2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “The Souvenir Part II”

Mother daughter duo Tilda Swinton and Honor Swinton Byrne debuted The Souvenir at the Berlin Film Festival last year. According to Screen Daily there had been hopes that director Joanna Hogg would make her Cannes debut in Competition this year with The Souvenir II, reuniting her with the cast of the original, Honor Swinton Byrne, Tilda Swinton, and Ariane Labed. IMDB teases the film as a story about a young film student in the early 80s who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy man. We saw Swinton and Byrne in Cannes last year and it would have been great to see them back at the festival promoting a film they star in together this year. When she debuted The Souvenir in Berlin last year with her mother Honor Swinton Byrne and Tilda both wore head to toe Chanel. I decided that since I really don’t know much when it comes to Honor’s style yet I would turn back to two super chic Chanel Couture moments for the looks I would have loved to see her bring to life at this years festival. For the photocall I went with this dark green Chanel Fall 2019 Couture co-ord which features a sleeveless ruched halter neck top and cropped cuff pants. I’ve loved this look since it was first presented last July and definitely think it would have been a super chic moment for Honor to wear in Cannes. Bohemian waves pulled back and teased, defined eyes, pink lips, and a pair of black Chanel mesh and patent calfskin low heel lace-ups would definitely make this is a super chic moment. For the premiere I went to this super chic cream Chanel Spring 2020 Couture sleeveless tweed and chiffon shirt gown. It isn’t the big grand gown I tend to want to see in Cannes, but I think that Honor’s sense of style is a little more laid back. So when I picture her wearing this gown I definitely see it as a superb effortless French glam moment for her to bring to life on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals. Style it with a romantic loose curly updo, soft smokey eyes, blush pink glossy lips, a pair of pearl white Jimmy Choo ‘Sacora 100’ satin ankle strap peep toe sandals covered in pearls, and simple sparkle via white diamond Chanel High Jewelry waterfall earrings and I know this look would have been effortless glamour defined. Joe Alwyn has been a guy on the red carpet who doesn’t really push boundaries, but does deliver some perfectly tailored and styled menswear moments on the red carpet. When I saw he was part of this cast I thought it would be great to see him deliver his signature chic menswear moments in Cannes. Joe was last in Cannes in 2018 when he was invited to the festival by Chopard and given the Chopard Trophy, an award for promising young talent. So to see him in Cannes to promote The Souvenir Part II I kick off my wishes with a slate blue leather bomber jacket from the Tom Ford Spring 2020 Menswear collection. The jacket is that right punch of color perfect for a the photocall balcony overlooking the French Riviera. I think that the lookbook styling is cool with the match leather sweatpants and white boots, but that isn’t really Joe’s style. So instead I would have loved to see Joe style this bomber jacket with a white button down, Tom Ford slim fit medium wash faded denim jeans, a black leather Tom Ford ‘Palladium T Ridge’ leather belt, a pair of slate blue, pebble grey, and white Jimmy Choo ‘Raine/M’ soft leather and nylon sneakers, and Tom Ford ‘Kip’ silver framed aviator sunglasses. It would definitely make the look perfect for a Cannes Film Festival photocall. The look I’ve picked for Joe to wear for the premiere is super classic, but with a bit of a twist. I love this black jacquard Tom Ford ‘Atticus’ cocktail jacket as it is very classic in cut and style, but the subtle pattern and shine make it just modern enough to make a really cool menswear moment. The tailoring has to be PERFECT for a look like this and Joe’s tailor knows how to fit a suit so I know it would be. Everything else about this look should be classic to let the jacket be the star of this ensemble. It would definitely have made sure that Joe was on top of the mens fashion game. The Souvenir Part II is the third and final film that stars Tilda Swinton that I saw was rumored to screen at this years Cannes Film Festival. I’ve already picked superb fashion moments from some of Tilda’s favorite labels including Maison Margiela, Givenchy, Alexander McQueen, and Valentino. Many may be surprised that I didn’t pick a single Haider Ackermann look for Tilda, but their best looks are custom and there wasn’t really anything that I saw from the label that would have been right for Tilda. So instead I went to other designers. I went with one of Tilda’s more recent favorite designers for the photocall picking this jade green and gold silk Loewe Fall 2020 RTW origami draped midi dress which features cap sleeves, a brass studded white leather patch on the breast, and a flared asymmetrical hem. Back when she was heading the jury at the Marrakesh Film Festival at the end of last year Tilda wore looks from Loewe twice. This look is definitely a major moment and I think that this dress with a chic coif, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of metallic gold croc embossed leather Jimmy Choo ‘Love 85’ pointed toe pumps would have been a major moment for Tilda to bring to life in Cannes. Now I decided to go left of a gown for Tilda to bring to life in Cannes for the this premiere. Tilda usually goes for a gown in Cannes, but not always and with this cutout black Maison Margiela Spring 2020 Couture double breasted suit I definitely think she would have skipped a gown in favor of this look. There aren’t many who could make this look come to life on the red carpet and Tilda is one of them. She has the height and the edge to really wear this complicated look and not let it wear her. So I would strip back the styling removing the blue gloves, the deconstructed undershirt, and the scarf mask. Instead styling the suit with a black silk shell undershirt, the clear PVC belt from the runway, a teased coif, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Maison Margiela cut-detail pointed toe pumps, and asymmetrical white diamond Messika High Jewelry ‘Sharazad’ earrings for a bit of edgy sparkle would make sure that Tilda would have made a super chic yet edgy moment come to life. In terms of bringing the Cannes level drama I am always excited to see what L’Orealista Araya A. Hargate will bring to life at the festival. So I am devastated that she won’t be bringing major looks to the festival this year. I’ve already picked a Jean Paul Gaultier Couture gown for her to bring to life this year and later this week I have an archive Zuhair Murad Couture gown for her, but today is all about Vivienne Westwood. The British fashion label is all about drama, edge, and glamour. I saw this ‘Feather Lace Princess’ gown from the Vivienne Westwood 2020 Bridal Couture collection which features a flat embroidered lace corset and a dramatic skirt reminiscent of a rose in full bloom, incorporating over 30 meters of fabric draped asymmetrically cascading to a waterfall of floor length layers of feather, organza and lace petals and thought it would be amazing remade in ice blue for Araya. The gown itself is major and it needs someone with presence to make it work. It isn’t an easy gown to be able to push through, but despite being petite I know that Araya would be able to own this look with ease. A sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of bold blue Giuseppe Zanotti crystal chandelier fringe trimmed sandals, and a statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and sapphire collar necklace would definitely add the perfect finishing touches to this avant garde princess moment. I will say I was totally not going to include Kendall Jenner in my wishes for what could have been in Cannes this year. I don’t love Kendall. Regular readers will know that. But as I was looking for looks for others I saw this fuchsia tulle Giambattista Valli Spring 2020 Couture tulle gown which features puffy sleeves, a tuft on the hips, and a dramatic ruffled hem and thought of Kendall immediately. I definitely isn’t the usual look we see from Kendall on the red carpet, but it would have been a lot of fun. I would edit the gown to have a lined bodice because if I see Kendall’s nipples one more time I might bang my head against a wall of rusty nails. Since this look is such a statement all on its own I would style it with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of metallic fuchsia Saint Laurent ‘Lexi’ ankle strap leather sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection colored titanium set amethyst waterfall earrings to have ensured that is would have been one of Kendall’s best red carpet moments ever. The final look in this set of wishes is for Taylor Swift. I decided to include Taylor because she is so supportive of her boyfriend Joe Alwyn and I would have loved to see her make a splash on the Cannes red carpet showcasing her support. I would have loved seeing her do so wearing this nude Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture strapless column gown which features 3D beaded flower applique detail on the bodice and hip, a slight asymmetrical peplum, wrap style skirt, beading throughout, and a daring thigh high split. This gown is simple and elegant which I think is right within Taylor’s sense of style and would have been a perfect look for her to wear as the supportive girlfriend. A sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a champagne gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ coffered jeweled clasp clutch, a pair of champagne gold leather Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas’ crystal trimmed ankle strap sandals, and a statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection white and yellow diamond collar necklace would have ensured that Taylor just oozed simple sophisticated glamour while supporting her man in Cannes.


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