Okay I have been looking forward to this premiere for about 2 years now. As the casting for The Lion King “live action” remake was announced I knew that this was going to be one of my favorite tours of the year. Now it hasn’t officially kicked off yet, but I suspect that it will at some point this week. I do wonder who will travel to where while promoting this film around the world. Well when it comes down to it I am expecting to see the entire cast on the red carpet when the film premieres in LA next Tuesday July 9, 2019. Donald Glover voices grown Simba in this movie and I would imagine he will be the one traveling the world for all of the press events and premieres for the movie for sure. I love Donald and his sense of style. He knows how to put forth the extra effort to stand out in a crowd, while still exuding classic menswear elegance. For the LA premiere of The Lion King I want to see Donald go for the bold. Its has been eight months since the last time I have posted a Dolce & Gabbana look on If I Was A Stylist. Following the whole Selena Gomez and China controversies last year I blocked the main Dolce & Gabbana and Stefano Gabbana accounts on Instagram and have refused to put the brand on my wish lists going through all of awards season, the Met Gala, and the Cannes Film Festival. I am happy that at least a few of the previously mentioned events. But very slowly some stars have returned to wearing the brand on the red carpet, mostly the menswear. Donald’s stylist Ilaria Urbinati is one of the few who have put her clients in Dolce following the scandal. So for this premiere I went to the Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2019 Menswear collection and this multi tone brown tuxedo which features a sequined tuxedo jacket with contrasting printed silk lapels, a matching vest, tie, and pants, and a solid silk button down for Donald. I went through all kinds of options for him to bring to life on this red carpet and as I looked at what I had picked for everyone else and I just couldn’t find anything that fit the vibe I had chosen for them. Then I saw this. It works perfectly for this big blockbuster movie premiere and I believe that rocking the head to toe look for Donald would be perfect.When Beyonce was cast as Nala I knew that this tour was going to be major, but given the fact that she hasn’t walked a red carpet in almost 2 years makes me wonder if she will be out promoting this film or if she is just going to sneak in the back doors like she has done for every other major event the last couple of years. She has been giving nods to The Lion King and African styling over the last couple of looks she has rocked. It was very literally in the custom lion face feather embellished caped Georges Hobeika Couture jumpsuit that she wore for her mothers annual Wearable Art gala and then she took inspiration from the traditional Maasai ring collars in custom Phuong My for the AFI Life Achievement Award Gala. I definitely decided to keep the inspiration going with this custom Balmain gown which features traditional Zulu inspired rope collar and shoulder capelet completely beaded of course. The black and white tribal pattern bodice hails from the Balmain Resort 2020 collection and is embellished with sequins, beads, and crystals. and the feathered skirt and train add the drama to this ensemble. This gown is so good that it would be a shame not to see Beyonce actually walk the red carpet at the premiere wearing this gown. Styling the look with a high bun of braids, smokey eyes, dark crimson red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Levitagirl’ silver studded PVC strap peep toe platform sandals, and a pair of Lorraine Schwartz diamond ear jackets that already live in Beyonce’s jewelry vault would ensure this look is dramatic perfection from head toe toe. Alfre Woodard voices Sarabi in The Lion King. She has never really been one that I get excited about when it comes to this movie tour I am expecting that everyone will be bring their a-game to the red carpet. I was thinking of how I didn’t want everything to be tribal inspired for this tour, so I deiced to go for more dramatic glamour picking this wine Tadashi Shoji Fall 2019 RTW column gown which features dramatic cape sleeves, a keyhole cutout bodice, and gold embroidery for Alfre to wear on this red carpet. This look is modest and dramatic all at the same time and that is what I think Alfre would be drawn to. Fully bouncy curls, defined eyes, matching wine lips, a pair of gold Stuart Weitzman snake effect metallic leather pointed toe pumps, and chic Marco Bicego ‘Africa Constellation’ 18k gold graduated disc diamond drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. I don’t know much about Florence Kasumba, who voiced Shenzi in The Lion King, but I have to say she is beautiful. I honestly had picked this burnt orange Christian Siriano Resort 2020 crackled glaze draped silk chiffon, column silhouette, sheer paneled bodice, draped overlay, and sash train detailed gown for the LA premiere of The Lion King before I had any idea of who was actually in the cast besides Donald and Beyonce. I saw this gown and immediately went to IMBD to see who else was in the cast. While I had no idea who she was, but the moment I saw her I knew I had found the perfect person to wear this gown on the red carpet at this premiere. I love this gown, but would love to see the “nude” paneling and under skirt to match Florence completely so that the effect is the same it is on the white model. Siriano is typically a master at making sure that all skin tones are celebrated and so I would totally trust that would be the case. A pair of gold Aquazzura ‘Whisper’ strappy metallic leather sandals, defined eyes, bold red lips, and a pair of gold Fernando Jorge ‘Radiant’ starburst diamond cluster earrings would ensure that Florence is here to be noticed for the movie star that she is.
The LA premiere of The Lion King is expected to take place on Tuesday July 9, 2019.