2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Country of Blind”

Bollywood actress Hina Khan spoke to Pinkvilla in an Instagram live late in March how her plans to attend the 2020 Cannes Film Festival were upended. She said she was set to attend the prestigious film festival for her film, Country of Blind. Now I will say that amongst the prediction lists from some of the top festival watch websites her film Country of Blind was not on any of them. The film is based on an 1904 story of H. G. Wells of the same name in which an expert mountain climber named Abhimanyu falls into a strange and isolated society of “non-seeing” people – claimed to have been in existence for fifteen generations and cut off from the rest of the world. Abhimanyu decides quickly that “in country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”. He fails in his efforts and gets trapped instead. Nevertheless to reports from the articles of rumored according to the films star it was supposed to be featured in Cannes in some capacity prior to the Coronavirus outbreak so I wanted to make sure that the film was featured here. Hina Khan made her Cannes Film Festival red carpet debut at one of the late premiere red carpets last year wearing a dramatic Ziad Nakad cape sleeve gown. It wasn’t something I really noticed at the time, but it definitely was a dramatic I HAVE ARRIVED moment for the actress to bring to life on the red carpet. So I picked two superb moments for Hina to bring to life at the 2020 Cannes Film Festival. First for the Country of God photocall I went shopping on London based online retailer AASHNI + CO. whose mission is to pioneer the most desirable edit in Indian high fashion. I found this super chic burgundy and beige printed Soup by Sougat Paul casual kurta dress which features a jewel neckline, 3/4 gypsy sleeves, and a handkerchief hemline and thought it would be such a super chic casual moment. This look would be a super easy, breezy moment for Hina to wear for a Cannes Film Festival photocall. Styled with with a casual curled updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of light brown Stuart Weitzman ‘Soliesse’ snake-embossed leather chunky heel platform sandals, a wide brown leather Gucci logo belt, and elegant Nepra by Neha Goel kundan jadau and zirconia teardrop pendant drop earrings I know this look would be a perfect elevated casual moment for Hina. For the premiere I turned back to the same label that dressed her for the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Ziad Nakad. The Lebanese couturier shows in Paris and has been on the more underrated side when it comes to dressing stars on the red carpet. I have loved some of the gorgeous gowns the designer has sent down his runways of the last several years, but we haven’t seen his designs pick up steam on the red carpet. I would love to see Hina bring this tangerine Ziad Nakad Spring 2020 Couture one shoulder ball gown which features intricate crystal embroidery, an a-line skirt, open cross strap back, and a thigh high split. This is definitely a statement making gown and I think that it would be another major statement making moment for the actress to wear on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals especially if styled with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, light pink lips, a pair of metallic gold Jimmy Choo ‘Shiloh’ crystal embellished ankle strap sandals, dazzling Anabela Chan ‘Ruby Asscher Drop’ cocktail earrings hand-set with an array of laboratory-grown synthesized and simulated gemstones including two princess-cut rubellite and pink sapphire, with pear, emerald, princess and round brilliant-cut rose tourmalines, orange and pink sapphires, and a statement Anabela Chan ‘Coral Opal Ocean’ cocktail ring intricately made of a central salmon pink opal cabochon, pink tourmalines, pink and orange sapphires, Lilac amethysts and white diamonds.Andie MacDowell is an ambassador for L’Oreal Paris and has made her way to Cannes almost every year to promote the brand on the red carpet. I love that L’Oreal sends their spokesmodels to Cannes, typically between 2 and 3 every day for the duration of the festival, just to walk the red carpet and add drama and glamour to the red carpet. I am really intrigued to see what Andie will wear on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival. I never know what the actress is going to bring to the red carpet. Sometimes it is really good and sometimes she takes risks and they do not pay off. I personally think that when she showcases sleek, more simplistic elegance on the red carpet which is why I turned to this MAJOR red sequin Valentino Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve column gown which features a turtleneck and a side split. This gown is definitely one of the best gowns to come down the Fall 2020 RTW runways and I believe that it would be such a glamorous moment for Andie to bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. A sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of red Gianvito Rossi ‘Montecarlo’ crystal embellished ankle strap d’Orsay pointed toe pumps, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and ruby wreath earrings would ensure that Andie delivers glamour from head to toe on this red carpet. Arizona Muse is a global brand ambassador for Chopard and has been on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet over the years representing the jewelry brand. She is also a really good friend to the London based couture house Ralph & Russo. So when I was thinking of what I should put the super model in for the Cannes Film Festival red carpet this year I of course had to turn to them for the perfect gown. I am honestly shocked that this monochrome ombré hand painted Ralph & Russo Fall 2019 Couture ballgown featuring a black silk velvet sweetheart bodice and a white silk organza skirt, hand pleated in a growing wave design edged with glass bead and crystal hand embellishments didn’t get picked up for the 2019 fall film festival season or for the 2020 awards season. I feel like director of VIP relations for Ralph & Russo Mohieb Dahabieh must be saving this gown for Cannes. I feel like on Arizona this gown would just scream classic glamour giving us old Hollywood glam vibes for days. So I went classic glam with the styling for this look as well pairing the gown with a sleek retro updo, smokey eyes, red lips, black Aquazzura ‘Cosima’ strappy pointed toe slingback pumps, and a selection of dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of white diamond and teardrop emerald pendant drop earrings and a white diamond paisley inspired cuff bracelet. It would definitely make sure this look is glamour defined from head to toe. Emily Ratajkowski has been to the Cannes Film Festival a handful of times in the past as a guest of some of the jewelry brands we see in Cannes. This year I decided that I wanted to see jewelry brand de Grisogono invite Emily to walk the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals to represent the brand. When it comes to the red carpet I usually either love or loathe what Emily is wearing. In the case of her past Cannes gowns it has always been loathe. I want to see her deliver super glamorous moments if she were to attend this year. So I turned to this silver liquid sequin Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh Fall 2020 RTW gown which features an asymmetrical halter neckline, a sheath silhouette, a ruffled detail on the neckline that turns into a draped detail on the back, and a daring side split. Off-White isn’t exactly the first brand I think of when I think of Cannes, and I wouldn’t really choose the brand for an actress presenting a film at the festival, but as a model I definitely think that Emily would usher in a new wave of glam to the Cannes red carpet. As presented this gown is perfect for Emily and I would love to see her wearing it, but as this is Cannes and there is a major Go Big or Go Home mentality I would love to see Virgil create a customized version of this gown for her that has a dramatic train. To keep the modern glam vibes alive I would style this look with a sleek high ponytail, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of silver metallic leather Christian Louboutin ‘Planetava’ pyramid studded ankle strap sandals, and of course a selection of major de Grisogono high jewelry including a pair of statement white diamond and emerald leaf fan drop earrings and a statement white diamond geometric cuff bracelet. Rounding out today’s wishes is for Chopard ambassador Zhang Ziyi. The Chinese actress is no stranger to Cannes having screened films at the festival, being a member of the feature film jury in 2006, and then as the president of the Un Certain Regard jury in 2013. I have always loved Zhang’s sense of glamour, elegance, and drama on the red carpet and I would love to see her once again bring that brand of je ne sais quoi to this years event. I thought of her wearing this Givenchy Spring 2020 Couture ‘Penesee’ strapless ballgown which features a white bustier bodice paired with a large purple embroidered pansy pattern bell shaped skirt with a high low hem and a dramatic train and I was immediately sold on this as a major moment for her to bring to this red carpet. The gown itself is a major moment, but the styling I envision with this look is just as dramatic with a sleek low bun updo, defined eyes, light pink lips, a pair of silver glitter Casadei ‘City Light Salome’ strappy pointed toe pumps, and a statement white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection ‘Queen of Kalahari’ collar necklace. Each piece is perfect on it’s own, but when paired together I know that Zhang would deliver regal glamour on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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