Fashion stars grace the red carpet on Cannes Film Festival’s opening night

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DUBAI: The Cannes Film Festival rolled out the red carpet for the first time in more than two years on Tuesday, launching the French Riviera spectacular with the premiere of Leos Carax’s “Annette,” the introduction of Spike Lee’s jury, and with high hopes for shrugging off a punishing pandemic year for cinema.

The occasion drew a wide spectrum of film luminaries back to Cannes to celebrate the festival, canceled last year due to the COVID-19 virus. Pedro Almodovar, Jessica Chastain, Helen Mirren and Bella Hadid walked the red carpet, which was again lined with tuxedoed photographers and surrounded by eager onlookers.

Hadid, 24, stepped out in a vintage white Jean Paul Gaultier column gown with a black sheer train and halter-neck for the French festival’s opening ceremony.

She wore her hair up in a bun and accessorized with glittering Chopard jewelry, including white gold earrings with two pear-shaped diamonds.

Meanwhile, French fashion house Celine, which is led by French-Tunisian designer Hedi Slimane, had a big night at the opening ceremony, dressing jury member Maggie Gyllenhaal and French singer Carla Bruni.

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