It's been a summer of fashion flashing with sideboob, crop tops and plunging necklines taking centre stage on the red carpets and runways. Indeed cut-away dresses have been the number one red carpet trend at this year's Cannes Film Festival, with stars of all ages revealing acres of flesh.
Irina Shayk Wearing a Roberto Cavalli Cut Out Dress
While the look is certainly about high octane sex appeal, there are different ways to make the cut-away statement. Take Carey Mulligan's monochrome cut-out dress from Vionnet. Bringing her particular brand of minimal chic to the red carpet, the dress hints at sensuality without letting it all hang out. Similarly Naomie Harris went for a sleek and sophisticated take on the look at Cannes with a nude Calvin Klein dress complete with graphic side panel cut outs.
But the true home of the cut-out dress is with the va va voom vixens who are happy to ramp up the X-Factor. Cannes has played host to many of this ilk including Cindy Crawford, Sharon Stone, and models Irina Shayk, Doutzen Kroes and Alessandra Ambrosio. We've seen toned tunnies, backs and sides, and cut-out detailing placed from collarbone to navel - offering plenty of option for a skin flash. The one thing that unites the bevvy of beauties is their incredible bodies which are perfectly showcased by such revealing frocks. Even septuagenarian actress Jane Fonda has worked the look, but then her body always has defied gravity. So there you have it, this year's Cannes is perhaps the raciest of all-time, and its all down to the power of the cut-out!