After a two days of breaks for independent movie premieres we are back with another of the fall film festivals. The London Film Festival is the last of the major festivals (of course the AFI Fest will take place in November) for the year and I have to say that based on the films selected for this years edition we just may have our best LFF yet. The festival will kick off on Wednesday October 10, 2018 with a gala premiere of Steve McQueen’s latest film Widows. The cast brought the glam to the red carpet at Toronto Film Festival where they screened the film and I am really looking forward to what they will bring to the opening of the 2018 London Film Festival. I wasn’t thrilled with the Thom Browne gown that Cynthia Erivo wore for the TIFF premiere of Widows, but I do applaud her for always taking risks on the red carpet. She definitely likes to make a statement and take a risk so that is exactly what I did when picking the perfect gown for her to wear for the opening with this Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2018 Couture ensemble which features a strong shouldered velvet bodice, wide satin belt with a large crystal buckle. and a bold yellow high-low pleated bubble skirt. This isn’t about embellishments, print, or texture which is Cynthia’s usual MO. This gown is all about that dramatic yellow skirt. On most I wouldn’t think this gown event appropriate for the London Film Festival, but I think that if anyone could make it work on this red carpet it would be Cynthia. Where she could loose me with the look is the styling. I need her hair and makeup to be totally on point with this look. A sleek hairstyle, smokey eyes, and glossy red lips are the perfect beauty touches for this ensemble and I think that a pair of black Alexandre Vauthier ‘Josephine’ strappy crystal embellished pumps and a single Messika ‘Calypso Mono’ diamond waterfall ear cuff would really ensure that this look is perfection from head to toe. Elizabeth Debicki finally lived up to the hype behind her when she stepped out at the 2018 Toronto Film Festival promoting Widows wearing brands like Armani Prive and Prabal Gurung. I want to see that glamour continue when she steps out for the films opening gala premiere at the London Film Festival. I was starting to think of what I wanted to see Elizabeth wearing on this red carpet when I saw the images coming in from the Richard Quinn Spring 2019 RTW collection and the moment I saw this ice white Richard Quinn Spring 2019 RTW sleeveless flapper style midi dress which features intricate crystal beading I knew I had found it. I would typically pick a floor length gown for Elizabeth for a red carpet like this, but I think that this cocktail moment would just ooze glamour that it would totally work. Add a fingerwave updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, white Aquazzura ‘Purist’ sandals, and a pair of simple David Morris diamond chandelier earrings and Elizabeth would deliver this as a perfectly ethereal flapper moment. Michelle Rodriguez rarely gets me excited when she steps onto the red carpet and I don’t have high expectations for her doing that when she steps out on the red carpet at the London Film Festival premiere of Widows. She could easily step out wearing some sort of pantsuit and that is actually what I think is most likely. I would however be shocked and awed if she stepped onto this gala red carpet wearing this black sheer Romona Keveza Fall 2018 RTW long sleeve ballgown which features opaque seaming, nude lining, a plunging neckline, and a dramatic ball skirt. Michelle can do edgy glam really well and I think that is exactly what I think this gown would be on her. It is sexy and glamorous and I definitely think that Michelle would definitely be able to sell this gown to me on the red carpet especially when paired with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, nude pink lips, black Sergio Rossi ‘Amber’ cage sandals, and a selection of 18k gold and diamond jewels from Fernando Jorge including a pair of ‘Clarity’ diamond starburst drop earrings and a matching ‘Disco’ cocktail ring. I am really looking forward to seeing what we will see Viola wearing on the red carpet at the Widows premiere in London. Viola rocked a simple black column gown with a statement African beaded collar necklace for the films premiere in Toronto. For the London premiere I went for a bold and glamorous moment with this grape purple Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture strapless gown which features chic column draping, a cape styling, and a dramatic split. It is a dramatic and glamorous moment and I feel like it would be the perfect option for Viola to wear for the opening gala of a major film festival. I didn’t go over the top with the styling wanting to let the gown be the real statement of the look. I think that her full curls, defined eyes, dark red lips, a pair of violet purple Rene Caovilla embellished strappy sandals, and simple Harry Kotlar ‘The Vault’ diamond teardrop earrings would ensure this look is glamour defined from head to toe.
The 2018 London Film Festival will open on Wednesday October 10, 2018 and will run through Sunday October 21, 2018.