Cats has had quite the interesting journey. First of all even as a lover of Broadway and movie musicals I was less than excited when it was announced that Cats was going to make the leap from the great white way to the silver screen. It has never been one of my favorites, but then they started announcing a STELLAR cast. So I got into it. Then came the now infamous first trailer for the film. It received major backlash from the movie viewing community, but personally the visuals of the movie excited me. Now I was let down by what I heard of Jennifer Hudson singing the iconic song “Memory” from the musical as I thought she would have turned it into a real powerhouse moment, but it was lacking for me. Then came the news that the film wasn’t going to be able to compete in Awards Season due to the accelerated calendar next year and the Christmas Day theatrical opening. Then came the news that it would be able to compete. And in spite of everything it has going for it the only Awards Season love it has received thus far is a Best Original Song nomination at the Golden Globe Awards. So what will the films major gala premiere in New York City bring? It doesn’t seem like the film is really in any place to campaign hard for an Oscar, but I hope the cast brings to the red carpet like they are. I especially hope that is the cast with Taylor Swift since she is nominated with composer Andrew Lloyd Weber for Best Original Song and it just might be the only nomination that the film gets. Honestly I had picked the look I wanted to see Taylor bring to life on this red carpet months ago when this white Alexis Mabille Spring 2020 RTW column gown which features an embroidered kissing cat motif, sheer polka dot embroidered tulle detailing, long sleeves, and a jewel neckline was first presented. I saw it and immediately sent it to three friends and asked if this was to kitschy for Taylor to wear for the NYC premiere of Cats, but I think TayTay knows how to play the right level of kitsch always. So I was dead set in picking this gown for her to bring to life on this red carpet. It is kitschy while still being glamorous and demure while still being a little sexy. I think that in a year where I haven’t LOVED anything that Taylor has worn that this gown could really bring her to life. I would style this gown with a sleek 60’s inspired updo, winged eyes, punchy pink lips, a white pearl and silver crystal embellished Sophia Webster ‘Clara’ clutch, simple yet glamorous nude Sophia Webster ‘Haley’ crystal embellished heel ankle strap sandals, and a pop of color via a pair of Irene Neuwirth one of a kind ‘Lily of the Valley’ garland drop earrings made up of lemon quartz, chrysoprase, blue chalcedony, turquoise, pink, green and fire opals, and white diamonds to really ensure that Taylor shuts down the red carpet at this premiere. Now in spite of the fact that I was disappointed in Jennifer Hudson’s rendition of “Memory” in the trailer for Cats I am still looking forward to seeing what she will deliver on the red carpets for the films gala premiere in New York City. She recently wowed me on the red carpet at the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund’s gala wearing an electric blue caped Tom Ford gown with a navy velvet corset. I want that same level of glamour and drama when Jennifer steps on to the red carpet at this premiere. I went with this black and white Pamella Roland Spring 2020 RTW one shoulder column gown which features a slim fit, two-tone, crystal detail and feather embellishment throughout, front slit, and an asymmetric hemline as I just feel like this is the super glamorous moment I want to see Jennifer bring to life on this red carpet. I feel like styling this gown with a sleek braided bun updo, defined eyes, red lips, a silver chunky crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Smooth Rectangle Polaris’ clutch, a pair of black crystal embellished Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Leyna’ strappy sandals, and mismatched black and white diamond Vhernier ‘Vauge’ sleek cluster earrings, would definitely make this look ooze modern glamour from head to toe. I first took notice of American actress and dancer Mette Towley when she stepped out on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival last year wearing Ashi Studio couture as the guest of jewelry label de Grisogono. She has a sleek, modern, and dramatic take on dressing and I am really excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet at the NYC premiere of Cats. I decided to go with a much more of a standard red carpet look for Mette to bring to life for this premiere as it is a big gala premiere for a film grasping at straws to gain awards season steam. I think that she would definitely make this gold sequin Dundas Spring 2020 RTW ruched gown which features a slip silhouette, ruched bodice, thin straps, and a high slit into a really dazzling moment. The look will bring all the glamour I would expect from a premiere like this with just enough sex appeal to add an edge for Mette. With her short hair, defined eyes, dark berry lips, a pair of gold Aquazzura ‘Purist’ ankle strap sandals, and rose gold set white diamond de Grisogono ‘Raggiante’ starburst drop earrings and a matching ring I think that Mette can bring the edgy glam to this red carpet. Rebel Wilson really came into her own on the red carpet this year. She did two big premieres this year, both in red, and delivered her best red carpet moments ever. I am praying that she will once again deliver another absolutely glamorous moment on the red carpet Monday at the NYC premiere of Cats. This indigo blue Badgley Mischka Pre-Fall 2020 gown which features a beaded fringe covered long sleeve bodice with a v-neck and a sleek hourglass fit skirt with a side split definitely fits into her new found sense of glamour. I think that Rebel would definitely be able to dazzle this gown especially if styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of dark blue satin Roger Vivier ‘Viv Bling’ platform sandals, and glamorous Niwika ‘Umeutage’ white diamond floral lattice chandelier earrings.
The NYC premiere of Cats is expected to take place on Monday December 16, 2019.