2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “The Woman In The Window”

Joe Wright’s “Rear Window”-style psychological thriller about the mental collapse of an agoraphobic, alcoholic psychologist has already endured a push back after Disney purchased 20th Century Fox Studios. Adapted from author AJ Finn’s 2018 potboiler, it was originally slated for an October 2019 awards season release, then moved to May 15 of this year, and has yet to have it’s release rescheduled as its fate — like so many movies right now — remains unknown. But a Cannes slot could give this hotly awaited film a chance to rise from the ashes. Co-starring Amy Adams and Julianne Moore this film would have definitely cultivated a glamorous premiere at this years Cannes Film Festival. 2010’s On The Road was the first and only film that Amy Adams has stared in that has screened in Cannes and she didn’t even make the trip to the French Riviera to promote the film. I would have LOVED to see Amy bring her signature glam to Cannes this year to promote The Woman in the Window. I picked two super glamorous and elegant moments for Amy starting with this dark blue Oscar de la Renta draped cap sleeve wool blend midi dress which feature a faux wrap style skirt and a thigh high split. While some would work that full split to its potential I think that is much more of a classy woman and would just let the flesh pop naturally. I think that this dress minus the oxblood leather belt it was styled wit on the runway styled with a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, rose pink lips, and a pair of black and red Gianvito Rossi ‘Caterina’ pointed toe bow detail slingback pumps this look would ooze ladylike sophistication. For the premiere I went for big drama with this stone grey archive Elie Saab Spring 2009 Couture ball gown which features a sheer 3-D floral embroidered sleeveless bodice and a high waisted tiered crinkled silk skirt with a dramatic train. This gown has always been in the back of my mind. I’ve never used this gown in a wish before. I’ve been waiting for the right person at the right event to bring this gown out of the archive and Amy in Cannes is definitely the right pair to finally give this gown the red carpet moment it deserves. Amy has worn this color in the past and can get washed out easily wearing it, so the styling has to be PERFECT. To make sure this look just oozed major glam on the red carpet I would love to see Amy style this gown with a sleek retro updo, smokey eyes lined in emerald green, bold red lips, a pair of zinc grey Casadei ‘Blade Modern Love’ pointed toe ankle strap d’Orsay pumps, and a selection of Cartier High Jewelry including modern white diamond, enamel, and cabochon emerald fringe drop earrings and a vintage art deco white diamond and cabochon emerald bracelet.Julianne Moore has screened many films in Cannes and has won the festivals Best Actress award so seeing a film with her amongst the cast screening at the festival. So I started searching for two super moments for Julianne to wear while promoting The Woman in the Window in addition to the two couture moments I picked for her to wear as a L’Orealista from vintage Yves St. Laurent and Givenchy by Clare Waight Keller. For this films photocall I wanted to see Julianne turn to one of her favorite casual brands with this forest green Chloe Fall 2020 RTW cotton jersey midi dress which features long poet sleeves, lace details, a jewel neckline, drop waist, and a pleated skirt. Julianne in any shade of green is always something I am down for and I think that while this is definitely more of a winter color that Julianne would have made it feel light and bohemian for a photocall overlooking the French Riviera. I would do so by styling this look with loose waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of two tone brown Aquazzura ‘Cozumel Plateau’ strappy platform ankle strap sandals. Now for the premiere I hadn’t realized until I started writing this blog post that I had picked an archive runway look for Julianne in addition to Amy. This red chiffon Chanel Spring 1985 RTW draped gown which features a halter neck that turns into a dramatic train and a flowing a-line skirt is the second vintage moment I wanted to see Julianne bring to life in Cannes. I think that this moment would have been absolutely glamorous. Chiffon gowns in Cannes can bring magical moments if the fabric catches the sea breeze on the outdoor red carpet and knowing how Julianne handled that on the red carpet in Venice I know that she would have made this a super glam moment. Styled with a sleek updo, defined smokey eyes, rose pink lips, lipstick red satin Aquazzura ‘Deneuve’ bow detailed ankle strap sandals, and a pair of dazzling three row Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2019 fringe chandelier earrings I know that Julianne would have delivered nothing but glamour on this red carpet. I have several wishes for Cannes regulars today starting with L’Orealista Andie MacDowell. Sometimes Andie delivers WOW moments and sometimes she delivers beautiful but standard looks and sometimes she tries taking a risk and it just doesn’t work. My first wish for Andie was a super sleek statement red Valentino sequined column gown. That would most likely have landed in the WOW category. Today’s wish is much more within the beautiful but standard area. I LOVE this glamorous black silk Carolina Herrera Fall 2020 RTW strapless pailette embellished trumpet gown and I think that it is definitely something that Andie would be drawn to. I was looking and we have really only seen Carolina Herrera on the red carpet in Cannes three times before. Usually we see stars opt for European or couture labels for Cannes, but this super glam gown definitely would have spoken to the elegance that Cannes requires. I think that had Andie worn this gown with old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, defined eyes, red lips, a black crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Slim Rectangle’ clutch, black Aquazzura ‘Forever’ cut out detailed pointed toe pumps, and a selection of Messika High Jewelry including white diamond ‘Firebird’ intricate cluster earrings, a super chic white diamond ‘Desert Bloom’ riviere necklace, and a white diamond peacock like ‘Desert Bloom’ cocktail ring that she would definitely have had a super glam moment on her hands.  Bruna Marquezine is a friend of Chopard so I was definitely hoping to see her bring the glam to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year. I wanted to see her wearing a custom version of this sea glass blue Alberta Ferretti Limited Edition Fall 2019 Couture ruffled gown which features a plunging neckline removing the sheer yoke, intricate beading, and a mermaid silhouette lengthening the hem to have a dramatic train. This gown with those modifications could definitely make for a perfect Cannes Film Festival gown and I think that Bruna would have been able sell this moment to me with ease. A loose romantic updo, soft smokey eyes, bright pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Ellabrita’ ankle strap sandals, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and paraiba tourmaline pendent drop earrings would have definitely make this look seaside glam from head to toe. Thai actress Praya Lundberg knows how to bring the sexy and the drama to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Over the years she has typically chosen one column gown and one ballgown. In my What Could Have Been wishes I went for two major ballgowns. The first was super glam from Rami Kadi, so for the second look I wanted to infuse some sex appeal into the look. So I picked this black Georges Chakra Fall 2019 Couture asymmetrical one shoulder gown which features a cold shoulder, chest cutout, a sheer beaded column skirt, and a dramatic ruffled bustle train. It would be that dark, sexy glamour moment and I knew that it would have easily been something that Praya would have been drawn to. So to finish this look I would have loved seeing Praya style this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Very Cathy’ ankle strap peep toe d’orsay platform sandals, and a pair of dazzling asymmetrical white and black diamond de Grisogono waterfall pendant drop earrings. Originally I was going to pick a more traditional Indian look for my second wish for the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor, but instead I went for dramatic glamour. I have wanted to see this midnight blue shiny Georges Hobeika Fall 2014 Couture gown which features a sweetheart neckline, fitted silhouette, and a dramatic bustle train on a red carpet since it was first presented six years ago. At the time I really wanted to see Eva Longoria wear this gown, but now I feel like Sonam is the perfect person to pull this gown out of the Hobeika archives. The gown itself isn’t beaded or dazzling on its face it has gravitas. I know that with a sleek updo, navy smokey eyes, soft rose pink lips, a pair of midnight blue iridescent crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Celebrita’ platform ankle strap sandals, and a punch of sparkle via a white diamond and sapphire starburst Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2019 collar necklace would have definitely ensured this moment was nothing but dramatic glamour defined.

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

A number of upcoming UK features were believed to have set their sights on autumn festivals before the pandemic hit including Francis Lee’s romantic drama Ammonite, starring Kate Winslet as Victorian fossil hunter Mary Anning opposite Saoirse Ronan. It is Lee’s second feature after God’s Own Country, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Now while it looked like it was set for a fall festival it also popped up in several Cannes Film Festival selection predictions. I think postponing the festival to the fall could see this film selected for the competition. So here we are with wishes to see it brought to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, if selected when it is finally rescheduled. Kate Winslet hasn’t been to the Cannes Film Festival since 1997. Since then she has won an Oscar and become a film legend. When it comes to fashion I don’t really get excited when I see Kate’s name pop up. She knows how to deliver glamour, but its usually very simple. You can see that reflected in the looks I’ve picked for her to wear while promoting Ammonite at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. For the photocall I went elegant suiting for Kate with this red Michael Kors Fall 2020 RTW ensemble which consists of a wool-gabardine blazer with a chain detail and a matching silk georgette pleated shirt dress with a neck tie. It is a perfect balance of structure and flow and I think that would make for a super chic photocall moment for Kate especially if styled with elegant waves, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of gold snakeskin Aquazzura ‘Forever 120’ cutout pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went with classic glamour for Kate opting to put her in this black tiered strapless ruffle silk chiffon mermaid gown from the Alberta Ferretti Fall 2020 RTW collection. It is definitely something I can easily see Kate wearing for just about any red carpet. A sleek retro inspired updo, smokey eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Garden 120’ platform ankle strap peep toe sandals, and a statement Bulgari ‘Cinemagia’ white diamond geometric collar necklace would all ensure that Kate delivers elegant glamour from head to toe on the red carpet. Saoirse Ronan is one of the stars whose name I love seeing pop up for red carpets. She is always one who will take risks on the red carpet and I would have high expectations for Saoirse to bring to her Cannes Film Festival debut. She has been to the London Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and the Berlin Film Festival in the past, but no other festival compares to the glamour we see in Cannes. For the Ammonite photocall I went with a modern take of the safari suit with this olive green Galvan Pre-Fall 2020 suit which features a ring belted double breasted blazer and a pair of high waisted flared trousers. It would be a really chic moment for Saoirse to bring to the Cannes photocall balcony which overlooks the water of the French Rivera. This look would definitely be that super chic casual moment for Saoirse with a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of nude, white, & gold Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Lexi’ criss-cross strap pointed toe pumps, and Mateo New York ‘Ring of Pearl’ hoop with diamond ear jackets. For the premiere I want to see Alessandro Michele customize a look from the Gucci Pre-Fall 2020 collection for Saoirse. I saw this emerald green and red mini dress which features intricate black beaded embroidery throughout and fell in love with it. I was obsessed with this dress as soon as I saw it and thought immediately of Saoirse wearing a gown of this look. Now to customize it I would customize this Edwardian inspired look first removing the pink taffeta that is under the fringe of the sleeves and creating a floor length tiered skirt alternating red and green panels. Red and green together has the potential to read very Christmas-y, but I think that this look would definitely make this a really cool moment for Saoirse to wear for her very first Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Style the look with a sleek center parted updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of simple black suede Gucci strappy ankle strap sandals, and a pair of white diamond and emerald Chopard Red Carpet Collection teardrop pendant drop earrings and everything about this look would scream high glam. It was teased that Adut Akech was expected to attend the Cannes Film Festival for the first time this year. As she has become one of the top models in the world it doesn’t surprise me that she was able to snag some coveted premiere invitations. For her debut on the red carpet into the Palais de Festivals I would love to see Adut wearing this chartreuse green silk satin Elie Saab Spring 2020 Couture one sleeve ball gown which features asymmetrical fan details on the shoulder and hip as well as a daring thigh high asymmetrical hem and a dramatic train. I was originally going to honor her BFF status with Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli for her first Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but to be honest I feel like I am ready to see Adut branch out and become the red carpet icon like she has become a runway icon. So this statement look would definitely be a way for her to catch eyes. I think that Adut’s invites were going to come courtesy of festival sponsor Chopard, so I wanted to make sure that she had some major Chopard jewels were incorporated into the look. So a pair of major pink sapphire, tourmaline, peridot, amethyst, and sapphire paisley cluster earrings from the 2018 Chopard Red Carpet Collection would definitely add the perfect amount of sparkle to this look. To make sure this look is finished perfectly from head to toe I would style the gown with Adut’s signature buzzed hair, defined eyes, deep red glossy lips, and a pair of gold Christian Louboutin ‘Impera’ laser cut strappy pointed toe pumps.Praya Lundberg has been a L’Orealista, the fancy way of saying L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel, since 2015. Over the years in Cannes we have seen Praya go from super sexy in Versace to uber dramatic in Michael Cinco Couture. I want to see Praya deliver elegant glamour on this years red carpet wearing this champagne gold Rami Kadi Spring 2020 Couture crossover ball gown which features tiered ruffles embroidered with Swarovski and flower sequins, halter neckline, keyhole cutout, and a criss-cross open back. The look is super feminine glamour and I feel like it would make for a superb moment for Praya to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet as a L’Oreal ambassador. Styling the look with a sleek bun updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of nude gold Jimmy Choo ‘Dochas 100’ ankle strap crystal embellished metallic leather sandals, and a pair of de Grisogono champagne diamond fan earrings set in rose gold would ensure that Praya once again delivers a chic moment on this red carpet. 

Cannes 2019: L’Orealista’s Red Carpet Wish List Part 6

We are inching closer to my wishes for the actual premieres that are slated to take place during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Before I jump into those wishes I do have several more wishes though for ladies who are expected to head to the French Riviera to promote different brands, and the ladies who I’m most excited to see on this years red carpet are definitely the L’Orealista’s. They always bring the drama and glamour, which is their job, to the Cannes red carpet. I just hope that L’Oreal decides to sprinkle their strongest talent among some of the red carpets with less a-list level power to really up the drama of those premieres. I also hope that unlike most years that L’Oreal doesn’t front load all of their red carpet heavy hitters to the front end of the festival. The Cannes Film Festival can get a little heavy on models walking the red carpet. I have been known to get model fatigue towards the middle of the festival. But Cindy Bruna knows how to get me excited to see another model on the red carpet. She has given us such a varried sense of style from designers including Georges Hobeika, Zac Posen, Ulyana Sergeenko, Zuhair Murad Giambattista Valli, and Ashi Studio. Each of her previous looks have been incredibly different from the previous one and I am really excited to see what she might bring to the red carpet at this years festival. I went shopping the runways, and virtual racks, to find three perfect looks for Cindy to bring to life this year. I went back to three labels that Cindy has already worn for past Cannes red carpets to dress her for this years events. The first is a blush pink Georges Hobeika Spring 2019 Couture draped goddess gown which features a thigh high split. It is definitely a very chic and glamorous look. We haven’t seen Cindy wearing this type of goddess gown on Cindy before, but I think that it would be an incredibly glamorous moment for her to wear for the Cannes Film Festival. A sleek updo, defined eyes, blush pink lips, a pair of iridescent pearl pink Rene Caovilla crystal embellished stiletto sandals, and a selection of de Grisogono jewels including pink sapphire and diamond floral ear clips and a pink sapphire and amethyst fan bangle would definitely make it an absolutely beautiful moment for Cindy to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. For look number two I went with a classic Zac Posen shape in an amazing fabrication with this strapless gold butterfly jacquard ball gown which features a sweetheart neckline, self tied sash at the waist, origami pleating, and a sweeping train. I feel like Cindy fits the Zac Posen look perfectly and while Zac isn’t the typical Cannes designer when someone wears one of his designs on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals something special happens. I feel like Cindy would be the epitome of glamour rocking this gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, a pair of gold Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished sandals, and a white and champagne diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection fringe collar necklace. The final look I’ve picked for Cindy is probably my favorite. I love when Cindy gives us bold color and that is exactly what is being delivered with this aquamarine Zuhair Murad Spring 2019 Couture one sleeve ball gown which features sheer construction, intricate beaded embellishments, and a dramatic tulle ball skirt and train. This gown is dramatic and I know that Cindy would shut down the Cannes red carpet in this bold, fun, and glamorous gown especially if paired with a romantic updo, defined eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Aquazzura ‘Studio’ sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection paraiba tourmaline, emerald, and diamond cluster earrings. Freida Pinto used to be a regular on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet wearing looks from Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Atelier Versace, and Gucci. She hasn’t been on the famed red carpeted steps since 2015 and I am hoping she will make her red carpet return this year. She has been making more appearances at major events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the Tribeca Film Festival so I am hoping that she will make the journey to Cannes. I definitely picked three really chic looks for her to wear for her return to Cannes. Up first is an antique gold Christian Dior Spring 2019 Couture embroidered a-line gown which features a black tulle overlay and a sash tied waist. This look came from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s second presentation of the collection in Dubai where she added some of the best looks of the season. This simple and bohemian take on glamour is exactly what we expect from a Dior moment on the red carpet anymore, but done in a truly amazing way. I think that with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, dark red lips, a black Edie Parker ‘Jean’ croc embossed box clutch, black Gianvito Rossi patent and plexi sandals, and Chopard yellow diamond chandelier earrings that it would be perfect for Freida to wear in Cannes. Now while the Dior is glamorous and all I want to see a lot of light and bright colors in Cannes this year. So the other two looks I’ve picked for Freida to wear in Cannes this year are full of color. The first of those colorful looks is this flamingo pink Elie Saab Spring 2019 Couture flowing gown which features a strapless 3D floral feather embellished bustier bodice and a flowing skirt with a thigh high split. I can just picture this color being absolutely beautiful against Freida skin tone. Now I go back and forth on using the cape for Freida. On one hand it adds breezy drama to the look, but on the other chiffon capes often fall flat for me if they are tied at the neck and not attached to the gown itself. If they wanted to keep the length that the cape adds I think adding it to the skirt at the back under the floral details could work. I would finish this look with a sleek updo, soft smokey eyes, dark rose red lips, a pair of pink strappy Gucci crystal embellished sandals, and chic Chopard pink rubellitte, white quartz, pink sapphire, and diamond drop earrings to keep the feminine glamour of this look alive. The final look I’ve picked for Freida is one that I’ve designed. I was looking at the Prada Fall 2019 RTW trunkshow on Moda Operandi and I saw a Tiffany blue satin high waisted floral hip corsage pleated midi skirt and I thought it would be a great jumping point for a custom gown. Then I just had to think of a perfect bodice. I wanted a touch of sparkle and then I remembered a teal and aquamarine Prada crystal embellished box clutch from Fall 2014 collection and the idea just clicked. So I had Evita create this custom column gown which features a strapless half moon bustier and that high waisted column skirt for Freida to wear in Cannes. Freida has rocked a custom Prada look or two in her time on the red carpet and I definitely think that Prada is perfect designer for her to wear in Cannes this year. I think with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, light pink lips, the actual Prada crystal embellished clutch that inspired the bodice, a pair of light blue Prada translucent PVC sandals, and a selection of Chopard jewels including asscher cut diamond chandelier earrings and a paraiba tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring that Freida would definitely bring nothing but glamour to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Julianne Moore has been on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in her duties as a L’Orealista at the opening ceremony and second day of the festival for the last six years. Will she do so again this year? My bet is yes. I am always excited to see what Julianne wears in Cannes. She has made my Best Dressed of the Year list in 2015 thanks to her custom black feathered Armani Prive moment and looks from the last 3 years of the festival have been in my final round of consideration for Best Dressed of the Year, though they ultimately didn’t make the cut. I want to see Julianne deliver many major looks this year starting with a custom Celine gown. I cannot take credit for the idea for this black and gold art deco column gown which features an intricately embroidered bustier with a peak neckline and a fully beaded column skirt. I told Evita I wanted custom Celine and she went through the collections, searched for vintage, and created this gown. The moment I saw it I fell in love and I definitely feel like this is something that Heidi Slimane would create for a custom red carpet moment for someone like Julianne. Now it doesn’t have a big skirt or a long train, but I still think that it is the perfect look for Julianne to bring to life on this red carpet. It oozes old Hollywood glamour, but in a sexy and modern way. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark red lips, a pair of black Celine ‘Sharp’ strappy patent leather sandals, and gold set yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection teardrop chandelier earrings would all add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble. For the last four years Julianne has worn a Givenchy Couture creation for the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. Given the fact that she just feted Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller at the Time 100 Gala last month I would imagine that the partnership will continue again this year. It has been that Givenchy gown the last 3 years that has made my Best of Cannes list and has stayed in my mind for the Best Dressed of the Year list. That gown Julianne has worn from Givenchy the last several years has been custom designed for her, but instead of designing a custom gown for her to wear this year I fell in love with this silver Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture cap sleeve gown which features intricate beading and a fit to flare silhouette off the brands latest couture runway. I love this gown and honestly and surprised it wasn’t picked for Oscar night, but maybe it is because Julianne’s stylist Leslie Fremar had already called Givenchy and put it on hold for Cannes. It has this modern glamour that I know Julianne would deliver with effortless ease on the red carpet especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, silver mirrored leather Givenchy strappy slingback sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection ‘Magical Setting’ white diamond drop earrings. The final look I’ve picked for Julianne is the one I am most excited about. Aside from Givenchy a custom Louis Vuitton gown is a safe bet for Julianne to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I was thinking about what I wanted and was looking at details from the collections and other custom LV gowns me and Evita have dreamed ups and I came up with this emerald green fully beaded gown which features long sleeves, a plunging cowl neckline, an exposed velvet bustier inspired by the Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 RTW collection, and a column skirt with a small train. I love when Julianne, or pretty much any red head, wears green. The color against Julianne’s milky pink skin and her red hair would just POP. The gown should be the main focus of the look so I wanted to keep the styling relatively simple with a sleek side parted low ponytail, emerald green Gianvito Rossi ankle wrap knotted sandals, and a pair of statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection emerald and diamond drop earrings to definitely ensure that Julianne delivers another absolutely major fashion moment on this red carpet. I have been waiting to put Liya Kebede in a wish list because I got super busy the day I was going to post her and I just didn’t have time to write a paragraph on my choices for her. But that being said I LOVE what Liya brings to the red carpet. She doesn’t stick to the go big or go home mentality of Cannes, in fact more often than not her looks on the famed red carpet are actually cocktail mini or midi length instead of a floor length gown all together. She brings this effortless modern glamour to the red carpet and it is always a welcome change of pace when everyone is typically wearing voluminous ballgowns and multitude of yardage. So I have three very different looks for Liya to wear in Cannes this year starting with this sleek black sequined one sleeve draped Elie Saab Fall 2019 Couture gown which features a sash train draped from the shoulder and a thigh high split. The fact that this is an actual gown is already pretty much a departure for Liya and the sequins definitely make it even more of a stretch, but I think she would rock this gown, but in a very different way than someone like Hailee Steinfeld or Jennifer Lopez who I know would eye this gown. She would keep everything in regards to the styling relatively simple adding a sleek center parted low ponytail, defined eyes, matte nude lips, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Minimalist’ PVC detail strappy sandals, and adding some sparkle via a pair of simple Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and emerald drop earrings to really make this look fit Liya’s sense of style. Now for look two I went with an easy look I definitely think that Liya would shut the red carpet down wearing. I was looking at Saint Laurent for a mini dress for Liya, but when I saw this white loose fit tuxedo with a black cummerbund and strong shoulders I fell in love with the idea of her rocking it for Cannes. It isn’t very often we see a woman wearing a tuxedo on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but of all the L’Orealista’s I think that Liya is the one who could really sell one to us on this red carpet. I wouldn’t button the jacket or add a shirt to this look letting Liya use her model chops to bring this sexy yet masculine look to life. I would want to see her style this suit with a sleek center parted hairstyle, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of black Saint Laurent pointed toe pumps with crystal spheres studded down the heel, and a statement Chopard ‘The Garden of Kalahari’ diamond drop pendant collar necklace to really make this look the perfect meshing of modern and 70’s and femininity and masculinity. The final look I’ve picked for Liya is the only label I think is a lock that she would wear in Cannes this year. Liya is a muse to Pierpaolo Piccioli and so when I saw this drop waist floral midi gown from the Valentino Spring 2019 Couture collection which features bell cuffed long sleeves, and an a-line skirt I knew that it would be the perfect look for Liya to deliver the moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. A sleek low bun, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a gold velvet Roger Vivier ‘Club Chain’ clutch, and a pair of gold metallic leather Aquazzura ‘Purist’ sandals would allow for the dress to be the main focus of the look since the femininity of the dress is out of Liya’s typical style. Each look, while vastly different, would definitely ensure that Liya delivers her special brand of glamour. Finishing out today is Thai actress and model Praya Lundberg. I think that Praya is one of the most underrated L’Orealista’s. She typically delivers one big ballgown (from designers Rami Kadi and Michael Cinco in the past) and one sexy dress (historically by Julien Macdonald) in her time on the red carpet at the festival. I personally prefer her more dramatic ballgowns as they make a statement compared to seeing the same Julien Macdonald styles we see all the time. I actually decided not to pick a Julien Macdonald look for Praya for that exact reason. Instead the sleeker and sexier look I’ve picked for her to wear during her time in Cannes this years is this turquoise Elie Saab Spring 2019 RTW one sleeve sequined midi gown which features a sheath silhouette, bow detail on the hip, a wrap style skirt, and a thigh high split. I loved this dress as soon as I saw it and I am sad that it hasn’t been worn. Now given the fact that it is the season currently in stores makes the chances of seeing this gown on a red carpet very unlikely, but I think that Praya would deliver this gown in an incredibly chic manner on the Cannes red carpet especially if she pairs it with a sleek center parted hair tucked behind her ears, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of silver studded Christian Louboutin ‘Jamais Azzez’ PVC t-strap sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection amethyst and multicolor tourmaline drop earrings. Look two comes from the same designer that Praya wore last year, Michael Cinco. I have a feeling that L’Orealista’s are going to be drawn to the Dubai based couture line this year as he has garnered a lot of press and praise from stars wearing his designs in Cannes the last two years. He is always about the drama and that is exactly what is delivered in this red one shoulder gown from the Michael Cinco Fall 2018 Couture collection which features a feathered pouf on the shoulders, intricate crystal embellishment on the wist, a column skirt with a thigh high split, and a ball skirt with a dramatic train layered over it. Typically Araya sticks to dark colors or metallics, so this look would be a step into the world of bold color for Araya and I definitely think that she would shut the red carpet down wearing this bold design. Add a sleek updo, bold defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of red Rene Caovilla crystal embellished strappy sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby chandelier earrings would definitely continue to make sure Araya owns the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The final look I’ve chosen for Praya is the one that I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted to pick for Praya to wear in Cannes. 14 weeks ago when I posted my Rami Kadi Spring 2019 Couture collection red carpet wishes on my Instagram story I picked this gown for Praya and since it hasn’t yet been worn I am really excited to hopefully see her wearing this strapless 3D tinsel embellished ballgown. I definitely think that this gown is a major statement that there are only a few who could really sell it to me, and given her history of loving big gowns I really do believe that Praya is one of the few who could. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver Jimmy Choo ‘Fawne’ crisscross platform sandals, and simple Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond cluster earrings would allow this gown to be a major fashion moment for Praya to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.

Cannes 2018: L’Orealistas Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

The glamour of the Cannes Film Festival is unparalleled. Go big or go home. That is the mentality that stars bring to the red carpet. Last year there were so many beautiful moments on the red carpets at the festival that I was unable to narrow down my favorite looks to just 10. I ended up having 21 looks on that list and two of those looks ended up on my Best Dressed of the Year list! There is not event that can compare to the glamour of Cannes. No other festival has wall to wall stars on the red carpet just for the sake of adding glamour to the red carpet. That is what happens every single year when L’Oreal Paris sends their brand ambassadors known as L’Orealistas to walk the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals just to add drama and glamour to the red carpet. The young actress Aja Naomi King from How To Get Away With Murder and The Birth of a Nation was announced earlier this year as a face of L’Oreal and I am really intrigued to see what she will bring to the red carpets for her first Cannes Film Festival. I have never been the biggest fan of Aja’s style on the red carpet, but I know that she has the potential to really make me take notice of her. I think that Cannes has a way of changing a person. I used to say the same thing about Elle Fanning before her first Cannes. Now she constantly shuts down whatever red carpet she steps out on, and that is what I am hoping for from Aja. The first look I’ve picked for Aja is a gown I am really shocked no one snatched off the runway already. This melon yellow Carolina Herrera Spring 2018 RTW embroidered silk organza ball gown which features a straight strapless neckline, open bright blue ribbon-trimmed back, and a cathedral train is beautiful and dramatic, bold color and I just think that Aja would definitely be the bright spot on the red carpet. Usually in Cannes it’s a sea of gold, pink, white, black, silver, and blue on the red carpet so this bright, bold color would be a welcome change to that norm. I don’t want Aja to fade into the background, so I picked mostly big bold gowns. But I wanted one simpler silhouette too. I think that this cream Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture sheer chiffon and lace gown which features a pleated skirt, draped halter neckline, and a plunging neckline would be a really chic moment. It is light and glamorous and I think that it would be a really chic moment in between big ball gowns. I would hope that she would pair this gown with a dramatic updo and some really statement earrings to further the glamour of this look. The final look I picked for Aja is this dusty rose Zuhair Murad Fall 2017 Couture sheer floral beaded ball gown which features knotted details on the shoulders, a plunging neckline, and a silver leaf metal belt. It is the feminine glamour that I know that Aja could shut down a red carpet wearing and I think that she would definitely own this gown on one of the most famous red carpets in the world. Blake Lively always gives good glamour on the red carpet over the years we have seen her give sexy maternity mermaid in Atelier Versace, simple yet perfect edgy glam in custom Gucci, and major princess vibes in Vivienne Westwood Couture. I’m pretty positive that since she has talked about the hours of work that has gone into her Met Gala gown that Blake won’t take her usual perch on the Opening Ceremony red carpet, but I am praying that she will take the journey from Manhattan to the south of France to once again grace the Cannes red carpets with her signature glamour. Only one of Blake’s prior Cannes gowns has come off the runway and that was a really (in my opinion) ugly Chanel gown. It’s been her only Cannes flop, but a flop it was. I wonder if that is why she relies on custom designs. I would love to see Blake bring New York to Cannes wearing Oscar de la Renta this year. Blake has given great looks from Oscar and the brands creative director’s Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia’s own brand Monse on the red carpet. I think that Blake would most likely get them to make her a custom gown, but I do think that this red silk Oscar de la Renta gown which features a strapless rounded neckline, a fitted waist, a long length, a bow detail, flared hem, and a sweeping train would be a real femme fatale/Jessica Rabbit moment for Blake. The second look I’ve picked for Blake is from another of her favorite brands, Ralph & Russo. I really do think that Blake would deliver 40’s screen siren glamour wearing this antique rose satin Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture gown which features a sculpted off the shoulder neckline, a-line skirt, dramatic train, and a sexy split. When I saw this look come down the runway last July it was one of the gowns I knew I wanted to see on the Cannes red carpet and I started to think of the perfect person to bring it to life on the red carpet and I really do think that with some old Hollywood waves, a vintage inspired smokey eye, dark ruby red lips, a pair of nude crystal embellished Christian Louboutin ‘Degrastrass PVC ‘Lea Nue” pumps, and a statement diamond collar necklace that Blake would definitely own this red carpet moment. The final look I picked for Blake is a little more simpler in shape than she has worn in a long time. I think that Blake would take this gold pleated chiffon Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture gown which features a caped back, asymmetrical neckline, and crystal red rose embellishments on the bodice and make it another old Hollywood glam moment. Lara Stone has a look. She gives this tough take on glamour and I always look forward to seeing what she will wear on the Cannes red carpets. Last year she hit a personal best wearing custom Balmain for the Cannes celebration of the Balmain x L’Oreal collection and Chanel Couture for the amfAR Cannes Gala. I am really excited to see what she will bring this year. I did go back to Balmain for this year and this black beaded Balmain 44 François Premiere long sleeve column gown which features a crew neck and sheer diagonal stripes is definitely the perfect edgy moment for her to rock on this red carpet. I might be pretty much over Balmain and sheer details but I think that Lara would definitely add the glamour to this edgy design on the Cannes red carpet. For the second look I picked for Lara I delved into the Chanel Couture archive picking this white Chanel Fall 2004 Couture halter gown. It is sleek and elegant and I definitely think that Lara would be the perfect person to walk into Uncle Karl’s atelier and pull this gown out of the archive. There are going to be a lot of Chanel this year I think, but pulling this gown out of the archive would be a really chic moment. Vera Wang has never had a major Cannes moment and I feel like Lara would be the perfect person to bring the brand to the red carpet wearing this black Vera Wang Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a structured peplum tuxedo inspired vest bodice and a tulle ball skirt. It is the perfect mesh of edge and glamour to really make for a chic moment on this years Cannes red carpet. I had a huge ‘Who’s That Girl’ moment during last years Cannes Film Festival with Thai actress Praya Lundberg. She gave expected glamour in Julien Macdonald, and then really wowed in Rami Kadi Couture and I am really excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet this year. She loves equally simple sexy shapes and big dramatic silhouettes and I am really excited to see which silhouettes she chooses this year. She has yet to have a really major a-list couture moment and I feel like what better place than the Cannes Film Festival red carpet to have that moment? I would love to see Praya own her first major couture gown wearing this black Armani Prive Spring 2009 Couture strapless column gown with a dramatic organza tulle train. I really can’t believe it’s been more than nine years since this gown was first presented and it has never been worn. This gown is dramatic and glamorous and I think it would be the perfect gown for Praya to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I went back to another gown from Rami Kadi for Praya to rock this year, and I think that she would totally love this sexy black and purple ombré sequin Rami Kadi Capsule Couture Spring 2018 column gown which features a column silhouette, sweetheart neckline, and thick straps. This is the sexy side of Praya and I think that she would definitely make this a statement look among all of the big ball gowns and dramatic trains of the festival. I would love to think that Praya would also own the red carpet wearing this cream Ziad Nakad Spring 2018 Couture tired feather embellished ball gown. It gives me the same drama as the Rami Kadi gown last year, but in another new designer for the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Winnie Harlow owned the Cannes Film Festival red carpet last year wearing a statement electric blue Zuhair Murad Couture ball gown. I didn’t pick a look with statement colors this year, but instead opting for drama through construction. The first look I picked for Winnie is probably my favorite. This black Alexander McQueen Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a structured poufy ruffle blouse, sheer skirt, and a feathered hem is absolutely beautiful for the Cannes red carpet. Drama and edge are things that I want to see Winnie wearing some real statement gowns and I think that if anyone could sell it to me that it would be Winnie. We have recently seen Winnie front row at several Dior shows and that would lead me to believe that one of the gowns that Winnie will wear during her time at this years festival will be from the storied couture house. I think that Winnie would be the perfect person to wear this white sheer Christian Dior Spring 2018 Couture one shoulder gown would be a really chic moment from Winnie. I would probably want to see this gown lined for the red carpet, but then again I feel like it would bring down the ease and lightness of this gown. I would believe that Winnie would have access to the perfect undergarments to really give the sheerness of this gown the perfect light and airy moment on the red carpet. The final look I picked for Winnie is a simple and structured look via this black Mugler crepe column gown which features a sweetheart neck, oversized padded shoulders, long sleeves, fitted, darts at front and back, and a sexy slit. A structured glam moment would definitely make a chic moment with some diamond and emerald jewels from the 2018 Chopard Green Carpet Collection including a pair of fringe earrings and a simple collar necklace and a pair of strappy black sandals would all add to the glamour of this look.

The 2018 Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday May 8, 2018 and will run through Saturday May 19, 2018.