The London Film Festival premiere of The Hate U Give will most likely be more of a solemn event since the films screenwriter Audrey Wells died on Thursday after a long battle with cancer. The film did release in the United States on Friday so I wonder what the films screening in London will be like. The film is screening out of competition as a special screening at this years festival. That most likely means that this will be one of the more casual screening of the festival, but the cast can definitely believe in my life motto of #WhenInDoubtBeExtra so who really knows what we will see. Amandla Stenberg definitely likes to make a statement on the red carpet so when I was looking for the perfect look for her to rock for the London Film Festival premiere of The Hate U Give I knew I wanted something bold and dramatic. I feel like we definitely see a lot of British designers on the red carpet at the London Film Festival and not many to bold and dramatic prints better than British designer Mary Katrantzou. So I turned to the designers recently presented Spring 2019 RTW collection and this bold Polaroid print trapeze midi gown which features a brown leather harness halter neckline for the perfect gown for Amandla to rock on this red carpet. This is definitely a gown that not many would be able to rock without it overwhelming them, but I think that Amandla has the edge and ease to really make this look come off with that sense of effortlessness that it needs to really work on the red carpet. I think that pulled back tight curls, a burgundy smokey eye, and black and bronze Saint Laurent ‘Talitha’ sandals all would ensure that the gown is the focus of this look and that the gown is perfectly complimented. Issa Rae is always one that excites me on the red carpet she loves bold color, print, and textures. It usually makes for some really eye catching moments on the red carpet. I went with the texture idea for the London Film Festival premiere of The Hate U Give with this neutral Oscar de la Renta Spring 2019 RTW strapless gown which features a fitted, feather-embellished bodice, a fluid skirt, and long slide slit. I saw this dramatic feathered gown come down the runway and it definitely made me think of Issa. It needs someone incredibly confident to really make it come to life on a red carpet and I think that Issa definitely that that confidence and presence. I would style this gown with a glamorous sleek twisted updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a gold Inge Christopher crystal embellished box clutch, a pair of gold Aquazzura mirrored strappy sandals, and absolutely stunning Fred Leighton citrine and diamond chandelier earrings to really ensure that this moment is absolute perfection from head to toe.
The 2018 London Film Festival will open on Wednesday October 10, 2018 and will run through Sunday October 21, 2018.