Why Anne Hathaway Wore White for Her Glamorous Cannes Film Festival Debut

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes film festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Gisela Schober/Getty Images)

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Anne Hathaway is a vision in white!

The 39-year-old actress, who attended the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of her new period drama, Armageddon Time, opened up about her stunning red carpet look for her first-ever appearance at the iconic film fest, in which she wore a two-piece sequin Armani Privé gown with voluminous sleeves attached to a train, Bulgari gems and Santoni shoes.

"You hire [stylist] Erin Walsh and you trust her," Hathaway tells PEOPLE of the secret to the perfect Cannes wardrobe. "You know, I've never been to Cannes, and I've been watching the fashion of the film festival unfold for a couple decades now. And I've noticed certain things you can never go wrong with."

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)

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"You never go wrong with a little sparkle. You never go wrong with something that looks chic and glamorous, but feels very, very comfortable. And I noticed that a lot of my favorite actresses had their first experience wearing all white," continued the Academy Award winner. "So that was what I did."

Hathaway posed solo and with her Armageddon Time cast, showing off the dress from all angles (though a source tells PEOPLE she removed the stole and train once inside the theater).

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But the true centerpiece of her look was her Bulgari Mediterranean Reverie necklace; a release from the brand, which also announced that Hathaway is its new ambassador, touted "the enchanting splendor of a unique stone — 107.15 dazzling carats of royal blue cushion cut sapphire from Sri Lanka." (She paired it with a coordinating 18-carat sapphire ring from the same "Eden the Garden of Wonders" collection.)

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Anne Hathaway attends the screening of "Armageddon Time" during the 75th annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 19, 2022 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)

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The Princess Diaries actress's look is the latest head-turning getup she's been photographed in recently.

While heading to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to promote her new series, WeCrashed, in March, Hathaway looked vibrant in a rainbow ensemble from Christopher John Rogers — the Louisiana-born designer whom celebrities can't get enough of.

The look, which featured striking green, red, purple and orange shades, was made of a structured bustier top, palazzo pants and a coordinating blazer. Hathaway finalized her look with a turquoise La Medusa Mini Bag by Versace.

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In January, Hathaway had fans doing a double take after posting a photo where she debuted new wispy bangs and a collared floral mini dress à la her Devil Wears Prada character, Andy Sachs.​​

Though the ensemble wasn't by Prada (the dress, coat and shoulder bag are Valentino, the boots are Giuseppe Zanotti, and the jewelry is Bulgari), fans immediately noticed a resemblance between Hathaway and Andy's style when posting the ensemble on Instagram.

"Andy? Is that you? 😆😉," one person commented. Someone else wrote, "Oh Andy, you look so Chic! ❤️❤️❤️❤️."

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