I was supposed to have this list ready yesterday, but when I came home Tuesday night I decided that I needed sleep more than I needed to write. So instead of posting on schedule I’m a little behind. So I won’t be doing a long intro paragraph today. Cannes is one of my favorite times of the year and a big part of that is the L’Orealista’s. They always bring the glamour, which is their main job at the festival, and I am just praying for major moment from them this year too. Alexina Graham just earned her wings as a Victoria’s Secret model (along with fellow L’Orealista Barbara Palvin) and I am really hoping this means that her red carpet profile is going to rise. Alexina has a look, face wise, that I love and I definitely think that she has potential to really wow on the red carpet. I first took note of Alexina when she attended the 2017 amfAR Cannes Gala with Olivier Rousting wearing a custom Balmain gown following the announcement of the Balmain x L’Oreal collaboration. She has walked in a few Balmain shows and I definitely want to see her bring a custom gown from the brand to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year. I decided to go with more of a classic look, with a hit of modern drama, opting to take the silver sequined waist from a tweed mini dress I found on Matches Fashion and turn it into a dramatic silk strapless mermaid gown with a long train. Cannes is all about glamour and drama and this gown delivers that idea perfectly. Pair it with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Tchicaboum’ spike studded pointed toe pumps, and a single Messika ‘Calypso Mono’ diamond ear cuff would finish this look perfectly. I also decided to go for a look we haven’t yet seen from Alexina on the red carpet picking this nude tulle Christian Dior Fall 2018 Couture princess moment ball gown. I feel like if any red carpet is perfect for a supermodels first major princess moment on the red carpet it is Cannes and what better label to do it in that Dior? I might be over seeing the same nude tulle gowns designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri at Dior, but if we have to see it on the red carpet then I think that a supermodel giving a lesson on how to deliver a moment is perfect for the label. I would love to see Alexina style this gown with a romantic updo, soft smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of light gold studded Christian Louboutin ‘Spikoo’ transparent PVC pointed toe pumps, and a statement gold set Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby collar necklace. The final look I’ve picked for Alexina is definitely my favorite. I love a red head in any shade of green, but especially emerald. So when I saw this emerald green Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2019 sequin embroidered tulle gown which features a plunging v-neckline, long sleeves and a fitted silhouette with a fluted skirt while I was looking for the perfect looks for Alexina to wear during her time in Cannes I immediately fell in love. I had already fallen in love with this gown, but the thought of Alexina wearing this gown gets me very excited. Loose sexy waves, defined eyes, red lips, an emerald green satin Prada box clutch, a pair of emerald green satin Gianvito Rossi crystal buckle embellished sandals, and a suite of de Grisogono emerald and diamond jewels including a pair of drop earrings and a statement cocktail ring would all ensure that Alexina definitely shows her fellow L’Orealista’s that she is here to hang. Blake Lively missed her first Cannes Film Festival last year, and her presence was sorely missed. I have long loved Blake and her amazing personal style and I definitely want to see her back on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival this year! I think that what I love most about Blake and her style is that she is authentic to herself. She doesn’t work with a stylist. Instead when she selects her wardrobe looks she takes a pic of the dress and sends it to her friends Christian Louboutin and Lorraine Schwartz and they send her the perfect accessories to pair with her gowns. When it comes to red carpet looks Blake tends to favor dramatic and glamours looks and that is why she fits right in on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The first look I’ve picked for Blake is actually a gown I designed for her. She always shuts a red carpet down when she wears Atelier Versace and typically those gowns are custom designed for her. So I wanted to take some ideas from other Atelier Versace looks and collections and combine them into one custom gown. That is how this bondage inspired crystal embellished bustier bodice gown which features thick straps, a tiered beaded fringe column skirt, and a dramatic train came to be. I was thinking about the bondage strap looks that came down the Versace Fall 2019 RTW runway as the inspiration, but when I mentioned it to Evita (who edits these looks for me) we agreed that they weren’t very Blake, especially not in Cannes. She sent me a screen shot of a gown that Versace had actually designed for Kylie Jenner to wear for the 2016 Met Gala, but she didn’t end up wearing. That is where the bodice came from. I figured that having that dusty rose pink boning and banding is a perfect way to give a nod to that signature Versace bondage inspiration, but in a way that definitely fits right in with Blake’s style. I would have the crystal embellished panels of the bodice embellished with gold crystals to match the tiered beaded fringe skirt. Now that was inspired by an Atelier Versace gown that Uma Thurman actually wore in Cannes a few years ago, though the actual skirt we used came from a vintage unknown label 1950’s gown. We finished it with a dramatic rose pink silk train inspired by the same cut that Dua Lipa had on her custom Atelier Versace gown at the Grammy’s earlier this year. I think it came together to create a major moment. I would love to see Blake finish this look with old Hollywood waves, soft dark rose pink smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, a pair of gold studded Christian Louboutin ‘Fairdaravie’ PVC sandals, and over 100 carats of gold set Lorraine Schwartz emerald cut diamond drop earrings. Blake Lively in Elie Saab has always been a winning pairing in the past and I would love to see the two make red carpet magic in Cannes. I kept that old Hollywood vibe I started with the Versace look going picking this amazing gold sequin Elie Saab Spring 2019 Couture one shoulder gown which features a bow detail on the shoulder, an a-line silhouette, and a sweeping train (which I think I would want to be lengthened just a little more since there is no such thing as too much drama in Cannes.) I believe that Blake has the potential to really make this gown come to life. Pair it with gold Christian Louboutin ‘Collaclou’ pointed toe PVC pumps, a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft red lips, a pair of Lorraine Schwartz white and yellow diamond drop earrings, and a selection of champagne diamond cocktail rings to definitely ensure head to toe glamour. Finishing out a trio of uber glamorous looks for Blake is this black Ralph & Russo Spring 2019 Couture tulle gown ornately embellished with black pearlescent and silver sequins in a stylized snake print design, featuring double satin draping and cut outs at the waist finished with tassels which I would style with a 40’s inspired updo, winged eyes, red lips, a pair of Lorraine Schwartz diamond drop earrings, black Christian Louboutin ‘Marie Edwina’ satin ribbon strappy sandals detailed with crystal embellishments and feather tassels, and a statement Lorraine Schwartz sapphire and diamond cocktail ring. It would make for an incredibly glamorous Cannes run for Blake. There was a long time when I would get excited about seeing Eva Longoria on the red carpet, but those days are long gone. I actually wondered why I was even bothering to pick amazing gowns for her to wear in Cannes this year since I know that she will disappoint me. With these wishes I feel like I am setting myself up for disappointment. I will however keep making wishes for Eva and hoping that one day everything falls back into place. All three of the gowns I’ve picked for Eva to wear in Cannes this year are things I know the ‘Old Eva’ would have shut down the red carpet in Cannes wearing. Starting off is a major Atelier Versace Spring 2019 Couture moment. When you see the ‘Eventail’ strapless gown which features a dramatic bow back train ans a sheer 3D floral embellished column gown construction out of a black and white picture you see that it is a blushy/peachy pink and aside from a mini dress lining the gown is sheer. I love the gown, but I would love to see it really sparkle for the Cannes Film Festival so I would line it in rose gold chainmail to allow their to be shimmer in the gown. Finish this gown with a vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, pink coral pink lips, a pair of rose gold Jimmy Choo ‘Lane’ metallic leather sandals, and simple Chopard pink and white diamond teardrop earrings to make this look perfection. Now for the next look I want to see Eva wear I went for drama, but a black gown. A black gown is hard to go wrong with and I definitely think that Eva would own the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals wearing this black Georges Hobeika Spring 2019 Couture strapless completely ruffled ballgown which features a side split. Now I don’t typically pink a whole lot of black looks for Cannes because I don’t think that they really fit the light and breezy setting, but here any there they can work and this one I definitely think could bring out Eva’s inner diva. A sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, simple black Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ platform sandals, and a selection of Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of white diamond and paraiba tourmaline drop earrings and a pink sapphire and paraiba tourmaline paisley cuff bracelet all would make this another major moment for Eva to bring to life in Cannes. Last but not least for Eva I have a look from a designer who has landed major Cannes moments the last several years, Michael Cinco. He has dressed major moments for L’Orealista’s Aishwarya Rai and Praya Lundberg and now I want to see him work his magic for Eva. I love this blush pink strapless Michael Cinco Fall 2018 Couture strapless bustier mermaid gown which features an intricately beaded bodice and a feathered hem into a long train. Now I tend to think Michael’s gowns would overwhelm someone with a petite frame like Eva, but he hasn’t overwhelmed anyone yet so I don’t see that if this gown is perfectly tailored to Eva’s stature why it wouldn’t be an absolutely major moment especially if styled with a romantic updo, smokey eyes, bold pink lips, silver Jimmy Choo ‘Lilah’ strappy metallic leather platform sandals, and chic Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond “Magical’ setting drop earrings. Victoria’s Secret angel Jasmine Tookes is another L’Orealista and one I definitely want to see deliver really major moments this year. I think that Jasmine wears a lot of really chic things on the red carpet, but she isn’t usually one who brings a whole lot of drama to the red carpet. Her looks tend to be much more simple, especially when it comes to silhouette. The first look I’ve picked for Jasmine to wear in Cannes is probably the closest her to style with this gold and silver strapless Alberta Ferretti Fall 2019 RTW laminated silk-blend gown which features a pleated, maxi length hem, waist cutouts and embellished details at the bodice. Now this gown isn’t supposed to have a train based on the exact off the runway look that will be going into production, but for Cannes I would love to see Alberta modify this gown adding a sweeping train to give a major disco queen glam moment for Jasmine. Pair it with a sleek low bun, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, a pair of gold Alaia strappy sandals, and Boucheron gold chain tassel earrings to really make this a major chic moment. Now a new label I am really hoping to see in Cannes is Cong Tri. The designer made a splash at New York Fashion Week showing a major evening wear collection with a cast of models who are the who’s who of current age supermodels. I love this metallic bronze micro pleated Cong Tri Fall 2019 RTW strapless origami draped mermaid gown and I really believe that it would be an amazing moment for Jasmine to wear on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The color against her skin tone would be phenomenal. Add a sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a pair of bronze Manolo Blahnik jeweled metallic leather sandals, and a statement vintage Boucheron gold lattice and diamond collar necklace to bring this look to life. The final look I’ve picked for Jasmine is a major volume and color moment with this bright yellow Georges Chakra Fall 2019 Couture sleeveless, mixed texture, draped gown. I know that Jasmine shouldn’t be afraid of color, and I don’t think she is. I think that especially for Cannes that this color is perfect and with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of yellow Aquazzura PVC strap and crystal buckle detail sandals, and a selection of De Beers jewels including a pair of white and yellow diamond sunburst wreath earrings, and a statement white diamond cuff bracelet. Rounding out today’s wishes is the always gorgeous and dramatic Winnie Harlow. She has definitely mastered commanding the Cannes Film Festival red carpets and I am really excited to see what she has in store for us this year. I turned to three of Winnie’s three favorite couture labels to pick major moments for her to deliver on the red carpet at this years festival starting with this dark pool blue Elie Saab Spring 2019 Couture asymmetrical collar detail one shoulder column gown which features a defined waist, draped skirt, thigh high split, and a sweeping train. This is definitely a little edgier and sexy than your typical Elie Saab design, but it still features the brands signature sparkle. I think the fact it isn’t what you would typically expect from an Elie Saab design is what would draw Winnie to this look. I believe it would be a super glamorous and sexy moment for her to bring to life especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of silver crystal chain Gianvito Rossi metallic leather ankle wrap sandals, and de Grisogono signatures sphere drop earrings in sapphires and white diamonds. I went from sleek and sexy to pure drama with this dark red and violet Ralph & Russo Fall 2018 Couture asymmetric silk double duchess ballgown which features a thigh-high slit, structured bodice, draped bustle and contrasting pink silk taffeta train. This gives more of a dated 80’s vibe and I know that on most that this gown would go completely wrong, but I think that on Winnie that this look would be absolutely major. Pair it with a sleek high bun updo, smokey eyes, matching dark red lips, red Alexander McQueen crystal bow detail sandals, and chic de Grisogono ruby and amethyst pendant drop earrings to really make sure the styling compliments this statement gown and doesn’t overwhelm it. Finally the last look I’ve picked for Winnie is a very chic goddess moment with this champagne gold Zuhair Murad Spring 2019 Couture pleated lame gown which features a plunging neckline, defined waist, and a flowing a-line skirt. We aren’t exactly used to seeing a goddess vibe from Winnie on the red carpet, but I saw this gown and the idea just stuck with me. I can definitely imagine her working the pleated skirt for all its worth on the red carpet. Finish the look with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of champagne Jimmy Choo ‘Lance’ crystal embellished sandals, and selection of champagne diamond de Grisogono jewels including a pair of knotted rope inspired drop earrings and a statement cuff bracelet to ensure Winnie owns the Cannes Film Festival red carpet for another year.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.