Let’s get down to business, to defeat….wait well not defeat, but make wishes to ensure the leading ladies of the new Disney live-action “re-make” of Mulan CRUSH the red carpet at the films premiere in LA on Monday. I have been really excited about this movie since it was first announced. I was sad when I heard that Disney decided to cut the iconic music from the film as well as the comic relief of Mushu the trusty red dragon friend of the title character, but they did so in respect to the Chinese culture while also employing an entirely Chinese cast to portray the iconic story of the daughter who risked it all to save her father. I just hope that we see the same drama and effort put into this premiere as we have for other Disney live action remakes including The Lion King, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, and Cinderella. I want the big dramatic red carpet where bold glamorous gowns are the staple. With one “newcomer” to the Hollywood scene and one with a storied red carpet history I’m really excited to see what everyone will bring to life on this red carpet. I was praying for a major promo tour for Liu Yifei, but since her appearance at the D23 Expo to promote the film was cancelled last year, and international fears of Coronavirus I just feel like the universe is conspiring against this film and cast. Liu has had friends at major fashion houses including Christian Dior and Zuhair Murad Couture, and that has me exited to see what she will bring to the red carpet at the LA premiere if Mulan. Instead of going to Dior, whom has dressed Liu for most of her past major red carpet appearances, I instead decided to go with a gown from the king of embellishment Elie Saab. I have been thinking about gowns from this Chinese inspired collection for Liu since it first walked the runway at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week back in July 2019. This light blue Elie Saab Fall 2019 Couture caped gown which features intricate gold crystal embroidery, a high collar, a-line skirt, and a wide velvet and gold metal belt screams glamour and elegance with a hint to Chinese legacy. I really do think that this major princess moment would catapult Liu to red carpet stardom in the Hollywood arena. Styling this soft princess moment with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of champagne gold Jimmy Choo ‘Thyra’ suede crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, and dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection white and yellow diamond floral drop earrings would definitely ensure that Liu delivers that major glamour moment. Gong Li has actually already worn two looks from the same Elie Saab collection that I just picked the gown for Liu. Now that being said it would have been an east choice for me to pick another look from that collection for Gong to wear on the red carpet at the LA premiere of Mulan. But that being said I didn’t want to do two looks from the same collection for the same red carpet. So back to the drawing board I went. I ultimately decided to shun the idea of a gown all together opting instead for this hot off the runway black Ralph & Russo Fall 2020 RTW suit ensemble which features a satin back crepe asymmetrical tail coat and wide leg trousers with intricate pink floral embroidery on both. This is definitely a superb suiting moment and I believe that Gong would easily make it come to life on the red carpet. This strong tailored moment has just the right amount of femininity to really make this a red carpet power moment which is why I would balance the styling between strong and feminine as well finishing the look with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of black suede Jimmy Choo ‘Max’ peep toe platform sandals, and dazzling white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection teardrop earrings.
The LA premiere of Mulan is expected Monday March 9, 2020.