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.