Today I have two sets of wishes for the L’Orealistas who are tasked with adding glamour to the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. My first set of wishes today is chock full of the ladies who really make my heart start to race. They embody the go big or go home mentality of the festival and I am always looking forward to seeing what they are going to bring to life on those famed steps. Last year Thai actress Araya A. Hargate redefined what maternity style is on the Cannes red carpets wearing statement gowns from Ralph & Russo, Zuhair Murad, Olivier Theyskens, Alexis Mabille, and Giambattista Valli Couture. She started the festival strong and kept her magic going with every red carpet that she stepped onto during the festival. I am really excited to see what she has in store for us this year. I had so many options that I honestly had a really hard time narrowing down to just three options. In fact as I was writing this list I changed my mind yet again. I definitely kept the go big or go home mentality alive picking three major ballgowns for Araya to bring to life on this years red carpets. First is this teal ombre Marchesa Fall 2018 RTW layered ruffled tulle ballgown which features an off the shoulder neckline, a fitted bodice, and a full skirt. Something tells me that after almost a half a year being shunned by the Hollywood elite that May will see the return of Marchesa to the red carpets and I honestly think that Araya is the perfect person to bring this dramatic and glamorous gown to life on the red carpet. The second gown I picked for Araya I had to put on an Instagram poll. This pink orchid inspired Moschino Spring 2018 RTW gown was actually worn back in February by Italian television hostess, actress, model and singer Michelle Hunziker while she was hosting the Sanremo Music Festival. It was a pretty split return on whether or not rerunning this gown at the Cannes Film Festival would have been a hit or a faux pas, ultimately I decided that I think that on Araya it would be quite a different moment and that if anyone could sell a more costume-y gown like this on the festivals red carpet that she would be the one to do it. Finally I picked a chic Ralph & Russo gown which features a black strapless velvet bustier and a white textured rose ball skirt with a high low hem. Araya usually snatches a Ralph & Russo gown up for the Cannes red carpet and I definitely think that this really glamorous gown is the perfect moment from the brand for her to bring to life on the red carpet. She could also very likely snatch the purple gown I want to see Elle Fanning bring to life on this years red carpet. Whatever Araya decides to wear on this years festival red carpets I am sure that she will bring bring the major glamWhen Cheryl Cole first started to make the rounds at the Cannes Film Festival she always wowed me in designs from brands like Stephane Rolland, Versace, and Roberto Cavalli Couture and that set a high bar for the glamour I expect from her. So the gowns from Monique Lhuillier, Zuhair Murad, and Naeem Khan that she has wore in more recent years haven’t lived up to the glamour that I have come to expect from Cheryl. She tends to only do one night in Cannes and I am hoping that after skipping the festival following the recent birth of her son last year that Cheryl will be back on the red carpets this year with some really strong looks that put her back on the top of the Cannes fashion game. I went shopping the runways for the perfect gowns for Cheryl to wear this year. I tend to think that she gives her best moments when she mixes classic and modern glamour and I tried to embody that in all of my wishes. I definitely think that this black velvet Armani Prive Fall 2016 Couture ball gown which features a structured strapless bustier bodice and a tiered skirt is that perfect meshing of classic and modern glam and I just know that Cheryl has the presence to really make this gown come to life on the red carpet. On the more modern side of the spectrum of my wishes for Cheryl is my second wish for her to rock. This white Georges Chakra Spring 2018 Couture gown which features and iridescent sequined cap sleeve bodice and an asymmetrical ruffled mermaid hem with sheer panels is definitely a sleek, yet flirty modern glam moment and it kinda reminds me of the styles that Cheryl used to wear when she really wowed me on the Cannes red carpet. The sequined tulle bodice is a little sheer so all the right undergarments are going to be required to ensure there are no visible undergarments, nipples, crotch, and preferably no visible bellybutton like there was on the runway. If Cheryl can execute that perfectly I definitely think that she would have one of my favorite festival moments in this design. The final gown I picked for Cheryl falls on the flirty and feminine side of glamour. Cheryl has never worn a ball gown on the Cannes red carpet, and I do think that blush pink Ralph & Russo Spring 2018 Couture strapless peplum gown is a really perfect moment for her to finally deliver that typical Cannes go big or go home moment on that famed red carpet. Helen Mirren was named a L’Orealsita in 2014, and since then she has only attended Cannes as a L’Orealista once in 2016 wearing a simple Jacques Azagury tea length gown. I love Helen and I love her style so I really want to see her own the red carpet at this years festival wearing some of the most beautiful gowns. Helen definitely knows how to bring her own level of sex appeal and glamour to the red carpet. The first look I have here for Helen is probably the most out there. I have gone back and forth on my feeling about this black lace and nude tulle Givenchy Spring 2018 Couture long sleeve, a-ling gown which features an asymmetrical layered skirt, defined waist, and strong shoulders. Something about this gown screams Helen, but also I’m not sure if the proportions are 100% right for her. I want to say that this would be a really epic moment, but I know that would totally be dependent on perfect tailoring. The second look I picked for Helen is much more of a classic Helen look, but in a bright bold color. While we usually see Helen wearing white and ivory or black and navy I think that she would look absolutely phenomenal wearing this red Marchesa Pre-Fall 2018 lace and satin gown which gown features a high rounded neckline, semi sheer bodice with 3D organza and lace petals, a dramatic bow on the back, a ball skirt, and long lace sleeves. Rounding out this list is another new designer for Helen to rock on the Cannes red carpet, Stephane Rolland. I have long felt that Stephane Rolland is perfectly suited for the Cannes red carpet. They both have a certain level of drama and glamour and his gowns usually make my best dressed at the festival list. I definitely think that Helen would have one of her best red carpet moments with this black Stephane Rolland Spring 2015 Couture long sleeve, tea length ball gown which features a high squared neckline and tuck draped skirt. While I tend to find black gowns boring and falling to the side of color and texture, but sometimes gowns like this come up and I really think that Helen would sell this gown to me on the red carpet. I am really excited to see what Helen has in store for this years festival. Supermodel Liya Kebede isn’t really a gown girl. Over the years she has mostly worn short dresses from edgy brands like Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Roberto Cavalli, and Proenza Schouler. Though she has worn some cool gowns from Haider Ackermann and Roberto Cavalli as well. I went down a route of picking the perfect short and midi dresses, and one gown, for Liya to wear on the Cannes red carpets this year. Up first is the shortest, and edgiest, of the dresses I have picked for Liya. I love a good feather moment on the red carpet and I definitely believe that Liya would sell this black Alberta Ferretti Fall 2018 silk feather mini dress which features an illusion v-neckline and long sleeves to me on the red carpet. I would usually only save a dress like this for the red carpet at a regular movie premiere or party, but if anyone can compete with a couture ball gown wearing this dress on a Cannes premiere red carpet Liya would be the one to make me fall in love. Speaking of a look I would never pick for anyone but Liya for a Cannes premiere is this black and white Paco Rabanne Fall 2018 RTW ensemble which features a nautical stripe cap sleeve midi t-shirt dress which is layered under a silver chain mail slip dress. This is yet another example of a look that on anyone else I would ask what are they thinking, but on Liya I would definitely buy it. The final look I’ve picked for Liya is one that is much more in tune with typical Cannes expectations. I love the simple silhouette of this long sleeve Valentino Spring 2018 Couture floral embroidered gown which features a ruffled neck and cuffs, a sheer bodice, and a contrast skirt and I think that the easy glam of this look would make it a really beautiful gown moment for Liya to bring to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Rounding out today is one of the queens of the Cannes Film Festival red carpets, Sonam Kapoor. Over the last two years Sonam has stuck to a series of gowns by the same designer for her red carpet appearances. Last year she rocked the red carpets exclusively in Elie Saab Couture with pink chiffon cape sleeves and gold palm embroidery and the year before she was exclusively in Ralph & Russo with a 3D floral cape and a dramatic white sari inspired gown. I went down a while gambit of gowns for Sonam, but honestly I decided to go outside of all of her normal brands and pick dramatic gowns that I feel like only she would sell me on this red carpet. The first is a 40’s inspired Sebastian Gunawan Spring 2018 Couture gown which features puffy sleeves, lace bodies, a gold column skirt, and a dramatic crinoline train. I found the Sebastian Gunawan label earlier this year by accident. This collection came up on auto play after I watched the Paolo Sebastian Spring 2018 Couture show and I was totally captivated. I saw so many beautiful gowns and I would love to see Hollywood (and beyond) stylists discover the brand and embrace it on the red carpet. Sonam knows how to deliver dramatic glamour on the red carpet and that is exactly what this gown is. I know she would go full theme with the beauty look too which would make it just that much more of a glamorous moment. In the past we have seen Sonam rock the red carpet in Cannes wearing a design that really represents her homeland of India. Instead of the typical Sari this year I decided to pick a dramatic gown from and Indian based designer. So on a hunt I went. The moment I saw this pale pink Shriya Som off the shoulder gown which features a sheer asymmetrical tiered ruffle design I knew I had found the perfect gown for Sonam to represent India on the Cannes red carpet. The gown is very flirty and feminine and I definitely think that with the right styling that it would be gorgeous. As a Chopard aficionado I would love to see Sonam pair this gown with a brand new Chopard champagne diamond open front collar necklace from the red carpet collection which recently was presented at the annual Baselworld conference. For my final look for Sonam I dove deep into the Stephane Rolland Archives. He really is an under utilized designer who creates really glamorous and dramatic styles. I remember seeing this burnt saffron strapless Stephane Rolland Spring 2011 Couture draped gown when it was presented and thought it would make for a really glamorous red carpet moment, and have been surprised that it never has been given the red carpet moment that it deserves. I honestly believe that Sonam is the perfect person to bring this gown out of the archive and give it a red carpet moment. In a roundabout kind of way I could see how this gown could mimic the idea of a Sari and some high jewelry takes on traditional Indian jewelry styles could make this another beautiful high fashion tribute to her heritage.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday May 8, 2018 and will run through Saturday May 19, 2018.