Cruising with the smart set: Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson hit Cannes early for Chanel catwalk show

Cruising with the smart set: Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson hit Cannes early for Chanel catwalk show

Cruising with the smart set: Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson hit Cannes early for Chanel catwalk show

1:32 AM on 10th May 2011

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Karl”s girls: Blake Lively (left), Alexa Chung (centre) and Rachel Bilson (right) at the Chanel Cruise show today

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French fancies: Clemence Poesy (left), Anna Mouglais (centre) and Vanessa Paradis were among the guests

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White hot: Veteran model Kristen McMenamy, 42, was among the names modelling swimwear on the catwalk

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Glamour”s natural habitat: Designer Karl Lagerfeld said that the show was about the women of Cannes

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Gallic chic: The collection referenced Forties silhouettes. Even some odd white boot-sandals looked cool

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Bathing beauty: The heavily monochrome one- and two-piece swimwear designs were classic Chanel

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Elegant affair: Guests assembled for the show under white parasols in the garden of the Hotel du Cap