The Cannes Film Festival is one of the most exciting fashion moments of the year. So, it’s natural that its red carpet comeback — after the festival was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic — delivered some show-stopping looks. 

Last night, film insiders, influencers, and models left their athleisure at home to don some memorable gowns for the festival’s opening night. The red carpet was full of on-trend looks that evoked the early 2000s and summer of skin trends we’ve seen at award shows these past few months. There was also a major throwback with Bella Hadid’s Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown from the ’00s and a red carpet sighting of Gucci’s Aria collection with French singer Lou Doillon sporting a black-and-gold gown, paired with a heart-shaped purse, from the collection. 

Overall, the sartorial showdown made up for all the lost time. Ahead some of the most exciting looks from the opening night’s soirée. Check back as we continue to add more looks from the festival, which will close on July 17.

Bella Hadid wore a Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture gown from 2002, originally worn by Naomi Campbell on the runway. Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage.
French singer Lou Doillon wore her heart out in a Gucci gown with caged chest slits that she paired with a fanciful clutch from the brand. Photo: Stephane Cardinale/Corbis/Getty Images/
Jessica Chastain went for a goth princess look in a Dior strapless gown. Photo: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic.
French singer Camélia Jordana strolled on the red carpet in a magenta halter down with side cut-outs.
Photo: Samir Hussein/WireImage.
Marion Cotillard’s Chanel couture gown inspired disco dreams on the red carpet. Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage.
Spanish actress Ester Exposito gave the midriff-baring trend her stamp of approval in a purple Etro halter top dress with a high slit. Photo: Jacopo Raule/GC Images.
Actress Jodie Foster did a subtle take on the cut-out trend in a white custom Givenchy gown with silver embellishments. Photo: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic.
Model Candice Swanepoel’s Etro see-through bodysuit was a comfy take on party dressingPhoto: Marc Piasecki/FilmMagic.

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