A week and a day from now the 2018 Cannes Film Festival will officially be under way. Get ready for non-stop glamour and fashion as a week from today is the Met Gala. This years the Cannes Film Festival will open with a gala screening of Everybody Knows which is the latest film by superstar film couple Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. Usually the opening ceremony is glittered with stars, and not just the ones in the film or on the jury, but with the Met Gala the night before I wonder if some of the stars we usually see on the Cannes opening ceremony red carpet will choose the famed NYC red carpet over the famed red carpet in Cannes. I hope that the festival, which is usually front loaded with stars, will see the glamizons more evenly distributed. Don’t fear thought, even if no one else attends the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony that there will still be plenty of glamour on the red carpet. Penelope Cruz is always a favorite of mine and I am really excited to see what she will bring to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. She knows how to give glamour and I have high expectations for what she will bring to the festival this year. I went to three of Penelope’s favorite brands for the perfect looks for her to wear this year. I think that for the photocall that this ivory window pane print Ralph & Russo Fall 2018 RTW sleeveless midi dress which features a v-neck, scarf detail, and a belted waist would be a really chic moment. It isn’t couture but still the perfect look. I do wonder if it would be too similar to the Ralph & Russo Couture suit that Fan Bingbing wore for the Cannes jury photocall last year, because of the print, but I think that the styles are so different that it wouldn’t be a problem at all. I went round and round on the styling for this look. I had a hard time picking the right shoes, but ultimately I think that a pair of black glitter and pink patent Christian Louboutin ‘Fetish Peep Sling’ peep toe slingback pumps would be the right choice. I wasn’t sure that Penelope would go with a pair of platform tranny shoes, but these were the only shoes I think would be perfect for Penelope and this dress. For the premiere I went back into the Atelier Versace archives to this gold lamé Atelier Versace Spring 2008 Couture draped gown which features a halter neck, beaded embellishments, an open back, and an a-line skirt. Most of this collection, which is arguably one of my favorite Atelier Versace collections, has been worn at one point or another but I think that this gown is beautiful and I definitely think that Penelope would be the perfect person to snatch this gown out of the archive and finally give it a red carpet moment 10 years after it was first presented. I feel like with a sleek 60’s inspired updo, simple defined eyes, red lips, a pair of light gold Christian Louboutin ‘Very Rete’ gold mesh peep toe pumps, and a selection of gold set diamond and ruby Chopard ‘Byzantine’ collection jewels including a pair of drop earrings and a cocktail ring that this look would be head to toe perfection. I picked a third look for Penelope to wear after the premiere for the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony after party dinner with this black and blue Balmain Fall 2018 RTW sequined mixed print cocktail dress which features a mock neck and mini length hem. This disco glam moment is a perfect party ensemble. Some stars will swap their premiere gowns for a shorter look for the dinner and I definitely think that Penelope would look chic in this cocktail dress, but I also think that it could be a really glamorous moment as a custom gown too especially when paired with a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Degrastrass PVC’ pumps, a looser updo, with smokey eyes, red lips, and Chopard diamond cluster earrings. When we usually see Spanish actress Barbara Lennie, who stars alongside Javier & Penelope in Everybody Knows, we usually see her in off the rack gowns. I know that Cannes isn’t really the place for off the rack and if you are in one of the films being presented you can basically have your selection of options. Big brands like Elie Saab and major PR agencies like Karla Otto set up suites in Cannes to loan out clothes, jewelry, and accessories to stars who are promoting films and products in Cannes. For the films photocall I picked this rose pink silk and cotton blend Stella McCartney dress which features a round neck, embroidered details, beaded embroidery, short sleeves, a shift silhouette and a short length for Barbara. It is really simple and elegant and I think that when you’re going up against someone like Penelope that you would rather execute glamour perfectly than go for over done and that is exactly what I think Barbara would deliver with this look. I would compliment the beading around the neck with a pair of red satin Aquazzura ‘Forever Marilyn’ tassel detail pumps, a romantic updo, and simple makeup would all make this the perfect photocall moment for Barbara. For the premiere I kept the pink idea going a little bit picking this black Gucci peplum gown which features a pink satin bow, crystal trimmed v-neck, and sweeping train. It is a really glamorous gown and I think that it isn’t exactly on the same level as the Atelier Versace gown I picked for Penelope that it would still be a beautiful and complimentary moment for Barbara. I kept the styling within the Gucci family as well with a pink brocade Gucci ‘Broadway’ clutch embellished with a red crystal heart and a pair of black Gucci patent leather sandals. A romantic updo, smokey eyes, matching pink lips, and a pair of Chopard diamond chandelier earrings all would really ensure that this is a beautiful moment for the Cannes red carpet for Barbara. Spanish actress Inma Cuesta has been to Cannes before so she knows how to do a premiere moment, but she has never attended an opening ceremony. I feel like Inma has more of a high fashion background, but I am really interested in seeing what she will bring. For the Everybody Knows photocall I turned to a brand we have seen on many Spanish red carpets in the past, Andrew Gn. While I went with light colors for Inma’s co-stars I would love to see her bring this moody violet Andrew Gn Fall 2018 RTW turtleneck mini dress which features a black and green embroidered bodice, bell sleeves, and a pleated skirt to bring the dark glamour to this photocall. It’s definitely in contrast to the looks I picked for Penelope and Barbara, but I think that it would still be very complimentary to those looks as well. The dress as presented on the runway is very fall like, but with the right styling I do think that this wouldn’t be a heavy out of season look. I think that swapping the black velvet boots on the runway for a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘April’ platform sandals and adding a romantic updo, and a purple smokey eye would all ensure that Inma is ready to take that platform with ease and elegance. For the premiere I went to a Spanish brand for the perfect gown for Inma to rock on this red carpet. I wanted glamour and drama, but not something overly dramatic to upstage the Atelier Versace gown I’ve picked for Penelope and that is exactly what I’ve found with this rose pink The 2nd Skin Co. Fall 2017 RTW draped gown which features a dramatic asymmetrical sequin bow detail one shoulder neckline. I love the glamour of this gown and I definitely believe that from what I’ve seen on Inma’s style that she would definitely be able to sell this gown to me on the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony premiere red carpet. I would add a sleek yet romantic updo, smokey eyes, matching pink lips, a pink silk Bottega Veneta woven clasp clutch, rose pink Gucci ‘Isle’ jeweled satin sandals, and a pair of De Grisogono pink rubellite and diamond ear clips to really ensure this look is head to toe perfection. The only red carpets at the festival we are guaranteed to see the jury of the official selection are the opening and closing ceremonies. I am really excited to see what the whole jury has in store, but I am most excited to see this years jury president Cate Blanchett own as many red carpets as possible. For the opening ceremony I dove into the Armani Prive archives. I was hoping for loads of options right off the Spring 2018 Couture runway, but that didn’t happen as the collection was chock full of short shorts and mini dresses. I went back to the same collection that Cate wore a gown from at the festival back in 2008 for the premiere of Limitless, the Armani Prive Spring 2008 Couture collection. Armani was the first brand I searched the archives of for Cate to rock this year and when I saw this white 3-D floral origami one shoulder ball gown I knew I had found the perfect gown for Cate to wear for the opening ceremony. I watched the runway video of this collection and the way the light hits the hand cut paillettes strewn about the gown was just breathtaking and while looking at this gown you would think that it would move very structured the way the layers of organza rose and fell on the runway just added to the glamour of this look. The gown is such a statement on it’s own that I would keep the styling very simple adding a romantic updo, smokey eye, nude lips, silver Prada pointed toe pumps, and a pair of simple Chopard diamond cluster earrings to really allow the glamour and elegance of this look for Cate to really own her first actual red carpet at the festival. Often we see a jury member or two attend the opening ceremony after-party dinner and Cate is the only one whom I have taken the opportunity to do a wardrobe change. Sometimes jury members change and sometimes they don’t. I love Cate and her style so much that I decided I wanted to feature as many looks for her to wear over the course of the festival as possible. So I went from archive collections to current runway picking this dark green Erdem Fall 2018 RTW Victoriana inspired midi dress which features poufy cap sleeves, intricate beaded embroidery, keyhole at the neckline, ruched bodice, peplum waist, and a side split. This is definitely a dress that it would take a special woman to wear on the red carpet and Cate is definitely the perfect person who would make this a glamorous moment for this gala dinner. A pair of metallic green Oscar Tiye ‘Malikah’ sandals, keeping the same hair and makeup as the premiere, and adding a pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels diamond and emerald earrings would all ensure that this is the perfect third look of the day for Cate. I love Ava DuVernay. She is sooooooo chic and knows how to rock the glam while being completely modest. I am really interested in seeing what Ava will bring to this years festival. Usually the jury of the Cannes Film Festival is full of people who have had projects screened at Cannes before, but Ava will be making her Cannes debut this year as a member of the jury. I honestly believe that most, if not all, of the looks that Ava will wear over the course of the festival this year will be custom, but for this opening ceremony red carpet I went to the Reem Acra Pre-Fall 2018 and this dusty rose Reem Acra mikado scuba ball gown which features a rounded neckline, long sleeves, dramatic train, and detachable red satin back bow detail. This is exactly what we are used to seeing from Ava. It is statement making, yet completely covered and I really do believe that for the opening ceremony red carpet that Ava would own this gown. Style it with a high bun of braids, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of red satin Manolo Blahnik ‘Nadira Crystal’ pumps, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby chandelier earrings to ensure head to toe perfection. Most people will say that Kristen Stewart is the juror that they are most excited to see this year. The former Twilight star is a fixture in Cannes having walked the the festival red carpet almost every year over the last six years. So it makes sense that she has earned a place on this years jury. As a face of Chanel it would surprise me that Kristen will wear anything but Chanel for the 2018 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony. She has opted to pick hot off the runway looks the last 3 years wearing Chanel cruise collection looks, but we are still three days away from the new collections presentation I decided to hit up the latest couture collection for a look for Kristen to rock. I definitely think that Kristen would take this cream Chanel Spring 2018 Couture beaded lace halter gown which features a sheer organza floor length beaded tulle skirt over a short lace skirt and faux button details. I think that this gown is very chic and has the perfect mesh of glamour and edge which I think Kristen would be drawn too. It isn’t very often I love a Kristen Stewart red carpet moment, but I do believe that she will rise to the occasion in Cannes this year. This gown would help her do just that. Where we usually loose Kristen with her red carpet looks, I think, is her hair and makeup. They either come across as too overdone or really messy. I think that a sleek hairstyle, simple defined eyes, and pink lips would be the perfect complimentary beauty routine for this look. With a pair of gold multi tone glitter Casadei ‘Blade’ cut out detail peep toe pumps and a pair of Chanel Haute Jewelry diamond and pearl drop earrings I think that this would be one of Kristen’s best red carpet moments ever. Lea Seydoux has had some of her best fashion moments in Cannes and was one of the members of my dream Cannes jury so I was really excited to see her announced as one of the members of the official selection main competition jury. I have been left dying for the days of old Lea since she signed a contract to be a face of Louis Vuitton back in January of 2016. For two straight years we have exclusively seen Lea wearing Louis Vuitton, and I am hoping that over the course of this years festival that we see Lea wear looks breaking out of the French fashion house. I do believe however that Lea would be on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony wearing a custom Louis Vuitton gown. There are no formal options from any of the current Louis Vuitton collections, so I started thinking of what I would like to see Lea wearing. I started going through recent LV collections to find motifs, patterns, embellishments, and fabrics. For her custom opening ceremony gown I went to one of my favorite Louis Vuitton prints with this grey sequin plaid from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2017 RTW collection and I put it on a very glamorous off the shoulder ball gown. The fabric is very structured so I can really see this being an absolutely beautiful moment for Lea to bring this custom gown to life on the red carpet. I would love to see Lea style this gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, black lace Christian Louboutin ‘Follies Lace’ pointed toe pumps, and a pair of Chopard Red Carpet Collection statement sapphire and diamond earrings to really ensure that this is one of the most glamorous moments Louis Vuitton has ever had. Chloë Sevigny is on the jury for the side bar selection Cannes Critics Week. So while she wouldn’t be seated along with the main competition jury we usually see members of other juries invited to the festivals opening ceremony. I would love to see Chloë kick off her festival wardrobe in a real statement moment with this lavender Giambattista Valli Spring 2018 Couture avant garde ruffled gown. On most I feel like this gown would come across as a ruffled mess, but I think that the avant garde style that Chloë tends to bring to the red carpet is one of the few who could take this gown really come to life on the red carpet. It is such a statement all on it’s own that I would just pair this gown with a pair of silver Karl Lagerfeld ‘Gala Supernova’ strappy sandals, sleek center parted low bun, defined eyes, red lips, and a pair of amethyst and tourmaline Chopard Red Carpet Collection drop earrings to ensure this is a beautiful moment on the red carpet.
The 2018 Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday May 8, 2018 and will run through Saturday May 19, 2018.