We are inching closer to my wishes for the actual premieres that are slated to take place during the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. Before I jump into those wishes I do have several more wishes though for ladies who are expected to head to the French Riviera to promote different brands, and the ladies who I’m most excited to see on this years red carpet are definitely the L’Orealista’s. They always bring the drama and glamour, which is their job, to the Cannes red carpet. I just hope that L’Oreal decides to sprinkle their strongest talent among some of the red carpets with less a-list level power to really up the drama of those premieres. I also hope that unlike most years that L’Oreal doesn’t front load all of their red carpet heavy hitters to the front end of the festival. The Cannes Film Festival can get a little heavy on models walking the red carpet. I have been known to get model fatigue towards the middle of the festival. But Cindy Bruna knows how to get me excited to see another model on the red carpet. She has given us such a varried sense of style from designers including Georges Hobeika, Zac Posen, Ulyana Sergeenko, Zuhair Murad Giambattista Valli, and Ashi Studio. Each of her previous looks have been incredibly different from the previous one and I am really excited to see what she might bring to the red carpet at this years festival. I went shopping the runways, and virtual racks, to find three perfect looks for Cindy to bring to life this year. I went back to three labels that Cindy has already worn for past Cannes red carpets to dress her for this years events. The first is a blush pink Georges Hobeika Spring 2019 Couture draped goddess gown which features a thigh high split. It is definitely a very chic and glamorous look. We haven’t seen Cindy wearing this type of goddess gown on Cindy before, but I think that it would be an incredibly glamorous moment for her to wear for the Cannes Film Festival. A sleek updo, defined eyes, blush pink lips, a pair of iridescent pearl pink Rene Caovilla crystal embellished stiletto sandals, and a selection of de Grisogono jewels including pink sapphire and diamond floral ear clips and a pink sapphire and amethyst fan bangle would definitely make it an absolutely beautiful moment for Cindy to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. For look number two I went with a classic Zac Posen shape in an amazing fabrication with this strapless gold butterfly jacquard ball gown which features a sweetheart neckline, self tied sash at the waist, origami pleating, and a sweeping train. I feel like Cindy fits the Zac Posen look perfectly and while Zac isn’t the typical Cannes designer when someone wears one of his designs on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals something special happens. I feel like Cindy would be the epitome of glamour rocking this gown with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, burgundy lips, a pair of gold Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished sandals, and a white and champagne diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection fringe collar necklace. The final look I’ve picked for Cindy is probably my favorite. I love when Cindy gives us bold color and that is exactly what is being delivered with this aquamarine Zuhair Murad Spring 2019 Couture one sleeve ball gown which features sheer construction, intricate beaded embellishments, and a dramatic tulle ball skirt and train. This gown is dramatic and I know that Cindy would shut down the Cannes red carpet in this bold, fun, and glamorous gown especially if paired with a romantic updo, defined eyes, bold pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Aquazzura ‘Studio’ sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection paraiba tourmaline, emerald, and diamond cluster earrings. Freida Pinto used to be a regular on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet wearing looks from Oscar de la Renta, Michael Kors, Atelier Versace, and Gucci. She hasn’t been on the famed red carpeted steps since 2015 and I am hoping she will make her red carpet return this year. She has been making more appearances at major events like the Vanity Fair Oscar Party and the Tribeca Film Festival so I am hoping that she will make the journey to Cannes. I definitely picked three really chic looks for her to wear for her return to Cannes. Up first is an antique gold Christian Dior Spring 2019 Couture embroidered a-line gown which features a black tulle overlay and a sash tied waist. This look came from Maria Grazia Chiuri’s second presentation of the collection in Dubai where she added some of the best looks of the season. This simple and bohemian take on glamour is exactly what we expect from a Dior moment on the red carpet anymore, but done in a truly amazing way. I think that with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, dark red lips, a black Edie Parker ‘Jean’ croc embossed box clutch, black Gianvito Rossi patent and plexi sandals, and Chopard yellow diamond chandelier earrings that it would be perfect for Freida to wear in Cannes. Now while the Dior is glamorous and all I want to see a lot of light and bright colors in Cannes this year. So the other two looks I’ve picked for Freida to wear in Cannes this year are full of color. The first of those colorful looks is this flamingo pink Elie Saab Spring 2019 Couture flowing gown which features a strapless 3D floral feather embellished bustier bodice and a flowing skirt with a thigh high split. I can just picture this color being absolutely beautiful against Freida skin tone. Now I go back and forth on using the cape for Freida. On one hand it adds breezy drama to the look, but on the other chiffon capes often fall flat for me if they are tied at the neck and not attached to the gown itself. If they wanted to keep the length that the cape adds I think adding it to the skirt at the back under the floral details could work. I would finish this look with a sleek updo, soft smokey eyes, dark rose red lips, a pair of pink strappy Gucci crystal embellished sandals, and chic Chopard pink rubellitte, white quartz, pink sapphire, and diamond drop earrings to keep the feminine glamour of this look alive. The final look I’ve picked for Freida is one that I’ve designed. I was looking at the Prada Fall 2019 RTW trunkshow on Moda Operandi and I saw a Tiffany blue satin high waisted floral hip corsage pleated midi skirt and I thought it would be a great jumping point for a custom gown. Then I just had to think of a perfect bodice. I wanted a touch of sparkle and then I remembered a teal and aquamarine Prada crystal embellished box clutch from Fall 2014 collection and the idea just clicked. So I had Evita create this custom column gown which features a strapless half moon bustier and that high waisted column skirt for Freida to wear in Cannes. Freida has rocked a custom Prada look or two in her time on the red carpet and I definitely think that Prada is perfect designer for her to wear in Cannes this year. I think with old Hollywood waves, smokey eyes, light pink lips, the actual Prada crystal embellished clutch that inspired the bodice, a pair of light blue Prada translucent PVC sandals, and a selection of Chopard jewels including asscher cut diamond chandelier earrings and a paraiba tourmaline and diamond cocktail ring that Freida would definitely bring nothing but glamour to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Julianne Moore has been on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in her duties as a L’Orealista at the opening ceremony and second day of the festival for the last six years. Will she do so again this year? My bet is yes. I am always excited to see what Julianne wears in Cannes. She has made my Best Dressed of the Year list in 2015 thanks to her custom black feathered Armani Prive moment and looks from the last 3 years of the festival have been in my final round of consideration for Best Dressed of the Year, though they ultimately didn’t make the cut. I want to see Julianne deliver many major looks this year starting with a custom Celine gown. I cannot take credit for the idea for this black and gold art deco column gown which features an intricately embroidered bustier with a peak neckline and a fully beaded column skirt. I told Evita I wanted custom Celine and she went through the collections, searched for vintage, and created this gown. The moment I saw it I fell in love and I definitely feel like this is something that Heidi Slimane would create for a custom red carpet moment for someone like Julianne. Now it doesn’t have a big skirt or a long train, but I still think that it is the perfect look for Julianne to bring to life on this red carpet. It oozes old Hollywood glamour, but in a sexy and modern way. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, dark red lips, a pair of black Celine ‘Sharp’ strappy patent leather sandals, and gold set yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection teardrop chandelier earrings would all add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble. For the last four years Julianne has worn a Givenchy Couture creation for the opening of the Cannes Film Festival. Given the fact that she just feted Givenchy creative director Clare Waight Keller at the Time 100 Gala last month I would imagine that the partnership will continue again this year. It has been that Givenchy gown the last 3 years that has made my Best of Cannes list and has stayed in my mind for the Best Dressed of the Year list. That gown Julianne has worn from Givenchy the last several years has been custom designed for her, but instead of designing a custom gown for her to wear this year I fell in love with this silver Givenchy Spring 2019 Couture cap sleeve gown which features intricate beading and a fit to flare silhouette off the brands latest couture runway. I love this gown and honestly and surprised it wasn’t picked for Oscar night, but maybe it is because Julianne’s stylist Leslie Fremar had already called Givenchy and put it on hold for Cannes. It has this modern glamour that I know Julianne would deliver with effortless ease on the red carpet especially if paired with a sleek updo, defined eyes, rose pink lips, silver mirrored leather Givenchy strappy slingback sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection ‘Magical Setting’ white diamond drop earrings. The final look I’ve picked for Julianne is the one I am most excited about. Aside from Givenchy a custom Louis Vuitton gown is a safe bet for Julianne to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I was thinking about what I wanted and was looking at details from the collections and other custom LV gowns me and Evita have dreamed ups and I came up with this emerald green fully beaded gown which features long sleeves, a plunging cowl neckline, an exposed velvet bustier inspired by the Louis Vuitton Fall 2019 RTW collection, and a column skirt with a small train. I love when Julianne, or pretty much any red head, wears green. The color against Julianne’s milky pink skin and her red hair would just POP. The gown should be the main focus of the look so I wanted to keep the styling relatively simple with a sleek side parted low ponytail, emerald green Gianvito Rossi ankle wrap knotted sandals, and a pair of statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection emerald and diamond drop earrings to definitely ensure that Julianne delivers another absolutely major fashion moment on this red carpet. I have been waiting to put Liya Kebede in a wish list because I got super busy the day I was going to post her and I just didn’t have time to write a paragraph on my choices for her. But that being said I LOVE what Liya brings to the red carpet. She doesn’t stick to the go big or go home mentality of Cannes, in fact more often than not her looks on the famed red carpet are actually cocktail mini or midi length instead of a floor length gown all together. She brings this effortless modern glamour to the red carpet and it is always a welcome change of pace when everyone is typically wearing voluminous ballgowns and multitude of yardage. So I have three very different looks for Liya to wear in Cannes this year starting with this sleek black sequined one sleeve draped Elie Saab Fall 2019 Couture gown which features a sash train draped from the shoulder and a thigh high split. The fact that this is an actual gown is already pretty much a departure for Liya and the sequins definitely make it even more of a stretch, but I think she would rock this gown, but in a very different way than someone like Hailee Steinfeld or Jennifer Lopez who I know would eye this gown. She would keep everything in regards to the styling relatively simple adding a sleek center parted low ponytail, defined eyes, matte nude lips, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Minimalist’ PVC detail strappy sandals, and adding some sparkle via a pair of simple Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and emerald drop earrings to really make this look fit Liya’s sense of style. Now for look two I went with an easy look I definitely think that Liya would shut the red carpet down wearing. I was looking at Saint Laurent for a mini dress for Liya, but when I saw this white loose fit tuxedo with a black cummerbund and strong shoulders I fell in love with the idea of her rocking it for Cannes. It isn’t very often we see a woman wearing a tuxedo on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, but of all the L’Orealista’s I think that Liya is the one who could really sell one to us on this red carpet. I wouldn’t button the jacket or add a shirt to this look letting Liya use her model chops to bring this sexy yet masculine look to life. I would want to see her style this suit with a sleek center parted hairstyle, smokey eyes, glossy dark red lips, a pair of black Saint Laurent pointed toe pumps with crystal spheres studded down the heel, and a statement Chopard ‘The Garden of Kalahari’ diamond drop pendant collar necklace to really make this look the perfect meshing of modern and 70’s and femininity and masculinity. The final look I’ve picked for Liya is the only label I think is a lock that she would wear in Cannes this year. Liya is a muse to Pierpaolo Piccioli and so when I saw this drop waist floral midi gown from the Valentino Spring 2019 Couture collection which features bell cuffed long sleeves, and an a-line skirt I knew that it would be the perfect look for Liya to deliver the moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. A sleek low bun, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a gold velvet Roger Vivier ‘Club Chain’ clutch, and a pair of gold metallic leather Aquazzura ‘Purist’ sandals would allow for the dress to be the main focus of the look since the femininity of the dress is out of Liya’s typical style. Each look, while vastly different, would definitely ensure that Liya delivers her special brand of glamour. Finishing out today is Thai actress and model Praya Lundberg. I think that Praya is one of the most underrated L’Orealista’s. She typically delivers one big ballgown (from designers Rami Kadi and Michael Cinco in the past) and one sexy dress (historically by Julien Macdonald) in her time on the red carpet at the festival. I personally prefer her more dramatic ballgowns as they make a statement compared to seeing the same Julien Macdonald styles we see all the time. I actually decided not to pick a Julien Macdonald look for Praya for that exact reason. Instead the sleeker and sexier look I’ve picked for her to wear during her time in Cannes this years is this turquoise Elie Saab Spring 2019 RTW one sleeve sequined midi gown which features a sheath silhouette, bow detail on the hip, a wrap style skirt, and a thigh high split. I loved this dress as soon as I saw it and I am sad that it hasn’t been worn. Now given the fact that it is the season currently in stores makes the chances of seeing this gown on a red carpet very unlikely, but I think that Praya would deliver this gown in an incredibly chic manner on the Cannes red carpet especially if she pairs it with a sleek center parted hair tucked behind her ears, defined eyes, pink lips, a pair of silver studded Christian Louboutin ‘Jamais Azzez’ PVC t-strap sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection amethyst and multicolor tourmaline drop earrings. Look two comes from the same designer that Praya wore last year, Michael Cinco. I have a feeling that L’Orealista’s are going to be drawn to the Dubai based couture line this year as he has garnered a lot of press and praise from stars wearing his designs in Cannes the last two years. He is always about the drama and that is exactly what is delivered in this red one shoulder gown from the Michael Cinco Fall 2018 Couture collection which features a feathered pouf on the shoulders, intricate crystal embellishment on the wist, a column skirt with a thigh high split, and a ball skirt with a dramatic train layered over it. Typically Araya sticks to dark colors or metallics, so this look would be a step into the world of bold color for Araya and I definitely think that she would shut the red carpet down wearing this bold design. Add a sleek updo, bold defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of red Rene Caovilla crystal embellished strappy sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond and ruby chandelier earrings would definitely continue to make sure Araya owns the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The final look I’ve chosen for Praya is the one that I knew the moment I saw it that I wanted to pick for Praya to wear in Cannes. 14 weeks ago when I posted my Rami Kadi Spring 2019 Couture collection red carpet wishes on my Instagram story I picked this gown for Praya and since it hasn’t yet been worn I am really excited to hopefully see her wearing this strapless 3D tinsel embellished ballgown. I definitely think that this gown is a major statement that there are only a few who could really sell it to me, and given her history of loving big gowns I really do believe that Praya is one of the few who could. A sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of silver Jimmy Choo ‘Fawne’ crisscross platform sandals, and simple Chopard Red Carpet Collection diamond cluster earrings would allow this gown to be a major fashion moment for Praya to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.
The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Monday May 13, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.