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

Director Chloe Zhao has been a fixture in Cannes in the past. Her last two features Songs My Brothers Taught Me and The Rider have screened at the festival in the Directors Fortnight section. The Directors Fortnight is an independent section held in parallel to the main competition of the festival. Chloe’s latest film Nomadland stars Frances McDormand as a near penniless woman in her sixties who travels across the United States. The film was looking like a strong choice to be the directors first film to be selected for the main competition but was in post-production as the pandemic struck.Frances McDormand is NOT a fashion girl by any stretch of the imagination. She doesn’t really give any fucks about glam or fashion. When she was on a winning awards season run a couple of years ago she skipped the red carpets at all of the awards just showing up inside even at the Oscars. That whole awards season she wore nothing but Valentino the whole season. It started as off the rack and slowly turned custom. That year culminated with Frances being the guest of Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Met Gala (one of the only carpets I’ve seen Frances walk.) So when I was picking looks I would have liked to see Frances wear in Cannes to promote Nomadland I knew that nothing but Valentino would be suitable. Now I will say that if Frances even made the trip to Cannes that I wouldn’t expect to see her do the photocall. If she did however I think that this hot pink and tangerine floral print Valentino Pre-Fall 2020 long blouson sleeve midi dress would be a really fun moment. It fits Frances’s sense of style for sure, but in a bright and fun moment. Now for most I would style this dress with a fun pair of heels maybe a fun matching lipstick, but that isn’t Frances. So instead I would go with her typical unkempt hair and bare face as well as so ugly they are cute gold Roger Vivier ‘Trekky Viv’ raffia crystal buckle rubber sole flat sandals. Since there isn’t individual posing on the red carpet at a films premiere for the cast I definitely think that Frances would join her cast members at the Palais de Festivals. Again I turned to Valentino, but turning to couture picking this blue, rose, and white Valentino Spring 2020 Couture long sleeve mosaic pattern trumpet gown for Frances. It is fun and that is why I wanted to see Frances bring this gown to Cannes again styled with her signature non beauty beauty vibe and a pair of royal blue, black, and white Roger Vivier ‘Viv Run’ crystal buckle sneaker meets sandal. I always look forward to seeing Bella Hadid in Cannes. As I said the other day she does two red carpets at the festival usually one in Dior, which accounts for my previous wish, and one not. Both are dripped with Bulgari jewels. Bella has given some major vintage moments on the red carpet over the last two years. As I was searching collections for my Met Gala wishes I thought that it would be great to continue my archive runway wishes onto other red carpets. So I looked at 90’s Jean-Louis Scherrer for Bella to wear in Cannes because the label just oozes sexy glamour. So I would love to see Bella show up on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals wearing this white beaded sculpted one shoulder column gown from the Jean-Louis Scherrer Fall 1998 Couture collection. I know Bella would make this a major moment with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of iridescent silver Christian Louboutin ‘Veracite’ strappy platform slingback sandals, and a Bulgari High Jewelry ‘Cinemagia’ white diamond and onyx film reel inspired choker. There was a time I would get really excited to see Doutzen Kroes on the red carpet. This year I want to see Doutzen return to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet bringing head to toe perfection. I thought that a pants look might make for a really cool moment for Doutzen to bring to life this year so I turned to this black and white Givenchy Fall 2020 RTW ensemble which features a sleeveless tunic top embroidered with tassels all over and a plunging neckline and a pair of slim fit pants. This look is MAJOR from the runway, but I really want to see Doutzen make it even more glamorous with a sleek updo, thick defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black glitter Christian Louboutin ‘Iriza’ pointed toe half d’Orsay pumps, and a hit of sparkle via de Grisogono by Emmanuel Tarpin asymmetrical black and white diamond ribbon scroll cluster earrings. Hailey Beiber


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