Cannes 2017: Opening Ceremony & “Ismael’s Ghosts” Photocall & Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

It is now time for me to jump into my premiere wishes for the 2017 Cannes Film Festival. This years edition kicks off next Wednesday May 17, 2017 and I am very excited for the opening ceremony which will include the out of competition screening of Ismael’s Ghosts. Between the cast, juries, the mistress of ceremonies, L’Oreal ambassadors (we know that Deepika Padukone will make her debut at the opening ceremony,) and distinguished guests there is the possibility for many major red carpet moments at the festivals opening. Charlotte Gainsbourg is one of the stars of Ismael’s Ghosts and is no stranger to the famous steps at the Palais de Festivals. I looked back at Charlotte’s past red carpet moments at the festival and there has not been one single look of hers that I have even remotely liked. Charlotte isn’t necessarily one of my favorites but I do appreciate her more laid back rocker glam approach to red carpet dressing. I wonder what she will bring to the red carpet next week as she promotes Ismael’s Ghosts at the festival. Ahead of the premiere the cast will gather on the balcony overlooking the French Riviera for a photocall before ushering inside for a press conference. For these moments we see very elevated casual looks. For the Ismael’s Ghosts photocall and press conference I went to Charlotte’s good friend Nicolas Ghesquière and his Fall 2017 RTW collection for Louis Vuitton. In her past all of her looks have been created by Nicolas Ghesquière whether from his tome at Balenciaga or his current tenure at Louis Vuitton. I think that this ensemble which features a sleeveless geometric sequined tank and grey ankle length trousers would be in tune with Charlotte’s style and that she would wear the look from head to toe. I don’t fight it with Charlotte ,she is a brand ambassador through and through and I figure that will be case come Cannes. I branched out of the Ghesquière/Vuitton box that Charlotte has put herself into for the premiere. Charlotte was front row at the Saint Laurent Fall 2017RTW collection presentation during Paris Fashion Week I am hoping that she will pull something from the line to wear for the premiere. For the location and time of year I think that this brown leather halter gown which features a daring side split and a ruffled detail at the neck this look is totally inappropriate, but I know that won’t matter to Charlotte. I think that she would definitely make this a look for the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. I don’t think that Louis Vuitton will be from any of Charlotte’s look. I would think that a gold Louis Vuitton ‘Petite Malle’ clutch and a pair of gold sandals that this gown would be ready for the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. Like Charlotte, Marion Cotillard is also no stranger to the Cannes Film Festival. Unlike Charlotte when it comes to her past there has been a lot more good than bad. We usually see Marion save her Dior ambassador duties for the premiere, chic I love. We get to see Marion break out of the Dior umbrella and show some love to some of her other favorite designers. For the Ismael’s Ghosts photocall I would love it if Marion went for this romantic black floral embroidered lace Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 RTW silk dress which features a crew neckline, full length sleeves, and a flared hem. For a fall dress this look is still light airy enough to be sustained in the outdoor photocall arena of the Cannes Film Festival. Following that I am back on the Dior train for Marion, but in a very high glam manner. This navy blue velvet and black tulle Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture ball gown which featured a pleated hem and a plunging neckline is something that I can see being right up Marion’s ally. This gown speaks to the glamour of days gone by with the design evoking the early days of Dior and Charles James and I think that for the opening ceremony premiere of Ismael’s Ghosts at the Cannes Film Festival. With a 50’s inspired updo, lined eye, red lip, black sandals, and a pair of dazzling diamond cluster earrings this would be one of those looks that I remember through the course of the festival when it comes time to create my best of Cannes list.I always try to get excited about seeing Alba Rohrwacher on the red carpet because I think that with ties to labels like Miu Miu, Valentino, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Schiaparelli. Most of the time I am really underwhelmed by the hair and makeup choices that Alba wears with her gorgeous couture looks on the carpet. I am hoping that with the expectations of being part of the opening film on her that we finally get a really glam moment from Alba. I do love that she is always apologetically her. For the photocall for Ismael’s Ghosts I went a little out of Alba’s standard lane with this multicolored Gucci Fall 2017 RTW long sleeve floral midi dress. I think that this dress is far enough out of Alba’s comfort zone to be something eye catching but in it enough to make a wow statement but still in that bohemian style that is within her wheelhouse. With the look being so far out of her comfort zone I can get on board with her standard barely there hair and makeup. For the premiere I went to Valentino Couture and this beige embellished tulle cape gown from the Spring 2017 Couture collection. This gown is much more in Alba’s comfort zone but I think that it would be so chic and glamorous for her to bring to life on the red carpet. Since I let her go with her comfort zone with the look I want to see Alba style her hair into a sleek style, adding a lined eye and red lip to make this a killer moment. Finishing this look with a pair of gold sandals and diamond cluster earrings would make this a truly magical red carpet moment for the Cannes opening.I cannot wait to see what this years jury is going to bring to the red carpets of the Cannes Film Festival. I would love it if Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who is on the international feature film jury, went back to her tradition of wearing a custom gown in a traditional Chinese motif on the red carpet at the opening ceremony this year. It was in one of those traditional gowns seven years ago that we were first introduced to Fan Bingbing and since then she has done nothing but captivated us with gorgeous red carpet moments. I went to a Chinese couturier to pick the perfect gown for Fan to wear on the red carpet at this years opening ceremony. I think that this white Laurence Xu ball gown which features dramatic sheer sleeves and black bamboo embroidery would be a gorgeous way for Fan to kick off this years edition. This may not be the bold prints of the dragon robe or cranes gowns that Fan has worn in the past, but still subtlety her home in a perfectly grand way for the Cannes carpet. I think that adding a dazzling diamond necklace, silver sandals, a chic updo, red lip, and a pair of diamond cluster earrings would make this look perfection.I am super excited to see what Jessica Chastain will be bring to the red carpet over the course of her tenure as a member of the international feature film jury this year. For the opening ceremony I went with the biggest gown that Jessica would have ever worn. With the motto of Cannes being go big or go home I think that Jessica would slay the red carpet at the opening ceremony wearing this cream Giambattista Valli Fall 2015 Couture ruffled ballgown which features a black strapless neckline and waist. The last, and really only, really major moment from Giambattista Valli on the red carpet at Cannes was when Diane Kruger wore the label for the opening of the 2012 Cannes Film Festival and I think that Jessica could deliver another major moment for the brand this year. I know that it is a very out there choice for Jessica because of how bold of a style that it is, but I know that she has the presence to really make a major moment out of this gown on the Cannes red carpet. I can already see the pictures of Jessica walking up the steps of the Palais with this trailing down the steps behind her. I would finish this look with a pair of strappy black sandals, emerald earrings, a chic updo, lined eye, and a light pink lip to really make this a really major red carpet moment.As the Mistress of Ceremonies we will not see Monica Bellucci on the red carpet ahead of the ceremony. The first look at Monica’s look will come when she steps out on the stage inside to host the opening ceremony. I was on Instagram a few weeks ago and I saw this minty blue Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda pleated gown which features a portrait neckline, flowing skirt, and long sleeves on the runway when the label presented a couture collection in Japan. Monica was the first person that I thought of when I saw how this gown moved down the runway. I am hoping that the Italian model and actress will not exclusively wear black Dolce looks over the course of the festival and with looks like this from her favorite label I see no reason why she would. Finishing the look with a dazzling diamond necklace, loose waves, a smokey eye, light pink lip & silver pumps that this would be a perfect look for Monica to wear opening this years festival.The Un Certain Regard section of the festival which Uma Thurman is presiding over traditionally opens on the second day of the festival, but we usually see the jury attend the festivals opening ceremony guests the night before. I am hoping to see some really gorgeous look from Uma on the red carpet at Cannes and for the opening ceremony I would love to see Uma step out wearing this light pink Atelier Versace Spring 2017 Couture column gown which features halter neck, embellished lace, and pleated chiffon draping on the skirt. It will take someone with the statuesque beauty of Uma to really make this gown come to life on the red carpet and I do believe that she would more than make this gown a major moment. To finish this look I would add a gold sandal, sleek updo, lined eye, light pink lip, and diamond cluster earrings would really make this one of my favorite looks from Uma ever.

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