2017 AFI Fest Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

The 2017 AFI Fest is just around the corner and I am hoping that all of the stars who have films screening at this years festival make the trip to LA for this years edition. I have to say that after a few years of low star power in the films screening at the festival and I am praying that the major star power that is slated for this years festival will make for some really great couple of days for this festival. The Shape of Water is one of the special screenings at this years AFI Fest and I have to say that I am not really sure if I am excited about this premiere or not. I used to get excited about Octavia Spencer, but recently she hasn’t given me anything to get excited about. For the Venice and Toronto Film Festival premieres of The Shape of Water Octavia wore short, cap sleeve, peplum Tadashi Shoji cocktail dresses. Tadashi has always been Octavia’s go to brand, but lately it has seemed like she keeps wearing variations on the same dresses all the time. For the Variety Women in Hollywood luncheon we saw Octavia step away from Tadashi and wear a chic Laura Basci suit and I thought that expanding her designer repertoire would be the way to get her out of the rut she is in. I think that this chic black velvet Theia Fall 2017 RTW fit to flare midi dress which features a rise and fall hemline and embellished cap sleeves would definitely be a beautiful look for Octavia to wear on the AFI Fest red carpet. The dress is very simple and I don’t think that it will make any major best dressed lists, but it would go down as a very chic moment on the red carpet especially when styled with a chic updo, smokey eye, red lip, simple diamond drop earrings, a black Judith Leiber Couture velvet coffered rectangle box clutch, and a pair of black Rachel Zoe ‘Hayworth’ crystal embellished pumpsWhen I saw that In The Fade was in the World Cinema selection at this years AFI Fest I got really excited. Everyone that reads this blog regularly will know that Diane Kruger ranks as one of my favorite stars to see on a red carpet. Recently Diane has broken her streak of not working with a stylist and had help picking her wardrobe from power stylist Micaela Erlanger (who also dresses Lupita Nyong’o, Michelle Dockery, Ana de Armas, and Meryl Streep.) I loved that Diane used to pick out her own wardrobe, and very little of it ever ended on my worst dressed list. For the AFI Fest I went back to couture (which I have said isn’t a very likely thing to see on these red carpets) and this very chic green and silver beaded tweed Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 Couture mini suit which evokes a mesh of style icons like Jackie O and Twiggy. I think that Diane would really shut the red carpet down wearing this very flirty and classic look that still screams uber sex appeal at the same time. Adding a black Mark Cross small ‘Grace’ box bag, a finger wave hairstyle, smokey eye, glossy nude lip, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Douce du Desert’ ribbon ankle wrap pumps all would make this the perfect 60’s inspired moment for Diane on the AFI Fest red carpet.As I was going down the list of films that are screening in the World Cinema selection at this years festival I was shocked to see that Isabelle Huppert is going to be the busiest star this year as she has three films to promote. I went into this year just barely knowing anything about Isabelle and her style and now she has become one of my favorite stars to see on the red carpet. I really do hope that Isabelle makes the journey to LA for the AFI Fest to promote her films Happy End, Claire’s Camera, and Madame Hyde. So knowing that Isabelle has three films going for her I went and found three looks I really want to see her wearing on the red carpet. The first look I went to is couture. Chanel is a brand that Isabelle has only worn for some of the more laid back events this year, but I know she has worn Chanel Couture in the past. I definitely think that this grey Chanel Spring 2017 Couture long sleeve tiered cocktail dress which features silver metallic embellishment and a wide silver belted waist is something right up Isabelle’s ally. It is a little more frilly than most of the looks that Isabelle has worn this year and I think that for this red carpet that would be a great option. With a chic old Hollywood wave hairstyle, dark rose lips, and a pair of silver Christian Louboutin ‘Twistissima Strass’ strappy pumps I think that this would be a beautiful and glamorous moment for the AFI Fest red carpet. Changing directions I went to a much more bohemian look for Isabelle. This rust brown Chloe Spring 2018 RTW velvet, horse printed suit which features wide lapels and a belted waist gives distinct 70’s vibes, and when Isabelle gives 70’s vibes that she would ooze bohemian elegance. I would keep this look very chic with a cream chiffon pussy bow blouse, tousled waves, a pair of brown Christian Louboutin ‘Pigalle Plato’ nappa pumps, and a rust lip. Finally I went down the road of vintage. I have been really loving a lot of vintage on the red carpets this year so when I was thinking of beautiful looks for Isabelle to wear on the red carpet at the AFI Fest I thought that a vintage moment would be a great idea. So I went searching through pictures I have saved from vintage retailers and thought that this black silk Lanvin Haute Couture cocktail dress from 1938 which features beautiful embellished cuffs would be such an elegant moment on the red carpet for Isabelle. While the dress is still very simple in terms of a little black dress I think that keeping the styling simple would be the best option. Chic waves, a bold red lip, winged eyeliner, black Christian Louboutin ‘Actina’ cutout suede pumps, and a pair of diamond and onyx Chanel Haute Jewelry fringe earrings all would finish off this final look perfectly. Juliette Binoche and Isabelle Huppert share a stylist so I am sure that with the announcement of so many moments running through his head right now I am sure that he will be quite busy over the next few weeks prepping for the AFI Fest. Juliette’s film Bright Sunshine In is screening in the World Cinema selection and I am hoping that she will step out on the red carpet. I went to this gorgeous navy blue Givenchy Spring 2018 RTW silk suit which has a subtle tone on tone zebra print because I think that if anyone can pull it off in a chic manner. I would ditch the belt bag that defined the waist on the runway just making it feel a little less structured than it does on the runway. Adding a pair of metallic grey Jimmy Choo ‘Romy’ pumps, sleek hair, smokey eyes, and nude lip all would ensure that Juliette has a gorgeous moment on the red carpet. Kate Winslet lends her voice to the Anime Mary & the Witch’s Flower which has been added to the Youth and Family Programing selection at this years AFI Fest. I honestly don’t expect her to make an appearance at the films screening because it seems like she holds a very small role in this film. We have just seen Kate in her standard fitted pencil dresses and gowns this year, but I went for something I think would be just as great. This maroon Gabriela Hearst Resort 2018 draped coat dress is something that I think would be a totally major moment for Kate. It would be a double whammy of surprise taking her out of her black and white comfort zone and out of her signature pencil dresses. I think that having variation is the key to having major moments on the red carpet and I think that this would deliver just that. Paired with loose old Hollywood waves, a simple defined eye, a matte pink lip, and a pair of oxblood red Saint Laurent ‘Anja’ pumps Kate would definitely have a red carpet win on her hands.

The 2017 AFI Fest opens November 9, 2017 and runs through November 16, 2017. 

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