Cannes Can

The tip sheet from Cannes: How to dress and who’s dressing that way.

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CANNES — Sure, Cannes is overrun with overdressed starlets and tacky tourists, but it’s also a mecca for the international fashion flock. This week, stylish stars like Chloë Sevigny and Claire Danes led the way, demonstrating pitch-perfect Cannes casual, as did a host of chic types walking the Croisette. Packing their bags with Riviera classics — big sunglasses, sailor tops, pretty sandals — they’re channeling Jackie O and that Riviera original, Coco Chanel herself.

Bilana Grace Obradovic

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Day Job: Serbian TV host on “City Showbiz.”

Look: Top and jeans by Max.

Packing Strategy: Supercasual separates from Zara and Mango.

Must-have: “High-heels and sunglasses, of course.”

Cannes Tip: “Don’t get too dressed up unless you have to.”

Melanie Craft

Day Job: American vacationer

Look: T-shirt by Jean Paul Gaultier, A|X Armani Jeans and an Hermès bag.

Packing Strategy: “Simple stuff, based on Jackie O and Brigitte Bardot.”

Must-have: “My sun hat. My dermatologist would kill me if he saw I wasn’t wearing it.”

Olga Romanov

Day Job: Creative director of L.A.-based fashion label Taisse. “My husband has business at the festival and I’m just along for the ride.”

Look: Ralph Lauren sweater, Le Petite Bateau T-shirt and DKNY pants.

Packing Strategy: “Lots of white and linen for day, and long, silk and satin spaghetti-strap dresses for night.”

Must-have: Anything white.

Emma Hiley

Day job: British production exec

Look: Tank from Top Shop and a denim mini.

Packing Strategy: Corsets for black-tie events, a load of tube tops, and white pants for doing the “Marlene Dietrich thing.”

Cannes Tip: “Know what outfits you want to wear before you come.”

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