The Deauville American Film Festival will go ahead with an in person edition this year. I am so thankful for this as I am craving red carpets. I am not sure show this festival will work as American’s are not currently allowed in Europe because of COVID-19 travel restrictions. So I am just praying that the stars in Europe are going to be bringing their a-game. This years Deauville American Film Festival is going to be presided over by Vanessa Paradis as this years jury president. While I do love Vanessa’s very bohemian meets rock and roll meets glam sense of style I don’t usually think of her as someone who will bring Best Dressed of the Year worthy fashion moments. With that in mind I went runway shopping for her. She is the face of Chanel, so of course this list is dominated by looks from Chanel for her to rock on the festivals red carpets. But I also included a look that the moment I saw it spoke to me as a perfect look for Vanessa. I’ve picked five superb moments for Vanessa to wear over the course of the festival. The list isn’t necessarily in any particular order, but for the festivals opening ceremony I really want to see Vanessa wearing this black gown from the Chanel Fall 2019 Couture collection which features an embellished halter bodice layered over with a tulle feather detailed cape and a ruched fit to flare skirt. The gown is definitely right in line with her sense of style and just glamorous enough for the film festival. I would definitely love this gown on Vanessa styled with a romantic updo, thick defined eyes, bold red lips, a black lambskin Chanel quilted chain embellished clutch, a pair of black grosgrain and satin Chanel bow detailed ankle strap pointed toe d’orsay pumps, and a bit more dazzle via Chanel Haute Jewelry ‘Secrets Dorients’ collection white diamond and pearl chandelier earrings.
Look two I would love to see Vanessa wearing is this major burgundy suit embroidered with rich colors in sequin embroidery also from the Fall 2019 Couture collection. Vanessa doesn’t often wear floor length gowns for the red carpet. They are usually cocktail, midi, or tea length dresses. Suiting isn’t exactly something we’ve seen Vanessa wear for formal red carpets, but this look would be perfect for Deauville which has a more relaxed vibe than we see at other film festivals. Chic center parted waves, defined eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a black Chanel quilted clutch with a gold pearl detailed CC logo, and a pair of black suede Chanel three strap tied sandals with antique gold piping would definitely make this a major moment for her to wear on this festival red carpet. Now if you haven’t been a regular reader you wouldn’t know that that this year I have been having a love affair with using archive Chanel looks for wishes. Virginie Viard has been trying her damnedest to be Karl Lagerfeld, but it’s failing. So why not just turn to the masters creations instead? I love the romantic vibe of this white ruffled gown from the Chanel Spring 1996 Couture collection which features a round neckline, gold belt on the natural waist, a drop waist, and a tired skirt and I definitely think that she would look ever so lovely wearing this gown. It isn’t overly fussy but fits the bohemian side of her sense of style. I imagine this gown would be super glam with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft blush pink lips, a pair of white lace and nude tulle Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 100’ pointed toe pumps, and a statement Chanel High Jewelry ‘Tweed de Chanel’ imperial topaz, 18k gold, white diamond, and pearl tweed inspired collar necklace.
Wish number 4 for Vanessa to bring to life on the red carpet in Deauville is my final Chanel pick. I don’t exactly love this blush pink peasant inspired Chanel Spring 2020 Couture tea length gown which features a sheer yoke, embellished lace ruffle, belted waist, and an a-line skirt, but thinking about Vanessa wearing this dress I feel like her inherent rock and roll and bohemian vibe would make this very prim and feminine dress. Now I want to see Vanessa really go for it with the styling adding loose romantic updo, defined eyes, bright pink lips, a and pair of baby pink satin Roger Vivier ‘Rv Brochamour’ low heel crystal buckle detailed pointed toe pumps.
The final look in my wishes for Vanessa is the wild card. Back in 2016 Elie Saab was the only designer whom Vanessa wore that wasn’t Chanel during her time as a jury member in Cannes. It was honestly one of her best red carpet looks ever. So when I looked at Elie Saab just to see what could be options and I saw this white suit from his Fall 2020 RTW collection which features a cropped gold button double breasted jacket with black satin lapels embellished with pailettes and beads, a white silk blouse with a plunging neckline, and high waisted wide leg trousers I saw it as a major moment. It would be a great look for her to bring something that isn’t a skirt to the red carpet in Deauville. Now styling this look with chic center parted waves, defined eyes, bold red lips, and black suede Chanel pointed toe cut out ankle boots.
The 2020 Deauville American Film Festival will open on September 4, 2020 and run through September 14, 2020.