I can’t believe that we’ve come to the end of my wishes for the L’Orealistas at this years Cannes Film Festival. I’ve said several times how much I think that being a L’Orealista is the best job in Cannes. They get flown to the French Riviera, put up in one of the most glamorous hotels in the world, wear couture, and get draped in the worlds most beautiful diamonds just to walk an expanse of red carpet, up the famous steps, and into the Palais de Festivals only to sneak out the back door to change for the next event that they are supposed to attend. At least one of the looks that I consider for a spot on my Best Dressed of the year list. Since starting this blog in 2011 a L’Orealista has been on my Best Dressed of the Year list seven times. So I wonder who will bring the Best Dressed of the Year worthy moment this year?Last year at the amfAR Gala in Cannes was the first time I took notice of beautiful red headed model Alexina Graham when she walked the red carpet with Balmain creative director Olivier Rousting wearing a custom gold Balmain gown and collar necklace. Since then shes walked in every Balmain show and made her debut on the Victoria’s Secret red carpet. I feel like this year on top of undoubtedly will be another amfAR appearance we will see Alexina bring some bold choices to the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals. I felt obligated to pick one Balmain gown and I do think the model would bring this black Balmain 44 François Premier one shoulder tuxedo gown which features a strong shoulder and a dramatic tulle skirt to life on the red carpet. This is an edgier look than we are used to seeing on the Cannes red carpet, but I do believe the model would be able to make it work. Following that I went to lingerie brand La Perla and this gorgeous white and gold beaded fringe gown from the brands Spring 2018 RTW show. I loved this gown when I saw it presented in the middle of last fall and am honestly surprised that with all the gowns from this collection that have been worn on a red carpet that this hasn’t gotten a moment yet. I do think that this really glam moment would be a perfect look for Alexina to bring to a Cannes red carpet. Finally I went with a look that I think would be a beautiful moment even thought it is the least likely of the gowns I’ve picked for Alexina to wear. I have been trying to find the perfect person to rock this burgundy velvet Prabal Gurung Fall 2018 RTW cape gown which features a strapless silhouette with drawstring detailing at the waist and I do think that Alexina has what it takes to really make this gown come to life on the red carpet. It’s not inherently sexy or embellished, which are Alexina’s typical style cues, so I don’t really believe it will happen but I do believe it would be a really beautiful moment for the supermodel.Emily Ratajkowski was paid no favors last year when she walked the red carpets at the Cannes Film Festival wearing custom champagne silk Twin Set and custom black lace and taffeta Dundas jumpsuit gown. The latter earned her the top spot on my Worst Dressed of 2017 list. I really am hoping that Emily will redeem herself on this years red carpet. I think that the three gowns I’ve chosen for Emily to wear would help do just that. First up is a very chic and classic black Dolce & Gabbana “Secrets & Diamonds” collection column gown which features intricate crystal embellishment, thick straps, sweetheart neckline, and a tiered skirt. This is a simple look by terms of a Cannes Film Festival red carpet gown, but I do think that the glamour of this gown and Emily’s sexy persona could make it a beautiful gown on the red carpet at the Palais. The second look is almost just as simple, but has a twist that makes it just a little more dramatic. This blush Ralph & Russo Fall 2016 Couture off the shoulder column gown which features intricate beading, a plunging neckline, draped sleeves, and a chic chiffon cape that I think would billow in the sea breeze in a possibly iconic way. It could be the perfect platform for Emily to rock a statement necklace and really give us a beautiful and sexy moment on the red carpet. The final look I’ve picked for Emily is this sage green and beige Ziad Nakad Spring 2018 Couture mermaid gown which features a cape train, intricate embellishment, and a plunging neckline. This is the most dramatic gown I’ve picked for Emily to rock this year and I do believe that despite the fact that Ziad Nakad isn’t one of the regular Cannes brands that it would be a truly statement making moment.It honestly shocks me that with the diva presence that Jennifer Lopez brings to the red carpet that she has only attended one event during the Cannes Film Festival. She attended the 2010 amfAR Gala in Cannes wearing a really beautiful Roberto Cavalli Couture gown, but she’s never really come to Cannes to promote the brand on the red carpet. Despite this fact every year I still put her in my L’Orealista wishes because she could really be a major style star on the Cannes red carpet. She has a movie, Second Act, which will come out later this year so I really do hope that we will see her bring some glamour to the Cannes red carpets. I went to all of Jennifer’s classic go-to designers for the gowns for her to rock this year starting with Atelier Versace. Donatella still hasn’t released a lookbook of the Atelier Versace Spring 2018 Couture collection and I have a feeling that may not happen until after this years Met Gala (for which she is one of the co-hosts,) but there have been a small handful of looks teased on Instagram accounts of people who attended the private presentation that Versace gave back in January in Paris. For the first look I went back to the time where JLo rocked goddess gowns for all of her red carpets and this sage green and ocean blue Atelier Versace Spring 2018 Couture gown which features a dramatic silk train, asymmetrical neckline, and a gorgeous ombré beaded column silhouette. I do believe that Jennifer would take this gown and give us the full mermaid on this red carpet. A mermaid inspired updo, rose pink lips, smokey eyes, a pair of Chopard diamond seahorse chandelier earrings, and strappy sandals all would continue to deliver that mermaid vibe. Following that I went to full glam moment with a slate blue Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture a-line gown which features intricate gold crystal embroidery, feather embellished skirt, velvet belted waist, and a plunging neckline. I do think that this is a typical JLo gown for a major movie event red carpet and I know that with the perfect styling that she would definitely be able to shut down the red carpet at the festival in this glamorous gown. The final gown I’ve picked for JLo is probably the most Jennifer of all the gowns I’ve picked for her. In fact she wore a similar gown from this collection just last night at the Time 100 gala. Jennifer is not afraid to wear similar looks though so I still think that she could take this gold Zuhair Murad Spring 2018 Couture off the shoulder gown which features intricate crystal embroidery, a center split, and a dramatic full skirt and train and make it a major moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.I had no idea who British model Neelam Gill was before her major custom Balmain moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet last year. Her gown made me notice but her features are absolutely beautiful and I am interested to see if she will be invited back to the festival this year. I would imagine that she will and I am interested in seeing what she will bring to the red carpet this year. Will she wear Balmain again? I decided that I would keep the Balmain spirit alive and I think that she would be really chic and sexy wearing this green Balmain 44 François Premier gown which features a sheer panel and plunging neckline, long sleeves, and a column skirt. Some of the gowns from this collection that have been worn have had some customization aspects to them and I would like to see Olivier customize this gown for Neelam to have a long and dramatic train to really drape up the famous steps into the Palais de Festivals. I do think that would be a really chic and sexy glam moment for Neelam to bring to her sophomore Cannes premiere red carpet. Unlike all the rest of the L’Orealistas I’ve made wishes for I’ve only picked two gowns for Neelam. I don’t really know her style and I wasn’t thrilled with enough options to pick three gowns for Neelam. I do love the idea of Neelam bringing this orange Armani Prive Spring 2018 Couture one shoulder fully sequined column gown. I feel like Neelam would definitely bring the bright glamour to the red carpet wearing this gown. It would prove that you don’t need a big skirt or dramatic train to have a real statement gown. Rounding out all of my L’Orealista wishes is the beautiful Zoe Saldana who hasn’t been seen at the festival since 2014 where she rocked the red carpets wearing Victoria Beckham and Jason Wu. She had previously made my Best Dressed of 2011 list wearing a red and white candy stripe Armani Prive gown in Cannes, so I am really hoping that on the heels of the Avengers: Infinity War promo tour that Zoe will bring the glam to Cannes. I picked three distinctly different gowns for Zoe to bring to the red carpet. The first is a strapless Armani Prive Spring 2018 Couture ombré column gown which features thick crystal embellishments and a hand painted floral pattern. Zoe doesn’t usually do drama with big skirts or trains on the Cannes red carpet instead opting for chic simple styles that really showcase her style and I definitely think that this Armani gown would be something she would be drawn to. On the other hand I would love to see Zoe bring some stereotypical drama to the Cannes red carpet wearing this black Elie Saab Fall 2016 Couture ball gown which features intricate black and purple crystal embroidery, plunging neckline, sheer skirt, and a belted waist. It’s not often that we see Zoe bring a ball gown to the red carpet but when she does she usually goes all in. I do think that she would definitely own this gown on a Cannes red carpet, maybe for one of the late premieres because I think that the dark of the night would just add to the romanticism of this look. Finally Gucci is one of the brands we have seen Zoe turn to several times in the past and I definitely think that Zoe would look absolutely beautiful wearing this black Gucci sleeveless jersey evening gown which features a blue sequin-embroidered bow at the waist, jeweled neckline, a-line silhouette, and a floor skimming hem. This gown is inspired by the Spring 2018 RTW collection as the sequin bow can be seen in many looks from that collection and I definitely think that Zoe would be the perfect person to bring this gown to life on a Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
I think that whatever the L’Orealistas will wear this year that they are poised to deliver some really major moments on the red carpet. I am really excited to see what all of the beautiful ladies that represent L’Oreal will wear and we are now less than two weeks until the kick of of this years festival.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday May 8, 2018 and will run through Saturday May 19, 2018.