The red-carpet protest of gender inequality at the 71st Cannes Film Festival by female actors and directors may have been the talk of the town, but leading ladies also turned up the heat with their statement-making numbers. From Irina Shayk’s risqué Atelier Versace dress to Aishwarya Rai’s Swarovski crystal-covered dress that took 3,000 hours to make, these starlets stepped up the seduction, setting the bar high for the next vaunted film festival, as well as women’s representation in the industry.
Lea Seydoux in Louis Vuitton
Romee Strijd in an Alberta Ferretti gown and a De Grisogono High Jewellery necklace
Penélope Cruz in Chanel Haute Couture
Lupita Nyong’o in Dior Haute Couture
Kristen Stewart in Chanel