example of a hairstyle which people appreciate simply because it is more famous and acceptable, not to mention ‘western’. I hope people understand what I’m trying to say :)

    • Ahot May 16, 2012 at 21:34 #

      This! i so agree with you!

    • Linda May 16, 2012 at 21:45 #

      I hear what you’re saying and I agree.

  32. Sophie May 16, 2012 at 21:10 #

    The hair is so Fellini and magical. The whole look is so baroqe….Love it.

  33. mystylemysong May 16, 2012 at 21:14 #

    Thank you FC for always featuring Fan Bingbing at the first instant! I love her for always bringing such excitement and surprise onto the red carpet.

    As for the dress, the bordering patterns of her gown resembles the intricate designs of the chinese porcelain. As for the female figures at the bottom, they are the legendary “four beauties” of the Chinese history.

    Hope this helps. =)

    • Fashion Critic May 16, 2012 at 21:17 #

      thank you xx

  34. fromchi-town May 16, 2012 at 21:16 #

    That gown is fantastic – but I cannot get on board with the hair and also dislike the lipcolor.

  35. Vidhya May 16, 2012 at 21:24 #

    She looks lovely and I love the dress and the hair. She was going for a artistic portrayal and she did it to perfection. ANd I seriously LOVE that she brings it on the carpet everytime and put chinese art and fashion in the spotlight everytime. I wish Indian actresses would do the same. Sabyasachi is Elie Saab’s Indian twin. Always embellished. Gorgeous but still, there is so much more to Indian fashion.

  36. Nia May 16, 2012 at 21:27 #

    Enjoying the comments on this post – great to learn a bit about ancient history and culture. Her gown is stunning, and I love the earrings.

    • CreoleLady May 17, 2012 at 00:18 #

      ITA.

  37. Pablo May 16, 2012 at 21:33 #

    Always count on Fan to bring some muchly appreciated exotic glamour. Not my favorite look from her but she surely looks captivating.

  38. d May 16, 2012 at 21:48 #

    bravo!she is saying I am asian and I look good.
    proud of her identity.
    Four beauties:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Four_Great_Beauties.jpg

  39. Riley May 16, 2012 at 22:19 #

    This is gorgeous. I love her Fashion Patriotism.

    I would hate the hair as a red carpet hairdo, but since it is going with the theme, she gets a pass.

  40. robbie May 16, 2012 at 22:27 #

    the dress is a work of art, but i hate the make-up, hair and earrings with a dress like that you dont need anything else.

  41. Christine May 16, 2012 at 22:39 #

    She looks fantastic!!

  42. Hannah May 16, 2012 at 23:10 #

    Every single year I ook forward to teh Fan Bingbing Cannes gown, adn she didn’t diappoint. Nothing will top teh dragon dress of 2010, btu she looks gorgeous. I didn’t like teh ahir at all, which is what ruined last year for me too, until I read the explanation. The gown is so beautiful and interesting but yet elegant at the same time. I love Fan when seh si liek this, charismatic and elegant but neither deja vu princessy nor gimmicky.

  43. Jess May 16, 2012 at 23:22 #

    amazing! one little negative; not keen on the choice of emeralds as the green is not quite the right shade… I’d have gone for citrine jewels.

  44. Mol May 17, 2012 at 02:17 #

    While this may or may not be my best dressed of the day, I do love and embrace the theatrical boldness of it! I also love reading the explanatory comments, it makes me appreciate it all so much more This is the red carpet made less one dimensional, something more than the strictly westernized ideal of beauty – lovely.

  45. EmmaWoodhouse May 17, 2012 at 02:58 #

    ADORE. SO glad to see her–she gives me chills with her unbeatably beautiful and individualistic sense of style. I love how she goes for a traditional look on the first day, generally. The hair would not usually get a pass, but given the historical significance I think it’s a great choice. The dress is gorgeous, and she wears it so well. BDOTD!!!! :)

  46. Sunny May 17, 2012 at 02:59 #

    oh,sooooooo beautiful

  47. The gown is amazing! And the look is so well executed. I’m not sure if I like the hair but the longer I look at it, the more it grows on me.

  48. Anna May 17, 2012 at 03:08 #

    She looks FANtastic!!! Her dress screams Chinese but her hair screams Japanese Giesha. I no like!! And the shade of the earrings are distracting….

    • aj May 18, 2012 at 03:21 #

      Historically, the Japanese copied Chinese fashion and culture during the Tang Dynasty. This hairdo is also one example of ancient Chinese influence on Japanese hair styles.

  49. tommy May 17, 2012 at 03:49 #

    wow ,she is so beautiful

  50. freddy May 17, 2012 at 03:49 #

    SHE ALWAYS LOOK AMAZING!SHE’S NEVER BORING!

  51. Leekss May 17, 2012 at 04:14 #

    Love her skin tone and her dress and her styling. Don’t really care about the story behind the styling of her hair, but it looks abit stupid.

    She’s extremely exciting when it comes to fashion, but I hate how plastic her face looks.

  52. TL May 17, 2012 at 04:27 #

    She looks pretty, love her makeup, earrings and clutch, witch works so well with her gown.
    But there’s two things that I don’t like about the look, first is her HAIR. Even though I know it’s a symbol of ancient Chinese women, but seems like she is trying too hard on this “ancient style”.
    Second, besides the color and print, I don’t find any difference between this dress and the crane dress she wore last year. It’s like two same dress with different color/print.
    Hopefully we can see her in different great looks the next few days. ex. the Atelier Versace violet gown last year was stunning.

  53. Sean May 17, 2012 at 04:48 #

    Love this look. She knew this dress and hairdo might bring controversy, yet still went for this look that she likes. This beautiful lady has guts!

    • Kitty May 17, 2012 at 15:24 #

      Her famous quote: How many compliments I can take, then how many slanders I can resist.

      • Sean May 18, 2012 at 06:57 #

        That was very well said. A beauty with a brain.

      • Fion May 18, 2012 at 16:36 #

        Another: I do not need to marry into the purple, I myself is the purple.

  54. robe pas cher May 17, 2012 at 05:12 #

    Fan Bingbing I am surprised she doesn’t have a thread already. I think she’s gorgeous and she has great style.

  55. PENCYCHOI May 17, 2012 at 06:39 #

    Such a beautiful gown!Amezing look! Christopher Bu ! Good job !!!

  56. roxana May 17, 2012 at 07:16 #

    i love it!

  57. msd May 17, 2012 at 07:37 #

    Oh dear. I adored her dragon gown from a couple of years back but this is like a cartoon version of that look. The hair and makeup are also awful.

  58. ZEO May 17, 2012 at 09:06 #

    She looks adorable!!

  59. A. May 17, 2012 at 09:21 #

    I was kinda expecting her to wear an Elie Saab gown. I think she looks pretty. See I told you, L’Oreal is going to be using pop makeup on their ambassadors. Loving the bright orange lip color. Hairstyle, don’t quite understand.

  60. manja May 17, 2012 at 09:24 #

    I am not her biggest fan but here she looks stunning & unique,even like the hair,make up is beuatiful,and I want her earings so bad

  61. youngay May 17, 2012 at 09:52 #

    Really boring, no visual center on the dress, all the elements are too scattered. And not chinese at all!

    • Jess2 May 17, 2012 at 12:03 #

      Her look is actually very meaningful and representative of Chinese history.

    • Fion May 18, 2012 at 16:31 #

      Come on! Look at her hair and her dress. Still thinking she is not Chinese at all?

  62. Jess2 May 17, 2012 at 12:01 #

    I very much love the tradition and symbolism behind this look. I think she looks amazing and beautiful, I very much appreciate it when Fan brings us something unique like this.

  63. Alina May 17, 2012 at 14:48 #

    I loved her first look at Cannes 2010 (my BDOTY).
    I liked her first look at Cannes 2011.
    I dislike this one.

  64. Irene May 17, 2012 at 14:49 #

    Love if

  65. Kitty May 17, 2012 at 15:31 #

    I was amazed by my boyfriend when I asked him how he thinks about this look. lol

    He knows it must have cultural meaning, and thinks it’s supposed to be like a China vase. So he thinks if it’s a pencil/bodycon dress, which has a shape more like a vase, would be better!!

    But I’m worried too……. afraid he’ll “come out” someday….. lol

    • Sean May 18, 2012 at 07:05 #

      Haha, your boyfriend is so funny. I hope he’s not gonna come out. It’s no hard to find a stylish straight man.

  66. June May 18, 2012 at 02:21 #

    the Queen of Cannes!

  67. Yolanda May 18, 2012 at 03:31 #

    OMG! Love the dress sooooooo much! Wish I could afford to purchase this dress. It is amazing. She wears it well. There is no other that can follow this look. Being of part Chinese, I am so proud of the look. Her hair is amazing, just the way it is worn traditionally. No American actress or model can come this close to perfection in my eyes.

  68. Aaron May 18, 2012 at 12:20 #

    I appreciate the whole dressing… it reminded me of some ancient costume styles of e.g maids of honor in those Chinese TV series. My mom used to watch them, I still remembered the palace filled with TOO MUCH INTRIGUE between women sharing one husband…

    • Fion May 18, 2012 at 16:28 #

      Hah! That kind of TV series is always a hit.

  69. Fion May 18, 2012 at 16:27 #

    I am from China and her hair is a typical style of Tang Dynasty. I definitely love her and regard Bingbing as the most beautiful lady in Asia.

  70. Jessie May 18, 2012 at 22:34 #

    Like her!!! really pretty

  71. Shaina May 18, 2012 at 23:01 #

    This is beautiful! I love to see her embrace the Asian/Chinese culture the way that she does. Like her sensational gown at the 2010 Cannes. I really don’t think she can top that gown but I’ll die if she does!

  72. Pandora Jewelry September 19, 2012 at 12:40 #

    Special design, I like the green!

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