2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “The Man Who Sold His Skin”

According to Screen Daily there was strong buzz around Tunisian director Kaouther Ben Hania’s drama The Man Who Sold His Skin competing in this years competition. Ben Hania’s last film Beauty And The Dogs premiered in Un Certain Regard in 2017.  This film follows the story of a Syrian refugee who agrees to have a Schengen visa tattooed onto his back as part of an art project and is Ben Hania’s most ambitious feature to date staring an international cast which includes Italy’s Monica Bellucci, Belgium’s Koen De Bouw and Tunisian actor Yahya Mahay. When it comes to the red carpet Monica Bellucci typically sticks to a small box of designers including Dior, Chanel, Alaia, Alexandre Vauthier, and D**e & G*****a. So when I was picking looks for her to wear to promote The Man Who Sold His Skin I knew it wasn’t worth stepping out of her comfort zone. So for the photocall I went for couture business chic with this off white Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture draped blazer skirt suit. The look is simple and chic. I think that is exactly what I want to see Monica wearing to really bring to life in Cannes. I would style this look with a bohemian bob, defined eyes, rose pink lips, and a pair of white Christian Dior ‘J’Adior’ slingback polka dot embroidered mesh pointed toe pumps to really make this an uber sophisticated moment for Monica to wear in Cannes. Now for the premiere I turned to the label Monica favors the most even though I don’t feature them except on VERY RARE occasion since their big racist debacle and their calling stars whom they have dressed in the past ugly, D**e & G*****a. It hasn’t stopped Monica from being associated with the brand so it wasn’t hard to decide to make this wish. I will say that especially when it comes to their Alta Moda couture collections I am usually a huge fan of D**e & G*****a designs. So I have a look from the D**e & G*****a Spring 2020 Alta Moda Couture collection that I could see being worn two ways. Had The Man Who Sold His Skin screened at a daytime premiere I would have loved to see Monica wear this gold fully beaded roman inspired, ruffled cap sleeve, round neck, pencil fit calf length dress as it was presented on the runway with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, red lips, a gold heavily embellished D**e & G*****a clutch, a pair of gold metallic leather and mesh Christian Louboutin ‘Maia Labella’ crystal embellished strappy pointed toe pumps, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection yellow diamond chandelier earrings. If the premiere were a 6pm gala premiere or a 9pm premiere I would have wanted to see Monica have this look custom made into a floor length gown styling it the exact same way. One look done two ways I definitely think that either would ensure that even if I would loathe the label choice that Monica dazzles on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Since Ana de Armas is a star of the next James Bond film No Time To Die, which was originally going to be released in late April, I was expecting to see her in Cannes this year as a guest of Chopard. The jeweler is the official jeweler of both No Time To Die as well as of the Cannes Film Festival. So I have picked some super glamorous moments I wanted to see Anna bring to life in Cannes starting with this plum to rose ombre Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture off the shoulder gown which features a sheer overlay construction, long sleeves, a plunging sweetheart neckline, 3-d beaded floral applique detail on the waist, and a full ball skirt. This color is fantastic and this gown has just been waiting for a red carpet moment and I think that Ana would be the perfect person to bring this glamorous moment to life. A romantic updo, defined winged smokey eyes, matching rose lips, a pair of ballet pink Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas’ crystal trimmed ankle strap sandals, and glamorous white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection ‘Precious’ drop earrings would definitely had ensured that Ana would have delivered glamour from head to toe. Supermodel Natasha Poly is a regular in Cannes as a guest of L’Oreal Paris. So I knew I had to make sure the was included in my wishes this year. I have always loved seeing Natasha on the red carpet as she always oozes glamour and sex appeal no matter what she is wearing. For this years festival I turned to a label we’ve seen Natasha wear in Cannes several times: Atelier Versace. But instead of picking a look from one of the recent collections I dug deep into the brands couture archive. I love this peach pink pleated Atelier Versace Fall 2000 Couture one sleeve draped gown which features intricate beading throughout and a side split. It screams bohemian glamour in a super sexy manner and that is exactly what I know Natasha can deliver on the festival’s red carpet. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, matte nude lips, a pair of champagne gold satin Versace ‘Medusa’ studded strappy platform sandals, and a selection of MAJOR de Grisogono High Jewelry including tsavorite, amethyst, and pink coral pendant drop earrings and a statement pink coral, white diamond, and amethyst cuff bracelet would ensure that Natasha just oozes bohemian sensuality from head to toe.


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