✔ Golden Globes. ✔ Grammy’s. ✔ Oscars. ✔ Met Gala.
I have covered a huge chunk of the biggest red carpets of the year already, and the year isn’t even half over yet. Today we kick off my wishes for the next major red carpet event: the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. This is always one of my favorite red carpets of the year. At the start of my wishes for these major events I always get excited to look back at my Best Dressed of the Year lists that I have written dating back to 2011 when I started If I Was A Stylist and see how many times looks from those events have made the cut. Since I started doing those lists there has been at least one look from the Cannes Film Festival in the ranks of my Best Dressed of the Year list. Will this years edition also deliver one? I would bet on it. To kick off my Cannes 2019 wishes I am starting with, as I always do, the L’Orealista’s. These lovely ladies are global brand ambassadors for makeup and hair care brand L’Oreal Paris, who sponsors the festival. Almost every night of the festival at the main slate premiere L’Oreal sends at least 3 of its spokesmodels to walk the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals up those famous steps just to add glamour to the red carpet. Seven of the sixteen looks from the Cannes Film Festival that have made it on my Best Dressed of the Year list came courtesy of a L’Orealista. So the stakes for the looks these ladies will wear are HIGH!Bollywood beauty Aishwarya Rai is a fixture in Cannes and has been for more than a decade. She ALWAYS shuts down the red carpet. Last year she wore two beautiful gowns: one by Rami Kadi and the other by Michael Cinco. She almost made my Best Dressed of the Year cut, but was in my final round of slashes. I am expecting her to shut the red carpet down, as always. She finds the major moments that really get people talking. The last two years her most talked about red carpet looks have come courtesy of Michael Cinco. I thought about picking another look from the label for Aishwarya to wear this year, but decided to branch her out instead. By branch out I just mean pick looks from designers she hasn’t worn in Cannes in a really long time. Up first is a bright goldenrod yellow Ali Younes Spring 2019 Couture taffeta gown which features a straight strapless neckline, draped ruffled peplum, side split, and a dramatic train. The color is what drew me to this gown for Aishwarya. I cannot recall her wearing a color like this and I honestly think it would be DIVINE on her. The style of the gown is definitely everything that she loves and I think that with a sleek vintage 40’s inspired updo, smokey eyes, burgundy red lips, a pair of strappy gold Aquazzura ‘Gina’ metallic leather sandals, and a gorgeous diamond and yellow pearl Chopard collar necklace that this would be an amazing moment for Aishwarya to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Now of course I had to pick more than one look for Aishwarya, and all of the L’Orealista’s, since they walk the red carpet several times during their time at the festival. For my second option for Aishwarya I thought I would go a little moodier picking this plum silk gazzar Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture one shoulder gown which features dramatic ruffle on the shoulder and peplum, a column skirt, and a dramatic train attached at the back of the waist. I LOVE this gown and have since it first came down the runway last July. I’m a little surprised it didn’t get snatched up during the fall film festival season or during awards season, so I am praying that it ends up on a Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I think that of everyone who is expected to be in Cannes this year that Aishwarya is the perfect person to bring such a statement gown to life on this red carpet. She has the presence to take this gown, which is already a moment in itself, and infuse this sultry (yet sophisticated) drama and glamour into a gown like this especially if styled with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of matching plum red Rene Caovilla crystal embellished platform sandals, and statement mismatched multicolor gemstone Chopard Loves Rihanna floral and butterfly chandelier earrings. The final look I want to see Aishwarya wearing during her time at this years Cannes Film Festival is this absolutely GORGEOUS Mark Bumgarner Fall 2019 Couture strapless emerald greed sequin embellished bustier gown. Aishwarya actually introduced me to Mark Bumgarner a few years ago when she wore one of his creations for a press appearance during the Cannes Film Festival. Ever since I have always looked to his collections to see if there was a perfect look for her to wear for this red carpet and the moment I saw this gown I thought it was a match made in heaven. It is a real sexy glamorous statement and I definitely think that it is something Aishwarya would own on this red carpet. Add old Hollywood waves worn over one shoulder, smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, a pair of emerald green satin Jimmy Choo ‘Kenny’ crystal embellished lace up sandals, and a statement diamond and emerald Chopard Red Carpet Collection collar necklace to make this another perfect Cannes Film Festival red carpet moment. Supermodel Doutzen Kroes is one of many of the actual models who are a L’Orealista. The brand has a pretty decent mix of actresses, music stars, and models who represent the brand around the world. Doutzen is gorgeous. She has also been one of the L’Orealista’s who have had a Cannes red carpet moment make my Best Dressed of the Year list. That was back in 2012. I will say that sense then Doutzen’s style has seemed to evolve. She used to be all about sexy and dramatic glamour on the red carpet and I don’t feel like we have quite seen that from her in the last few years. I decided to play with a meshing of her high glam era and her current more relaxed style in my wishes for her to wear for this years Cannes Film Festival. Up first is the first custom gown I have for this years festival with this amazing electric blue custom Atelier Versace crystal mesh gown which feature a mermaid silhouette, straight neckline, satin train, and thick straps. This gown started its life as a 1990’s Atelier Versace crop top and mini skirt and quickly evolved into this major high glam moment. Now Doutzen could easily rock this color with her current style, but it has been a while since she wore a gown with a really dramatic train. What better place for a train to make a red carpet return that at the Cannes Film Festival. Pair this gown with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Lynette’ crystal embellished sandals, and glamorous de Grisogono diamond and cabochon sapphire chandelier earrings to make it sleek, sexy, and glamorous from head to toe. Following that look I decided to shun a gown and pick some super surprising red carpet lady pants for Doutzen to rock on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. It isn’t very often we see one of the ladies, especially a L’Orealista, wearing pants on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. So picking this black Olivier Theyskens Fall 2019 RTW ensemble which features a cropped cutout silk top and straight leg high waisted crepe pants is a bit of a risk, but if anyone could sell it to me it is Doutzen. This look is sexy, edgy, and glamorous and I definitely think it is worthy of the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I would add sleek center parted hair tucked behind the ears, smokey eyes, red lips, black draped mesh Balenciaga ‘Knife’ pointed toe pumps, and a pair of statement de Grisogono emerald and sapphire drop earrings to finish this look out perfectly. For the last look I decided to go with probably the most likely of these three looks picking this black Tom Ford body-con gown which features a silver bugle beaded waist, a jewel neckline, thigh high split, and dramatic long sleeves attached to circular streamer at back. She has been seated front row at several Tom Ford fashion shows (almost always wearing one of the designers fitted gowns), worn a tuxedo from the label in Cannes last year, and wore a Tom Ford mini dress to the amfAR Gala in Cannes back in 2016. She is devoted to Tom and his designs look amazing on her. The moment I saw this gown I knew it screamed Doutzen and that I knew I had to use it in my L’Orealista wishes for her. I LOVE this gown and I want to see it be a really major moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet so I would style it with a sleek updo, defined eyes, dark red lips, a pair of black Tom Ford crystal embellished velvet sandals, and de Grisogono diamond fan drop earrings. All these looks would ensure a major Cannes run for Doutzen. Last year Helen Mirren dazzled me wearing a medieval inspired blue velvet Elie Saab Couture gown on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. She only attended the one event and I am hoping that she stays more than just a day in Cannes. I have always been a big fan of Helen’s style because she always delivers really glamorous, sexy, and fun looks on the red carpet. I don’t tend to say those last two things about many stars of Helen’s age, but she doesn’t let that number dictate what she is and isn’t allowed to wear. So I kept that idea in my mind while I was picking looks for her to wear on the red carpets in Cannes this year. The first look I’ve picked for Helen is from one of her favorite labels, Badgley Mischka. I know that Helen would be drawn to this dark gold fully sequined gown from the Badgley Mischka Fall 2019 RTW collection which features a plunging neckline, long sleeves, a belted waist, column silhouette, and a ruffled down the center of the skirt and I think it is the perfect glamour moment for her to wear on this red carpet. It definitely has that femme fatale glamour vibe to it and I know Helen could sell the gown to me. Badgley Mischka isn’t typically a label I think of when I think of Cannes, but if anyone could bring the brand from NYC to the south of France it would be Helen. Add a pair of black Roger Vivier ‘I Love Vivier’ pointed toe pumps, a Helen’s signature whispy hairstyle, defined eyes, red lips, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection yellow diamond drop earrings and I know I would love this look on Helen. Now I couldn’t go a Cannes wish list for Helen without adding a single Elie Saab moment for her to bring to life. She was honestly one of the first people whom I thought of the moment I saw this jade green Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture long sleeve mermaid gown which features an asymmetrical neckline, gold belted waist, and an asymmetrical ruffle on the skirt. I honestly think that her stylist, Lee Harris, has already called this gown in for Cannes and has it on reserve. I believe that Helen is definitely one of the major contenders to make this gown work especially if paired with a gold beaded Roger Vivier box clutch, punchy pink lips, a pair of gold Roger Vivier ‘Decollete’ crystal flower buckle pointed toe pumps, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection multi precious stone earrings. The last look I have for Helen is probably the one I would most want to see her wear on this red carpet. Helen loved a rock and roll vibe on the red carpet so I think she would shut down the Cannes Film Festival red carpet wearing this black Reem Acra Fall 2019 RTW long sleeve column gown which features a gold metal and crystal studs covering the gown. Now since this is Cannes I might want to ask Reem to lengthen the train of this gown to add more DRAMA, but I also think it is perfect for Helen as is. I would finish this look with dark red lips and a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Shiva’ mesh pointed toe pumps. Li Yuchun (AKA Chris Lee) is a Chinese pop star and actress. I first learned about Li back in 2013 when she made her Cannes Film Festival debut as a L’Orealista. Since that debut Li has always brought an edgy glamour to the red carpet at the festival. She brings this look that we don’t see most deliver on this red carpet. She isn’t afraid to play masculine or feminine and she isn’t afraid of the avant garde. She is one that typically likes to wear great red carpet lady pants on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet so I definitely decided to keep with that idea (mostly) for her time in Cannes this year. The first look I want to see Li bring to life is definitely one I feel like she could easily be drawn to. This black strapless Giambattista Valli Spring 2019 Couture tuxedo inspired jumpsuit which features a sheer chiffon overskirt with a dramatic train is a meshing of the masculine and feminine that I feel like Li is typically drawn to. I feel like it is a perfect look for her to wear in Cannes. Her signature grey hair styled into a sleek side parted pixie, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, simple black Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ leather sandals, and a statement black and white diamond de Grisogono collar necklace would definitely make this a major moment for the star. Li is a face of Gucci in China and has worn custom gowns by the label on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival the last two years, so I definitely wanted to include a Gucci look for her to bring to life on this years red carpet as well. Li tends to pay some homage to her Chinese culture in at least one look she wears during the Cannes Film Festival, and recently those looks have come thanks to Gucci. So when I told Evita, who edits all my custom looks, that I wanted something that screams Gucci, but also pays homage to Chinese culture this is what she sent back. A short sleeve ballgown which features a mandarin collar, sequin dragon sleeves, intricate Chinese inspired sequin scroll work on the bodice, and a pleated tiered fan inspired ball skirt. Now Li doesn’t wear a whole lot of gowns on the red carpet, but I definitely could see her shutting down the Cannes Film Festival red carpet wearing this custom Gucci gown especially if paired with that signature sleek pixie, defined eyes, dark nude lips, red Gucci ‘Queen Margaret’ bow heel pointed toe pumps, and a pair of diamond stud earrings. Now I couldn’t finish out a set of Cannes wishes for Li without a single Jean Paul Gaultier look for her to bring to life on the red carpet. She wears a Gaultier Couture look almost every year in Cannes and this year I want to see her sell this structured black Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2019 Couture tuxedo to me. It is edgy and angular and I KNOW she would own this look on the red carpet. I would definitely keep the look uber edgy adding smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of black lace Christian Louboutin satin toe cap pointed toe booties, and a statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection carved pendant feather embellished collar necklace to ensure Li does nothing but slay Cannes this year. Finishing out today is the beautiful bombshell Taylor Hill. I have always felt like Taylor has amazing style, but it doesn’t reach its full potential. Since is is a L’Oreal campaign girl I definitely want to see her finally make her Cannes Film Festival debut. I feel like Cannes could be a sink or swim moment for Taylor and I hope that she rises to the occasion. So for her Cannes debut I have picked three major looks for her to bring to life. The first is a custom dark water-colored Alberta Ferretti halter gown which features a keyhole neckline, beaded embroidery on the waist, and an ombre feathered hem and train. I definitely think that this gown delivers major mermaid vibes and what place better to deliver those kind of vibes on a red carpet than one set in the French Riviera. This gown is a mix of bohemian and glamour and I definitely feel like it would be perfect for Taylor to wear in Cannes, especially with a pair of gold studded Christian Louboutin ‘Jamais Azzez’ PVC t-strap sandals, a sleek updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection gold set pink rubellite and diamond drop earrings. Following that I went for bold statement color picking this hot pink Carolina Herrera Fall 2019 RTW layered pleated tulle ball gown. I love this gown and I definitely think we will see it on a red carpet soon. For the Met Gala I wished that creative designer Wes Gordon would add a dramatic train to the gown, and I definitely want to reiterate that to make this look perfect for Taylor to wear in Cannes. Another sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of candy floss pink Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ metallic leather strappy sandals, and statement pink sapphire and emerald Chopard Red Carpet Collection pendant drop earrings would make this look a major statement moment for Taylor to deliver on this red carpet. American designers are definitely not the most popular in Cannes, but I decided that I wanted to see Taylor bring another to life at the festival anyway. I knew from the very beginning of the planning of my wishes for this years festival that I wanted to pick this femme fatale glam black Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 RTW strapless ballgown for Taylor to deliver on this red carpet. I love how overlaid in velvet-accented embroidered tulle, its arabesque pattern grows with the fullness of the skirt for a quiet statement of sexy glamour and I definitely believe that Taylor would easily be able to sell this look to me on the red carpet. I would add a vintage inspired updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Shiloh’ crystal embellished strap sandals, and a statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and emerald necklace to really drive home the femme fatale glamour of this gown.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.