2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Pieces of a Woman”

Awards Daily had Hungarian director Kornel Mundruczó’s next film Pieces of a Woman as a probable contender for this years Cannes Film Festival. Mundruczó made his Cannes debut in 2018 with Jupiter’s Moon. Pieces of a Woman stars Shia LeBeouf and Vanessa Kirby in a story about a grieving woman embarks on an emotional journey after the loss of her baby. The last time Shia LeBeouf was in Cannes was in 2016 when he joined director Andrea Arnold and co-stars Sasha Lane and Riley Keough for the premiere of American Honey. I don’t know exactly what is is that made me want to include Shia in these wishes, but here we are. When it comes to style Shia is very much a norm-core dude. He doesn’t really take risks when it comes to style and I wouldn’t expect him to start. So I picked to super chic looks for him to wear at this years festival that are super chic classic menswear moments starting with a Todd Snyder Spring 2020 Menswear ensemble for the photocall which consists of a rust silk bowling shirt with contrast detail on the collar and pockets, a black wife beater, and a pair of blush pink chinos. Like I said super simple and casual, but just the right amount of flare for Cannes without it pushing Shia out of his comfort zone. I would finish the photocall look with a pair of rusty brown Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Jimi Running’ crocodile embossed leather trainers and gold rimmed Tom Ford ‘Andes’ aviator sunglasses. For the premiere I went with perfectly tailored classic with this black Amiri Fall 2020 Menswear double breasted tuxedo which feature ribbon trimming on peak lapels and a skinny fit. This tux is super classic again with just the right touches to make it elevated without being out of Shia’s comfort zone. The black shirt that the look was paired with on the runway, a skinny black silk tie, and a pair of classic black leather Giuseppe Zanotti ‘Roger’ lace-ups would definitely add the perfect finishing touches to this look. With three films rumored to have been submitted for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival it sounded like Vanessa Kirby was set to make her Croisette debut this year. I go back and forth when it comes to Vanessa’s style. I know she has potential, but often times she leaves me wanting more. When it comes to Cannes that can’t happen, so as I was putting my wishes together for Vanessa I knew I needed to make sure that everything screamed perfection. So to promote Pieces of a Woman I picked to super glam moments for Vanessa starting with the lavender silk Alessandra Rich Fall 2020 RTW polka dotted dress which features long blouson sleeves, a deep v-neck, tiered peplum detail on the hips, a pencil skirt, gold crystal buttons. The wide cream leather belt with gold chain detail definitely makes this dress. Now I would ditch the clunky necklace the dress was styled with on the runway instead opting to let the belt be the focus of the look adding a sleek center parted hairstyle, defined eyes, punchy pink lips, and a pair of lavender suede Gianvito Rossi cross over strap chunky heel platform sandals. Now for the premiere I went super glamorous for Vanessa picking this Alexander Resort 2020 gown which features an intricate crystal embellished bustier bodice and a pleated white chiffon skirt. Now there are some slight modifications to this gown I would make to make it perfect for a Cannes Film Festival debut. First up I would chop those thin ribbon straps off making this a strapless gown and then adding a dramatic train to ensure this look just screams glamour. I would make sure this look is perfection with a sleek updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of white Gianvito Rossi embellished ankle strap sandals, and simple yet glamorous vintage emerald and white diamond Bulgari stud earrings.Honestly I almost forgot that Aja Naomi King was a L’Orealista until I was looking at last years festival and saw the Zac Posen gown she wore. I have been praying for Aja to really wow me and it was earlier this year in fuschia silk charmuse Nicholas Jebran Couture at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party when those prayers were answered. It was easily her best red carpet moment ever, and it made me hopeful for what we would see her bring to life in Cannes this year. I turned back to Nicholas Jebran for my first wish to see Aja wear in Cannes this year had it happened with this midnight blue velvet gown which features a high bodice, slashed detail on the neck, thin straps, an hourglass silhouette, thigh high split, mermaid hem, and a dramatic train from the designers Fall 2019 Couture collection. When I started looking for the perfect gowns for Aja the moment I saw this one I knew that I had found the perfect look. It is a meshing of classic Hollywood glamour and modern elegance and I can feel it in my bones that Aja would have owned the red carpet in this look. I think that had she worn this gown with a sleek twisted retro updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Giuseppe Zanotti asymmetrical ankle strap crystal embellished sandals, and beautiful Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond, paraiba tourmaline, amethyst, and tanzanite disc earrings that this would have definitely been a dazzling moment for her to bring to life. Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine regularly jets to the Cannes Film Festival to walk the red carpet and add some glamour. I definitely wanted to see her do so again this year. To make for the perfect moment for Bruna to bring to life on the red carpet at the the Palais de Festivals I dug into the Elie Saab archives picking this emerald green strapless ballgown which features a dramatic sweetheart neckline, a thin defined waist, intricate crystal embroidery, and a sweeping train from the labels Fall 2013 Couture collection. This has long been one of my favorite Elie Saab Couture collections and there are just a couple of looks from this collection which haven’t been worn on the red carpet that I am dying to see brought to life. This is one of them. I think that Bruna could definitely bring this look to life with a sleek retro half up/half down hairstyle, defined eyes, red lips, a emerald satin DSquared2 strappy sandals, and a selection of Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2018 jewels including a pair of statement ‘Temple of Heaven’ earrings with emeralds, sapphires and diamonds and a matching ‘Temple of Heaven’ cuff bracelet. It would all make sure that this gown is finally given the major red carpet moment it deserves. When it comes to models I always expect the something left of normal from Liya Kebede. The Ethiopian supermodel has rocked the Cannes Film Festival red carpet over the years in edgy looks from Proenza Schouler, Roberto Cavalli, Haider Ackermann, Louis Vuitton, Paco Rabanne, Valentino, and more. Usually she picks cocktail ensembles. For this years festival I really wanted to see Liya step out on the red carpet at the Palais wearing this black Germanier Fall 2020 RTW suit which features an asymmetrical blazer with intricate crystal embellishment and feathers on the shoulders and cuff paired with slim fit pants that continue the crystal embellishments down one leg. What I love about Germanier, a new find to me after seeing a dress on Kristen Stewart last fall and then seeing this Fall 2020 RTW collection on ModaOperandi, is that he works sustainably in his designs. So to me that is a double win. I think that Liya would have easily brought this look to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. The suit itself is such a statement on its own I wouldn’t over-style the look, which I wouldn’t expect Liya to do. So I would finish this look with a loose updo, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of black Francesco Russo t-bar chain detail leather sandals, and simple Atelier Swarovski ‘Lola’ ruby drop earrings to ensure this would have been a major moment for Liya to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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