France is a country of couture at the moment, as designers show off their newest made-to-measure — and -impress — wares in Paris, while a similar set of fancy folk compete for the spotlight down in the French Riviera. The 2021 Cannes Film Festival kicked off on Tuesday and it's already off to a great start, sartorially speaking. 

Bella Hadid practically walked off the Off-White runway in Paris onto the red carpet at the film festival's opening ceremony in Provence, leaving herself enough time to change into a figure-hugging, white gown with a dramatic sheer train for her 2021 Cannes debut. The dress, a Jean Paul Gaultier Haute Couture number, featured a twisted halter-neck in contrasting black sheer material — an all-too familiar nod to Christina Aguilera's Noughties tops that have taken over social media this summer. She followed it up with a fresh-off-the-virtual-runway Schiaparelli Fall 2021 Haute Couture gown that ruled the red carpet. 

Other highlights include Spike Lee in Louis Vuitton (his playful, hot-pink suit, courtesy of Virgil Abloh, with matching pink sunglasses and a one-of-a-kind pair of Nike Air Jordan sneakers remain a favorite from the season), Jodie Turner-Smith in Gucci and other Cannes regulars, like Jessica Chastain and Marion Cotillard, who didn't skimp on glamour and set the tone for what's sure to be a memorable week of outfits. 

We'll be keeping this post updated with the event's red carpets and daytime photocalls, so consider this your long-overdue fashion feast. See the best 2021 Cannes Film Festival fashion in the gallery below.

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