2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Soul”

There is usually one blockbuster animated feature selected to screen as an out of competition at a gala premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. Festival director Thierry Fremaux all but confirmed that Pixar’s Soul was going to fill this spot this year in an interview with Variety. The film, now set for a Thanksgiving release, looks like a smart spiritual sister to Inside Out according to Indiewire. Inside Out also screened as a gala at the Cannes Film Festival. While that movie was about the emotions that drive the human mind, Pete Docter’s followup is all about the soul that gives people their humanity. Jamie Foxx voices Joe Gardner, a mild-mannered middle school music teacher who has always dreamed of performing jazz at a lauded club, and the film follows his journey after his soul is accidentally booted out of his body. Other details are slim, but we know that Soul, which is also the rare Pixar feature focused on a person of color, will see Joe attempting to reunite his body and soul after learning some big lessons along the way. Jamie Foxx is a man with style and one of the few gentleman I included in my wishes for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. In the midst of working on my Met Gala wishes as I was contemplating what to do for the postponed Cannes Film Festival I accidentally deleted the folder containing all the runway images I reference for my wishes from a drive on my computer and lost the entire thing. So I had to rebuild it. As I was re-saving my favorites from the collections back to my drive, I saw this classically Missoni knit look from the multi earth tone Missoni Fall 2020 Menswear collection which features a long sleeve collared cardigan, t-shirt, and striped pants and immediately knew that if I was going to do Cannes wishes that it was the perfect look for Jamie to wear if he was going to attend a photocall at the festival. Well obviously I decided to do it and so when I was picking his looks I didn’t even have to think twice about this look. For the premiere I went for something classic with a dazzling twist opting for a copper threaded Celine Fall 2020 Menswear tuxedo which features black satin peak lapels. This look is definitely a great twist on classic tuxedo dressing and I feel like Jamie would definitely rock this look with effortless swagger. Now I don’t see Jamie wearing the pussy bow blouse the look was styled with on the runway instead I would recommend a black button down and a black satin skinny tie. Angela Bassett also stars alongside Jamie Foxx in Soul. This was going to be the first time Angela has attended the Cannes Film Festival since 1997. Over the last two years Angela has definitely shown us that she is a real fashion girl. She has been delivering bold, dramatic, and glamorous moments every single time she has stepped onto a red carpet. So I was really looking forward to seeing what she and her stylist Jennifer Austin were going to cook up for her turn in Cannes. I went opposite of what one would normally expect opting to pick couture for Angela to wear for her Cannes photocall while I picked a RTW gown for her to wear for the premiere. Again as I was rebuilding my archive of runway images I saw this black Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture suit which consists of a sheer beaded peplum blazer which features a dramatic sash that turns into a train and a pair of skinny fit ankle length pants and it just spoke to me as the perfect photocall moment for Angela. It is sophisticated and sexy all at the same time and out have come together perfectly with full tight curls, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of black suede Christian Louboutin ‘So Kate’ pointed toe pumps, and a pop of color via red Atelier Swarovski ‘Tigris’ crystal ear clips. For the premiere I went to a designer that Angela has worn for major events including the Emmy’s and the NAACP Image Awards: Azzi & Osta. I wanted to to see Angela bring this column gown from the Azzi & Osta Fall 2020 RTW collection which features a draped gold lamé bodice that turns into a major sash train and a black crepe column skirt. The gown is classic, but the lamé gives it a bit of edge. I think that is exactly what I think Angela should wear on a red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival promoting a film. Styling this gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a gold art deco pattern Judith Leiber Couture ‘Swanson Gaia’ crystal embellished clutch, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Very Cathy’ peep toe ankle strap platform sandals, and a gold crystal Atelier Swarovski by Christopher Kane ‘Golden Shadow’ slim bolster collar necklace would definitely have put the perfect finishing touches on this look for Angela. Tina Fey would have made her Cannes Film Festival debut this year thanks to Soul. The funny lady is up and down to me when it comes to her red carpet style. So had Cannes actually taken place and Tina jetted to the French Riviera I would have loved seeing her do so giving some of her best looks. For the photocall I went for light and elegant pinking this aqua Rochas Pre-Fall 2020 asymmetrically draped midi dress which features short flutter sleeves. This gown is glamorous and elegant and I just know that in the setting of that iconic balcony where photocalls take place in Cannes that this look would have screamed glamour. Style this dress with effortless waves, defined eyes, her thick black rimmed eye glasses, soft pink lips, and a pair of metallic gold Roger Vivier flower strass crystal buckle mid heel pointed toe pumps and I know that Tina would be putting her best foot forward. For the premiere I would have trusted Tina with one of my favorite looks from the Spring 2020 Couture collections with this electric blue liquid sequin Valentino sleeveless mermaid gown. If you’ve been following my Cannes wishes this isn’t the first time this gown has made an appearance. I also picked this gown for Priyanka Chopra. Both ladies I think would look fantastic wearing this gown, but each would bring it to life in a different way. I think that Tina would definitely make it more of a modern classic moment styling it with a loose updo, defined eyes, red lips, electric blue satin Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Chopard ‘Magical Setting’ collection white diamond jewels including a pair of drop earrings and a matching cocktail ring. Elsa Hosk had one of the best gowns in Cannes last year channeling her inner Lauren Hutton wearing custom rainbow sherbet Etro. It was one of my favorite looks of all of last year. The gorgeous model is basically the living embodiment of Barbie and I really wanted to see her deliver glamour on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year. While I would imagine she would have been back in Cannes with Etro this year I went for goddess glamour picking this sky blue chiffon Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Spring 2020 Couture gown which features a plunging neckline, chain detail on the shoulders, knot detail on the waist, and sash scarves hanging from the shoulders. Now the gown is gorgeous all on its own, but in Cannes you have to go big or go home. So I would ask Alberta to custom make this gown for Elsa with a long dramatic train. Finish this look with old Hollywood waves over one shoulder, thick winged eyes, hot pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ coil strap sandals, and dazzling de Grisogono white diamond and cabochon sapphire teardrop earrings and Elsa would have definitely had another major glamour moment for this years Cannes Film Festival. In the second wish I wanted to see Helen Mirren bring to life on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival red carpet I really wanted to see her bring this sage and brown Azzedine Alaia Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve gown which features all over pleating, a cinched waist, and a plunging neckline. When I saw this gown several months ago I knew it would be perfect for Helen and I was just waiting for the right time to make the wish. As I was pulling the wishes for Cannes 2020 together I saw this dress again and I knew it was going to be perfect. What sealed the deal was when I saw a pair of light green tsavorite and aquamarine Chopard Red Carpet Collection drop earrings that would perfectly compliment this dress. Helen knows how to sell a look and I know she would do just that with this gown. Now I can say that just as presented with those earrings, the neckline brought up just a little, a dark green satin Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ coffered clutch, and black sheer Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ sequin embroidered pointed toe pumps that this look would be perfect for Helen. But I might also want to see the dress modified to make it even more of a Cannes moment for Helen adding a train to really make sure this look exudes regal elegance. A curly updo, defined eyes, and dark antique rose pink lips would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble.

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