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Kering Women in Motion Honors Michelle Yeoh at Cannes

Kering Women in Motion Honors Michelle Yeoh at Cannes

She wore custom Balenciaga Couture to accept her award for leadership in cinema

Since its launch at Cannes in 2015, Kering Women in Motion has highlighted women in cinema—both in front of and behind the camera—whose work helps transform the way we see the world. This past weekend, Academy Award–winning actress and producer Michelle Yeoh was named the 2023 Women in Motion Award honoree at the plein-air event held in the picturesque Place de la Castre in Cannes’ old town.

Salma Hayek Pinault

To accept the honor, Yeoh chose a custom Balenciaga Couture black micro-beaded bustier column dress. She matched Salma Hayek Pinault (in a custom Balenciaga black silicone lace gown), Isabelle Huppert (in a Balenciaga Couture black gabardine swing-back jacket and tailored trousers and black jersey turtleneck), and Anok Yai (in a black Balenciaga Couture shiny silk taffeta dress). “Noir” singer Yseult also wore all-black, as did actress Roh Yoon-seo, actor Turbo Liu, and model Vittoria Ceretti. Naomi Campbell, meanwhile bucked the trend in a white Balenciaga dress and pantaleggings.

Isabelle Huppert

Hayek Pinault and Huppert are past recipients of the Women in Motion Award, as are Viola Davis, Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Patty Jenkins, and Gong Li. The initiative has also expanded to recognize women effecting positive change in other creative areas, including art, design, photography, music, and choreography.

“Kering and the Cannes Film Festival loudly proclaim, yes, women can have ambition,” Cannes Film Festival president Iris Knobloch said in her opening remarks. “Yes, women can succeed and be proud of their accomplishments. Yes, women deserve the spotlight.”