2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “The World To Come”

There was also strong buzz, according to Screen Daily,  around Norwegian actress-filmmaker Mona Fastvold’s English-language drama The World To Come about two women who forge a close connection despite their isolation in the mid-19th-century American frontier. Casey Affleck produces, under his Sea Change Media banner, and co-stars alongside Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby and Jesse Plemons. With a cast like that I definitely would have wanted to see it screen in Cannes. It’s not often we see Katherine Waterston on the red carpet. She doesn’t do the awards season circuit and honestly we have seen her since the London premiere of Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald back in November of 2018. So given how rare her red carpet appearances are it would have been a treat to see her walk the red carpets in Cannes promoting The World To Come. When it comes to style Katherine is usually very simple and borderline plain. So I didn’t want to go for anything too intricate or overbearing. For the photocall I picked this superb black and white Dion Lee Fall 2020 RTW ensemble which features a crisp white hidden button collarless poplin cotton long sleeve button down and a pair of black wool blend relaxed straight leg cut out pants with gold chain waist details. I’ve thought this look was such a chic and modern take on classic dressing and that is what I think would have made for a perfect photocall moment for Katherine. Styled with a sleek side parted low bun, defined eyes, nude glossy lips, and a pair of black suede Gianvito Rossi ‘Gianvito 105’ pointed toe pumps I know this look would have been a sleek modern moment from head to toe. For the premiere I went for something a little bolder with this lipstick red Valentino Haute Couture Beijing Fall 2019 collection sequined loose fit gown which features dramatic puffy winged sleeves, a jewel neckline, and a sweeping train. While this is a little bit more dramatic of a look than we are used to seeing from Katherine on the red carpet I think that for a Cannes premiere one should always go big or go home. This look pushes the envelope on Katherine’s style just enough that I would keep the rest of the styling super simple with the same sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, bold matching red lips, a pair of red suede Gianvito Rossi ‘Portofino’ ankle strap sandals, and simple white diamond and ruby two string Cartier teardrop pendant drop earrings. The World To Come is the second of three films that Vanessa Kirby stars in that I head Cannes buzz around. For her first film Pieces of a Woman I picked looks from Alessandra Rich and Alexander McQueen for Vanessa. For this second set of wishes I’m going to start with a glamorous photocall moment for Vanessa from the Altuzarra Fall 2020 RTW collection. I was honestly looking for the perfect person to wear this ensemble which features a rose silk charmuse asymmetrical long sleeve blouse and a two tone carwash pleated a-line midi skirt with a sexy thigh high split and thinking of it on Vanessa I was sold. So styling this look with a pair of rose pink satin Sergio Rossi crystal studded buckle detail slingback mid-heel pumps, soft waves tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, rose pink lips, and diamond stud earrings would have definitely made this an absolutely gorgeous photocall moment for Vanessa. Now for the premiere I upped the drama picking this black Elie Saab Fall 2020 RTW strapless a-line gown which features intricate feather, pearl, and bead embellishments, sheer skirt, and a sweeping silk bustle train. This look is that subtly sexy take on glamour and I definitely think that is what Vanessa’s style is all about. This would definitely have been a super glam moment for her to bring to life in Cannes with a sleek retro updo, thick defined cat eyes, bold red lips, black Jimmy Choo ‘Bel’ silver crystal embellished peep toe slingback sandals, and a small pop of color via a pair of vintage Cartier white diamond and emerald teardrop hoop pendant earrings. Each look would have made for a major turn in Cannes for Vanessa. I’ve always been a big fan of seeing Araya A. Hargate on the red carpets in Cannes. So much so that instead of the usual two looks I pick for L’Oreal Paris spokesmodels to wear in Cannes I’ve picked three. That’s honestly because in addition to L’Oreal Araya is a friend of Chopard and usually walks one red carpet during the festival for the jewelry brand. For this look I really wanted to use Paraiba tourmaline’s as the inspiration for my final wish for Araya. So I pulled this bright aqua blue asymmetrical one shoulder Zuhair Murad Fall 2014 Couture ball gown out of the brands archives. I’ve been in love with this gown since it was first presented and am honestly SHOCKED that it hasn’t been worn on a red carpet yet. I do think that Araya would take this modern take on classic elegance and make it come to life on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals. A sleek braided bun updo, defined eyes, pink lips, silver metallic leather Alexandre Birman ‘Lenny’ platform chunky heel sandals, and a selection of Chopard Red Carpet Collection jewels including a pair of white diamond and paraiba tourmaline teardrop pendant earrings and a white diamond paisley cuff bracelet would definitely make sure this look balances classic and modern glamour. My second wish for what I would have liked to see Kendall Jenner is nowhere near as dramatic as the Giambattista Valli Couture gown from my first. This black double satin Ralph & Russo Spring 2020 Couture asymmetrically draped gown which features structured organza and gazar frills, a thigh-high slit and a rosette corsage, enriched with jet and gunmetal crystals is very classically glamorous with a hint of va-va-voom sexy, but honestly that is what I think Kendall does best on the red carpet sometimes. I think that had she worn this gown in Cannes with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals, and dazzling white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection chandelier earrings that this would have definitely been a red carpet moment for Kendall’s record book. I was really hoping for another trip to Cannes this year thanks to Chopard from Priyanka Chopra. The Indian beauty knows how to handle the festival red carpets and I was blown away by her gowns on last years red carpets. This years wishes for Priyanka were all about color and major necklaces. The first look I picked for her was a major electric blue sequin Valentino Haute Couture gown and now I’m digging into the Elie Saab archive for this major canary yellow chiffon gown which features a satin and crystal embellished strapless bustier bodice and a flowing skirt from the brands Spring 2008 Couture collection. This is one of the first collections I remember falling in love with and to this day there are many looks I still really want to see brought to life on the red carpet. I can imagine Priyanka making this a super glam moment with a loose updo, defined eyes, deep ruby red lips, a pair of bright yellow gold Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ strappy metallic leather sandals, and a statement yellow diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection collar necklace to finally give this gown the red carpet moment it deserves.

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