Cannes 2019: Opening Ceremony & “The Dead Don’t Die” Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

So we are in the final stretch now! The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens on Tuesday! I am so excited to see what everyone is cooking up for this years red carpets. From the photocalls, to premieres, to parties, and everything that comes in between. This year the festival is opening with Jim Jarmusch’s zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die. It seems like a bit of an odd choice, but hey with the cast it has I’m not complaining. While I focus a lot of time on the L’Orealista’s and the jury members the festival really is about the celebration of film and this years selection seems to be one of the strongest in recent years. The Dead Don’t Die is an in competition film and not a special screening. In recent years the festival has strayed away from glitzy Hollywood films to open the festival after films like The Great Gatsby, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, and Grace of Monaco all seemed to flop at the box office. I don’t think The Dead Won’t Die will be a box office success, but I am glad to see a star studded film kicking off the festival this year. Tilda Swinton is no stranger to Cannes and The Dead Don’t Die isn’t the first film the actress has stared in that has opened the festival. I love a Swinton sighting on the red carpet and I am super excited to see what she is going to bring to the festival this year. For the photocall I went straight to sequin couture. Now Tilda’s typical MO when it comes to Cannes photocalls is a chiffon blouse and pencil skirt, or a Haider Ackermann skirt suit. So this bold red sequin Armani Prive Spring 2019 Couture ensemble which features a strong shoulder button-less blazer and calf length pencil dress is definitely out of her typical wheelhouse, thanks to the brand. We have never seen Tilda wear Armani Prive in the past, but I definitely think that this suit is perfect for Tilda to bring to life. It is glamour defined and I definitely believe that it is a perfect look to kick off Cannes. A sleek coif, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of red satin Roger Vivier ‘I Love Vivier’ pointed toe pumps all would ensure that Tilda kicks this years festival off in high glamorous style. For the quick change for the big gala premiere I went back to Tilda’s go-to designer Haider Ackermann. While Tilda typically goes to more of a structured moment for her red carpet looks I decided to create this custom lime green draped caftan style silk Haider Ackermann gown which features batwing sleeves and a pussy bow. I saw a white version of this caftan tucked into a pair of black patent leather pants on and fell in love with the idea. I decided on the color because of a pajama inspired blazer from the Haider Ackermann Spring 2019 RTW collection. It would definitely be an amazing moment and Tilda is one of the few who can really rock this color with ease on the red carpet. Finish this look with a sleek coif, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of silver Roger Vivier ‘Maharaja’ feather detailed slingback kitten heels, and Cartier diamond and peridot ear crawler earrings and Tilda will own the red carpet at this years Opening Ceremony. This year will be the first time Selena Gomez has been to the Cannes Film Festival. I saw that she was in the cast of The Dead Don’t Die and I got excited because when it comes to big red carpets Selena typically turns it out. So I am very excited to see what Selena will bring to the red carpet for her Cannes debut. For the photocall I went for a young French designer for Selena: Koché. So far only Rita Ora, Beyonce, and Marion Cotillard have worn the label and that saddens me. I adore this burnt orange Koché Fall 2019 RTW burnout velvet slip style skater dress trimmed in lace and while it wasn’t the first option I looked at for Selena to wear on this red carpet the moment I saw it I knew it was the right option for her. It is chic and elegant and I definitely think that Selena would wear it with effortless ease on the photocall balcony overlooking the French Riviera especially if she paired this dress with nude Aquazzura ‘Minimalist’ sandals, a loose updo, defined eyes, soft nude pink lips, and a pair of diamond and turquoise Irene Neuwirth pendant drop earrings. Now for the premiere I had originally had Evita design a custom Louis Vuitton gown for Selena, but then she showed up to an event wearing Christian Dior and I started to waver on that idea. In fact the moment I saw Selena in that navy blue Dior gown this white Christian Dior Spring 2018 Couture strapless ballgown which features a vest inspired bodice and a sheer organza a-line skirt popped into my mind and I immediately dropped the LV gown in favor of this gown. I still cannot believe that this gown hasn’t been worn yet. It was my favorite gown to come out of last springs couture collection and I definitely think that Selena is the perfect person to bring this gown to life on the red carpet for her Cannes debut. It is glamorous with a hint of sexy and I definitely think that is what Selena does both. A sleek side parted updo, defined winged eyes, red lips, a pair of white strappy Aquazzura ‘Gin’ sandals, and a statement Messika ‘Persian Drops’ diamond collar necklace would all add the perfect finishing touches to a majorly glamorous moment for Selena to deliver on the red carpet for her big Cannes Film Festival debut. After serving on the Cannes Critics Week jury during last years festival Chloe Sevigny is headed back to the Croisette this year to premiere her latest film The Dead Don’t Die. In her fashion run last year Chloe exclusively wore Chanel, except for a Kering dinner where she wore a Gucci gown. Given the death of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld I am interested in seeing who will pay tribute to the late designer on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. While it is likely that Chloe will wear Chanel on the red carpet in Cannes I decided to go another way. For the photocall I decided to go with a grass green and navy blue Gucci Fall 2019 RTW ensemble which features a long puffy sleeve bodice, peter pan collar with a ribbon necktie, gold buttons, and a car wash pleated mini skirt. It is a beautiful and avant garde look and I know that is something that Chloe is typically drawn to. I won’t lie I typically coordinate the photocall and premiere looks for cast members, but for this set of wishes the looks aren’t as cohesive. I don’t think that matters because each of these ladies have a very unique and different sense of style. For this Gucci look I think that sleek high bun, defined eyes, bright pink lips, and green Gucci moiré silk chunky mid-heel crystal embellished pumps would finish this look in the perfect manner for Chloe. For the premiere I went with a designer Chloe hasn’t worn on the red carpet: Alexis Mabille. I want to see Chloe deliver this midnight blue Moroccan crepe Alexis Mabille Spring 2019 Couture long handkerchief gown trimmed with a flurry of birdcage tulle on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I love an Alexis Mabille moment on the red carpet and the Cannes Film Festival is one of the few places where we typically see the designers creations worn. This gown is definitely within Chloe’s sense of style and I think that this gown is perfect for her. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, glossy nude lips, a black satin Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch with an intricate crystal embellished clasp, a pair of black Roger Vivier ‘Maharaja’ stiletto satin feather embellished sandals, and Chopard Green Carpet Collection diamond chandelier earrings would ensure this look is head to toe perfection.It is no secret that I am super excited for Elle Fanning to be on the Jury of this years Cannes Film Festival. She has always delivered on the Cannes red carpets in the past. I just hope that she lives up to my expectations and doesn’t make me sad unlike Jessica Chastain, Fan Bingbing, and Cate Blanchett. I want her to deliver major Cannes moments like Diane Kruger, Zhang Ziyi, and Nicole Kidman did during their time on the festivals juries. As soon as Elle was announced as a jury member my mind immediately started planning looks for her. This antique rose pink Valentino Spring 2019 Couture strapless ruffled ballgown was one of the first runway looks that came to mind. Now while her stylist, Samantha McMillan, is known as the Queen of Custom and definitely think that she has a bevy of custom gowns on the ready for Elle I also believe that she will be pulling some major moments from the runways. This soft pink gown is perfect for Elle and I know that she would deliver it ease on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. A sleek updo, winged eyes, matching pink lips, soft blush on the cheeks, a pair of blush satin Sophia Webster ‘Lilico’ crystal embellished sandals, and a selection of Tiffany & Co. jewels including a simple emerald cut diamond drop earrings and a chic white diamond and pink sapphire butterfly collar necklace would all ensure that Elle has the most glamorous and dramatic start to her run at this years festival!Nadine Labaki is the president of the Un Certain Regard selection of this years festival and thus should be in attendance at the festivals opening ceremony even though the selection of the festival where she provides over actually opens on the second day of the festival. Nadine typically picks looks from Lebanese designers so I am going out on a limb picking this black velvet one sleeve Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture column gown which features bronze crystal embellished trimming for her to wear for the opening ceremony of this years festival. I want to see Nadine bring glamour to the red carpet and that is exactly what this gown delivers. It is sleek glamour and elegance defined. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a black Jimmy Choo ‘Ellipse’ suede crystal embellished clutch, and a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Abril’ knotted leather strappy platform sandals would ensure this look is absolutely glamorous from head to toe. Stacy Martin is also on one of the juries of this years festival and I am interested in seeing what she will bring to the red carpets over the course of the festival. It was at last years festival where Stacy’s obsession with Dior seemed to start. Since then she has pretty much exclusively worn the label on the red carpet. I am really excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet. I won’t exclusively pick Dior for Stacy to wear for this years red carpet. Out of her over 100 looks that Maria Grazia Chiuri sent down the runway for the Christian Dior Cruise 2020 collection there were only a handful of looks I wanted to see make the turn from the runway to the red carpet. This wine satin strapless a-line gown from this collection which features a bow draped empire bodice is one of the few collection is one of the few looks I actually want to see make that transition. I think that this gown isn’t going to be unworn very long. Cannes is calling. The effortless glamour of this gown would be finished perfectly with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a pair of wine Saint Laurent ‘Hall’ platform sandals, and vintage Cartier diamond and ruby waterfall drop earrings.Rounding out this list is Cannes Film Festival regular Fan Bingbing. The Chinese actress recently came out of seclusion following a public disgrace and scandal for not paying taxes in China. The world wondered where she went. After months of hiding she and the Chinese government have come to an agreement and she has taken her place back in the spotlight. I am interested in seeing if the actress will once again make the journey from China to the south of France for this years festival. She used to be a L’Orealista and an ambassador for Chopard, but is neither anymore. Given her history with the festival I definitely want to see her back on the red carpet. I knew a dramatic moment would be perfect so I think that red Georges Hobeika Spring 2019 Couture ballgown which features a strapless satin bustier and a ruffled ball skirt with a dramatic train is perfect for Fan to deliver on this years festival red carpet. Finishing the look with a sleek vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a red satin Roger Vivier floral crystal embellished buckle clutch, a pair of red satin Roger Vivier ‘I Love Vivier’ pointed toe pumps, and a selection of DeBeers diamonds including Arpeggia’ five line diamond chandelier earrings, ‘Celestia’ necklace features three lines of bezel-set round brilliant diamonds that slowly turn to pear-shaped diamonds, and a ‘Phenomena Glacier’ seven row cuff bracelet would ensure that this is a major moment for Fan to wear for her return to Cannes.

The 2019 Cannes Film Festival opens Tuesday May 14, 2019 and runs through Saturday May 25, 2019.

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