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

As I was reading articles about movies that might have screened in Cannes this year I noticed A LOT of movies on these lists were directed by women. One film that was in rumored to be nearing completion of post-production was UK feature Passing directed by Rebecca Hall. The film is based on a novel of the same name by Nella Larsen published in 1923. Set primarily in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920s, the story centers on the reunion of two childhood friend, Clare Kendry and Irene Redfield, and their increasing fascination with each other’s lives. The title refers to the practice of “racial passing”, and is a key element; Clare Kendry’s attempt to pass as white for her husband. It sounds like a truly intriguing story and one that I feel we might continue to hear about in coming months for awards season buzz.Rebecca Hall has been one whom I find extremely underrated as a fashionista. I would have loved to see what she would have cooked up for looks to promote her directorial debut on the worlds most glamorous platform. Naturally I turned to nothing but couture, because what else should one wear to promote their first directorial feature in Cannes other than haute couture? For the photocall I went with a tailored look from the Armani Prive Spring 2020 Couture collection which includes a red and sand ikat print cropped blazer with a ruffle detail and a pair of sand silk pants. The look is classic yet statement making and perfect for a photocall and press conference at the worlds most prestigious film festival. I would style the look with a sand silk charmuse button down, defined eyes, light red lips, and a pair of ballet pink suede Jimmy Choo ‘Baily’ pointed toe crystal and pearl encrusted mary-jane pumps to make it perfect for Rebecca. For the premiere I went full modern glam picking this navy, midnight blue, and red beaded organza Armani Prive Spring 2020 Couture strapless column gown which features a light tiered skirt. Rebecca is the second person I wanted to see wearing this gown in Cannes and honestly I think this gown was made for her. It would be chic and glamorous head to toe styled with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, bold fire engine red lips, a black Jimmy Choo ‘Leonis’ crystal clasp clutch, black floral beaded Jimmy Choo ‘Deia’ ankle strap sandals, and the same white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection teardrop paisley earrings that Elle Fanning wore to the Cannes 2019 Opening Ceremony, It was in Cannes back in 2016 that we were first introduced to Ruth Negga when she stepped onto the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals wearing Marc Jacobs styled by Karla Welch for the premiere of Loving. Since then Ruth has shown us that she is a real fashionista, but for the last almost two years she has almost exclusively worn Louis Vuitton on the red carpet. Regular readers know my disdain for Vuitton as a major red carpet brand, but it is what it is. I want to see her once again deliver high fashion moments on the red carpet. For the photocall I went left of Louis Vuitton for Ruth picking this creamy beige and red Guy Laroche Fall 2020 RTW pencil dress which features color blocking, a pussy bow neckline, and asymmetrical 3/4 length sleeves. This look is super chic take on 80’s secretarial chic and I think that Ruth would be able to rock for a photocall with her signature cropped curls, defined, nude glossy lips, a pair of brown monogrammed canvas, white, and black Louis Vuitton ‘Matchmake’ strappy chunky heel sandals, and a selections of Ara Vartanian jewels including simple three stone white diamond and ruby drop earrings and a two ruby horseshoe ring with white diamonds. Now the gown I want to see her wearing for the premiere is going to take a little imagination to convey. Looking at the image above you might think I’m crazy looking at the Louis Vuitton Pre-Fall 2020 ensemble that is there, I would too, but keep reading and imagine with me a custom gown for Ruth. I saw the pastel multicolored sequin camisole from this look which reminds me a bit of stained glass windows and was inspired. That is what happens when I dig through Nicolas Ghesquiere’s collections I can find good pieces in the mess of ideas that I think he should run with. That is what I want to see happen with this camisole turning it into a perfectly fitted column gown which features a low back and the sequined embellishments continued throughout. Again her signature cropped curls with smokey eyes, bright pink lips, a pair of rose pink satin Louis Vuitton ‘Silhouette’ silver heel sandals, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection emerald, rubellite, pink sapphire, and tanzanite drop earrings would have made Ruth’s return to the Palais perfection. Tessa Thompson would have made her Cannes Film Festival debut this year had Passing screened at this years Cannes Film Festival. Since bursting onto the scene thanks Selma several years ago Tessa has really grown into the perfect fashionista on the red carpet. She isn’t afraid to take risks and give us bold glamour moments on the red carpet. So as I was looking at the couture collections for inspiration for what I wanted to see her bring to life in Cannes I just knew that Tessa would be the perfect Valentino girl in Cannes, so I picked two looks from the brands couture collections for Tessa. The first for the photocall is a tailored ensemble from the Valentino Fall 2018 Couture collection which features a metallic gold blazer, a watermelon pink chiffon top with a pussy bow neckline and dramatic ruffled cuffs, and a pair of mint green pleated bermuda shorts. This look is not for the fashion faint hearted and is going to take the right vibe to really make work off the runway. It doesn’t really shock me that this look hasn’t been worn since it was first presented two years ago, but I feel like Tessa has the effortless edgy presence needed to snatch this gown out of the Valentino archive and bring it to life for a photocall. With the look being such a risk I would keep the styling relatively simple with a sleek updo, thick winged eyes, nude lips, and a pair of apple green snakeskin print Aquazzura ‘Purist’ pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went with something just as dramatic, but in more of classic manner with this black and sterling rose blue strapless column gown from the Valentino Spring 2020 Couture collection which features a sash bow detail empire waist, thigh high split, and a second dramatic black bow on the back. This look is glamorous and I know that Tessa would bring this look to life with glamorous ease. With all the drama in the gown itself the styling should be sleek and complimentary. So I would finish this look with a sleek side parted updo, smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, strappy black Aquazzura ‘Sublime’ crystal dome detailed sandals, and sleek white diamond Chopard red carpet collection zipper-like drop earrings. Each would have made sure that Tessa would have delivered dramatic glamour for her Cannes Film Festival debut. Dutch supermodel Doutzen Kroes has been coming to Cannes as a L’Orealista for as long as I can remember, but I can only think of three times where she has really knocked it out of the fashion ballpark. Those looks came courtesy of Calvin Klein by Francisco Costa, Balmain, and Tom Ford. Each look was super sleek and glamorous in its way. Doutzen tends to be more of a sleek minimalist, but honestly I think about other red carpet moments she’s had and I know that drama is in her vocabulary. I’ve picked two looks I wanted to see Doutzen wearing in Cannes this year in these wishes, the first one being this white Atelier Versace Fall 1997 asymmetric ruched draped gown which features an asymmetrical neckline, single strong shoulder, one sleeve, a thigh high split, and a sweeping train. After picking all those major archive runway moments for the Met Gala I wanted to keep the idea moving as there are vintage moments that really deserve red carpet moments. This is one of them. I think that Doutzen has the presence to really ooze dramatic, sensual glamour wearing this gown on a red carpet especially with a sleek updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a pair of white Versace crystal rope strap sandals, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and sapphire pendant drop earrings. A decade ago in Cannes Eva Longoria was OWNING the red carpets wearing major looks from Emilio Pucci Couture by Peter Dundas and Naeem Khan. The Emilio Pucci gown is honestly my favorite thing that Eva has ever worn and is easily one of the best Cannes Film Festival gowns ever. Since then there has been a deterioration in Eva’s style. She tends to pick looks that look cheap and tacky. I want that glamorous drama back. I had a feeling that is what we would have gotten had she shown up to walk the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals wearing this periwinkle blue Georges Chakra Spring 2020 Couture asymmetrical one shoulder mermaid gown which features a dramatic ruffled skirt. I wasn’t a huge fan of this collection overall, but there were a couple of really cool moments. This was one of them and the moment I saw it I immediately thought of Eva giving her best diva glam face and pose wearing this gown in Cannes. I almost feel deprived of this moment to be completely honest. I had really high expectations that this wish was going to come true. It would have been made perfect styled with a dramatic sleek big top bun updo, defined smokey eyes, pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ankle strap pointed toe d’orsay satin pumps, and de Grisogono white diamond and aquamarine earclips.

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