2019 Berlin Film Festival: Opening Ceremony & “The Kindness of Strangers” Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

Today we start a very quick four day break from awards season to talk about the red carpets at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival which kicks off in about a week from now. It will kick off with the premiere of Lone Scherfig’s The Kindness of Strangers. When it comes to the various film festivals Berlin isn’t usually the most star studded, but stars can deliver major moments on this red carpet. When I think of the Berlin Film Festival red carpet Elle Fanning in Valentino, Diane Kruger in Vionnet, Rosamund Pike in Givenchy Couture, Cate Blanchett in Yves St Laurent, and Jennifer Connelly in Chanel Couture. So I am hoping for a a few really chic moments on this red carpet. Juliette Binoche is the president of the jury of this years festival and I am really excited to see what she will be pulling out of the box for all of her appearances over the course of the festival. She is always one of my favorites and she can be very underrated. For the opening ceremony gala premiere of The Kindness of Strangers I want to see Juliette kick off her time at the festival in bold style wearing this electric blue Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture gown which features a silk tuxedo inspired double breasted cropped jacket and an a line peplum skirt which features 3D floral detail on the peplum and a lace underskirt. I saw this gown come down the runway last week while I was watching the livestream and I fell in love with the idea of Juliette wearing it in Berlin. I would line the lace skirt as Berlin in February can be quite cold. Add a sleek updo, smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of matching blue Christian Louboutin ‘Anjalina’ spike studded suede pumps, and simple Chopard diamond drop earrings and I know that this would be the incredibly bold glamorous moment for Juliette to kick off her Berlinale run. Andrea Riseborough has never been one of my favorites to see on the red carpet to be honest. I had high expectations way back in the day when she first came onto the scene with the premiere of the Madonna directed film W.E. but she definitely makes me scratch my head in general. I want to see Andrea deliver an interesting avant garde moment on the red carpet at the Berlinale premiere of her film The Kindness of Strangers. I would have expected that I would have picked something right off a Paris runway, but I went back to last season couture shows for the perfect gown for Andrea to wear on this red carpet. I love the idea of her wearing this black Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture long sleeve gown which features an embellished peplum cage around the bodice, sheer yoke and sleeves, and an ball skirt. It is the perfect meshing of Andrea’s edgy and avant garde style and the more classic glamour I think needs to be infused into it to really make Andrea a red carpet style star. I think that if she paired this gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, black Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Betty’ platform chunky heel sandals, and a pair of Vhernier ‘Vague’ black diamond ear clips all would make this one of the best looks that Andrea has ever worn. Zoe Kazan has been low key recently and I won’t lie I was excited to see that she was on the list of the cast of the film opening the 2019 Berlin Film Festival. I love her glam bohemian style and I really want to see her bring that to the red carpet at the premiere of The Kindness of Strangers. I may not love me Maria Grazia Chiuri’s Dior I do think that there are some “hero” gowns in the ranks of her latest collection. This blush pink Christian Dior Spring 2019 Couture a-line gown which features structured straps, straight neckline, beaded fan details, a nipped in waist, all over pleating, and an a-line skirt was one of those pieces. It is nothing boundary pushing, but it is really beautiful and I definitely think that it would be something that Zoe would be drawn to. I think it fits her love of all things bohemian glam and is perfect for a film festival red carpet. Bulgari ‘Divas Dream’ drop earrings in 18kt rose gold with pink rubellite, amethyst and diamonds, a romantic updo, soft smokey eyes, blush pink lips, and rose gold crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ box clutch and matching ‘Ari’ crystal cluster detail pointed toe pumps all would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble for Zoe.

The 2019 Berlin Film Festival opens on Thursday February 7, 2019 and runs through Sunday February 17, 2019.

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