If the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival is any indication, then 2018 must officially be the year of the derrière.
Plunging necklines aren’t the focus this season at the annual star-studded film festival—this year, actresses and models alike are trading in their usual red carpet gowns for dresses with plunging backs. Who are the women wearing these bootylicious (for lack of a better word) dresses?
Cate Blanchett, the award-winning Hollywood actor and Cannes Jury President, has twirled down the red carpet in a couple of stunning backless gowns already. Blanchett kicked off Cannes in a black, lacey Armani Prive dress with a cut-out spanning her entire back. She also wore the dress in 2014 and has become a staunch supporter of another growing fashion trend: sustainability.
“From couture to t-shirts, landfill is full of garments that have been unnecessarily discarded,” Blanchett said in a statement. “Particularly in today’s climate, it seems willful and ridiculous that such garments are not cherished and re-worn for a lifetime.”
The jury’s still out on whether or not the Givenchy dress she wore on Monday was recycled, but it’s unanimously mesmerizing and on theme—Blanchett’s exposed back starkly contrasts the black long-sleeves and rainbow-tiered skirt of her gown.
Younger celebs a la Bella Hadid are getting in on the backless trend, too. The supermodel showed off her backside in a shining Elie Saab halter dress at the BlacKkKlansman premiere. The dress was from the label’s 2007 collection, which is perhaps another indication that sustainable, recycled fashion is becoming increasingly en vogue.
Given the rate at which we’ve revived and grown exhausted of old 90’s trends, it might be a good idea to start recycling our outfits from the early aughts until now. Backless dresses might only be here for a moment, but sustainability in fashion is one trend we can definitely get behind.