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.
Hungarian director Ildiko Enyedi’s The Story Of My Wife held Cannes promise, in part thanks to its French cast members Lea Seydoux and Louis Garrel. The Cannes habitués star alongside Dutch actor Gijs Naber in this adaptation of Marin Fust’s eponymous 1942 literary classic about a Dutch sea captain obsessed with the idea that his flirtatious French wife has been unfaithful. Enyedi, who won Berlin’s Golden Bear for On Body And Soul in 2017, last screened a film at Cannes some 30 years ago when she won the Caméra d’Or for My 20th Century. So with the push for a more balanced selection of male and female directors I would have loved to see The Story of My Wife screen at this years festival. Lea Seydoux has been in Cannes screening films, winning awards, and serving on the jury for almost two decades now. The French actress has always been one who has intrigued me on the red carpet. While I complain often about Louis Vuitton ambassadors and there red carpet looks I have to admit that Lea is one of the more successful spokemodels for the French luxury label. That being said I still didn’t pick two head to toe Louis Vuitton looks for Lea to wear to promote The Story of My Wife. Instead for the photocall I picked this cream Lanvin Fall 2020 RTW dress which gives modern 20’s meets 70’s vibes. The dress features a thin brand signature print throughout, intricate beading on the bodice and neck, long poet sleeves with ruffled cuffs, a drop waist, and tiered pleated mini skirt and I think Lea would make it an effortlessly glamorous moment for a Cannes Film Festival photocall. Soft retro waves, defined eyes, bright pink lips, and a pair of black Louis Vuitton ‘Call Back’ ankle strap pointed toe leather pumps would definitely make this a superb fashion moment for Lea. Now for the premiere I went for sleek sexy glamour with a custom Louis Vuitton long sleeve column inspired by this white and black bustier detail dress. The dress found in the LV online shop is super sexy despite the fact it is completely covered. Taking this mock neck dress with a long zipper down the back and making it into a custom gown completely covered in liquid sequins would definitely make this a major modern moment for Lea especially styled with a sleek side parted low bun updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of white leather Louis Vuitton ‘Call Back’ ankle strap sandals, and a pop of color and femininity via Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2020 “Orchids” drop earrings earrings set with natural-looking sapphire petals and tsavorite buds reveal four black cabochon-cut opals.My second wish for Aja Naomi King following the major Nicolas Jebran gown I picked the other day is all about COLOR. I have been obsessed with this sunset orange Zuhair Murad Fall 2019 Couture draped gown which features an asymmetrical one shoulder neckline, ostrich feather trim, and a cape since it was first presented. Orange isn’t a color we often see on the red carpet which would have made this a super special moment for Aja to bring to life in Cannes. I wanted to really make sure that the looks I’ve picked for Aja screamed glamour, but in a new major manner. I would love to this gown styled with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude pink lips, a pair of simple orange Jimmy Choo ‘Minny’ ankle strap sandals, and the sunset in earrings via sleek Chopard ruby, yellow sapphire, and diamond wreath earrings. It definitely would have made sure that Aja delivered nothing but bold, statement glamour in Cannes. I’ve mentioned that I always appreciate that Liya Kebede goes left of traditional for her red carpet looks. I would have loved seeing Liya give relaxed glamour wearing this black silk draped Stella McCartney Fall 2020 loose fit pajama set which features a cowl neck, oversized cuffs, crystal beaded appliques throughout, a paper bag waist, and wide leg trousers. There really isn’t anyone but Liya who I would even remotely think would be able to make this look work on the Cannes red carpet. With all that fabric work really has to be put in to be seen through all the yardage and I know that Liya would rock this look effortlessly. Her signature washed and dried vibe curls, barely there makeup, black Aquazzura ‘Panthere’ pointed toe cutout t-bar ankle strap pumps, and a pair of edgy glam Chopard Loves Rihanna Collection white diamond earcuffs would definitely have ensured Liya just oozed effortless glamour. I also went left of traditional Cannes gowns for Korean supermodel Soo Joo Park. The model loves to bring the unexpected to the red carpet. As I was looking for something for her to wear in Cannes to promote L’Oreal this year I saw this black silk faille Oscar de la Renta Fall 2020 RTW cocktail dress which features an asymmetrical one shoulder neckline, intricate voluminous origami draping, an asymmetrical hem, and exposed corsetry and I just thought of how cool a moment it would be. To pull off a cocktail dress as a major moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet you have to just ooze cool girl glam and I really do believe that Soo Joo has that vibe. To make this look major from head to toe I would style this look with a sleek center parted updo, smokey winged eyes, deep ruby red lips, a pair of black chiffon and satin Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Etoile’ big bow and crystal detail ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Messika High Jewelry including ‘Sirenetta’ asymmetrical white diamond pendant fringe earrings and a statement ‘Shirin’ white diamond art deco inspired cuff bracelet.
Wes Anderson has used the Berlin International Film Festival to launch his last two feature films, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs” but 2020 was supposed to mark the auteur’s big return to Cannes with his new project, The French Dispatch. Anderson was last at Cannes with Moonrise Kingdom, which world premiered on the opening night of the 2012 event. Searchlight’s original July release date for The French Dispatch positioned Cannes as the perfect destination for a world premiere. Now we can expect the film to be released mid-October, so maybe we will see The French Dispatch in Venice. But for now let us continue to fantasize about what could have been had the film had it’s world premiere in Cannes. For a festival that loves stars, it would not have gotten better than the red carpet for The French Dispatch: Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Timothee Chalamet, Lea Seydoux, Benicio del Toro, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, and more. I was expecting this film to open this years festival with a glamorous bang. Elisabeth Moss doesn’t really ever wow me on the red carpet, but I always try to keep my expectations up. So I picked two superb fashion moments I think that Elisabeth would bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpets. For the first look I would have loved to see Elisabeth give us a MAJOR vintage moment wearing this black Courreges wool, chiffon, and sequin striped A-line shift coat dress that zips up front and features a nude net underlay, cap sleeves, pocket details, and a v-neckline from The Way We Wore. Elisabeth’s stylist Karla Welch loves to put her clients in vintage and I saw this dress and immediately thought of how amazing Elisabeth would look in it and it would have definitely been a major photocall moment. It isn’t a typical look I would pick for a Cannes photocall being an all black look, but I feel like on Elisabeth this look would have been super chic especially styled with a loose wavy bob, defined eyes, red lips, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Galativi’ velour and mesh paneled pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went back to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first couture collection for Dior. I was looking for the perfect gown for Elisabeth and when I saw this black tulle and velvet ball gown from the Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture collection which feature intricate pressed flower detail on the nude underskirt and it just spoke to me. It is a super feminine glamour moment and Elisabeth loves herself some Dior by MGC so why not pull out one of her best looks for the house to give it a moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I love this feminine moment and I would love to see Elisabeth bring it to life with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, black Francesco Russo asymmetrical patent leather pumps, and a selection of Cartier High Jewelry including a pair of white diamond and pink morganite drop earrings and a vintage white diamond bracelet. It would ensure that Elisabeth would have had her best fashion moments in a long time. Lea Seydoux had several films in consideration for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and The French Dispatch was a shoo-in to screen at this years festival. I miss the glamorous days of Lea’s style when she would give big grand fashion moments on the red carpets. That was way back before she signed her Louis Vuitton contract. I would have loved to see Lea step out of LV for a moment during this years festival giving us a variety of chic looks from a variety of labels on the Cannes Film Festival red carpets. The step away from LV I wanted for Lea while promoting The French Dispatch was with this brown animal print Prada egyptian cotton asymmetrical a-line dress. I really miss the days of Lea as an unofficial ambassador for Prada and this casual dress for the photocall would have definitely fed my soul. Now I wouldn’t have completely made Lea leave LV behind styling this look with a cream leather and brown monogram canvas Louis Vuitton ‘Locky BB’ top handle bag (for arriving and leaving the photocall), a pair of brown monogram and clear PVC detail Louis Vuitton ‘Cherie’ pointed toe ankle strap pumps, and black and brown Louis Vuitton ‘La Boum Canvas’ cat eye sunglasses. I would finish this look with a chic retro half up/half down hairstyle, defined eyes, and soft pink lips. Now for the premiere, especially if it was the opening ceremony, I would not have expected that Lea would have worn anything other than Louis Vuitton on the red carpet. So I would have loved to see Nicholas Ghesquiere create a custom gown for Lea inspired by this silver grey and black floral beaded pencil dress from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW collection. This dress turned into a glamorous floor length gown with a ruched sash waist which turns into a glamorous train would definitely have made for an extremely elegant moment for Lea to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. A retro glam updo, defined eyes, red lips, white diamond stud earrings, a pair of black mesh Louis Vuitton ‘Urban Twist’ silver cap toe pointed toe pumps, and a statement white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection rose cut diamond collar necklace would definitely ensure that this would have oozed glamour. Had Saoirse Ronan made the trip to Cannes to promote The French Dispatch this year it would have been the first time she would have walked that famous red carpet. Now this isn’t the first movie that Saoirse has been a part of that has screed at the festival. She was in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival in 2014. Back then Saoirse really wasn’t a style star. Now she has fully cemented her fashionista status and I would have LOVED seeing her bringing glamour to Cannes starting with 70’s effortlessness with this Gucci Pre-Fall 2020 ensemble which features a white and navy chevron stripe crocheted halter top and a pair of high waisted flared cuff jeans to wear for The French Dispatch photocall. I knew immediately when it came to Cannes that this would have been a super call photocall moment and when I was picking looks for Saoirse it clicked as the right moment for her to bring to life. I would love to see Saoirse keep that 70’s vibe alive with a chic wavy hairstyle, defined eyes, tangerine lip color, and a pair of blood orange Gucci block heel ankle strap chunky platform sandals to really make this look scream effortless bohemian elegance. Now for the premiere I’ve decided I wanted to see Saoirse’s stylist Elizabeth Saltzman cook up a custom Armani Prive moment. I was looking for a perfect gown for Saoirse that would have been worthy of a Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony and I just couldn’t find a full runway look I was excited about. I was however thoroughly inspired by the beaded fringe details that adorned bodices of gowns from the Armani Prive Spring 2020 Couture collection. So I thought why not use that as the jumping point for a major custom gown? The black, white, blue, and emerald green beading in these two fringes is beautiful. For the custom gown I would have wanted to keep the strapless sweetheart bodice from the look with the white beading then creating a tiered fringe column silhouette out of the green, blue, and black fringe from the other bodice. Honestly, this has potential to be one of my favorite gowns that Saoirse has ever worn. It was easy to imagine this custom gown and I do imagine that Saoirse would make this a dazzling moment with a sleek sculptural updo, emerald greed defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of metallic melon green Miu Miu jewel embellished slingback sandals, and a pair of dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and emerald twist teardrop earrings. Tilda Swinton has been attending the Cannes Film Festival since 1987. Over the years she has screened 10 films at the festival, served on the feature film jury in 2004, and as a member of the short films jury in 2002. Of the 10 films that she has screened at the festival two have opened the festival and one has closed the festival. I always look forward to seeing what moments Tilda will bring to the red carpet. She is a fashionista who isn’t afraid to take risks and wear unusual things. With that being said the two looks I’ve picked for Tilda to wear in Cannes to promote The French Dispatch are more classics that I think that she would be able to sell with great aplomb starting with this white and black tailored Alexander McQueen Fall 2020 RTW sleeveless dress which features defined padded shoulders, belted waist, and a high low midi hem. This look is a balance of corporate and military inspiration and I just know in my soul that Tilda would sell this look to me with effortless ease. It doesn’t need a lot of styling, and that isn’t Tilda’s vibe anyway, so I would finish this look with a pushed back coif, defined eyes, bold red lips, and a pair of deep red satin Manolo Blahnik ‘Butina’ asymmetrical strap half d’Orsay pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went with bold sleek glamour opting to put Tilda in this red Valentino Spring 2020 Couture long sleeve column gown which features a turtleneck , satin cuffs, and a pooling train. This sleek moment is definitely within Tilda’s sense of style and I think that it would be a major moment for her to bring to life in Cannes. Again I wouldn’t do much in terms styling keeping this look super sleek with a high coif, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of tabasco red Gianvito Rossi ‘Montecarlo’ crystal ankle strap pointed toe d’Orsay pumps. With such a star filled cast, and I didn’t even include everyone, I didn’t include any of the Cannes regulars whom I’ve included in all of my other wishes for this years festival. So closing out today’s wishes are two looks for The French Dispatch star Timothee Chalamet. We have seen Timmy take on the Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, and London Film Festivals, but this would have been his Cannes debut. Regular readers will know that since he burst onto the scene in 2017 with Call Me By Your Name that I have been obsessed with Timothee’s style. He is all about his avant garde menswear and I really wanted to see him bring high fashion menswear to the red carpets in Cannes this year. For the photocall I went directly to floral silk pajamas from the Sies Marjan Fall 2020 RTW collection. There are very few men out there who could rock this co-ord in Cannes or anywhere, but that is what I love about Timothee. He would rock this look with effortlessness pairing it with white Christian Louboutin ‘Happy Rui Flat’ mesh sneakers. For the premiere I went for GLAMOUR picking this Alexander McQueen Fall 2020 Menswear ensemble which features a gold beaded snake detail coat, a white button up, slim fit pants that continue that beading, and a pair of black leather boots with a gold toe cap. The look is very much Timothee and would have definitely made waves in the world of red carpet menswear on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
You can now say that my “What Could Have Been” wishes are predicting films that might be in the 2020 Cannes Film Festival Official Selection. The festival may not be happening, but next month the organizers plan to release the Official Selection showcasing what they are planning to screen at this years festival had it not been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. That being said let’s jump in to today’s film predication. While Cannes isn’t necessarily just for French cinema Thierry Fremeaux, the director of the Cannes Film Festival, definitely has a soft spot for movies made by French orators. This shouldn’t surprise anyone. As I was looking at films rumored to be submitted for this years festival there were a host of French films included. Bruno Dumont’s On A Half Clear Morning, starring Lea Seydoux as a celebrity journalist trying to escape fame was on the list. Both Bruno and Lea are Cannes regulars so I would definitely would have expected this film to make the cut. Lea Seydoux has delivered many major moments on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet over the years. I am super sad that her run as a jury member came while she has been under contract at Louis Vuitton because she has always delivered the best variety of effortless French glamour. I decided to pick one look for Lea under her Louis Vuitton contract as well as one that I just know she would own. I kept Louis Vuitton on the menu for her photocall appearance with this bold rich pink Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2020 bell sleeve jersey midi dress which features a mock neck, ruched detail on the bodice, and a wide deep purple obi inspired belt. The look is flirty and sophisticated and I think that Lea would make it effortless styled with a sleek side parted casual updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of rose pink satin Louis Vuitton ‘Madeline’ crystal embellished logo brooch detailed pointed toe pumps, and Chopard ‘Imperiale’ white gold set amethyst drop earrings. For the premiere I turned to Alexis Mabille whom I personally think is a very underrated couturier. Cannes is ones of the few times of the year where we are likely to see Alexis Mabille designs on the red carpet, and given the fact that Lea has worn the designers creations a couple of times in the past I thought it was perfect to pick a major look from the designer for her to wear on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals. I have been obsessed with this purple column gown with asymmetric ruffled neckline and a crystal embellished diadem belt since it first walked the runway at the Alexis Mabille Spring 2017 Couture presentation. It deserves a major red carpet moment and I feel like Lea would definitely be able to work this look in that effortlessly French manner. I think keeping the look glamorous with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of black and silver Louis Vuitton ‘Urban Twist’ mesh net pointed cap toe pumps, and a selection of major Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including paraiba tourmaline and amethyst paisley teardrop earrings and a statement white diamond floral cuff bracelet would ensure that Lea would have had a MAJOR Cannes Film Festival red carpet moment on her hands. Deepika Padukone has great style. If my Best Dressed of the Year list were going out today I would have included an Alex Perry gown she wore earlier this year. But, when it comes to her looks in Cannes, aside from the hot pink Ashi Studio gown in 2018, I haven’t been a huge fan. I was hoping that this year that Deepika was going to WOW on the red carpets at the Palais de Festivals. Aside from the major glam traditional sari from Manish Malhotra I picked for Deepika I wanted a major western moment as well. So I went for COLOR via this marigold Givenchy Spring 2020 Couture one shoulder gown which features a loose fit, asymmetrical ruffled one shoulder neckline, an asymmetrical pleated hem, and a sweeping train. The color of this gown is everything. It isn’t a color we see very often so when we do I always get excited and I think it would be amazing on Deepika. Make this look even more major with a glamorous yet sleek curly bun updo, smokey eyes, deep red L’Oreal Paris Rouge Signature Matte Lip Stain in ‘Fascinate’, gold Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Harmony’ three strap sandals, and another pop of color via a pair of statement Lorraine Schwartz carved pink ruby, orange faceted sapphire, and faceted pink sapphire drop earrings. Elle Fanning always delivers on the Cannes Film Festival red carpets. It was in Cannes that I finally fell in love with her sartorial decisions. She had one of the best Cannes jury runs fashion wise last year giving many major moments from labels like Gucci, Dior, and Vivienne Westwood. We were expecting to see her back in Cannes again this year fulfilling her duties as a brand ambassador for L’Oreal Paris and I had high expectations for what she was going to deliver on the red carpet. I went for fun, flirty, femininity with my first wish for Elle picking this Azzi & Osta Spring 2020 Couture gown which strapless embroidered bustier bodice, a pink champagne taffeta high low bubble skirt, a bow detail on the back, and a sweeping train. It isn’t an obvious choice since Elle is usually seen in those top tier labels that I mentioned earlier, but I just know that this gown would be absolute magic on the red carpet. A side parted curled sleek retro updo, defined eyes lined in metallic rose gold, light pink glossy lips done in L’Oreal Paris Infallible 8 HR Gloss in the color ‘Blush’, a pair of blush pink satin Aquazzura ‘Chain Reaction’ crystal strap buckle detail pointed toe mules, and a dazzling white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection three row scalloped lace necklace with a statement teardrop diamond would ensure that Elle delivers her signature princess glamour with ease to head to toe.
Paris Fashion Week, much like New York Fashion Week, produced a plethora of options for stars to deliver stellar red carpet moments. But given the current state of our world right now the only thing we can do is fantasize about what could be. I am hoping that as the curve of this virus stars to decline and we start to see events being rescheduled that many of these wishes will come true. Some of my favorite collections of the season are featured in this set of wishes. I think that is evidenced well by just how many looks from some of the shows I have made wishes for. I am praying for glamour and drama coming forward. Which of the looks below to you most want to see brought to life on the red carpet?
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.
Did you think that I was going to be slowing down with all my wishes for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival just yet? Nope! In fact this post marks the halfway point of this years wishes. I can’t believe that I have 14 sets of wishes this year and I feel like for the most part I went a little more glamorous than we see overall on the red carpet at TIFF. One of the biggest premieres of the festival sounds like it is going to be Steve McQueen’s Widows. The cast is really great and I am very excited to see what everyone will bring. Viola Davis is one who I am always interested to see on the red carpet. While I don’t always love what Viola wears I do know that she gives her all. She loves a major color moment so I decided that I wanted to give a color moment for her to rock on this TIFF premiere red carpet. I decided to take a red sequin skirt embellished with gold pineapples from the Brandon Maxwell Fall 2018 RTW collection and turn it into a strapless column gown with a sweetheart neckline for Viola. She owns a bold gown on the red carpet and this simple gown with a bold silhouette would make for a very chic moment on this red carpet. I think pulled back full curls, defined eyes, matching bold red lips, a red satin Versace medusa lock box clutch, and red Gianvito Rossi think ankle strap sandals would make this look perfection for a TIFF premiere red carpet. Cynthia Erivo also stars in Widows alongside Viola and I am always intrigued to see what she will bring to life on the red carpet. I can either love or loathe what Cynthia rocks on the red carpet and I hope that when she steps out in Toronto for this film I am really praying that her look falls firmly in the love category. That is exactly what would happen if she stepped out wearing this silver leaf pattern sequin and beaded Azzaro Fall 2018 Couture long sleeve wrap style gown which features a plunging neckline and high split. It is definitely one of the edgiest takes on glamour that I picked for someone to wear in Toronto this year. To be honest I would typically only pick a gown like this for someone to wear for a music event, but I definitely think that if anyone could sell it to me for a film premiere it would be Cynthia. The gown is such a dazzling statement on it’s own that I think that it would be perfectly complimented with a buzzed hairstyle, smokey eyes, red lips, a charcoal Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ marbled plexi faceted clutch, and a pair of black satin and silver crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ribbon strap sandals. I get excited when I see Elizabeth Debicki’s name on a cast list because I know she has the potential to wow me. Often enough I end up underwhelmed with Elizabeth’s choices, but when she gets it right its oh so right. When she steps out at TIFF to promote Widows that she gets it right and I think that is exactly what the case would be if she stepped out wearing this off white custom Monse silk gown which features a single sleeve, cape like detail, and a flowing skirt. I took a blouse from Monse that I saw online and I definitely think that this custom gown would be a really glamorous meshing of the 30’s and the 90’s for Elizabeth to bring to this red carpet. I would add a vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of pearl white Jimmy Choo ‘Sacora’ faux pearl embellished sandals, and Tiffany & Co. diamond and pearl tassel drop earrings to really make this a really glamorous moment for Elizabeth. I don’t usually get excited about what Michelle Rodriguez rocks on the red carpet, but I think that with the level of glam that her Widows co-stars typically bring to the red carpet that she will up her game. In the past some of the best gowns that Michelle has rocked on the red carpet in the past have come courtesy of Zuhair Murad and I definitely think that this wine Zuhair Murad Resort 2019 sheer gown which features a halter neck, intricate tonal embroidery, and an a-line skirt would be perfect for her to be able to hang with the most glamorous of the fashionistas in her cast. I think that with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of matching burgundy wine Stuart Weitzman ‘Square Nudist’ sandals, and Oscar de la Renta burgundy crystal earrings that this would be that sexy and glamorous yet tough glam moment that I know Michelle tends to gravitate towards on the red carpet. Earlier this year at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival while acting as a jury member Lea Seydoux showcased that she is a worthy brand ambassador for Louis Vuitton wearing the brand exclusively for the festival and not having a single flop of a look at all. That was a huge coup because I tend to be very up and down with my love of Louis Vuitton gowns on the red carpet. I would imagine that when she steps out to promote Kursk at TIFF that Lea will once again opt for a custom Louis Vuitton ensemble, and I am just praying that it is something that takes my breath away just like her Cannes gowns. I was inspired by the caped styles that we saw from the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 collection. I took that idea and turned it into this dramatic dark red velvet gown and I definitely think that it is something that Lea would definitely be able to sell to me on this red carpet. A curly vintage inspired updo, defined smokey eyes, dark red lips, and a pair of black and gold Malone Souliers ‘Mika’ strappy peep toe pumps all would really make this another incredibly glamorous LV red carpet moment for Lea.
The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will open on Thursday September 6, 2018 and runs through Sunday September 16, 2018.
Every season I get the Alexis Mabille Couture press kit, in addition to many others, and I always love how simple his press kits are. There is usually just a short poem that depicts the inspiration of the collection and a list of each look and the details. This season the inspiration was summed up in a quote from the song “Le Coeur de Paris” by Charles Trenet. “The heart of Paris is a Flower. A bloom so pretty that you’ll keep in your heart, that you’ll love for life” is what the words mean translated from the original French to English. The French designer delivered a very chic collection that was just effortless French glamour defined, but with his signature mix of big volume and dramatic details. I think that’s what I love most about Alexis Mabille Couture collections. They can have some of the biggest gowns of the week (not as much this time,) but they always come across as easy and chic. The collection was dotted with lace, feathers, and hand-painted floral silk. The looks varied in silhouette and style. I really do believe that there is a look for every woman in this collection. From the chic sophisticate and the edgy glamizon to the burlesque beauty and the princess there was a casual, cocktail, or evening ensemble that would fit just about every type of style. From ballgowns to embroidered bomber jackets and chic striped shifts to dramatic gowns the collection was an easy & glamorous feast for the eyes. We don’t often see Alexis Mabille moments on the red carpet, and I say it all the time that is such a sad fact. His creations are gorgeous and really do deserve major moments on the red carpet. In addition to the lovely ladies mentioned above I would also like to see Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande, Celine Dion, Zendaya, Camila Cabello, Beyonce, Araya A. Hargate, Nieves Alvarez, Margot Robbie, Natalie Portman, Sienna Miller, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Diane Kruger wear looks from this fabulous collection on the red carpet.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival came to a close this past Sunday and it definitely lived up to the expectations that I had for it. While there were some people like Uma Thurman, Riley Keough, Blake Lively, Elle Fanning, and Camila Cabello that I missed dearly there were still plenty of fashON moments over the course of the festival. A lot of looks I was never expecting and a lot of gowns I wanted to see worn over the course of the festival. Each of the jury members really shut down their wardrobes and so did the L’Orealista’s and the stars promoting films. Usually for one event I would just do a top 10 looks from the red carpets, but since Cannes is always PACKED red carpet wise I always have a hard time narrowing down the 150+ looks, so I bring the glam down to my favorite 21 looks over the course of the festival. There are looks worn for premieres, parties, and photocalls that just made me fall in love. Two looks from this list last year made my Best Dressed of the Year list, who do you think will be my favorites still come the end of the year?1) Cate Blanchett in custom Mary Katrantzou at the premiere of Cold War 2) Aishwarya Rai in custom Michael Cinco Couture at the premiere of Girls Of The Sun
3) Deepika Padukone in Ashi Studio Spring 2018 Couture at the premiere of Ash Is The Purist White
4) Natasha Poly in Atelier Versace Spring 2018 Couture at the premiere of BlacKkKlansman
5) Diane Kruger in custom Armani Prive at the premiere of Sink or Swim6) Julianne Moore in custom Givenchy Couture at the Opening Ceremony premiere of Everybody Knows
7) Bella Hadid in custom Christian Dior Couture at the premiere of Ash Is The Purist White
8) Cate Blanchett in custom Alexander McQueen Fall 2018 RTW at the Closing Ceremony
9) Fan Bingbing in Ali Karoui Couture at the Opening Ceremony premiere of Everybody Knows 10) Helen Mirren in Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture at the premiere of Girls Of The Sun
11) Thandie Newton in Valentino Fall 2018 RTW at the photocall of Solo: A Star Wars Story
12) Sofia Boutella in Vera Wang Spring 2019 Bridal at the premiere of Fahrenheit 451
13) Cindy Bruna in Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture at the De Grisogono diner 14) Ava DuVernay in custom Cushnie et Ochs at the amfAR Cannes Gala
15) Nieves Alvarez in Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture at the premiere of Sorry Angel
16) Bruna Marquezine in custom Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini at the premiere of Sink or Swim
17) Emilia Clarke in custom Christian Dior Couture at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story18) Lea Seydoux in custom Louis Vuitton at the premiere of Under The Silver Lake
19) Kristen Stewart in Chanel Fall 2013 Couture at the premiere of BlacKkKlansman
20) Alessandra Ambrosio in custom Tommy Hilfiger at the amfAR Cannes Gala
21) Marion Cotillard in Adam Selman Spring 2018 RTW at the photocall for Gueule d’Ange
One of the always anticipated events of the Cannes Film Festival is a sidebar event hosted by festival sponsor Chopard. Every year the famed jewelry brand awards two rising film stars with the Trophee Chopard. It honors two young talents, one female and one male, who are showing exemplary talent early in their career. Some of the past laureates have included Audrey Tautou, Gael Garcia Bernal, Diane Kruger, John Boyega, Lea Seydoux, Shailene Woodley, and Anya Taylor Joy (among many others) and while we haven’t been made privy to who will be awarded with this year we do know the exemplary actress who will hand out the awards and I decided to throw the jury of the festival in (even though they don’t have any say in who wins this trophy.)Diane Kruger received the Trophee Chopard back in 2003 presented to her by French actress Isabelle Adjani and this year she will be on hand to present the newest group of young stars with their honors. I always love a really great moment from Diane and I feel like for this occasion that she will once again pull out all the stops. I had originally picked the Chanel Couture gown that Penelope Cruz wore for the Cannes opening dinner (which made me feel very sad) but since that had to change I went a little more out there. We have seen Diane wear rising British talent Michael Halpern’s designs once before wearing a sequin mini for the NYC screening of In The Fade and I thought why not turn back to the brand for this red carpet. It was actually on the red carpet at this party last year that thanks to Marion Cotillard and I feel like his fun glamour is perfect for a Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I did modify a Halpern dress taking a strapless electric blue silk, polyamide, polyester asymmetric textured silk bustier mini dress which features a dramatic train attached at the hip and modify it into a gown. Could Diane rock the mini dress? Yes, but on the heels of her mini dress gown by Prabal Gurung Atelier at the Met Gala this past Monday I think the gown would be a great change of pace. This gown is nothing but glamour and I really think that Diane could totally sell this look for me to bring to the red carpet. I think that with a 40’s inspired updo, defined eyes, a pair of nude and PVC Gianvito Rossi ‘Helmut’ sandals, and a statement Chopard diamond and sapphire collar necklace that this ensemble would be head to toe perfection on Diane. Ava DuVernay has kept a pretty low profile so far this festival. We haven’t seen her out and about on the red carpets at the festival since the opening ceremony and I am hoping she will bring out some of her chic modest glamour. I honestly don’t think that anyone but Ava could take this pink and black Armani Prive Fall 2017 Couture gown which features a long sleeve crystal embellished top and printed layered tulle gown and make it look not mumsy. I do believe that Ava has the right ‘it’ factor to really make this a chic moment. I think she would probably ditch the runways belt bring the skirt up a little to hit her natural waist, but I would really love to keep the feathered stole to add just a little bit of extra to this look. With her signature half up half down hairstyle, defined eyes, pink lips, black Gianvito Rossi point d’esprit pumps, and the requisite Chopard jewels through a pair of statement Rihanna Loves Chopard multi jewel floral chandelier earrings I know that Ava would own this look on this red carpet. Cate Blanchett has never received the Trophee Chopard, but in 2014 she was the one who awarded Logan Lerman and Adèle Exarchopoulos with their honors. That year Cate wore two equally gorgeous gowns. For the Ceremony she gave Victorian inspired moody glamour wearing Valentino and then eye popping color and sparkle in Armani Prive for the party that follows. As the president of this years jury I went for a chic party look for Cate to rock this year with this metallic dark yellow gold Poiret Fall 2018 RTW midi gown which features a crumpled fabric, twisted knot waist, asymmetrical voluminous cap sleeves, and an asymmetrical hem. Cate loves to support new talent and with the relaunch of this brand I think that Cate would definitely be drawn to the looks from this collection and I’ve thought from the moment I first saw this gown on the runway that Cate would be a perfect candidate to really bring it to life on the red carpet. Add a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a nude Rodo crystal embellished clutch, green Aquazzura ‘Morena’ suede sandals, and statement Chopard white and yellow diamond and emerald floral drop earrings would all make this another beautiful moment for Cate on the red carpets of the festival. I can honestly say that I am really surprised that Kristen Stewart wasn’t awarded the Trophee Chopard early in her career, but I feel like she just could step out to celebrate this years laureates. Kristen has also kept a pretty low profile this festival. She has attended one party (hosted by Chanel) since the festival opened, but I am hoping that she will bring a lot more to the red carpets over the course of the festival. For the Trophee Chopard party I went with a dark and sexy look with this black crystal encrusted Alexandre Vauthier Spring 2018 Couture crystal encrusted gown which features a large cutout on the bodice and a daring split. This is 100% something I think that Kristen would own on the red carpet and I think that she would really be able to own this gown on the red carpet. Edging it up with a statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection feathered collar necklace, a faux hawk, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Guiptik’ lace peep to sling back booties would all ensure that Kristen really owns this look.Lea Seydoux was awarded the Trophee Chopard back in 2009 before she was a big fashionista. Since then she has come back to celebrate fellow new laureates wearing Elie Saab in 2015. I have a feeling that the member of this years jury member will be on the red carpet at the party celebrating this years set of laureates as well. So far this festival Lea has brought the sexy glam to the festivals red carpets wearing custom Louis Vuitton looks including a gorgeous sheer gown and a tuxedo inspired mini dress. I know that Lea will most likely stick to her Louis Vuitton contract over the course of the festival, but I would love to see her bring something new to the red carpet. I think that this black Givenchy Fall 2018 Couture strapless cocktail dress which features a dramatic bow on the neckline and a pleated trapeze silhouette would be a really chic moment for Lea to bring to this red carpet. I don’t think gowns are the requisite for this red carpet, and I think that with the right styling that this would definitely be one of the chic looks for Lea to bring to this years festival red carpet. I didn’t totally shun Louis Vuitton picking a statement emerald green ‘Petite Malle’ clutch to add a statement to this look. I would add some edge via black Jimmy Choo ‘Sayra’ mesh ankle tie booties, defined eyes, nude lips, old Hollywood waves, a pair of simple Chopard diamond and emerald drop earrings, and a statement diamond, emerald, and sapphire statement Chopard cuff to really make this a totally chic moment.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival is officially open and will run through Saturday May 19, 2018. The presentation of the Trophee Chopard will take place on Monday May 14, 2018.