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Irina Shayk, the sweatpant-loving supermodel on breaking red carpet rules

Stepping onto the famed Croisette red carpet for the first time since 2018, Irina Shayk has made headlines with a string of game-changing outfits.

“What is expected at Cannes is beautiful and elegant gowns, and I wanted to have a little bit of fun with that,” Irina Shayk explained over the phone from the festival.

Irian Shayk came to the first red carpet for Martin Scorsese’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ premiere which she attended with her best friend, Riccardo Tisci, and Burberry’s former chief creative officer. She paired her dramatic, plunging Armani Privé navy blue gown with a full tulle skirt. Her winged eyeliner and nude lips made her look classic.

But, on Sunday in ‘Firebrand’ premieres Shayk chose a look by London-based Nigerian designer Mowalola. The designer is known for creating “non-traditional silhouettes” and using materials such as leather and PVC. Irina Shayk’s outfit from the fall/ winter 2023 catwalk comprised a low-slung leather skirt paired with a bandage-style top, leaving the torso completely bare.

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What did Irina Shayk say?

“It was something very different, even for me,” the model says. “It’s always fun to come to Cannes but returning after a break meant I could step back, see what I did then, and bring something new. Because I want to see a different type of fashion at Cannes. I wanted to take a different, modern approach and think, ‘What does the young generation want? What would my six-year-old daughter want to wear when she is 18?’”

“Over the past 10 years, both fashion and I have evolved,” Irina Shayk said. “This is a new time with a new vision, and I wanted to use the moment and different outfits to have fun, be free and express a different side of my personality and creativity. I used to get nervous on the red carpet but not anymore. I feel more comfortable in my own skin, and I wanted my wardrobe in Cannes to show that I can be a mom — I can be a working mom — and still show up, be stylish, and express myself.”

It was a sentiment she was keen to share with her 21.9 million Instagram followers. “I spoke to a friend about what the caption should be when I posted the picture of the Mowalola look. We thought about it, and they suggested, ‘When women understand women.’ To me that’s it. As a woman, you want to express yourself and nobody should tell you what to wear or how to feel or how to be.”

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