2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “The French Dispatch”

Wes Anderson has used the Berlin International Film Festival to launch his last two feature films, The Grand Budapest Hotel and Isle of Dogs” but 2020 was supposed to mark the auteur’s big return to Cannes with his new project, The French Dispatch. Anderson was last at Cannes with Moonrise Kingdom, which world premiered on the opening night of the 2012 event. Searchlight’s original July release date for The French Dispatch positioned Cannes as the perfect destination for a world premiere. Now we can expect the film to be released mid-October, so maybe we will see The French Dispatch in Venice. But for now let us continue to fantasize about what could have been had the film had it’s world premiere in Cannes. For a festival that loves stars, it would not have gotten better than the red carpet for The French Dispatch: Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Timothee Chalamet, Lea Seydoux, Benicio del Toro, Elisabeth Moss, Owen Wilson, Frances McDormand, and more. I was expecting this film to open this years festival with a glamorous bang. Elisabeth Moss doesn’t really ever wow me on the red carpet, but I always try to keep my expectations up. So I picked two superb fashion moments I think that Elisabeth would bring to life on the Cannes Film Festival red carpets. For the first look I would have loved to see Elisabeth give us a MAJOR vintage moment wearing this black Courreges wool, chiffon, and sequin striped A-line shift coat dress that zips up front and features a nude net underlay, cap sleeves, pocket details, and a v-neckline from The Way We Wore. Elisabeth’s stylist Karla Welch loves to put her clients in vintage and I saw this dress and immediately thought of how amazing Elisabeth would look in it and it would have definitely been a major photocall moment. It isn’t a typical look I would pick for a Cannes photocall being an all black look, but I feel like on Elisabeth this look would have been super chic especially styled with a loose wavy bob, defined eyes, red lips, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Galativi’ velour and mesh paneled pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went back to Maria Grazia Chiuri’s first couture collection for Dior. I was looking for the perfect gown for Elisabeth and when I saw this black tulle and velvet ball gown from the Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture collection which feature intricate pressed flower detail on the nude underskirt and it just spoke to me. It is a super feminine glamour moment and Elisabeth loves herself some Dior by MGC so why not pull out one of her best looks for the house to give it a moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I love this feminine moment and I would love to see Elisabeth bring it to life with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, black Francesco Russo asymmetrical patent leather pumps, and a selection of Cartier High Jewelry including a pair of white diamond and pink morganite drop earrings and a vintage white diamond bracelet. It would ensure that Elisabeth would have had her best fashion moments in a long time. Lea Seydoux had several films in consideration for the 2020 Cannes Film Festival and The French Dispatch was a shoo-in to screen at this years festival. I miss the glamorous days of Lea’s style when she would give big grand fashion moments on the red carpets. That was way back before she signed her Louis Vuitton contract. I would have loved to see Lea step out of LV for a moment during this years festival giving us a variety of chic looks from a variety of labels on the Cannes Film Festival red carpets. The step away from LV I wanted for Lea while promoting The French Dispatch was with this brown animal print Prada egyptian cotton asymmetrical a-line dress. I really miss the days of Lea as an unofficial ambassador for Prada and this casual dress for the photocall would have definitely fed my soul. Now I wouldn’t have completely made Lea leave LV behind styling this look with a cream leather and brown monogram canvas Louis Vuitton ‘Locky BB’ top handle bag (for arriving and leaving the photocall), a pair of brown monogram and clear PVC detail Louis Vuitton ‘Cherie’ pointed toe ankle strap pumps, and black and brown Louis Vuitton ‘La Boum Canvas’ cat eye sunglasses. I would finish this look with a chic retro half up/half down hairstyle, defined eyes, and soft pink lips. Now for the premiere, especially if it was the opening ceremony, I would not have expected that Lea would have worn anything other than Louis Vuitton on the red carpet. So I would have loved to see Nicholas Ghesquiere create a custom gown for Lea inspired by this silver grey and black floral beaded pencil dress from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW collection. This dress turned into a glamorous floor length gown with a ruched sash waist which turns into a glamorous train would definitely have made for an extremely elegant moment for Lea to deliver on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. A retro glam updo, defined eyes, red lips, white diamond stud earrings, a pair of black mesh Louis Vuitton ‘Urban Twist’ silver cap toe pointed toe pumps, and a statement white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection rose cut diamond collar necklace would definitely ensure that this would have oozed glamour. Had Saoirse Ronan made the trip to Cannes to promote The French Dispatch this year it would have been the first time she would have walked that famous red carpet. Now this isn’t the first movie that Saoirse has been a part of that has screed at the festival. She was in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut Lost River which screened in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival in 2014. Back then Saoirse really wasn’t a style star. Now she has fully cemented her fashionista status and I would have LOVED seeing her bringing glamour to Cannes starting with 70’s effortlessness with this Gucci Pre-Fall 2020 ensemble which features a white and navy chevron stripe crocheted halter top and a pair of high waisted flared cuff jeans to wear for The French Dispatch photocall. I knew immediately when it came to Cannes that this would have been a super call photocall moment and when I was picking looks for Saoirse it clicked as the right moment for her to bring to life. I would love to see Saoirse keep that 70’s vibe alive with a chic wavy hairstyle, defined eyes, tangerine lip color, and a pair of blood orange Gucci block heel ankle strap chunky platform sandals to really make this look scream effortless bohemian elegance. Now for the premiere I’ve decided I wanted to see Saoirse’s stylist Elizabeth Saltzman cook up a custom Armani Prive moment. I was looking for a perfect gown for Saoirse that would have been worthy of a Cannes Film Festival Opening Ceremony and I just couldn’t find a full runway look I was excited about. I was however thoroughly inspired by the beaded fringe details that adorned bodices of gowns from the Armani Prive Spring 2020 Couture collection. So I thought why not use that as the jumping point for a major custom gown? The black, white, blue, and emerald green beading in these two fringes is beautiful. For the custom gown I would have wanted to keep the strapless sweetheart bodice from the look with the white beading then creating a tiered fringe column silhouette out of the green, blue, and black fringe from the other bodice. Honestly, this has potential to be one of my favorite gowns that Saoirse has ever worn. It was easy to imagine this custom gown and I do imagine that Saoirse would make this a dazzling moment with a sleek sculptural updo, emerald greed defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of metallic melon green Miu Miu jewel embellished slingback sandals, and a pair of dazzling Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and emerald twist teardrop earrings. Tilda Swinton has been attending the Cannes Film Festival since 1987. Over the years she has screened 10 films at the festival, served on the feature film jury in 2004, and as a member of the short films jury in 2002. Of the 10 films that she has screened at the festival two have opened the festival and one has closed the festival. I always look forward to seeing what moments Tilda will bring to the red carpet. She is a fashionista who isn’t afraid to take risks and wear unusual things. With that being said the two looks I’ve picked for Tilda to wear in Cannes to promote The French Dispatch are more classics that I think that she would be able to sell with great aplomb starting with this white and black tailored Alexander McQueen Fall 2020 RTW sleeveless dress which features defined padded shoulders, belted waist, and a high low midi hem. This look is a balance of corporate and military inspiration and I just know in my soul that Tilda would sell this look to me with effortless ease. It doesn’t need a lot of styling, and that isn’t Tilda’s vibe anyway, so I would finish this look with a pushed back coif, defined eyes, bold red lips, and a pair of deep red satin Manolo Blahnik ‘Butina’ asymmetrical strap half d’Orsay pointed toe pumps. For the premiere I went with bold sleek glamour opting to put Tilda in this red Valentino Spring 2020 Couture long sleeve column gown which features a turtleneck , satin cuffs, and a pooling train. This sleek moment is definitely within Tilda’s sense of style and I think that it would be a major moment for her to bring to life in Cannes. Again I wouldn’t do much in terms styling keeping this look super sleek with a high coif, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of tabasco red Gianvito Rossi ‘Montecarlo’ crystal ankle strap pointed toe d’Orsay pumps. With such a star filled cast, and I didn’t even include everyone, I didn’t include any of the Cannes regulars whom I’ve included in all of my other wishes for this years festival. So closing out today’s wishes are two looks for The French Dispatch star Timothee Chalamet. We have seen Timmy take on the Berlin, Venice, San Sebastian, and London Film Festivals, but this would have been his Cannes debut. Regular readers will know that since he burst onto the scene in 2017 with Call Me By Your Name that I have been obsessed with Timothee’s style. He is all about his avant garde menswear and I really wanted to see him bring high fashion menswear to the red carpets in Cannes this year. For the photocall I went directly to floral silk pajamas from the Sies Marjan Fall 2020 RTW collection. There are very few men out there who could rock this co-ord in Cannes or anywhere, but that is what I love about Timothee. He would rock this look with effortlessness pairing it with white Christian Louboutin ‘Happy Rui Flat’ mesh sneakers. For the premiere I went for GLAMOUR picking this Alexander McQueen Fall 2020 Menswear ensemble which features a gold beaded snake detail coat, a white button up, slim fit pants that continue that beading, and a pair of black leather boots with a gold toe cap. The look is very much Timothee and would have definitely made waves in the world of red carpet menswear on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.

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