As I said in my review of the Giambattista Valli Fall 2020 Couture collection there were a lot of signature styles for the label encompassed in the looks presented. It was froth, drama, and glamour from the first look to the final. When it comes to the red carpet for major events like film festivals and major awards red carpets we do tend to see Giambattista Valli Couture ensembles on the red carpet and as it does seem there will be some sort of in person events for the Venice Film Festival, VMAs, Toronto Film Festival, and the Primetime Emmy Awards coming up there would be several great options below for some stars to bring this collection to life on the red carpet.
The story of Chanel under Virginie Viard is basically, WHAT THE FUCK. We need to get Virginie out of there. She is too interconnected to Karl Lagerfeld and she doesn’t do Karl like Karl did. No one can. But it is all I continue to see season after season. I am honestly glad that the Chanel Fall 2020 Couture collection was “scaled back” to just 30 looks because I don’t want to know what the construction of the collection would have been had the petite mains had to put work into more creations. I am praying that we are nearing the end of Virginie’s reign. I would love to see what Chanel by Olivier Rousting, Clare Waight Keller, or pretty much anyone else. We are undoubtedly going to see the collection on the red carpet. Check out some of my wishes to see collection on the red carpet below.
Its been over two weeks since the Christian Dior Fall 2020 Couture collection was presented. I am still obsessed. This was one of the few collections that I actually reviewed and you can read my full review of the collection here. I am honestly surprised by just how many looks from this collection I would love to see brought to life on the red carpet. Just when I was getting ready to give up on Maria Grazia Chiuri I fell in love with her creations amidst a global pandemic. 2020 is really something. So below check out my wishes to see the collection come to life on the red carpets in addition to the looks I mentioned for Charlize Theron, Kerry Washington, Ava DuVernay, & Sonam Kapoor in my review.
When it comes to unabashed French glamour I always know we can count on Alexis Mabille to deliver. This whole collection in the best silk faille, velvet, satin, lace, and brocades are crafted into glamorous creations. Now the one event where we usually see Alexis Mabille designs on the red carpet, the Cannes Film Festival, has been cancelled. So I am hoping that come the fall festival and awards season that some of these gowns I would love to see stylists option the fantastical creations he presented in his Haute Couture Online show for their clients. Below you are going to find some of the wishes I really want to see come true from this collection. So check them out and let me know what you think.
In the heady days and long nights of 1930s London, the bright young things are the talk of the town. They have innate style, but they are fearless individuals with powerful personalities too. These were characters that dressed to impress their peers and express themselves, and it is this duality that is captured in the collection. Lightness is balanced with strength, sweeping volumes are grounded with particular textiles, sharp and jaunty tailoring is softened with prints. Across the collection there is a mood of delicate defiance – an old order disrupted by something new. “She was an anti-fascist who fought against racism…a journalist, poet, muse; completely ahead of her time.” Erdem Moralioglu said of Nancy Cunard, the heiress to the cruise line, whose portrait he came across with Robin Muir at the “Cecil Beaton: Bright Young Things” exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. It was Nancy who served as the British designer’s inspiration for Pre-Fall 2020 collection. The collection was easily identifiable as an Erdem collection. The designer is always delivering us the best florals and prints taking silhouette inspiration mostly from the early 20th Century. The Pre-Fall 2020 collection was no different. It showed us once again that Erdem is a master of cut and silhouette. Everything in this collection was lovely. Feminine, glamorous, and strong. Glamour matched with eccentricity; style and opinion, grace, wit and grit, in equal measure. Until recently her nobility defined her identity, but now she is defined by her principles and not just her privilege. She might be dressed for a portrait, but she is here to be heard, and not just seen. I feel like it is only appropriate that this collection inspired by such a pioneering woman came to life right now. I did a little digging into who Nancy Cunard was after reading that she was the inspiration behind the collection. In my research I was able to find that she opposed the rise of fascism and support the work of black artists and writers by using her white and financial privileges. While the clothes are not hers the fact she is the inspiration behind the collection mean that the women who will bring the looks from this collection to life on the red carpet and in real life have a major legacy to live up to. Three women who champion causes of those less fortunate than them, and I hope for racial justice, I would love to see bring looks from this collection to life include Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Keira Knightley, & Cate Blanchett. I would love to see Catherine wearing the red, white, and blue long sleeve 1930’s bias cut long poet sleeve midi dress with a red bow belted waist, which is available for purchase from the designer’s online store now. It would be a super chic and feminine moment for the royal to bring to life with her signature waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a red Jimmy Choo ‘Varenne’ croc-embossed clutch, and a pair of red Jimmy Choo ‘Romy 85’ pointed toe pumps. For Keira I went to a more turn of the century inspired look with this sequin embellished avocado green puffy cap sleeve tiered gown. The gown definitely speaks directly to Keira’s very romantic sense of style and I can definitely imagine her bringing the look to life on the red carpet with a romantic updo, smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, and a pair of antique gold Aquazzura ‘So Nude’ slingback metallic leather sandals. From the row of looks above the third look is PERFECT for Cate Blanchett. In a recent review of the Chanel Cruise 2021 collection I saw a more casual look from the collection that was perfect for Cate to wear during her day to day duties as the president of the jury at the Venice Film Festival later this year. I would say the exact same about this pale yellow, black, and robins egg blue floral print midi length shift dress with poet sleeves. At this rate I will have created a whole wardrobe for Cate to wear in Venice just based on my runway reviews. I would definitely love to see her snapped riding one of the classic wood lined water taxi’s in Venice wearing this dress styled with a romantic casual updo, defined eyes, a powder blue leather Marni top handle with a red leather line detail down the center, a pair of cream and grey Manolo Blahnik ‘Carolyn’ snakeskin pointed toe low heel slingback pumps, and light blue Chanel round frame chain detailed sunglasses. The brand has been a favorite of everyone from red carpet royalty to real royalty to editorial royalty. Everyone loves them some Erdem. I honestly am disappointed that the Met Gala was cancelled because I always look forward to the major custom gowns he sends up the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There are several brands out there right now who are doing this voluminous puffy sleeve, peplum top with an a-line midi skirt look like you can see above and I am starting to feel fatigued by the style, but there was something about this lilac rose print silk brocade ensemble that I was drawn to. Then I imagined it on Lucy Boynton with a loose romantic updo, purple smokey eyes, punchy pink lips, a pair of vibrant purple velvet Prada chunky heel platform sandals with a crystal embellished buckle, and a pair of glamorous yet quirky lavender Anabela Chan ‘Bloom’ bejeweled titanium sculpted earrings and I was sold even further. My favorite look in the collection was the 60’s inspired lavender silk moire sleeveless sack gown which features a velvet ribbon tied at the neck and black floral embroidery. I was enamored with the gown the moment I saw it and definitely think that the statuesque Gemma Chan would definitely be the perfect person to bring the look to life on the red carpet. The gown itself is such a statement that I think with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of lavender metallic leather Tabitha Simmons ‘JAZZ’ strappy sandals, and statement vintage white diamond and amethyst art deco inspired Cartier High Jewelry floral earclips that Gemma would ensure the look is feminine glamour defined.
Someone needs to stop me. I now have 39 sets of wishes for this years Met Gala red carpet. I don’t think I can even think of any more celebrity possibility I think could walk this years red carpet. I have models, musicians, actresses, sports stars, and many more. I am really excited for when this years red carpet will finally happen after the whole COVID-19 crisis has started to subside. We are looking at so many rescheduled events that by the time this red carpet happens I may not have time to make all these wishes. So with this being one of the few events where I have control over who gets featured it made sense for me to use this time and space to escape from reality and put out as many wishes for this years Met Gala exhibit as possible. Each of the looks in today’s wishes fit perfect with this years theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” but on brand for each star and for each label. By this time next year I think Billie Eilish will be well on her way to EGOT status. She already has 5 Grammy awards, and with the fact she is the the songwriter (with her brother Finneas) and vocalist for the next Bond theme “No Time To Die” I think she may add an Golden Globe and an Oscar to her list of awards. After some major Gucci and Chanel moments on the red carpets of awards season and knowing that Billie was the cover star of the March issue of Vogue I will imagine that she will be on the Met Gala red carpet this year. She just might be this years performer. While I am not personally a fan of Billie’s always oversized streetwear inspired style, but I have to say that since she burst onto the scene I have seen looks that seem geared towards her being sent down the runways of lots of the major fashion houses. I thought about doing something different for Billie, bit ultimately I decided to pick this navy silk Balenciaga Fall 2020 RTW co-ord which is like a tracksuit meets pajamas. This look is obviously Billie. There is not modification needed. Does it work for the theme? Yes in Billie’s way. Now I really want to see Billie go for it with the styling. I would really like to see her swap out her lime green roots for aqua blue (you will see why as the styling continues) styled in sleek center parted locks. Add defined eyes, rosy pink cheeks, soft pink lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Diamond’ crystal embellished sneakers, and A LOT of Stephen Webster jewels including simple ‘Magnipheasant’ white gold pave white diamond feather earstuds with black diamonds, a ‘Deco Haze Armadillo’ long finger ring, a ‘Vertigo’ white gold, black enamel, and white diamond obtuse geometric ring, a white diamond ‘Magnipheasant’ plumage three finger ring, and a ‘Magnipheasant’ blue tanzanite and white diamond cocktail ring to make sure there is a lot of sparkle in this look for Billie. With this years theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” I have mostly focused on that timeless glamour vibe for most. Sticking to the heyday of classic glamour as the inspiration for most of my wishes here. But 150 years of fashion gives a lot of variety in inspiration for designers, stylist, and stars to draw on when it comes to the looks we will see on this years red carpet. The more I meditate on the Gucci Fall 2020 RTW collection the more I realize that Alessandro Michele took this years Met Gala theme and ran with it for the inspiration for his collection. Now the moment I saw this robe à la française meets saloon girl meets Victorian vampiress I said Samantha McMillan needs to get her hands on it. I honestly believe that she is the only stylist out there that could really make this look work. This look definitely skews a little more into the costume-y vibe, so the Met Gala red carpet is really the only place I feel like this gown could work. I went back and forth between a couple of Samantha’s clients to pick the perfect one to wear this gown ultimately I thought that Evan Rachel Wood would be PERFECT. Now it might be because the look made me think of Westworld, but I really do think that Evan would be the perfect person to bring this look to life on this red carpet. A loose romantic updo, smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of silver metallic leather Gucci crystal chandelier embellished strappy sandals, and a beautiful antique belle epoque Victorian diamond staggered floral inspired collar necklace would definitely make this a real statement moment.Am I the only one who is SHOCKED that Keira Knightley has never been to the Met Gala before? The British actress and face of Chanel is definitely a fashion girl, especially back in the 2000’s. So how has she never attended is beyond me. While the expected choice in terms of designer for Keira to wear for the Met Gala is obviously Chanel I decided to go left picking a look from one of Keira’s other go-to designers. Keira has worn looks from Erdem many times over the years and I feel like her aesthetic fits perfectly with the label. So instead of the classic Chanel look I decided to put Keira in a modified version of this silver metallic lace Erdem Fall 2020 RTW tea length gown which features ruffled cap sleeves, jewel neckline, drop waist, and a ruffled skirt. The dress as presented on the runway is definitely something Keira would be drawn to, but to make the look Met Gala red carpet ready I would love to see Erdem modify the look to have a defined waist, a ruffled skirt to hit the floor, and a long dramatic train. This look would give off Victorian meets 30’s vibes and to me that is exactly what Keira delivers on the red carpet so well. Now I wouldn’t let this look be completely devoid of Chanel adding a pair of black silk crepe and grosgrain Chanel star embellished round toe pumps, a pair of Chanel Haute Jewelry ‘Secrets Dorients Perles’ white diamond and pearl dream catcher drop earrings and a ‘Roubachka’ cuff bracelet in white gold, cultured pearls and diamonds to make sure her ambassadorial duties are covered. A beauty look that includes a chic romantic curly updo, smokey eyes, pirate red Chanel ‘Rouge Allure’ luminous intense lips, contoured cheeks, and radiant rouge nior Chanel ‘Le Vernis’ longwear nail color on her nails all would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. Taking the theme of “About Time: Fashion and Duration” and running with it could see stars, designers, and stylists seeking inspiration in a lot of different ways. Now I would imagine that most will take inspiration from the era’s in the 150 years of fashion that will be featured in the exhibition. Some might be inspired by clocks. For this look for Saoirse Ronan I decided that taking inspiration from astrology is perfect. Mary Katrantzou has yet to put out a Fall 2020 RTW collection so I picked a couple of looks from her MAJOR Spring 2020 RTW collection I think need red carpet moments. So I would love to see Saoirse wearing this midnight blue a-line halter neck gown appropriately named ‘Astronomy’ made in glitter flocked tulle and embroidered with silver Swarovski crystals in an interlocking astrological star chart pattern. Before technology stars were used to tell time, navigate, and mark location. So what better way to interpret the theme in a bit of an unexpected manner. Now on the runway the neck of the gown as paired with a Bulgari High Jewelry white diamond and sapphire collar necklace and I would reach out to Bulgari to make sure we had the same necklace for Saoirse finishing the look with a sleek braided knot bun, defined eyes, pink lips, and a pair of midnight blue satin Roger Vivier ‘Mini Stars’ plateau strappy chunky heel sandals. Over the years Zhang Ziyi has sporadically attended several Met Galas. She has rocked looks from Carolina Herrera, Jason Wu, Armani Prive, and Marchesa. Honestly I would love to see Zhang reach back into her personal archive and wear either the Armani Prive gown she wore in 2008 or the Marchesa gown she wore in 2007. That would be a great interpretation of the theme talking about how how fashion can endure the times. Now while that would be amazing I decided for this set of wishes to pick a hot off the runway look for Zhang to bring to life on the red carpet at this years Met Gala putting her in this black and white Givenchy Fall 2020 RTW gown which features a billowing white jersey bodice with abstract black fringe beading, long sleeves with tinsel fringe detail, and an a-line tulle skirt completely covered in the tinsel fringe. Now the gown doesn’t have a train, but like most of the looks I have featured I would love to see Claire Waight Keller add a train to this look to make it super dramatic for this red carpet. Now the gown is perfectly dramatic on it’s own so I would keep the styling simple with either old Hollywood waves or a sleek bun updo, defined eyes, bold red lips with a slight shine, a pair of simple black leather strappy Givenchy ankle strap stiletto sandals, and a bit more sparkle via white diamond and emerald Chopard Red Carpet Collection paisley earclips.
Well fashion month is officially over, so I guess it is time to recap with some of my favorite looks from the collections. Today I wishes for 64 looks that walked the runways during London Fashion Week. We didn’t see quite as many potential red carpet moments, or anywhere near as many shows, during London Fashion Week that we did from New York, but the looks definitely have me super excited to see what the next several months are going to bring. There are looks in this wish list perfect for galas, movie premieres, press events, music award shows, the Met Gala, the Cannes Film Festival and beyond. I went through these collections to share looks for friends of the brands as well as people who immediately shot mind when I saw the looks walk the runway.
I started off Paris Haute Couture Spring 2020 Fashion Week with the intention of having a post the next morning of the favorite looks I had seen the day before with who I most want to see wearing those looks. Well life got in the way. Tuesday night I saw Celine Dion and slept as long as I could before heading to work the next day. Wednesday I had to take my mother to a doctors appointment first thing in the morning and lost my little bit of weekday morning blog time. So by then I just decided well day one is already up, but I will just do a round up including all the shows with 1-4 looks from each show being featured in one big round up list. So that is what I did. As I was putting this list together I realized that this is basically a precursor to my 2020 Cannes Film Festival wishes with major looks for L’Orealistas like Sonam Kapoor, Eva Longoria, Araya A. Hargate, Aishwarya Rai, Helen Mirren, and more to bring to life on the red carpet. It can also be a prediction for you all as it comes to what my Oscar party wishes may look like. Overall this season was very good. Aside from my now perennial favorites Givenchy and Valentino there wasn’t really much of a stand out as far as an entire collection, save maybe Armani Prive, but there were a ton of really amazing moments that are just waiting to be seen on a red carpet. I hope you are ready to see more of these looks, see some of these wishes below detailed out, and more on the race to the Oscars, Met Gala, and the Cannes Film Festival. I honestly do not know which wish here is my favorite; what’s yours?
Today is the start of couture week which means that aside from a couple of collections that will be held until their release the Resort 2020 collections has been released. Since the first show on April 29th to now we have slowly been introduced to the latest collections from the biggest fashion labels. I was easily able to cut the collections down to 23 favorites, but I knew for sake of time that this list could only showcase no more than 15 of my favorite looks. So I started to pick stars to wear them and once those ideas were in my head it was a lot easier to cut the list down to just 15. Resort is much more of a commercial season. It is all about sales. It is the season that sits on racks in stores the longest, from December to April, and I am definitely excited to see many looks from this season collections on the red carpet between now and then. Balmain: Balmain has seen a reemergence as one of my favorite. For a short while I was pretty over Olivier Rousting’s sexy style, but while that is still the core of his design aesthetic I do feel like he has engineered. His Resort 2020 lookbook had 99 images, 147 looks, and the first time he has incorporated menswear into his womenswear collections. Overall there did seem to be two very different collections that made up this collection it was the tribal meets 90s and his audition for Chanel all put into one collection. It definitely made me want to keep watching where Olivier is headed and hopefully it will be to bigger and better! As I was flipping through this collection I was picturing a lot of custom looks inspired by the details in the collection (one is coming tomorrow in by Lion King premiere wishes) but it was this light was denim sleeveless mermaid gown which features a white feathered skirt that I knew right away could be a major fashON moment on the red carpet and it was Miley Cyrus whom I immediately thought would be the perfect person to bring it to life on the red carpet.
Carolina Herrera: There has been some controversy around Wes Gordon’s Resort 2020 collection. He was called out by the cultural minister of Mexico Alejandra Frausto. The minister authored a letter to Carolina Herrera accusing it of using, for its own ends, embroidery techniques and patterns specific to certain Mexican indigenous communities. Now the cultural appropriation debate has been thrown around a lot lately and I have to say that I definitely can understand why. Before this story broke in the New York Times I did see a bit of Mexican inspiration in the looks in this collection it just wasn’t until I started seeing side by sides of actual intricate pattern and embroidery did I see how deep it went. If Wes wanted to bring his spin on these techniques then I definitely believe that he should have worked with the actual Mexican artisans to craft the textiles and embroidery that make up the collection. Now that all being said this collection was chock full of amazing fashion moments I definitely want to see on the red carpet. I do wonder, and slightly fear, that this collection will be (especially the implicated looks) blacklisted from wear on a Hollywood red carpet. The moment I saw this strapless black a-line cocktail dress which features a fitted bodice, full skirt, and bright color floral-embroidered bustier I fell in love with it. It is a very chic and twee moment while I believe that Millie Bobby Brown would own.
Chanel: The Resort 2020 show was the first in the Post Karl Lagerfeld era for the brand. Once again the house is being helmed by a woman, Karl’s right hand Virginie Viard. Honestly my first thought when I saw the images of this collection was “Karl is that you?” While there is someone new at the helm everything in the collection was what we have come to expect from Chanel over the last 15 years. It honestly made me feel a little hypocritical after tearing the hard shifts in style at Gucci, Dior, Louis Vuitton, and Celine to shred. Now I am really interested in seeing what Virginie’s first Chanel Couture collection this week will bring. That being said there were just a few looks from this Cruise 2020 collection that I really think would be amazing moments on the red carpet. I love this blue plaid chiffon tiered gown which features a crisscross halter neckline and a chain and ribbon belted waist. It definitely fits into the 70’s bohemia trend that did seem to pop up into many of this seasons collections and while that isn’t what we typically see Keira Knightley bring to life on a red carpet I definitely think this is a perfect gown for her. David Koma: Since David Koma left his position as the creative director at Mugler almost 2 years ago to focus on his eponymous label he has reignited my love for the brand. It was getting very repetitive and while he has stayed true to the codes he has set forward for the label it has been on a new and forward looking vision. That was obviously the case when it came to the David Koma Resort 2020 collection. He definitely showed his signature styles in this seasons interpretations, colors, and trims while also showing some new and extra looks. This sky blue cropped denim jacket with a high color and puffy feathered sleeves paired with skinny high waisted jeans with a tuxedo stripe down the side was the thing I was immediately drawn too and I think it has Cardi B’s name written all over it.
Gucci: I have to say that while I was slow to start on the Gucci by Alessandra Michele aesthetic and just as I was full steam ahead his Spring 2019, Fall 2019 and Resort 2020 collections have made me weaver again. The Resort 2020 collection was staged in Rome with a very costume-y thread of Roman togas as inspiration and shown by the light of flashlights given to guests sitting on the front row. That all being said there are lots of details I am looking forward to seeing turned into custom looks. Now you might be surprised that of the few looks that I liked from this collection that the one that made this list is a bone and red Roman toga inspired gown but when I saw it I thought immediately of Tilda Swinton. I believe it is she and only she could snatch this work off the runway and make it work on the red carpet.
Huishan Zhang: Sometimes a look that is incredibly simple speaks to me in ways that even a couture gown can’t. That is what happened when I was flipping through the Huishan Zhang Resort 2020 collection. I have long been a fan of this London based designer, but when it comes to the world of celebrity dressing I tend to think he is highly underrated. The looks in this collection were simple yet sophisticated with just enough of a flair to make it special. This oyster silk cami top paired with a khaki pleated high waisted midi skirt trimmed in tweed isn’t anything overly fantastic, but when I saw it and thought of it on Kate Bosworth I knew it was a very special look. J. Mendel: I always love a glamorous moment from J. Mendel. The New York based couturier always delivers absolutely beautiful gowns and cocktail dresses and this season was no different. The collection was chock full of pastel colored moments that I am sure that starlets will be clamoring to. My favorite look of the collection was also the biggest. I love this sky blue and sand embroidered tulle strapless ballgown which features a puffy sleeve bolero, intricate bustier bodice, and a dramatic train. The gown would be a perfect look for Camila Cabello. She just started working with Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, the styling team behind Jennifer Lopez, Hailee Steinfeld, and Lily Collins, so I definitely think that this could be a real option.
Marchesa: Last week on the heels of the presentation of the Resort 2020 collection it was announced that one of the co-founders of Marchesa, Keren Craig, was exiting the company leaving Georgina Chapman in charge solo at the helm of the label. It makes me wonder what the future of the brand is. It has not been the prominent red carpet brand it was prior to the Weinstein Scandal. The stars who have brought Marchesa looks to life on the red carpet have been carefully curated and include Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Gwen Stefani, Constance Wu, Kate Beckinsale, Lily Collins, Paz Vega, Patricia Clarkson, Rita Ora, Priyanka Chopra, and Vanessa Hudgens. All of these stars wore Marchesa prior to the brands fall from grace and have slowly started to come around to the brand again. The Marchesa Resort 2020 collection is FULL of looks that deserve a red carpet moment and I am hoping that as fall festival, blockbuster movie premiere, and awards season is gearing up and I definitely believe that some of these looks should be on the racks of stars optioning looks for their red carpet appearances. I would love to see Selena Gomez take this dark lilac Marchesa Resort 2020 bead and crystal embellished organza and duchess satin gown which features a slim fit, a single sheer cap sleeve, bateau neckline, illusion floral-embellished bodice, cascading ruffle skirt, and a daring side slit a bring it to life on a red carpet.
Max Mara: Max Mara was one of the few brands who actually opted to showcase their Resort 2020 collections in a runway show instead of a lookbook. For the Resort season big luxury brands have been doing big destination shows. This season alone saw shows in Rome, Marrakesh, New York City, Australia, and in Max Mara’s case Berlin. This season Max Mara creative director Ian Griffiths referenced Berlin born iconic actress Marlene Dietrich, but done in a very “Max Mara” manner. I believe that the collection is one of the best that the label has put forward in recent seasons. It has the same sense of everyday wearability, but also seemed to have more red carpet potential than we are used to seeing from a Max Mara collection. When I was looking at this collection I was immediately drawn to the idea of seeing Outlander star Caitriona Balfe wearing this red ensemble which features a red sheer lurex turtleneck (which I would like to be paired with either a matching cami or bandeau for modesty) and an absolutely amazing red 3D floral textured, fil coupé detail column skirt. Paco Rabanne: I tend to find that while Paco Rabanne is an iconic label that the major fashion moments that creative director Julien Dossena dreams up are often left to the runways and the racks of stores and don’t get the red carpet moments that they deserve. This season is Dossena seemed to take the intricate chainmail signatures of Paco Rabanne and mesh them with this sort of disco meets Little House on the Prairie dynamic that on paper shouldn’t work, but in reality it did. My favorite look from this collection was more of a classic Paco style look with this silver floral printed lurex midi dress which features a mock neck, gathered waist, a line skirt, and dramatic flared sleeves which I really want to see on Amy Adams.
Prabal Gurung: I always love a Prabal Gurung collection. Since his debut almost 10 years ago I have enjoyed watching him continue to grow as a designer and continue to be embraced more and more by Hollywood. His Resort 2020 collection really underscored why stars continue to flock to his creations. He took his signature pieces and gave them a pastel disco glam update. As I flipped through the lookbook from image to image I got excited to see the amount of amazing potential moments that could come down the upcoming red carpets. I got to this pink and blue watercolor floral pattern sequin embellished gown which features a one-shoulder sweetheart neckline, bow draping at back which turns into a dramatic train, and a ruffle draped side slit and I got super excited. I went around in circles on who I thought could really sell this look to me on the red carpet, and I mean really sell it to me. I had someone else down as who I thought I was going to pick, but as I was writing this paragraph and looking at the gown more and more Taylor Swift just keeps popping into my mind. It fits this sugary sweet vibe that she is exuding in the lead up to the drop of her new album Lover on August 23, 2019.
Proenza Schouler: In the collections following the quick jaunt to Paris in July of 2017 I have been craving some looks that seem ready for the red carpet again. I believe that finally has happened with the release of the Proenza Schouler Resort 2020 collection. It was a collection designed exclusively in neutrals, but the construction was perfect. While there were no real gowns or cocktail moments I definitely think looks from this collection work perfectly for press and more casual events. The piece I was immediately drawn to was this winter white double, contrasting lapel color and gold button-detailed coat. I wouldn’t mind having this coat in my closet, but I really want to see it sent to Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.Rosie Assoulin: As I have mentioned several times in this post the Resort 2020 collections reignited my fire for some brands that I love, but have been a little stagnant over the last couple of seasons. One of those labels was Rosie Assoulin. I have been kinda loving one or two looks from Rosie’s collections, but rather bored overall as she doesn’t really do anything new anymore. Upon reflection this collection wasn’t that much different than what we are used to seeing from Rosie, but somehow it seemed like a breath of fresh air. Even it it was more of the same. We have seen this lime green ‘Alek’ silk faille tea length gown which features a halter neck, a chiffon sash ties which at neck, a drop waist, and a full ball skirt from Rosie before in different iterations. It is almost a signature look for her now and I have to say that I didn’t realize it until I was writing this as it just seemed so fresh. I still love it and definitely want to see Emilia Clarke bring it to life on a red carpet sometime. Hopefully soon.
Victoria Beckham: When she made her debut as a designer Victoria Beckham was all about fitted pencil dresses and glamorous gowns. In the 10 years she has been in business the focus of her collections have shifted from those pencil dresses and gowns to more of a loose and casual look. It has gone on the style journey as Victoria’s own personal style has changed. I love that she is authentic to herself. She is her woman, and women who want to be her buy into what she sells. There have rarely been gowns in Victoria’s collections as of late so I was really exited to see this Colombian emerald green mock neck pleated gown which features an elongated fit, tonal yoke and waist panels, front leg slit, and a keyhole slit on the bodice in the Victoria Beckham Resort 2020 collection. We have seen Victoria Beckham loose its prominence on the red carpet, but I am really hopeful that we will see this gown on the red carpet and I believe that Michelle Monaghan is the perfect person to bring it to life.
Zac Posen: Finally we close with another brand who as of late I have not been as enamored with, but has reignited my fire with their Resort 2020 collection. I will always remember the Zac Posen Spring 2008 RTW collection. It was one of the first collections I remember loving and season after season watching Zac create and dream has been a joy. The last couple of seasons, all presented in lookbooks, have been very similar and cut and dry. I have been waiting to see him deliver some major moments and following the amazing looks he created for Julia Garner, Nina Dobrev, Jourdan Dunn, Katie Holmes, and Deepika Padukone to wear for the Met Gala this year he released a collection that is just screaming for stars to wear it on the red carpet. Over the last years Nina Dobrev has built a relationship with Zac thanks to her new stylist Kate Young and when I saw this black and gold glitter patterned chiffon bustier ballgown I thought how absolutely beautiful it would be on the young actress. She hasn’t given us a big nior princess moment on the red carpet yet and I definitely think she has the chops to really pull this look off with effortless ease.
Overall I was quite excited with the Resort 2020 season. I am even more excited for the start of the Fall 2019 Couture season today. Fashion is getting me excited again. I was starting to feel a bit of fashion fatigue. I was bored. I thought about shuttering If I Was A Stylist. But thanks to these 15 collections, and many more individual looks from so many other collections I have some of my spark back! What looks do you find inspired? Who do you want to see wearing any of these looks on the red carpet?
I am expecting of all the premieres that The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is set to have that it will be the one in London that delivers the best fashion. Most of the cast is British and they tend to save their most major moments for their home front red carpet. I am honestly really excited to see what everyone is going to bring to the red carpet at this premiere. I went bold and glamorous for almost everyone!Of my wishes for this red carpet my most subdued is the gown I’ve picked for Ellie Bamber. The gorgeous redheaded actress basically only wears Chanel or Tom Ford, and I decided to keep my Chanel wishes for her going. While I went for very bold gowns for everyone else on this list I was drawn to this simple black Chanel Fall 2018 Couture one shoulder column gown which features beautiful crystal embellishments for Ellie. I think that this simple style is very much along Ellie’s style lines and while it isn’t in color on the runway I also think that Karl could make this gown in red, royal blue, emerald green, or amethyst for Ellie as well. I really would love to see this gown in amethyst with her red hair in a romantic updo. If she stuck with the black I think defined eyes, red lips, black Chanel lambskin & grosgrain cap toe pumps, and a pair of Van Cleef & Arpels diamond garland earrings would add the perfect finishing touches. Helen Mirren is probably the person in this cast that I am most excited to see on the red carpet. She always delivers MOMENTS when she walks the red carpet and I have high expectations for the looks she will deliver while promoting The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. I wanted to play to the fantasy of the film with the look for her to wear on the red carpet at the premiere in London so when I saw this dazzling multicolored Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda Fall 2018 long sleeve gown embellished with intricate sequin embellishments and feather trimming along the cuffs and hem of the gown I was immediately sold. It is definitely a very out there gown and I don’t think that many could make it work, but with her quirky sense of glamour I really do believe that Helen could really sell this look to me on the red carpet. The gown itself is such a statement that I want to keep the styling very simple with a whispy pixie style, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a navy Jimmy Choo ‘Celeste’ clutch, and a pair of navy lace Dolce & Gabbana ‘Bellucci’ pumps.When I was thinking about looks I want to see Keira Knightley wearing while out promoting The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, in which she plays the iconic role of the Sugar Plum Fairy, I knew that Chanel had to be in the mix. Keira has really wowed me while she has been out promoting her other film this fall Colette and done so mostly in Chanel Couture. I have been waiting to put her in this oyster grey Chanel Fall 2018 Couture tea length silk taffeta gown which features an embellished high collar neckline, bold puffy sleeves with crystal embellished cuffs, an embellished waist, high splits over a mini skirt, and beaded trimming on the seams for weeks now. I have wanted to put it on basically every wish list that Keira has appeared on since the show took place, but I have been holding it back (hoping that it wouldn’t be worn) saving it for this specific premiere. Like the Dolce gown I picked for Helen I think that this gown was made to promote this film and I really do believe that Keira would make this a major moment. It honestly (with the perfect styling) could be a Best Dressed of the Year worthy moment. Speaking of that perfect styling I think that this gown is a statement in itself so I want to make some simple choices adding a romantic updo, smokey eyes, dusty rose pink lips, silver Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Mira’ pearl detail sandals, and Chanel Fine Jewelry pearl and diamond feather earrings to really make this a perfect moment from head to toe. As Clara I am expecting Mackenzie Foy to really deliver some major moments on the red carpet over the course of this promo tour. I am expecting that the London premiere is going to be the most fantastic of them all. I decided to up the princess glamour even more from the Rodarte gown I picked for Mackenzie to wear for the films premiere in LA with this beautiful pink Georges Hobeika Fall 2018 Couture gown which features a corset vest inspired embroidered bodice and a tiered full ball skirt. I know that this is that frothy tulle moment we usually see from a Fanning sister, but I think that for this premiere that this would really be the perfect moment. Stand alone movie premieres usually don’t usually warrant such bold style moments, but I really do believe that this is the perfect gown for this moment. I believe that with a romantic updo, defined eyes, pink lips, and a pair of pink velvet Sophia Webster ‘Royalty’ tiara inspired sandals that this would be the most major moment that Mackenzie has ever had.
The LA premiere of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is expected on Thursday November 1, 2018.