Monday, May 25, 2015

Cannes 2015: The Top 10 Looks from the Festival

 The 68th Annual Cannes Film Festival came to a close yesterday and I am already starting to feel the drought of glamour coming on. It happens every year. After 12 days of couture morning, noon, and night the red carpets following Cannes always seem to disappoint. I documented almost 200 looks over on Facebook and it was a task narrowing down to just 10. Topping my list of favorite looks is Diane Kruger in a custom Prada gown at the "Sea of Trees" premiere. Diane was in Cannes to promote her film "Maryland" which debuted in a satellite competition, and she took the spotlight at the premiere that night. I love how modern yet vintage this gown feels. Prada has had many hits and misses in the past and when Muccia does it right she really does it right.
 My heart skipped a beat when Julianne Moore stepped on to the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony red carpet wearing a custom Armani Prive gown which featured heavy crystal embellishments all over the gown and feathers on the blouse. The red head accentuated her black gown with emerald Chopard earrings that just furthered my lust over this look. I will comment on the Schiaparelli gown that Jane Fonda wore during the festival later today but first I want to remember how fabulous this woman actually is. This cobalt blue Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture gown (slightly modified from the runway) was a moment of pure perfection on the "Sea of Trees" red carpet. At 77 years old Jane wore this Versace gown better than those half her age would have. Charlize Theron was a vision in canary yellow Christian Dior Couture with Chopard earrings at the "Mad Max: Fury Road" premiere. I was most nervous about the Dior ladies, and with the exception of Marion Cotillard, they all way surpassed my expectations.
To promote her film "Carol" at the festival Cate Blanchett gave us two edgy looks but it was the surprise appearance at the "Sicario" premiere in custom Armani Prive inspired by the Spring 2015 Couture collection that took my breath away. It was not intended for Cate to steal the spotlight from the nights star but she worked the carpet ever so elegantly in this stunning creation. Armani and Cate continue to be a winning combination. Probably the biggest surprise of this years festival was the amazing Proenza Schouler Fall 2015 RTW ensemble that Liya Kebede wore for her duties as a L'Oreal ambassador at the "Mad Max: Fury Road" premiere. I loved that Liya kept her cool girl style on the red carpet when the dress code requires a grand gown. Speaking of grand gowns I was praying that we would get to see this grand Elie Saab Fall 2014 Couture long sleeved gown on the Cannes red carpet and Spanish supermodel Nieves Alvarez made that prayer come true. Attending the "Sicario" premiere looking as grand as ever, much like Cate, stealing the spotlight away from the films stars.
We saw many looks from Sienna Miller over the course of this years festival, some high style, some low. This dusty rose custom Gucci tiered boho gown paired with an aqua Bulgari clutch and Bulgari tassel earrings that Sienna wore to the "Macbeth" premiere was my favorite because it matched her signature style with high glamour expected during Cannes. One thing I was hoping that we would see was a pair of drop dead red carpet lady pants and Chinese actress Li Yichun delivered on that wearing a hybrid silk white jumpsuit under a deconstructed black tuxedo inspired coat. What would I have done without this AMAZING moment? I do not think that anyone would have been able to give this look such like that Li did. And finally it was Natalie Portman in Rodarte Fall 2015 RTW at the photocall for her directorial debut "A Tale of Love and Darkness." I was expecting all of the Dior ladies to be all Dior all the festival, but I was glad to see that this was not the case. I have been dying for Natalie to wear another Rodarte creation since the 2011 Academy Awards. It has been well worth the wait as this was a glorious unexpected moment from Natalie and one of the few standout looks that we saw during a photocall.

Who was your best dressed at this years festival? Anyone you think should have been here that wasn't?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 CFDA Awards Wish List Part 2





#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Shu Qi, Diane Kruger, Natalie Portman, Aishwarya Rai, Heidi Klum, Marion Cotillard, Sienna Miller, Mary J. Blige, Lily Donaldson, Melissa George, Chanel Iman, Toni Garnn, Izabel Goulart, Bella Hadid, Gigi Hadid, Jacquelyn Jablonski, Kendall Jenner, Karlie Kloss, Karolina Kurkova, Adriana Lima, Eva Longoria,  Petra Nemcova, Hanne Gaby Odiele, Barbara Palvin, Soo Joo Park, Michelle Rodriguez, Anja Rubik, Ulyana Sergeenko, Irina Shayk, Lara Stone, Dita von Teese, Alicia Vikander, Liu Wen, Lindsey Wixson, Charli XCX, and more.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#Cannes2015: amAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 5

Surprisingly we have not seen Paz Vega on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival at at yet. I am actually deeply saddened by this because Paz knows how to dress for Cannes and I am missing her signature edgy glam. If Paz makes the jaunt to the south of France for the festival I am sure that we will see Paz attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala. For an amfAR appearance I would love to see Paz wear this Giorgio Armani Fall 2015 RTW wrap gown. Not many would be able to make me actually like this gown, but I know that there are a certain few that would. Paz is one of those women. She would make this look all about making sure that this look is styled correctly. A pair of simple black Stuart Weitzman 'Nudist' sandals, a simple black clutch, a pink lip, and simple earring will ensure that Paz is able to make this gown work for the amfAR red carpet on Thursday.
We have seen a few looks on the red carpet from feature film jury member Sienna Miller so far this festival, Valentino, Sonia Rykiel, & Lanvin to name a few. I am hoping that Sienna will take a night off her jury duties and attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala on Thursday. Céline revealed their Pre-Fall 2015 collection at the beginning of the month and the moment that I saw this white cap sleeved loose fitting draped gown I started to pray to the fashion gods that Sienna would get her hands on this gown. This simplistic silhouette is perfect for the amfAR gala and it would be a sleek look that we have not seen from Sienna yet this festival. A pair of a metallic silver clutch, a pair of silver sandals, a red lip, sleek hair, a red lip, and a statement diamond necklace would finish this look off in the perfect way. I have been envisioning it since I first saw the gown.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today



Emily Blunt, Anais Demoustier, Karlie Kloss, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Megan Gale, Araya A Hargate

Monday, May 18, 2015

#Cannes2015: amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 4

Kylie Minogue is a regular at the Cannes Film Festival and the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala. A huge supporter of AIDS charities, I love to see Kylie on the red carpet. For this years amfAR Gala on Thursday I would love to see Kylie wear this fire ombre Roberto Cavalli Fall 2015 RTW cutout gown. Sadly with the transition from the Cavalli era to the Dundas for Cavalli era there has been a noticeable absence of Cavalli on the red carpets. Not one look during the course of the festival has come from Cavalli and we are long over due. I think that Kylie would rock this gown making it look sexy yet still elegant. Some black sandals and simple earrings would finish this look off perfectly.
Since Marion Cotillard is going to most likely wear Dior for her two big premieres during the Cannes Film Festival this week it looks like the reigns have been loosened. Marion gave us 70s disco wearing Balmain at the Chopard Trophy party and I am praying that she will be able to work another brand again for the amfAR Gala. I would love to see Marion wear this amazing red Givenchy Fall 2015 RTW caped embellished gown that evokes the spirit of the Spanish matador by way of a 40's screen siren. Of everything from the Fall 2015 RTW season this is the gown that I am most looking forward to seeing on the red carpet and I am waiting with bated breath for it to turn up. Finished with a classic updo, lined eyes, a red lip, a matching red clutch, diamond cluster earrings, and a pair of black sandals and Marion would definitely be one of my favorites at amfAR.
Naomi Watts has been around Cannes since the Opening Ceremony this year. She spent the first two days on the carpet as a L'Oreal Paris brand ambassador, then spent a day promoting Bulgari and their new boutique in Cannes, and on Saturday premiered her film "The Sea of Trees." If Naomi decides to stick around for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala I would love to see Naomi wear this Armani Prive Spring 2015 Couture spaghetti strap gown with a plunging neckline side cutouts and column skirt. The only problem with the possibility of Naomi wearing this gown is that she wore another gown from this collection for the "The Sea of Trees" premiere two days ago. A black clutch, a pair of black sandals, a simple pair of Bulgari diamond earrings, old Hollywood waves, and a red lip would finish this look off perfectly for the amfAR red carpet.
Natalie Portman is one of the hostesses of this years amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala and I am uber excited to see what she is going to bring to the red carpet. So far the stunning actress has given us three different looks during this years Cannes Film Festival: 1) sleek, sexy, modern and red in custom Christian Dior Couture at the Opening Ceremony, 2) classic Christian Dior Spring 2015 Couture blue floral for the "A Tale of Love and Darkness" premiere, and 3) avant garde Rodarte Fall 2015 RTW at the "A Tale of Love and Darkness" photocall. For the amfAR Gala I would love to see Natalie wear this orange Christian Dior Spring 2015 tea length gown. This gown mixes classic elegance with sleek modernity and I think that Natalie would look stunning in this dress. Finished with a pair of silver sandals and some diamond cluster earrings and this look will continue my love affair with everything that Natalie wears.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Diane Lane, Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling,  Karlie Kloss, Sonam Kapoor, Andie MacDowell, Li Bingbing, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Eva Longoria, Sienna Miller, Lupita Nyong'o, Diane Kruger

Sunday, May 17, 2015

#Cannes2015: amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 3

Since "American Idol" finally wrapped Jennifer Lopez I am hoping that Jennifer Lopez will finally return to Cannes to fulfill some L'Oreal Paris brand ambassador duties. It has been 5 years since JLo has been in Cannes and I think that we are LONG over due for a show stopping red carpet moment from the Latina pop princess. I would love to see Jennifer rock the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala on Thursday wearing this Zuhair Murad Spring 2015 Couture silver beaded 'naked' dress. No one does the 'naked' dress like JLo and I think she makes them look chic instead of tacky, which is a big feat for one to be able to do. Finished with sparkling colored Chopard earrings, old Hollywood waves, a red lip, and a pair of Silver sandals and all will be forced to bow before her.
Jessica Chastain is a guest that has attended the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala since she made her Cannes debut, and I am hoping that the stunning red headed actress is back on the seaside red carpet this week. I would love to see Jessica wear this amazing green Schiaparelli Spring 2015 Couture gown with its surrealist hand print on the amfAR red carpet. You really need to watch the video of this gown walk the runway to really appreciate the full beauty of this gown (it starts walking at 6:30). The halter gown with an open back that features a scarf train that can be wrapped up around the shoulders in a demure way or left to drape behind in a chic sexy manner. A chic updo, red lip, emerald earrings, and a pair of red sandals would ensure that the vintage quality of this gown stays truly intact.
We are bound to see a gaggle of models on the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala red carpet since Carine Roitfeld is producing yet another color themed collection for the event to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, this year the collection is entirely black and white. Karolina Kurkova is one of the ladies that I am most looking forward to seeing on the red carpet at the amfAR gala. The Czech supermodel would look amazing walking the red, well actually traditionally white, carpet at the amfAR benefit wearing this Maison Margiela Spring 2015 Couture red velvet column gown with a mandarin collar. Since no one snatched this gown up for the Met Ball I am praying we get to see it at Cannes. A simple pair of black sandals, a diamond bracelet, a red lip, and sleek swept up hair would finish this look perfectly for this red carpet.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Karlie Kloss, Sonam Kapoor, Jane Fonda, Andie MacDowell, Li Bingbing, Natasha Poly, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Eva Longoria, Salma Hayek

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#Cannes2015: amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 2

Emily Blunt sizzled at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 2010 Cannes Film Festival wearing a red hot Georges Chakra dress. It was one of Emily's best and most memorable looks. Since then Emily has not attended another amfAR gala but I am hoping that since her film "Sicario" is premiering just two days before this years festival that Emily will stick around and walk the amfAR red carpet as well. I think that for this event that Emily would look amazing wearing this sherbert orange Jenny Packham Fall 2015 RTW gown which features a deep plunge, rouched waist, and flowing skirt. This gown perfectly embodies the light air of Cannes. Finished with a simple pair of gold sandals, a gold clutch, simple earrings, swept back hair, and a pink lip and Emily would kill the red carpet at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala come Thursday evening.
Fan Bingbing did her L'Oreal brand ambassador duties on the first two days being crowned Best Dressed of the first day in Ralph & Russo Couture and then slightly waning in Marchesa on Thursday. If the stunning Chinese actress does stay in Cannes for the amfAR Gala then I would love to see Fan wear this black Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2015 sleeveless ball gown that features a tulle construction with beaded embroidery throughout the bodice. It has been a hot minute since Fan has had a memorable Elie Saab moment and I think that this has the potential to be her next memorable moment. Finish the look with a Louis Vuitton clutch, a pair of black pumps, a pair of Chopard diamond & emerald cluster earrings, a sleek bun, and a red lip and this look is finished to perfection.
Heidi Klum almost always attends the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala and almost always she shows up in a creation by Marchesa. I would go for this simple Marchesa Fall 2015 RTW halter gown with a deep plunge and feather detail at the waist. This gown is chic, elegant, with a hint of sexy for Heidi. With the theme of this years big fashion show being black and white I am sure that we are bound to see a lot of black and white gowns on the red carpet. Black Christian Louboutin sandals, a pair of statement diamond earrings, a red lip, and old Hollywood waves would ensure that Heidi lives up to her red carpet potential at the amfAR gala.
Last but not least for todays wishes is for the always stunning Jane Fonda. At the age of 77 Jane still gives some amazingly sexy red carpet moments. With her film "Youth" premiering the night before I am praying that Jane will attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala. I would love to see Jane wear this copper Monique Lhuillier Fall 2015 RTW long sleeve gown that features a sheath silhouette with burnout silk velvet construction in a floral motif, an illusion bodice, and an exposed back. The sexy cutouts can be modified to be covered with illusion netting but I think that Jane would shut the red carpet down in this gown. Finish the look with a bronze Raowulf clutch, a pair of bronze peep toe pumps, a pair of simple earrings, and a red lip and Jane will for sure be one of the best dressed.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Naomi Watts, Camilla Alves, Natalie Portman, Sonam Kapoor, Karlie Kloss, Jane Fonda, Andie MacDowell, Li Bingbing, Natasha Poly, Paris Hilton, Diane Kruger, Julianne Moore, Jennifer Lawrence, Salma Hayek, Aishwarya Rai

Friday, May 15, 2015

#Cannes2015: Best Dressed Day 3

While I was very much hoping that Emma Stone would go for color and drama on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet I will say that I was equally captivated by the offering that she presented. For her big debut on the Croisette Emma wore a stunning ice blue custom Christian Dior Couture gown. Much like Charlize Theron yesterday, Emma's gown had a dramatic train that followed gracefully behind her and added a bit of drama walking up the steps. A Repossi barely there diamond choker, chic swept up hair, and a red lip finished off Emma's big statement for her first Cannes appearance.

#Cannes2015: Dior in Cannes

On Wednesday I posted a post about designer styling suites. Yesterday I saw a video of the crafting of the Dior Beauty suite inside the Majestic Hotel. The likes of Jennifer Lawrence, Natalie Portman, Marion Cotillard, & yesterdays best dressed Charlize Theron all will go through this suite before taking to the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals for their respective premieres. Inside a suite such as this will also be racks of Dior Couture for these ladies, and others, to wear on the red carpet during the course of the festival. So far Dior is two for two with Natalie Portman at the Opening Ceremony and Charlize Theron at the "Mad Max: Fury Road" premiere, and I am hoping that there are many more amazing red carpet moments from Dior in store. One thing is for sure, that the ladies taking a break from the festival in this Dior Beauty suite are doing so in style.

#Cannes2015: amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala Red Carpet Wish List Part 1

One of the highlights of the Cannes Film Festival is definitely the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala. This years benefit will take place next Thursday evening and one of the nights hostesses is L'Oreal brand ambassador Aishwarya Rai. Much like Sonam Kapoor, Aishwarya usually wears one traditional sari during the course of the festival, the gold Tarun Tahiliani sari almost made my Best Dressed of the Year list in 2013. Since I picked couture gowns fro Aishwarya to wear on the red carpets at the premieres I decided to pick a sari for her to wear for amfAR. I personally love this simple black Surendri bu Yogesh Chaudhary Spring 2015 silk sari wil gold embroidery along hems. The simplistic sense of this ensemble makes it extremely elegant and perfect for the amfAR red carpet. Finished with Chopard earrings, a pair of black Christian Louboutin sandals, a red lip, and an elegant up do this look would make waves during Cannes.
Charlize Theron is not confirmed to attend the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala, but as an avid supporter of AIDS Charities. With "Mad Max: Fury Road," Charlize's latest flick, premiering days before the amfAR Gala I would love to see Charlize take to the red carpet. I am kinda in love with the idea of Charlize ditching her Dior duties in favor of this black Marchesa Fall 2015 RTW silk crepe column gown which features a fold over neckline that plunges in the back, an asymmetrical detailed skirt and gold metallic threadwork embroidery.I think that this gown would look chic on Charlize and give an impact making look despite being an almost all black gown. Finish the look with a red lip, black Dior sandals, and a gold Dior clutch to ensure that Charlize is the epitome of glamour.
Diane Kruger, like Aishwarya Rai, is going to be one of the hostesses of the 2015 amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala. I love to see Diane on the red carpet and she always brings even more during Cannes. For amfAR I would love to see Diane wear this Chanel Cruise 2016 sequined candy striped strapless midi gown with electric blue chiffon overlay. Diane immediately sprang to mind the moment that I saw this dress and I am praying that she gets her hands on it. With a gold clutch and gold sandals Diane would have a perfect look for the gala which takes place ocean side.
Dita von Teese almost always makes an appearance at the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala during  the Cannes Film Festival. Dita sat front row at the Ralph & Russo Spring 2015 Couture presentation back in January and I am anxiously awaiting which look from the collection Dita will wear on the red carpet. I would pick this floral embellished Ralph & Russo Spring 2015 Couture caped a-line cocktail dress for Dita to wear on the amfAR red carpet. This gown would fit right in with Dita's classic beauty MO on the red carpet. Finished with a pair of gold Christian Louboutin pumps and her signature beauty look Dita would evoke a lighter side of classic glamour on the red carpet during the amfAR Gala next Thursday.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Lea Seydoux, Rachel Weisz, Emma Stone, Sonam Kapoor, Karlie Kloss, Inès de La Fressange, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini

Thursday, May 14, 2015

#Cannes2015: Best Dressed Day Two

 I was watching the livestreams of the Cannes Film Festival premieres today trying to get a view on who was wearing what before Getty Images got to uploading them, while doing homework. My eyes went from my quiz and textbook the moment that Charlize Theron stepped out on the red carpet at the Palais de Festivals in this canary yellow custom Christian Dior Couture strapless corset silk chiffon column gown. This gown was just made all that more dramatic by adding a train that just seemed to go on for DAYS. Most of the time Charlize was holding it, but when she wasn't that train must have been trailing behind her almost five feet. Styled simply with Chopard white diamond cluster earrings and two Chopard white diamond rings; Charlize showed us what the Cannes Film Festival red carpet is all about.

#Cannes2015: Everyone Else Wish List

Dita von Teese loves Cannes, and the festival red carpet usually looks really good on the burlesque beauty. Usually around for the amfAR Cinema Against AIDS gala, Dita usually takes in at least one screening (most likely something from the Cannes Classics line up.) If Dita is going to take to the red carpet during Cannes I would love to see her look to the Ralph & Russo Fall 2015 Couture collection for her ensemble. This black and white cocktail ensemble with its voluminous skirt might be considered too short for the Cannes Film Festival rules of dressing but I think that the look actually fulfills the go big or go home mentality. The off the shoulder look is an over the top version of a 1950's couture ensemble and I think that Dita would slay that Cannes red carpet in this gown. Her go to beauty routine of black lacquered waves and red lip, finished with Chopard diamond chandelier earrings, a black Christian Louboutin clutch, and a pair of black Christian Louboutin sandals would complete this perfect red carpet ensemble for Dita.
Last year Eva Herzigova wore a Dolce & Gabbana cocktail dress on the red carpet for the Cannes Film Festival premiere of "Two Days, One Night." Not one to defy the Cannes dress code I would love to see the Czech model and actress give a take on the menswear trend and work this black and ivory Jean Paul Gaultier Spring 2015 Couture tuxedo. This might be a menswear inspired look but this look is all feminine, from the ivory silk pants to the floral embellishments on the lapel. I go back on forth, since Eva would most likely be a guest of Chopard, on whether or not I would pair this look with a statement necklace or a pair of statement earrings. With her shorter hair I would probably pick a statement necklace to go with this look. Finished with a pair of black sandals and a red lip then Eva would have a Femme Fatale look perfect for a Cannes Film Festival premiere.
Heidi Klum is a consistent face during the Cannes Film Festival, there are two traditions when it comes to designers that Heidi wears on the Cannes red carpet. One is Marchesa (which will come later when I do my amfAR wishes) and the other is Atelier Versace. Now Heidi wore the Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture collection for the Elton John AIDS Foundation Oscar Viewing Party, and it was basically a disaster. I am praying that Heidi will have a glamorous moment on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet. So I picked this silver Atelier Versace Spring 2015 Couture Swarovski crystal embellished gown, but it would need a few things to be red carpet ready for Heidi. The whole gown needs to lined, in what I would suggest be a silver silk, so that Heidi doesn't fall into tacky territory. Chic old Hollywood waves, a simple pair of diamond earrings, a pair of silver sandals, and a pink lip would ensure that Heidi has a winning red carpet ensemble on her hands.
Spanish supermodel Nieves Alvarez also usually runs to Cannes for at least one premiere. I am predicting that Nieves will do so yet again this year. If she does than we will most likely see her in one of two brand: Ralph & Russo Couture or Stephane Rolland Couture. I have decided to go with the latter. I am absolutely in love with this white Stephane Rolland Spring 2015 Couture long sleeved gown with a leather scale like bodice, illusion paneling, and white silk crepe mermaid skirt. I think that this gown is just begging for a strong woman who would evoke this gowns warrior spirit that this gown gives off. Finish the look strong with a wavy bob, emerald earrings, a red lip, a white Edie Parker, and a pair of silver sandals. Should Nieves do all that I can see her taking a spot on my Best Dressed of the Year list three years in a row.
I can't remember the last time that Paz Vega hasn't been on the red carpet during the Cannes Film Festival, and I am hoping that this year would be no different. I simply adore seeing the Spanish actress take to the red carpet. For a Cannes premiere I would love to see Paz wear this Elie Saab Spring 2015 Couture sheer black floral embellished long sleeved ballgown on the red carpet. While I am used to seeing Paz kill the red carpet in varying bold designs by Ralph & Russo and Stephane Rolland I think that this simple ball gown would be enhanced her pixie style. A pair of bold sapphire and diamond cluster earrings, a pair of black sandals, and a red lip would make this a magical red carpet moment for Paz during the Cannes Film Festival.

#Cannes2015: Stars Expected in Cannes Today

Charlize Theron, Zoe Kravitz, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Salma Hayek, Alba Rohrwacher, Katrina Kaif, Fan Bingbing, Naomi Watts, Julianne Moore,  Liya Kebede, Karlie Kloss, Barbara Palvin, Inès de La Fressange, Miranda Kerr, Eva Longoria,