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This week, Cannes, a city in the south of France, has been transformed into a hub of glamour and style, resembling an unofficial fashion week rather than just a film festival. It’s like the whole town is posing for one big photoshoot.

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Known as the trendiest of all film festivals, this year’s Cannes festival solidified its fashion status with Saint Laurent, a renowned fashion house, premiering three new films. The weather’s been mild, and everyone’s embracing the grandeur with enthusiasm. It’s a chance for the world’s top celebrities to strut down the red carpet multiple times, each time in more dramatic outfits. While other events like awards ceremonies and the Met Gala offer just a night of glam, Cannes stretches the fashion show over a full fortnight.

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Celebrities, caught up in interviews, press calls, and hordes of paparazzi, also get to flaunt their casual wear during the day: think sunglasses, Breton tops, jeans, and sneakers.

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But don’t underestimate Cannes for fashion inspiration. It’s witnessed some down-to-earth moments too, like Kristen Stewart ditching her heels for bare feet in 2018 or Jennifer Lawrence rocking flip-flops last year.

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With aspiration and relatability, comes inspiration. As fashion writer Vanessa Friedman once said, “The opening ceremony is the equivalent of Pavlov’s bell: it sounds, and we start to dress.” It was at Cannes that Jane Birkin sparked a trend with her basket-bags, now a summer staple.

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Week one has already showcased some standout fashion moments. Let’s take a closer look at what’s catching eyes and what might influence future trends.

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Captivating Capes

Capes have taken center stage on the red carpet, offering a bold alternative to the traditional train for adding drama. From Helena Christensen looking like a character from Tolkien in Vivienne Westwood to Nicolas Seydoux in floral pink, stars have flaunted capes that range from whimsically daring to elegantly embellished. Even Jane Fonda made a statement by draping her coat like a cape, embracing the superhero vibe for a classic red carpet spectacle.

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Vintage Vibes

While vintage fashion hasn’t dominated the red carpet yet, it’s worth noting when it appears. Naomi Campbell stunned in a Chanel couture dress from 1996, giving a nod to the past with help from celebrity stylist Law Roach. Having your own fashion history to draw from is a major advantage in a time when vintage looks are gaining traction.

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Hat Parade

Daywear at Cannes has been all about hats, with Anya Taylor-Joy sporting a Jacquemus straw hat big enough to shield her entire neck from the sun. Meryl Streep, against a backdrop of palm trees, rocked a white suit paired with a striped shirt and sunhat, offering the perfect summer style inspiration. And French singer Yseult proved that a well-chosen hat can be a stylish defense against the blazing Mediterranean sun.

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Gender-Bending Fashion

Gender norms in fashion continue to blur, with women confidently rocking suits and men experimenting with nail polish and skirts. Nadine Labaki, a Lebanese director, sported a bowtie, while Emmanuelle Béart, president of the Camera D’Or jury, flaunted a Paul Smith suit with a casually askew tie. Perfect inspiration for anyone planning their wedding guest attire this summer.

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Sultry Sweetheart Necklines

Celebrities like Elsa Pataky and Greta Gerwig have been heating up the red carpet with extreme sweetheart necklines, taking inspiration from art history and pushing the boundaries with necklines grazing the bellybutton. This trend, with its mix of Man Ray aesthetics and high-fashion sculptural elements, is definitely turning heads.

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Playful Dressing

Some attendees have been toying with visual representations, creating captivating and almost surreal looks. From mind-bending prints to pixelated patterns, these outfits challenge our perception and add a playful twist to the highly photographed event.

Cannes isn’t just about films; it’s a showcase of fashion, style, and creativity. With each outfit, celebrities offer a glimpse into the future of fashion, inspiring trends that will ripple through the industry. So, as Cannes continues to dazzle, keep an eye out for the next big fashion moment!

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