Cannes 2019 is hopefully going to be a major year when it comes to red carpet stars. Several of the stars who have made it all the way through to my Best Dressed of the Year lists over the last several years are either confirmed or expected to walk the red carpet at this years festival. Stars come to Cannes in all kinds of capacities. Of course they come to screen their films and preside on juries, but (especially in the last decade) they have really come to promote brands. Fashion brands, jewelry brands, lifestyle brands, and of course makeup brands have been sending their ambassadors to walk the famed red carpet at the Palais de Festivals for years now. Aside from self and brand promotion they don’t have any official role at the festival and sometimes I feel like that means that they take more risks when it comes to what they wear on the red carpet. When I look at the 42 looks that made my Best of Cannes list for the last two years only 17 of them came from stars who were at the festival in an official capacity (either presenting a film, serving on the jury, or acting as a mistress of ceremonies) all the rest had some sort of product they are promoting. The most obvious of the product promoters are the L’Orealista’s who are invited to walk the red carpet just to add ‘glamour’ and that they do. British fashion personality Alexa Chung was named a face of L’Oreal Paris last January and surprisingly was absent from last years Cannes Film Festival. Alexa isn’t your typical L’Orealista as she isn’t a supermodel or an a-list actress, but I definitely think she could add something to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet that others can’t. I have long been intrigued by her very bohemian style and I feel like she would definitely be able to serve up a great look or two on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. For the first look I’ve chosen for Alexa I went a little out of her norm picking a floor length gown. It isn’t very often we see Alexa wearing a floor length gown on a red carpet, no matter how formal of an occasion it is. She loves a tea length gown, so picking this black jersey Burberry Spring 2019 RTW sleeveless ruffle trimmed column gown isn’t exactly a typical look I would go for, but I think that the simplicity of the gown is something that Alexa would be drawn to. It gives the perfect balance of glamour and soft bohemian elegance that I do believe it would make for an incredibly chic moment, especially if paired with a romantic updo, a thick winged eye, red lips, a black Simone Rocha feather trimmed silk satin bracelet bag, a pair of black satin Burberry square peep toe kitten heels, and Ana Khouri ‘Iolanda’ diamond oval wreath earrings. Now while that is a very chic and simplistic moment when I raised the hemline for my next wish I decided to go with something much more fun picking this hot pink and aquamarine Erdem Fall 2019 RTW sequin floral pattern halter dress which is covered in feather embellishment and features a below the knee hemline and a matching satin train. Honestly I feel like this dress is destined for Monday’s Met Gala, but if it isn’t snatched up for that red carpet then I definitely think it would be a fun bold option for Alexa to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I would go with a bit of a 60’s inspired look adding a loose beehive updo, winged eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of black crystal studded Sergio Rossi ‘Sr1’ kitten heel sandals, and delicate . Now while typically Alexa is a supporter of British fashion on the red carpet I thought that she would be the perfect person to bring this black and brown Marc Jacobs Fall 2019 RTW off-the-shoulder tea length gown which is crafted in head-to-toe silk gazar structured feathers and includes chiffon details underneath the skirt to life off the runway. It definitely reminds me of that statement bohemian glam that Alexa is known for and I definitely think that Alexa could breathe her signature effortlessness into this gown. A sleek center-parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, soft antique rose pink lips, a pair of ‘Bluebell’ diamond drop earringsblack satin Roger Vivier ‘Flower Strass’ crystal embellished buckle pointed toe stiletto pumps, and Alison Lou alexandrite round cocktail drop earrings would finish this look to perfection making sure Alexa owns her time in Cannes as a L’Orealista. Y’all wont even know how hard it was to not go right to Dolce & Gabbana for supermodel and L’Orealista Bianca Balti to wear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. This blog has become a Dolce & Gabbana free zone since Stefano Gabbana lost his mind and went on a Trump like rant about China and the Chinese people. Bianca is a face of Dolce & Gabbana so I would imagine that she will most likely wear a look from the label on the red carpet, but I am definitely not going to promote a wish for it to happen. Instead I shopped all the latest collections to find three looks I think that Bianca could easily shut down on the red carpet. Now while Bianca is a face of D&G some of my favorite red carpet moments of hers have come courtesy of Alberta Ferretti. So it was an easy option for me to head over to the Italian label to pick a look for Bianca to bring to life on the Cannes red carpet this year. I love this white silk Alberta Ferretti Fall 2019 RTW gown which features a silver and gold metallic beaded cutout bodice, a sweetheart neckline, and a long, flowing skirt and I definitely think it would be a really sexy, yet glamorous, moment on Bianca. I would want to have the gown slightly modified so that it has a really long train to add more drama to the look. Finishing the look with a sleek high ponytail updo, defined eyes, dark wine red lips, a pair of white Rene Caovilla ‘Larina’ sandals, and de Grisogono champagne diamond and emerald pendant drop earrings would definitely make this the epitome of modern sexy glamour on this red carpet. For Cannes I don’t typically endorse a black gown. I feel like black in Cannes is a cop-out typically. In this setting color and metallics definitely rule since it is a bright breezy location, but if L’Oreal decided to send Bianca to one of the later night premieres I think that she could deliver more sexy glamour wearing this black Atelier Versace Spring 2019 Couture one sleeve sheer embroidered column gown. Surprisingly Bianca has never worn Versace on the red carpet, and with the Dolce blackout on If I Was A Stylist I think that it’s time for that to change. Bianca loves sexy Italian glamour and Versace definitely epitomizes that aesthetic. I would style this gown with sleek center parted hair tucked behind the ears, smokey eyes, red lips, black Christian Louboutin ‘Forever Girl’ metal stud embellished strappy sandals, and a pair of statement de Grisogono diamond ear-crawlers to really make this a sexy subtle statement look for Bianca. The final look I’ve picked for Bianca to wear on this years Cannes Film Festival red carpet is probably the least likely of all the looks I’ve picked. This red Elie Saab Spring 2019 Couture portrait neckline gown features intricate draped pleating and I definitely think that it would be a different look for Bianca to deliver on the red carpet. She doesn’t really do this more ethereal take on glamour very often and I believe that she has the presence to really make this a gown a major moment especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of strappy red Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ sandals, a statement de Grisogono white diamond and ruby circle collar necklace, and a geometric white diamond de Grisogono cuff bracelet. Jane Fonda has been a Cannes Film Festival staple for years now and she doesn’t seem to give any sign that she is slowing down any time soon. I will say that her Valentino Couture ensemble that she wore for last years red carpet was probably the most ‘old lady’ thing that we have ever seen Jane wear on a red carpet ever. I typically applaud her for bringing things to the red carpet that aren’t typically what we would expect from someone over the age of 75 to wear on the red carpet. She still knows how to bring the sex appeal to the red carpet even at 81. I definitely want to see that on full display with her looks at this years Cannes Film Festival. The first look I came up with for Jane is a custom cobalt blue Atelier Versace long sleeve gown which features a draped chiffon overlaid bodice intricate beading, a crystal embellished waist, and a v-neckline and a sweeping train. I have long been a fan of Jane in Versace. Every time that Jane wears a custom Versace gown on the red carpet I fall in love with it and I definitely think that she would sell this gown to me with effortless ease. Her signature short and full hairstyle, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of navy satin Rene Caovilla ‘Evania’ pointed toe pumps, and a Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and sapphire wreath necklace are the perfect finishing touches to this look. Another brand that has always served Jane well is Balmain, so I again decided to create a custom look for Jane to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I found an ice white sequin long sleeve mini dress with intricate silver beading in the Balmain Fall 2019 RTW collection trunkshow on Moda Operandi and I immediately thought of how it could make for a chic custom gown for the red carpet and so I asked Evita to lengthen it for Jane to wear in Cannes. I thought about adding a feathered hem, but I thought it would remind me too much of the Balmain that Priyanka Chopra wore to the Emmy’s a few years ago. This gown is definitely something I think that Jane could easily sell to me. She might ask that the plunge come up a little bit on the neckline, but I don’t know if she needs to. This gown would be perfectly complimented with her signature hair, defined eyes, soft pink lips, white satin Jimmy Choo ‘Romy Tiara’ crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and a pair of statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and emerald interlocking vine chandelier earrings. The final look I’ve picked for Jane is the only off the runway look I think I want to see her wearing at this years festival with this amazing blue Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture caped gown which features a velvet bodice and an intricately embellished column skirt. This gown is definitely more dramatic than what we are used to seeing from Jane, but I feel like it would definitely be a major statement moment for her to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I fell in love with this gown the moment I saw it come down the runway and I think that if Jane paired this gown with her signature hairstyle, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of navy satin Roger Vivier floral crystal buckled embellished pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and sapphire jewels including chic large stud earrings and a round cocktail ring that she would definitely be a contender for my Best of Cannes list. Maria Borges is one of my favorite models. I adore her look and her walk is KILLER! Her first Cannes in 2017 was major, but her looks last year were very disappointing. I want to see her bring some major moments to the red carpets at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year. What I love most about Cannes is that it is one of the few events where we can see an Alexis Mabille Couture collection on the red carpet. I adore the color of the brands Spring 2019 Couture collection and I really want to see Maria bring major color to the red carpet so when I was picking looks for her to bring to life for Cannes I saw this Alexis Mabille Spring 2019 Couture heart-shaped bustier gown in neon yellow radzimir silk, with ostrich feather plumes and fell in love. It is dramatic and glamorous and I really do believe that Maria would sell this gown to me with ease. I would add smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of florescent yellow Jimmy Choo ‘Shiloh’ crystal embellished sandals, and a modern Messika white and yellow diamond choker necklace to really make this a major wow moment on this red carpet. For the second look I’ve picked for Maria I went to the Elie Saab Fall 2019 RTW collection. She has been a friend to the house for a while and I think that she would be the perfect person to dazzle us in this electric blue one sleeved gown which features all over sequin embellishment and a pleated skirt. I am obsessed with this gown and I definitely think that it is Cannes bound and Maria has the presence to really make the gown come to life especially if she paired it with navy smokey eyes, matte nude lips, a pair of electric blue Jimmy Choo ‘Dudette’ crystal trimmed strappy sandals, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and sapphire earrings. The final look I’ve picked for Maria is this custom Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dark lilac sequined gown inspired by a cocktail dress from the brands Pre-Fall 2019 RTW collection. The gown features a an all-over sequin fabrication with a deep V-neckline, low-swooping back, sleeveless silhouette, draped bodice, an asymmetric ruffle tiered skirt, and a sweeping train. At film festivals is really the only time we see custom Philosophy gowns on the red carpet and I am definitely intrigued to see what this years looks will look like since I have been obsessed with the labels collections as of late. I definitely think this color on Maria would be gorgeous and I think she could deliver this style of gown with effortless ease. Finish the look with smokey eyes, dark red glossy lips, a pair of simple gold Aquazzura ‘Purist’ metallic leather sandals, and Messika ‘Sun Tribe’ collection 18k gold set diamond jewelry including a statement necklace and matching cuff bracelet to ensure that Maria definitely delivers nothing but glamour on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.