The Venice Film Festival is the cool big sister to Cannes. Less flashy, more gung-ho, celebrities – fresh and freckled-skinned from their summer holidays – are gliding off speedboats as they make their way through the city’s canals to premieres. This does not mean that “sensible” appears anywhere in the dress code. Venice offers amazing. The electric feeling in the air during the fall film season was reflected in the proceedings, as stars went the extra mile to stand up to the glamorous setting.
Cast Your Mind on Lady Gaga’s Veneto Moment in Pink Feather Valentino A star is born Promotion track. “The energy at the premiere was on another level, there was thunder, lightning, rain!” She remembers Gaga’s stylist Sandra Amador. “I don’t know if we can repeat a time like that. It was very powerful, interesting, beautiful and at the same time real.
Previous Venice fashion highlights include Gwyneth Paltrow giving a good blush, bow-adorned Prada in 2011, Madonna’s Miu Miu moment that same year, and the quintessential Dior from Jennifer Lawrence in 2017. This year’s participants include big fashion shoes to fill. But Hollywood’s new guard is hungry.
26-year-old Timothée Chalamet steps up, best known for his electric Tom Ford tailoring and direction Haider Ackerman. Chalamet will be in town to promote Luca Guadagnino. Bones and allStarring Chloe Sevigny as an angry teenage cannibal (fingers crossed she stirs things up on the front of her dress). Expect flattering pieces (remember his studded Louis Vuitton belt?), potentially nudes (hello Oscars 2022) and thoughtful jewelry (his vintage Cartier brooch is still our favorite.)
The double squeal of Timothy and Harry Styles on the red carpet might be too much for some. Patterns change. Love on tour Repeat to repeat the action level and the Olivia Wilde movie Don’t worry Darlie, which stars Florence Pugh. Known for his upbeat and nostalgic performances, Styles once said. Vogue “Clothes are there to have fun and experiment,” says Wilde, “and it’s very powerful and unusual to see someone in his position define what it means to be a confident person. Anything can happen on premiere night.
Puch is an unapologetic magpie with twinkling eyes and a punky ‘fit’ that speaks volumes for her personality (her recent hot pink Valentino moment shows she wears what she wants when she wants to, thank goodness).
Stylists, accordingly, are installed in the pump. “We are excited to bring young talent to Venice,” said Zadrian Smith, who has been working tirelessly this summer. Dragon House Promo tour with co-star Sarah Edmiston.
Don’t think the titans of TinselTown aren’t pulling out all the stops in Venice, a veritable “fashion playground.” “Actors and actresses feel brave enough to go big,” added Sarah, “and that’s why you see fashion favorites like Julianne Moore, Penelope Cruz and Cate Blanchett, with brands that produce full wardrobes, year after year. They are not afraid to embrace the spotlight.”
Blanchett will definitely be there to promote WarehouseShe plays Lydia Tarn, the first female conductor of one of Germany’s most famous orchestras. The Australian star, already generating Oscar buzz, has strong ties to Armani and McQueen, but will have to balance those ties with a new green approach to red carpet dressing. (Some archive Alexander McQueen, please!)
Smith and Edmiston are hoping vintage wins this year, but predict drama with metallic embellishments, cutouts and bold statement jewelry. Those cheeky water taxi press ops, meanwhile, will be all holiday-inspired cocktail attire as Venice celebrates the end of summer in true glitzy style. Lights, camera, action.