2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Top Gun: Maverick”

Tom Cruise and Cannes might not seem like the most natural of fits — the actor hasn’t appeared at the festival to promote one of his films since “Far and Away,” way back in 1992 — but the festival always needs a few big stars on the red carpet, and Cruise has continued to be one of the biggest star in the world. His much-hyped return to jet fuel-powered drama, “Top Gun: Maverick” boasts a stacked cast of both big names and rising talents, and would have benefited immensely from the global stage Cannes sets out. As with “Rocketman” last year, a “Top Gun” slot would have helped catapult the movie into its theatrical release, which was slated for June 24 and has sense been pushed back to December 23, 2020. I definitely would have expected to see this film screen as an out of competition gala. So let’s jump right into my wishes shall we?Jennifer Connelly is probably my LEAST favorite Louis Vuitton ambassador. She has been such a loyal friend to Nicholas Ghesquiere throughout his career and that loyalty has only grown stronger thanks to Louis Vuitton checks. So while I did decide to go left of Louis for other LV ambassadors for at least one of their looks for Cannes I stuck solely to the label for Jennifer. For the photocall for Top Gun: Maverick photocall I picked this grey, butter yellow, and white Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW sleeveless sheath dress which features intricate leather detailing. The look is space age meets classic dressing and was one of my favorite pieces from this collection. Now while I would love to see this look styled simply I know that Jennifer will pair this dress with something a little more statement making in terms of accessories. I think that Jennifer would style this dress with a sharp pointed toe Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW slingback zip up mid heel black and white leather pumps, a sleek center parted hairstyle tucked behind the ears, defined eyes, and soft pink lips. For the premiere I went back and forth on what look to pick for Jennifer. While I would imagine Nicholas would have created a custom gown for Jenn she does tends to wear mostly right off the runway looks. So I decided to go with this gold tiger print cocktail dress which features black satin bralet from the Louis Vuitton Fall 2020 RTW collection because it would be okay as it was presented or customized into a custom floor length gown. It is an edgy moment but could be quite glamorous. I would love to see this as a gown with a sleek updo, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, and a pair of black patent leather Louis Vuitton ‘Bliss’ multi-strap mary jane round toe chunky heel pumps. It would have made for two alright Louis Vuitton looks on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. My first wish for what I wanted to see Hailey Beiber bring to life in Cannes was really Barbie glam. For my second wish for Hailey I went to something that speaks to her more sexy side. I thought this pearl grey one shoulder Roberto Cavalli Couture column gown which features intricate beading on sheer fabric definitely would have spoken to that sexy side of Hailey’s style, but in a very modern glam manner. This gown definitely needs the right undergarments. So I would hope that Hailey’s stylist Maeve Riley would make sure the undergarments are perfectly nude. A sleek updo, smokey eyes, rose pink lips, a pair of silver crystal embellished Rene Caovilla ‘Cleo’ coil strap sandals, and white diamond Raggiante by de Grisogono High Jewelry earrings would all make sure this look balances sexy glamour in the perfect way. Chinese actress and pop start Li Yuchun is one I always get excited about seeing in Cannes. The L’Oreal Paris spokesmodel doesn’t bring the big princess moments to Cannes. She lets Elle Fanning, Araya Hargate, and Sonam Kapoor handle that. Instead Li Yuchun brings the real avant- grade fashion factor to Cannes. Her looks aren’t always for everyone. I remember her wearing deconstructed Mountie inspired shorts and boots ensemble from Maison Margiela one year for the Opening Ceremony and people hating it and me sitting behind my laptop eating my popcorn and gold clapping for the risk that she took. She really is the only one who could have made a look like that work not just on the red carpet in general, but especially in Cannes. I love when Li Yuchun brings the edgy glam to Cannes, so I turned to the master of edgy glam for my final wish for what I wanted to see her bring to life in Cannes. I’ve been really nostalgic for Gaultier since he announced his immediate retirement back in January. I wanted to see Gaultier worn EVERYWHERE. Both from his final couture show, which was a retrospective celebration of his entire career, and from his archives. For Li Yuchun I dug into Gaultier’s archive picking this menswear inspired glam ensemble which features a black satin double breasted tuxedo jacket with a big bow on the shoulders and a silver heavily beaded column evening skirt with splits on the front, back, and sides from the Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2016 Couture collection. This look is a really cool balance of femininity, masculinity, and glamour. I honestly think this could have been a major moment especially with Li Yuchun’s sterling rose colored hair. I would have styled this ensemble with a sleek side parted pixie style defined eyes, bold red lips, a black crystal embellished Judith Leiber Couture ‘Sphere Ball & Chain’ minaudière, black leather Christian Louboutin ‘Filamenta’ strappy nude mesh paneled peep toe platform pumps, and Messika High Jewelry including the statement white diamond ‘Diamond Whirl’ collar necklace and asymmetrical white diamond ‘Shirin’ ornate rope style ear crawling earrings to make this look ensure that balance of masculine elegance and feminine glamour was done perfectly.

2 thoughts on “2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Top Gun: Maverick”

  1. Why is Jennifer your least favorite LV ambassador? How could she be anyone’s least favorite anything? Though she does some how often end up in the worst LV ensembles available, which always confuses me as she’s friends with Ghesquiere, why does he constantly dress her so terribly? (How does that all work actually for these brand ambassadors, who decides which ambassador gets put in which pieces?) that space age grey and yellow stripped one you picked out actually looks decent though, which in real life means she probably would not have worn it haha, you have much better taste in clothes to fit the person than whoever assigns things for the LV ambassadors.


    1. She’s my least favorite because she’s pretty much the only one whom I can’t think of having a successful look wearing the brand. She doesn’t usually stray from head to toe runway looks and they are always way over styled. She gorgeous. I yearn for the days where she gave looks like she did during the “Noah” promo tour, but LV crushes her style.


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