2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been Wish List: “Untitled Adam Leon Project”

Today rounds out all my 2020 Cannes Film Festival What Could Have Been wishes with a bang. According to Indiewire it can be hard to predict which young American filmmakers will be embraced by the Cannes selection committee, though it always seems to make sense in hindsight. The Safdie brothers? Of course. Jeff Nichols? Why not. David Robert Mitchell? It’s worth a shot. These directors only have so much in common, but — in the broadest of terms — their movies marry classical stylization with contemporary zeal. And “Tramps” director Adam Leon is as likely as anyone to join the club. Little is known about his untitled new film beyond the fact that it’s set in New York City, stars Vanessa Kirby, and features the “Hobbs & Shaw” actress in at least one big look. But the movie has been in the can for a minute, and would be a natural fit on the Croisette if it maintains even a fraction of the bouncy throwback energy that have made Leon’s previous work feel so fresh.I’ve given all kinds of looks I wanted to see Vanessa Kirby wear in Cannes this year. She had three films rumored to be in consideration for this year selection. All of the moments I’ve picked for Vanessa would have made for a major Cannes Film Festival debut. So for my final wishes I went to two very different looks that speak to opposite sides of Vanessa’s style starting with the bohemian side with this off white Tory Burch Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve prairie style maxi dress. We don’t often see Tory Burch looks on the red carpet or even for photocalls, but when I saw this dress I just imagined it being a light airy and breezy moment for Vanessa to wear on the photocall platform in Cannes overlooking the French Rivera despite the fact it is a fall look. I would make sure the styling is great so that it doesn’t feel like this look would wash Vanessa out. So I would add soft waves, defined eyes,  deep dusty antique rose pink lips, a pair of light gold Malone Souliers ‘Miranda’ ankle strap platform sandals, and a statement Tory Burch ‘Roxanne’ pale green and peach resin and glass necklace to really have pulled this look together perfectly. Now for the premiere I decided to go the custom route for Vanessa. I would have LOVED to see her turn to one of her favorite designers Tom Ford to create a custom gown out of this major ombre rose pink to fuchsia sequin maxi skirt from the Tom Ford Fall 2020 RTW collection. Turning this skirt into a strapless fit to flare gown with a sweeping train would be one of the most dazzling Tom Ford gowns to walk the red carpet in a really long time. Tom hasn’t created a custom gown for Cannes in the past and that really surprises me. We’ve seen his off the rack looks in Cannes, but this would have been the first custom gown. This isn’t a typical Tom Ford red carpet look. When he creates custom looks for the red carpet he doesn’t often use bold color except for the very rare red, sapphire blue, or emerald green. This look would have been DAZZLING. Styled with a pair of metallic fuchsia Gucci ‘Crawford’ braided knot slingback peep toe pumps, a sleek updo, smokey eyes, bright pink lips, and a statement white diamond Messika High Jewelry ‘Beloved Feather’ asymmetric open collar necklace I know that Vanessa’s Cannes debut would have been perfection. I always have high expectations for Amber Heard. I know the potential that she has to bring major moments to life on the red carpet. When she brings the sexy glamour to the red carpet I always fall madly in love with her red carpet looks. So when I was picking looks for Cannes I decided to make sure that the hyper sexy glam was on full display opting for this black and white Elie Saab Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve sheer column gown covered in black feathers and white pearls and features a bodysuit worn underneath, a plunging neckline, defined waist, side split, and an ankle length. I definitely think that Amber’s presence and usual pose on the red carpet would definitely have made sure this look is perfection. Now while I usually would go for Elie Saab’s Couture collections for Cannes this look was definitely worthy of a red carpet moment at the festival. A sleek retro updo, defined smokey eyes, bold matte red lips, a pair of black patent leather and clear PVC Christian Louboutin ‘Just Nodo’ bow detail mule sandals, and asymmetrical white diamond Messika High Jewelry ‘Shahrâzâd’ broken glass inspired earcuffs would have made this look the definition of sensual glamour from head to toe. Chopard ambassador Catrinel Marlon is gorgeous and I wanted to see her bring DRAMA to the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. I’m hoping that some of the brands whom spend so much to send their friends to Cannes might send them to some of the fall film festivals that are, for now, planning to go ahead. The first look I picked for her was a super glam Sebastian Gunawan gown and now I turn to another left of usual brand, Pronovias. The Spanish fashion label sent two versions of this dramatic midnight blue ruffled gown down the runway to close its 2020 Bridal Couture show last April. Honestly I am surprised no one snatched this gown up for last years Cannes Film Festival, but it would have made for a major moment this year on Catrinel. Had she snatched up this gown I would have loved to see Catrinel make this look even more major that the gown is on its own with a sleek updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of customized Jimmy Choo ‘Pattie’ peep toe platform sandals made in midnight blue satin, and a MAJOR Chopard Red Carpet Collection white diamond and sapphire collar necklace. Nieves Alvarez was supposed to head to Cannes this year once again as the guest of Bulgari. The Spanish supermodel has some of my favorite Cannes moments thanks to looks from Ralph & Russo, Elie Saab, and Stephane Rolland. In a follow up to my first wish for Nieves to wear in Cannes this year, a major ruffled Giambattista Valli Couture moment, with an equally as major archive couture moment. I’ve longed to see this copper orange asymmetrically draped Stephane Rolland Spring 2011 Couture strapless gown on the red carpet since it was first presented nine years ago. There aren’t many who would really push through this avant garde couture moment making it the major moment I am craving and I know that Nieves would have been able to bring it to life with effortless ease. She knows how to sell these kind of moments and I just can imagine this gown come to life on her especially styled with a sleek updo, defined eyes, matte rose pink lips, a pair of nude Christian Louboutin ‘So Me’ studded simple ankle strap sandals, and a beautiful vintage Bulgari necklace with carnelian intaglio and diamonds that Olivia Wilde wore to the 2016 Golden Globes.

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