There is nothing like a red carpet risk-taker to make a person stand up and cheer. There have been a few stand-out ensembles at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Lindsay Lohan dressed up like C-3PO, Justin Bieber mistook a blue leather shirt for formalwear, and Marion Cotillard made Maison Martin Margiela couture look like an easy, comfortable summer look. But nothing prepared us for the sight of a supermodel wearing a bright chartreuse satin gown with a built-in hood, cape, padded shoulders, and exposed gold breastplate like Irina Shayk just did.

Irina Shayk is currently on the cover of Vogue Spain with her real-life boyfriend, the impossibly good-looking and completely naked soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo. It is a credit to this dress that she could stand next to him again and no one would even notice he was naked, because we’d all be looking at this crazy, wonderful dress she is wearing.

I can’t believe anyone wore this crazy Versace dress. It is completely insane, but it turns out that insanity is wonderful. At first glance this looks like the sort of dress that was created to look crazy on a runway and then be talked about in editorials but never actually worn. Maybe Donatella would lend it out to Lady Gaga to wear as a costume, but nobody but would actually wear it in real life.


And yet it works. Irina Shayk looks like a damn superhero. And she knows it, too.

irina-shayk-versace-cannes-3That weird breastplate seems to be an optical illusion. I can’t figure out how it was put together, but it might be the world’s best use of sheer illusion fabric.

Her weird/sexy fluorescent couture is a huge step up from last year, when she just showed up in a naked sexy bombshell dress and looked boring and sexy.

Irina Shayk attends the 'All Is Lost' Premiere during the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals on May 22, 2013 in Cannes, France.
Last year she just looked like another sexy supermodel, and Cannes is lousy with those. Now she looks like someone interesting. This might be photographer bait, but it’s effective photographer bait.

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