Though the title is misleading because I write this from my study in the Island of Long, I do feel, metaphysically, that I am at Cannes considering the level of Insta-Stalking I did to prep this article. Before getting into the winners, allow me to indulge in an Ammachic rant.:
The Cannes Film Festival has become a key marketing event for all luxury brands. In recent years, you see a fleet of supermodels descending onto the red carpet where it once was just directors and actors of indie films. You see the monster list of parties that are happening during the 10-day festival, which now outnumber the amount of films being screened. Every look is scrutinized and photographed within an inch of its life. And nobody talks about the movies anymore.
I get frustrated that such an incredible festival created to give talent a platform is overshadowed by a million headlines regarding Kendall Jenner's swimsuit she wore at the hotel she is staying at Cannes. I love fashion, but we all need to remember the big picture.
So here is a list of films being showcased, made by legends such as Spike Lee, Jean Luc Godard, as well as the premiere of Nadine Labaki's long awaited film, Capernaum, which I hope you take the time to check out: Festival de Cannes 2018 Lineup
With that, it is time to announce the winners of the inaugural Ammachic Cannes Fashion Awards 2018.
1. Best #SquadGoals Moment : Kristen Stewart, Lea Seydoux, Cate Blanchett, Ava Duvernay, & Khadji Nin
This crew packs a lot of talent, brains, and gumption. From Kristen Stewart's pixie Mohawk paired in a classic, pale blue Chanel power-suit, to Ava Duvernay's braids and lime green silk dress and Khadja Nin's structured headdress of wine taffeta,these ladies are dripping in finesse.
2. Best Interpretation of Old Hollywood Glam: Lea SeydouxOld Hollywood glamour looks are always a safe bet for a celeb on the red carpet. The formula is usually waves, diamonds, and some sort of satin, form fitting gown with a long train in a classic color. However, Lea's interpretation was a refreshing proposition to Old Hollywood glam. In these Louis Vuitton creations, through the use of crystal beading, ostrich feathers, and , of course, diamonds, Lea just made me swoon.
3. Best Red Carpet Surprise: Huma QureshiHuma Qureshi has been a long time favorite of mine, though quite underrated in the Bollywood red carpet scene. She's more curvier than her colleagues, a fact she embraces and loves, though the Indian media has yet to catch up. Her wardrobe was the most surprising, with these fashion-forward tuxedo moments, wearing a custom Falguni Shane Peacock and Nikhil Thampi, and a structured flowy moment in Elio Abou Fayssal.
4. Best Political Fashion Moment: Thandie Newton & Cate BlanchettAs head of the Cannes Jury, Cate Blanchett led the charge at Opening Ceremonies for the #METOO red carpet movement in this structured, black Armani Prive couture gown. Thandie Newtown debuted this Vivienne Westwood gown with a custom print of all the African American characters of Solo: A Star Wars Story. To make a statement, while also looking chic and not costume, is tricky, but these ladies nailed it with ease.
5. Best No Fs Given: Kristen StewartCannes, very in a very misogynistic move, banned the wearing of flats on the red carpet. Kristin Stewart, in her typical no bull fashion, just took off her brutal Louboutins. Bravo! First off, no one gets to dictate shoe wear, and Ammachic is quite against any anti-flats policy (another reason I will probably never attend Cannes). Second, Ms. Kristen, a Chanel Muse, still looked the bomb dot com without em.
6. The Queen of Cannes: Kangana RanautI know that the social mediasphere was all abuzz for Sonam Kapoor's Cannes looks, but please step aside newly minted Mrs. Ahuja, Ms. Kangana Ranaut has snatched your crown and left us for dead. Cus she slaaaaayyyyyeeeeddddd. The look that gave her the crown was this black Sabyasachi saree number with that Sharmila Tagore-esque hair and makeup. Why? This saree is the same one Kim Kardashion wore on her controversial Vogue India cover, though it was in red. But this is how you drop jaws in that saree. Take a bow Ms. Ranaut, you are the Queen of Cannes.
I had fun putting together these awards, so I will be doing more of these for major red carpets. So keep an eye out for them. Until next time!