2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Benedetta”

Dutch maestro Paul Verhoeven’s medieval lesbian nun erotica Benedetta would also appear destined to be heading to the Croisette. Verhoeven made a sensational comeback four years ago in Cannes with eventual Oscar nominee ELLE. The subversive, lurid nature of the material feels like a perfect fit for his unique sensibilities. Also, the film stars esteemed veteran actors Charlotte Rampling, Lambert Wilson and current It-Girl of French cinema Virginie Efira. If not for the director’s health issues that prevented him from finishing post production last year, the film would probably have made a bow at the Cannes last year. So I would imagine that he will be holding the film for when Cannes finally reschedules. I’m not going to lie when I hear medieval lesbian nun erotica I do not exactly think of Charlotte Rampling. So I am really interested to see what this film will bring. Not only am I interested in seeing what the film will be like, but I am interested in seeing the cast promoting the film on the red carpet. Charlotte isn’t really a red carpet lady, but when she does walk a red carpet is usually wearing Armani Prive. So I turned to the Italian couture label for both of the looks I want to see Charlotte wearing while in Cannes promoting Benedetta. For the photocall I picked this black and white Armani Prive Fall 2019 Couture suite which features a white circle pattern crocodile leather blazer and a pair of white leg wool pants. This look is super chic and very regal and that is what I really think is perfect for Charlotte. A black silk shell top, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of black Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 85’ pointed toe pumps would definitely make sure this look just oozes sophistication. For the premiere I went with a black and nude shirred silk chiffon long sleeve a-line gown from the Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture collection which features a crystal embellished tiered skirt. Again this look screams regal sophistication and I think that it is the perfect look for Charlotte to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, but it would have to be properly lined for her of course and styled with defined eyes, soft pink lips, the same Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 85’ pumps from the photocall, and simple white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection cluster earrings. Clotilde Courau is Italian royalty and a French actress. She is a Cannes Film Festival red carpet regular and a star of Benedetta. So I am intrigued to see what she would bring to the festivals red carpet to promote this film. While we’ve seen Clotilde on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals many times I can’t remember her ever promoting a film at the festival. So I turned to two of Clotilde’s favorite labels to pick the perfect looks for her time in Cannes this year. First up I went with a super chic black sleeveless natural waisted a-line floral printed midi dress from the Valentino Spring 2020 RTW collection for the films photocall. It is a simple lady like moment and it would definitely be a chic casual moment for Clotilde especially styled with a whispy bob, defined eyes, nude lips, black suede Gianvito Rossi ‘Poppy’ strappy platform ankle strap sandals, and a pair of 18kt white gold Bulgari ‘Diva’s Dream’ earrings set with colored gemstones and pavé diamonds. For the premiere I turned to Elie Saab Fall 2019 Couture and this deep purple one shoulder ballgown which features a velvet bodice, bow detail, wide metal belted waist, a sheer layered skirt, gold floral embroidery throughout the skirt, and a sweeping train. This look is super glamorous and I feel like it is definitely something that Clotilde would be drawn to. A center parted updo, smokey eyes, pink lips, a pair of black oil slick iridescent Gianvito Rossi ‘Manhattan’ strappy sandals, and statement multi tone amethyst bead Bulgari High Jewelry tassel earrings would definitely make sure she delivers regal glamour. Virginie Efira starred alongside Isabelle Huppert in Paul Verhoeven’s last Cannes film ELLE. She has three Cesar Award, the French equivalent of the Oscars, nominations under her belt and has been a Cannes regular with three films screening in the last five years. She hasn’t worn any real big labels in the past, but as she is one of the top billed stars of Benedetta I hope that she gets herself good stylist and brings the fashion factor to the film festival. For the photocall it is all about color with this Gucci Pre-Fall 2020 ensemble which features a pool blue long sleeve billowing blouse and a pair of high waist red cropped pants with a sash belt. The look definitely is chic and effortless which is the French way and I think it would definitely make for a superb casual moment for Virginie to wear for the films photocall especially with loose waves, defined eyes, nude lips, and a pair of fun yet sensible black patent leather Gucci ‘Eleonor’ pointed toe strawberry detailed kitten heel slingback pumps. For the premiere I went to arguably the most iconic of French legacy houses: Chanel. I don’t see Virginie being able to snatch a hot off the runway couture look, so instead I turned to the Chanel Fall 2019 Couture collection and this black and iridescent thread tweed fit to flare gown which features a square neckline trimmed in purple sequin violet floral appliques. This gown is gorgeous beyond measure and it really is all the of up close details in the gown that make it have it’s subtle sparkle and shine. I would say this gown is the definition of high French effortless glamour and that is exactly what I want to see Virginie bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. Styling this gown with a whispy romantic updo, deep purple smokey eyes, soft pink glossy lips, a pair of black satin & grosgrain Chanel slingback pointed toe pumps, and simple yet dazzling Chanel Haute Jewelry ‘7 Motif Russe’ white diamond drop earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. Alessandra Ambrosio is almost always on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet at the guest of a jewelry brand. Be it Chopard, Bulgari, or de Grisogono (the three biggest names in Cannes jewelry) Alessandra showcases dramatic and sexy moments on the red carpet, while pairing her gowns with major jewelry moments. I went left of a traditional gown for Alessandra to rock on this years Cannes red carpet instead opting for a bit of dazzling disco inspiration with this rose pink sequin Rami Kadi Spring 2020 Couture asymmetric jumpsuit which features a dramatic cape sleeve. We don’t often see jumpsuits, or pants for that matter, on the ladies in Cannes, but if anyone could make it a really chic and sexy moment it would be Alessandra. I decided to say that Alessandra should be the guest of de Grisogono this year because I wanted to style this gown with a statement cabochon amethyst, cabochon rubellite, and pink sapphire collar necklace from the high jewelry label. Soft disco waves, defined eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, and a pair of rose gold Jimmy Choo ‘Pattie’ metallic leather peep toe ankle strap platform sandals all would make this a major moment for Alessandra to bring to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. L’Oreal Paris India spokesmodel Sonam Kapoor has been a Queen of Cannes over the years. She always bring super glam moments to the red carpets at the film festival. I am always excited to see what she Sonam will bring to the red carpet and so I would love to see her bring the glam this year wearing this rose pink origami draped Azzi & Osta Fall 2019 Couture one shoulder gown which features intricate ruffle details, an asymmetrical design, and a thigh high split. This gown is the perfect meshing of avant garde and classic glamour and I know that Sonam would pose the hell out of this gown on the red carpet. Styling the gown with a sleek retro updo, smokey eyes, dark rose pink lips, a pair of rose gold Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ crystal embellished coil strap sandals, and super dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection waterfall chandelier earrings in titanium set with pear-shaped amethysts for a total of 84 carats would definitely make this the absolutely major couture moment I know Sonam could deliver on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals in Cannes.

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