Having not really seen Cate Blanchett on the red carpet since the Cannes Film Festival I am excited that she is being honored at the London Film Festival and is guaranteed to show up. I have missed my red carpet queen and her return will undoubtedly be triumphant. For the “Carol” premiere I would love to see Cate wear this amazing oil slick inspired sequined jacket paired with midnight blue velvet pants from the Armani Prive Fall 2015 Couture collection. Cate and Armani are always a match made in heaven and I am sure that one of her appearances at the London Film Festival will be in Armani. I picked this ensemble because it mixes sex appeal, masculinity, and femininity in such a chic and elegant way that only Cate could pull off. Finish this look with a sleek hairstyle, a bold pink lip, a pair of black pumps, and a purple clutch and Cate will undoubtedly wow on the red carpet.
At the Cannes Film Festival photocall and premiere of “Carol” it was a play on dark and light between Cate and Rooney. I am figuring that same play will be on display in London as well. I searched up and down for the perfect look for Rooney and when I saw that this white Proenza Schouler Spring 2016 RTW ruffled dress with black trim I knew that I had found the perfect look for her to wear on the London red carpet. Rooney does Audrey Hepburn with an edge like no other and I am sure that she would make this dress her own. A pair of simple black sandals and a simple bun is perfect way to style this look for London Film Festival red carpet.
Cruising on the “U.S.R.L. 1967” was the theme of the Ralph Lauren Spring/Summer 2016 RTW collection. These are the type of looks that you want to wear in maritime cities like the Hampton’s, Venice, and the south of France. I always love that Ralph Lauren will take his inspiration from else wear but always show the American woman in these places, staying true to his clientele. Sailor hats, straw bags, and cork wedges all help aid in adding to that relaxed nautical yachty style that worked oh so well on the runway. Some of my favorite looks in this collection came courtesy of seersucker ball gowns, these would make such a statement on the red carpet but I have a feeling won’t be on the top of everyone’s red carpet wish lists. A navy blouse with a train paired with a white evening skirt was my favorite look which I can see Julianne Moore, who along with Jessica Chastain was perched front row at the presentation, wearing on the red carpet.
J. Crew is never one to look at for trends but one to look at for fun fashionable sportswear. I personally love to shop at J. Crew (the 15% student discount doesn’t hurt) and I think that the Spring/Summer 2016 RTW collection is gonna make for some mighty fine shopping come spring. These are the types of clothes that women want to wear during spring. Off the shoulder blouses, gingham, stripes, flowing dresses, and a whole lot more that just are pretty wearable clothes for all sorts of women. Favorite look was the light blue off the shoulder and yellow circle skirt that was paired with bright blue sandals. That is the type of look that if I were a woman that I would wear every single day during the summer season.
Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, the boys behind Public School, made their runway debut as the creative directors of DKNY. I wondered how they were going to mix their ascetic with the ascetic of the hallowed label, and they did a pretty decent job. Osborne and Chow focused of the labels roots of creating tailored pieces that women just want to wear. Almost every look had something that you would want to wear to work, which is what Donna Karan had in mind when she started the label. I am interested to see what their sophomore collection for the house will bring. Are we going to continue to see easy wearable pieces or are we going to start seeing the urban edge of Public School starting to infuse?
Spring/Summer 2016 RTW marked the 10 year anniversary of the Alexander Wang label and for this collection we saw Alex go back to his street roots. I have always admired that Alex has never really stopped producing streetwear but he has refined it since the first collections. The Wang woman has grown with the brand and she is chicer but edgier than ever. This is one of those collections that I found really dark and heavy for a Spring collection, but I can tell you that this collection will sell and we will see it on the carpet. I think his time at Balenciaga has turned Alex Wang on to creating more red carpet looks. Kasia Struss strutted down the runway wearing a black leather fringe saddle inspired corset and white skirt, which I can’t wait to see someone like Zoe Kravitz wearing on the red carpet, quickly turned into my favorite look.