Cannes 2018: L’Orealistas Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

Every year to me the most coveted job at the Cannes Film Festival is the L’Orealista. L’Oreal Paris is one the the sponsors of Cannes and they send all the the lovely ladies who represent the brand to walk the red carpet just to “add glamour.” From a-list Hollywood actress, to stars from Bollywood, China, and Brazil, star models, and fashion influencers we are always looking forward to the really major moments that come down the red carpet thanks to these lovely ladies. Last year my 21 of the Best Red Carpet Looks from the 2017 Cannes Film Festival list featured 8 looks that were from L’Orealistas.Aishwarya Rai owned the red carpets last year, as she usually does. Both of her red carpet looks from last year made my Best of Cannes list, and the red Ralph & Russo Ball gown was actually on my wish list for her to wear last year. I didn’t have the same gasping “Aishwarya needs to wear that” moment as I was perusing the collections this year, but I’ve picked gorgeous looks for her none the less. I went to the same designer that Aishwarya wore for the 2016 L’Oreal Paris India ‘Cannes Collection’ launch ahead of that years festival, Azzi & Osta. Aishwarya does drama on this red carpet whenever she steps onto the red carpet and I think that she would definitely own the red carpet wearing this antique rose Azzi & Osta Spring 2018 Couture off the shoulder sculpted draped gown which features burgundy vine embroidery around the waist, feather details, a column skirt, and a dramatic tulle ballgown. This is one of those gowns where I don’t think that Aishwarya would own the red carpet wearing this gown. Following that I picked a really gorgeous light blue Georges Chakra Spring 2018 Couture ruffled mermaid gown. Aishwarya has never worn Georges Chakra on a red carpet, but she did do a web chat for L’Oreal in 2016 wearing a Georges Chakra Couture gown (that is the definition of the Cannes go big or go home mantra.) I think that while this isn’t a big ball gown like we are used to seeing Aishwarya rock on the red carpet, but the sculpted drama of this gown would make for another beautiful moment on for the Bollywood beauty. Finally for Aishwarya I wanted to pick a tradition Indian design. She usually wears at least one sari while she presents herself at Cannes and I think that she would be beautiful with this wine and gold floral embroidered Gaurav Gupta silk georgette sari would be a really gorgeous moment for Aishwarya. Usually Aishwarya wears the very heavily beaded sari’s on the red carpet, so this simpler style would be a really beautiful change of pace. Italian supermodel Bianca Balti is one who I either love or loathe on this red carpet. She definitely knows how to do drama like the blue Alberta Ferretti gown she wore in 2016, but she was a crumpled mess in Dolce & Gabbana last year. I went back to the three designers that Bianca wears the most often. For the first look I went to Alberta Ferretti and this red strapless gown which features a tiered pleated construction and strapless neckline from the Limited Edition Spring 2018 collection. The gown as presented was chic, but I would want to see the train lengthened to have a dramatic train. The red carpet at the Palais de Festivals can handle a whole lot of drama and I think that with the train that she would definitely own this look on the red carpet. Following that I went deep into the Chanel archives. I discovered this royal blue Chanel Fall 2001 Couture beaded fringe flapper inspired gown about a year ago. I didn’t find that anyone has worn this gown before, and I definitely feel like Bianca would be the perfect person to take this gown out of the archives and give it a really chic moment on the red carpet. The final look I have is probably the most likely. Bianca is a good friend and face of Dolce & Gabbana and I was searching for the perfect look from the brand when I they showed their latest Alta Moda collection in New York City. When I saw this black gown which features silver crystal beaded stars, feathered sleeves, rounded neckline, and trumpet silhouette Bianca in Cannes was one of the first names to come to mind and I definitely thing that all of these gowns would be really beautiful moments for the model to bring to the red carpet. Last year was the first time that Elle Fanning attended the Cannes Film Festival as a L’Orealista and she did so in high style. In just gowns Elle shut it down in custom Vivienne Westwood, Christian Dior Couture, the most coveted Gucci, and custom Rodarte. She wore so many looks that she could have been the whole best dressed at Cannes list herself, and I am praying that she will once again shut it down this year. I had the hardest time picking gowns for Elle because there were so many looks that I want to see her rock on the red carpet. I sent around a bunch of looks to friends and these are the ones that had the most consensus of which she would wear. First is a really beautiful blush pink Giambattista Valli Spring 2018 Couture off the shoulder gown which seems to be the perfect meshing of French Empire and Greek Goddess gown. Elle doesn’t wear a whole lot of flowy gowns, but I think that if done perfectly that this would be a really gorgeous moment for Elle. It should be worn on a day where the sea breeze is very minimal to none. The most dramatic and avant garde look I picked for Elle is this purple ombré Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture gown. I saw this gown come down the runway last July and immediately said that it would be saved for Cannes. I went back and forth on which girl I wanted to see wearing this gown on the red carpet, and while Elle wasn’t the first person I thought of she is the person who I think could see rock it with the most grace, elegance, and glamour. While most of Elle’s Cannes looks have been really light I went a darker route with the final gown I picked for her to rock this year. I think that she would look absolutely beautiful wearing this Valentino Fall 2018 RTW gown which features a black velvet bodice with a plunging neckline and a beautiful large poppy print skirt. The dark romanticism of this gown is something that I can totally picture Elle selling to me on the red carpet and I definitely think that its a sure statement. Julianne Moore always gives a major moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. She gives edge, glamour, and drama all meshed together like many of the others don’t. I always have high expectations for her and she almost always hits the mark. In her Cannes L’Orealista duties in the past Julianne has pretty much stuck to two designers, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and Louis Vuitton. She has worn Givenchy every year for the past three years and each one has been gorgeous. From ruby velvet to beaded cobras to a feathered mermaid gown each of Julianne’s gowns from Givenchy has been on a Best of Cannes list and all have come really close to being on Best Dressed of the Year lists. Her Louis Vuitton looks on the other hand haven’t fared as well. I loved the feathered stripe skirt gown she wore in 2015, but the car-wash pleat gown in 2016 was terrible and her black circle sequined dress last year was just blah. For her looks this year I went down a path of drama, edge, and glamour starting with vintage. There has been a major resurgence of vintage on the red carpet recently and I wonder if that will make it’s way to Cannes. I think that if anyone could take this nude tone vintage Balenciaga sleeveless a-line gown made of a silk organza encrusted with ostrich feathers of the same tone from 1967 would be a really chic moment for Julianne. The cocoon gown is definitely really dramatic and not many could make it work, but if anyone could sell it to me that it would be Julianne. I did keep Julianne in Givenchy, but under the new creative director Clare Waight Keller. I would love to see her take this champagne beaded sleeveless Givenchy Fall 2018 RTW midi gown which features a fringed bodice and have it customized to be a floor length gown. I think that this would be another gorgeous Givenchy moment for Julianne to bring to the Cannes red carpet. It isn’t as dramatic as some of the other Givenchy gowns she has worn, but I really do think that it would be really beautiful and fun moment. The last look I picked is definitely edgy with this black Valentino Pre-Fall 2018 midi gown which features a draped cape construction and sequin dots. This is again not the typical look that we are used to seeing from Julianne on this red carpet but I think that with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of strappy black sandals, and a pair of statement earrings that this would be yet another great moment for one of my favorite red carpet red heads. Rounding out this first set of L’Orealista wishes for this years red carpet is Spanish actress Paz Vega. I know that in the past Paz has owned red carpets at Cannes, but it has been a really long time. I know that she has the potential to really blow me away in the most glamorous way possible, and I would love to see her really own the red carpets this year. My first wish for Paz is a gown that I’m not entirely sure will ever be worn. I think that Paz would look beautiful wearing this dusty rose to black beaded ombré strapless Armani Prive Spring 2018 Couture gown, but it was the source of inspiration for Sally Hawkins Oscars gown, but I think that if anyone could take the runway version and sell it to me on a red carpet it would be Paz. Following that I went for a really glam look with this ivory and gold Elie Saab Spring 2018 Couture halter gown which features a plunging neckline, column silhouette, and a chic train attached at the hip. Sometimes I feel like Paz goes for more edgy designs and she gets lost in them. Its when she executes these really glamorous looks perfectly that I fall in love with her again. I always think back to 2012 when Paz topped by Best Dressed of the Year list wearing a Stephane Rolland gown in Cannes that I always try to put a gown from the couturier in my wishes for her to rock in Cannes. Instead of a new gown I decided to go back into the brands archive and pick this bronze silk Stephane Rolland Spring 2010 Couture strapless mermaid gown which features pleated construction, a belted waist, and an asymmetrical flared hem. This is really a beautiful gown and I think that Paz would pick the perfect jewels to really make this dramatic gown even more of a statement for the Cannes red carpet.

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


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