Vibrant hues and classic glamour - Cannes festival red carpet proves fashion is back with a vengeance

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Ester Expósito, Bella Hadid and Michaela Jaé on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Photos: Getty Images
Ester Expósito, Bella Hadid and Michaela Jaé on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Photos: Getty Images

The Cannes Film Festival is back after having to postpone its proceedings in 2020 due to the international health crisis that stunned the world a year ago. Sprinkled with models and film practitioners alike, the 74th annual festival kicked off this week with a red carpet ceremony that pulled no punches.

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The red carpet opened with Bella Hadid's much-celebrated Jean Paul Gaultier monochrome gown, which continues to dominate headlines, and Spike Lee's bright pink Louis Vuitton suit as he made his first festival appearance as Jury President.

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Here are some of the top red carpet arrival looks so far:

Bella Hadid opened the show in vintage Jean Paul Gaultier

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Bella Hadid attends the

And later appeared at the festival's Chopard Dinner in a feathered LBD

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Michaela Jaé is gloriously immaculate on her Cannes debut dressed in Etro

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: MJ Rodriguez attends the

Kat Graham in a printed green gown by Etro

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Kat Graham attends the A

 Candice Swanepoel, also in Etro, arrived in a white halter neck gown

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 07: Candice Swanepoel attend

Chinese actress Meng Li in a statement collar yellow dress by Yanina Couture

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Meng Li attends the Anne

Maggie Gyllenhaal dripping in champagne wearing a Celine dress topped off with a pleated cape

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Jury member Maggie Gylle

Helen Mirren in a vibrant yellow Dolce & Gabbana 

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Dame Helen Mirren attend

U.S actress Jodie Foster in an embellished Givenchy

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Elite star Ester Expósito in a purple cut-out Etro dress

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Ester Exposito attends t

French actress Marion Cotillard wears a peplum metallic Chanel dress

CANNES, FRANCE - JULY 06: Marion Cotillard attends

Jessica Chastain in a sheer Dior couture gown

Jessica Chastain

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