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Nicole Kidman's Cutout Dress at Special Ops: Lioness

Nicole Kidman Gets in on the Ab-Window Cutout Trend

Nicole Kidman's Cutout Dress at Special Ops: Lioness
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Nicole Kidman's abs look so good in this dress, they needed their own window. On 11 July, the actor stepped out for the London premiere of "Special Ops: Lioness" wearing a black Saint Laurent dress with a sizable stomach cutout. The sophisticated gown featured a halter neckline with a romantic rosette detail, flowy fabric attachments that draped down her back like a cape, and a low-rise criss-cross waistline that further highlighted her abs.

Styled by Julia von Boehm, Kidman accessorised with sheer opera gloves, Harry Winston diamond earrings, and strappy black sandals, adding extra drama to the already glamorous look. At the premiere, she wore her hair in a low ponytail, leaving a few pieces loose to frame her face, and posed alongside costar Zoe Saldaña. Although the ab-window trend is widely known for its attention-grabbing appeal, Kidman's version was an exercise in simplicity. The classic elegance of her gown showed how cutouts can be used to help elevate a red carpet look.

Other celebrities who have turned to stomach cutouts to put their abs on display include Coco Jones, who wore a sequinned ab-window to the 2023 BET Awards, and Lori Harvey, whose red-hot front-cutout dress stood out at the Cannes Film Festival. More recently, we've even seen the trend evolve into the more daring "boob-window," describing the chest cutouts worn by stars like Sydney Sweeney and Chloë Bailey. But with cutouts growing progressively bigger, as in Kidman's case, it's hard to categorise every look under just one label.

See how her cutout dress encompassed the best of both trends below.

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