Yesterday I talked a lot about the looks from L’Orealistas at the Cannes Film Festival that have made the transition to my Best Dressed of the Year list. Before they can make that list they have to make my Best of Cannes list. I haven’t been the most consistent in posting an individual list having only done them in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, and 2013. Each of the lists in 2013, 2015, and 2016 all featured just 10 looks while I had such a hard time narrowing looks in 2017 and 2018 that they both feature 21 looks. So how many of the 72 looks that have made the Best of Cannes lists have come from a L’Orealista? 27. I am definitely excited to see what everyone will bring to this years red carpet. I know that given that this years Official Selection doesn’t seem to be filled with as many a-list style stars that I am going to rely on the L’Orealista’s to deliver major moments as they ascend up those famous steps into the Palais de Festivals. Aja Naomi King made her Cannes Film Festival debut last year as a L’Orealista and really surprised me. She isn’t typically one of my favorite stars to see on the red carpet, but she rose to the occasion in Cannes wearing beautiful designs from Pamella Roland and Zuhair Murad Couture. So this year I am hoping that Aja continues to grow and deliver a major looks on the red carpet at this years edition. I wanted to do something a little different for Aja to wear in Cannes to kick off my wishes for her to bring to life on the red carpet picking a look from August Getty Atelier. The LA based designer isn’t typically a label I would associate with the Cannes Film Festival, but after he made his Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week debut back in January I decided that I wouldn’t count him out. I fell in love with this black and gold intricately beaded August Getty Atelier Spring 2019 Couture strapless column gown which features a dramatic asymmetrical folded detail back when it was first presented in January and I definitely think that despite the fact that it isn’t a big ball gown or have a dramatic train that it would be a perfect gown for Aja to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. This gown is a statement all on its own so I would just finish it with a sleek high updo, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudistsong’ crystal encrusted strap sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection yellow diamond teardrop chandelier earrings. For the second look I’ve chosen for Aja to wear on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet I went with another non-traditional designer. In the last several years only two stars have worn a J. Mendel design on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Aja hasn’t worn J. Mendel before, but I definitely believe that this navy J. Mendel Fall 2019 RTW sheer tulle gown which features a plunging neckline, accordion pleat detailing along the bodice, a full skirt designed with rounded ruffle accents, and a sweeping train is something that Aja would definitely be able to deliver with effortless sophistication on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I know that with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, matte red lips, black Stuart Weitzman ‘Nudist Pearls’ ankle strap sandals embellished with white pearls, and a suite of Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of diamond and sapphire drop earrings and a matching statement necklace that this look would be perfect for the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The final look I’ve picked for Aja to wear on this red carpet is the most typical ‘Cannes worthy’ gown that I’ve picked for her with this aqua Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture asymmetric silk chiffon gown which features hand pleating and is embellished with aquamarine Swarovski stones. I LOVE this color and the flowing vibe of the gown fits perfectly with the seaside setting of the Cannes Film Festival perfectly. It would make for another perfect look for Aja to bring to life styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bright pink lips, a pair of silver Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Adaile’ crystal embellished stiletto sandals, and more Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of simple aquamarine, sapphire, and diamond pendant drop earrings and a statement diamond and aquamarine cuff bracelet. Each of these looks would ensure that Aja just continues to grow in her red carpet sartorial decisions, and rise to the occasion of the Cannes Film Festival. Barbara Palvin made her Cannes Film Festival debut as a L’Orealista way back in 2012. I loved the Valentino Couture moment she wore that year, but to be honest she isn’t typically one of my favorite L’Orealista’s to see on the red carpet. I think it is because she is so all over the map when it comes to consistency of style and fit. I definitely want to see her bring the glamour to the red carpet this year, and I feel like given some of the looks that Barbara has delivered some really chic looks on the red carpet so I have a good feeling. I think that classic glamour and bohemian elegance are the foundation of Barbara’s style and that made it pretty difficult to pick looks for her. I was drawn to this vibrant purple Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture strapless draped gown for Barbara as it is a meshing of classic glamour and bohemian elegance. I decided I wanted to pick one look that mixed both ideas and then one that was just an iteration of each aesthetic. This Elie Saab gown is devoid of any of the brands signature embellishments, but the drama and glamour of this gown definitely make it a major moment for Barbara to deliver on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. A loose romantic updo, bold defined winged eyes, dark red lips, purple Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished satin sandals, and chic Chopard Red Carpet Collection purple tanzanite chandelier necklace would make it perfection. I went in much more of a dazzling glamour direction for my second wish for Barbara with this gold Moschino Fall 2019 RTW sequined gown which features a strapless, sweetheart neckline, a fitted silhouette, and bow-detailed accents. This is definitely a statement look. When it comes to Moschino on the red carpet it isn’t very often we see the brand off the runway, and even rarer that we see it on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but I definitely think that especially on a model that this gown would be perfect for Cannes especially if paired with a sleek 40’s inspired updo, thick defined cat eyes, red lips, a pair of gold Rene Caovilla crystal embellished sandals, and statement floral scroll Chopard Red Carpet Collection multicolor gemstone drop earrings. The final look I’ve chosen for Barbara is in line with the bohemian side of her style. She has had some tremendous success wearing custom Philosophy bi Lorenzo Serafini gowns on the red carpets at both the Cannes and Venice Film Festivals. So I decided that I wanted to create a custom gown from the label for Barbara to wear on the Cannes red carpet this year. So I went to the brands Spring 2019 RTW collection to an intricately embroidered ruffled tulle mini dress to create the tiered ruffled gown with a plunging neckline for Barbara to wear on this red carpet. A short curly bob hairstyle, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of gold and anthracite grey crystal embellished Rene Caovilla satin sandals, and ruby Chopard Red Carpet Collection cluster earrings all would make this look absolutely gorgeous for the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Duckie Thot continues to rise her star in the modeling world. She will be making her Cannes Film Festival debut this year as a L’Orealista. I am actually a little surprised that Duckie has jumped ship from Fenty Beauty. She kinda became a big thing when she stared in the ad campaign that launched the Fenty Beauty brand. I have to say I am a little worried about Duckie on this red carpet since I don’t really know what her style is and she hasn’t really delivered a red carpet look in the past that has caught my eye. I am hoping that she will turn to some of the brands that she has walked for in the past to help dress her for one of the most important red carpets of the year. Of the three look I’ve picked for Duckie to wear for her Cannes debut only one comes from a designer she hasn’t worked with within the last year and that is the black and red geometric wave embroidered pattern Alexander McQueen Resort 2019 strapless gown which features a sweetheart neckline, fitted hips, and a tiered flared skirt. I pretty much knew the other two looks that I was going to use for Duckie for her Cannes debut and I went around and around looking at options for the third look I wanted to pick. So it happens that third look comes first alphabetically so it comes up first even though it was the last of the looks I chose for Duckie to wear on this red carpet. I just thought that given some of Duckie’s previous red carpet looks that this could be an elevated version of her style for the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Pair it with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of black Alexander McQueen beaded bow detail sandals, and a statement black and white diamond de Grisogono collar necklace to really make it perfect. One designer I would easily put money on Duckie wearing for her Cannes Film Festival debut is Balmain. Over the last year Duckie has walked in every Balmain show and was the face of the brands Fall 2018 ad campaign, so I feel like Olivier would definitely be willing to whip something up for her to wear on this red carpet. I decided to modify a black sequin mini dress I found online which features long sleeves, a plunging neckline, and an acid green feather embroidered on it adding a dramatic feathered skirt with a train to it. I think that this is definitely something right up Duckie’s ally and I honestly believe that out of all the looks I picked for her that it is something like this that we are most likely going to see her wearing on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. I would love to see this gown paired with a sleek bang hairstyle defined eyes, glossy nude lips, black crystal and spike studded Christian Louboutin ‘Mechante Reine Spikes’ ribbon strap pointed toe pumps, and a pair of black and white diamond de Grisogono tassel earrings. The final look I’ve picked for Duckie to wear on the Cannes red carpet is definitely the riskiest. Duckie just walked in the now iconic and uber inclusive Valentino Spring 2019 Couture show. It celebrated beauty of women who looked so incredibly different and I loved it. The styles that were shown in the collection were as varried as the models who wore the looks. While there are definitely plenty of big ball gowns that I could have chosen for Duckie to snatch off that runway for Cannes I decided to go with something totally unexpected with this Valentino Spring 2019 Couture ensemble which features a cap sleeve canary yellow crop top, brown undershirt, and khaki high waisted paper bag wide leg trousers. For Cannes I typically would have picked a look like this for one of the a-list stars to wear for a photocall, but I feel like that if anyone could make it work for a gala premiere red carpet it would be Duckie. I know that it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I definitely think it would be a major moment. Pair it with a sleek high ponytail, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of matching yellow pointed toe pumps, and a pair of de Grisogono black and yellow diamond drop earrings to secure this as one of the most statement making looks that Duckie has ever worn on a red carpet. Irina Shayk really disappointed me this awards season. I went into it expecting major things and she let me down on every red carpet she walked with boyfriend Bradley Cooper. I hope that she is planning on attending this years Cannes Film Festival and is planning some major fashion moments to compensate for the fact that she left me with a drought of sexy glamour over the course of awards season. Irina almost always goes for bold sexy glamour when she is picking looks to wear on the red carpet in Cannes. We are used to seeing her wearing looks from labels like Versace, Balmain, Roberto Cavalli, and Prada. I definitely want to keep her sexy alive and bring all the drama I am craving to this red carpet. To do that I have two custom gowns from designers we are used to seeing Irina wearing on the red carpet, and another that is the perfect ethereal sexy off the runway moment for Irina to wear in Cannes. The first is a custom peridot green Atelier Versace draped halter gown which mixes silk charmuse and chiffon and features a plunging neckline, gold crystal embellished safety pin detail on the hip, open back, a fit to flare silhouette, and a dramatic train. This is definitely a typical Versace moment and what I love most about the look is definitely the color. Cannes is a place for color and this color on Irina would be phenomenal. Finish this look with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of bold gold Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ strappy sandals, and a pair of de Grisogono yellow diamond and emerald drop earrings. Look two comes courtesy of a custom red Balmain gown that I created the idea for after being inspired by the leather corsets from the Balmain Fall 2019 RTW collection. I definitely think that at some point in the next several weeks we are likely to see Olivier Rousting showcase a look on the red carpet that utilizes one of these corsets. I love the sexy and dramatic flamenco vibe that we created by dying the lilac runway corset red and pairing it with a tiered chiffon skirt that I definitely want to see have a dramatic train trailing behind it on the red carpet. I would keep that sexy glamour going with a sleek updo, smoke eyes, red lips, a pair of red Christian Louboutin ‘Forever KST’ crystal studded satin strappy sandals, and a statement diamond, ruby, and pearl de Grisogono pearl necklace. The final look I’ve picked for Irina is this white Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture one shoulder silk chiffon draped gown, embellished with crystals, xilions, sequins and devoré ostrich feathers. This sheer gown done just right could be the perfect meshing of sensuality and elegance. I believe that Irina has the right mix of sex appeal and glamour to really make this an absolutely gorgeous moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of silver Jimmy Choo ‘Lilah’ metallic leather platform sandals, and de Grisogono diamond pendant drop earrings.Finishing out today is one of the Queens of Cannes, Sonam Kapoor. The Bollywood actress knows how to own a Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I always am excited to see what she will wear, but honestly her last 3 years worth of looks have all kind of blurred together to me. I want her to really deliver some major moments this year. Last year Sonam was only able to stay one day in Cannes and took to the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals wearing a sari inspired ensemble custom created for her by Ralph & Russo. It was beautiful, but very similar to the Elie Saab looks she wore the year before, and even more similar to the Ralph & Russo gowns she wore the year before that. This year I want Sonam to bring bold glamour to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, while still paying tribute to her Indian culture. The first look I would love to see Sonam bring to life in Cannes is this red Georges Hobeika Spring 2019 Couture strapless ballgown which features a multi-tone ruffled skirt and a dramatic train. We tend to see quite a bit of Georges Hobeika in Cannes, but it isn’t a label we have seen Sonam wearing in the past. This color too is bolder than we are used to seeing from her, but I feel like it is the perfect statement look for her to wear for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Pair this statement gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude glossy lips, a pair of red crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Lancer’ strappy pointed toe pumps, and statement Sabyasachi (an important Indian designer) diamond, ruby, and pearl tassel earrings and I know that this would easily be a Best of Cannes, if not a Best of 2019, contender. The second look I’ve picked for Sonam is a little more in tune with the looks that she has been wearing, but even more dramatic. I took the Ralph & Russo Fall 2018 Couture chantilly lace bridal gown which features a plunging neckline with statement tulle overlay, oversized corsage shoulder detailing and cascading tulle train and is embellished with layers of hand cut floral lace appliqué in a glitter finish, metallic silver xilions, crystals and pearls in an ornate design and had it died in a soft peony pink. I wouldn’t typically look at the brides from any couture show as an option for the red carpet, but the style of this gown is just so in tune with what we are used to seeing from Sonam on the red carpet that with it being died I knew it would be perfect for her to bring to life in Cannes. Now when I had my photo editor Evita create this I was thinking of adding embroideries that were taken from authentic Indian saris, that is where the embroidery on the bodice comes from. As I write this I realize that I’m not a huge fan of it and just changing the color would make this gown perfect for Sonam. I would imagine this look would need a sleek updo, defined eyes, dark pink lips, a pair of pink Jimmy Choo ‘Sereno’ jeweled buckle suede sandals, and a selection of Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of flirty pink amethyst, yellow diamond, and opal floral cluster earrings and a pink amethyst scroll work cuff bracelet to really be the major moment I know it has the potential to be. The final look I would like to see from Sonam is a pretty classic princess moment that I would edge up with styling. I adore this cream Ulyana Sergeenko Fall 2018 Couture strapless ball gown which features a smooth strapless bustier bodice and a tiered ruffled ball skirt and I definitely think that it is something she would be drawn to. Add a statement Sabyasachi emerald and diamond collar necklace, a vintage inspired updo, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, and a pair of gold metallic leather and PVC Christian Louboutin ‘Fairdaravie’ round studded sandals to make sure that this is just another major Queen of Cannes moment for Sonam.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.