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Front Row at Chanel Cruise 2012

Vanessa Paradis, Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson attended the show.

Vanessa Paradis Anna Mouglalis

Vanessa Paradis and Anna Mouglalis

Photo By Stephane Feugere

The grandeur and scale of the setting, with guests seated on robin’s-egg-blue deck chairs under white umbrellas, certainly wowed the VIP guests at Chanel.

“My gosh, I think I’m going to move here,” said Blake Lively, leaping up to snap a photo with her cell phone.

“It’s pretty amazing,” echoed Clémence Poésy. “I used to come to [the French Riviera] as a kid. But not to this hotel. We went somewhere much more modest.” The French actress said she would stay on in Cannes for the film festival, where her new Joan of Arc film “The Silence of Joan” will premiere.

California girl Rachel Bilson said she finds the fashion stakes high in this part of the world. “Everyone looks so chic all the time,” she marveled. And her favorite thing about the south of France? “I love the butter. It’s delicious,” said the pint-size actress, who recently shot a series of Magnum ice cream commercials with Karl Lagerfeld.