The Venice Film Festival is typically the first major look into what we will see make a run vying for awards during awards season early next year. In the past 10 years at least one film screened at the festival has gone on to be nominated for some sort of Academy Award. The film that opens Venice is usually a big contender with La La Land, Black Swan, Birdman, and Gravity all opening the festival in recent years. This year the 2017 Venice Film Festival will open with the Alexander Payne helmed Downsizing which stars Matt Damon. Comedies have a harder time vying for an Academy Award but with Alexander Payne at the helm of the film I wouldn’t count it out just yet. The opening ceremony of the Venice Film Festival will gather the cast of Downsizing, the members of the juries, and special VIP’s. I don’t have a confirmed list of anyone who is attending any of the premieres during Venice, but since the festival is such a big deal that we will see all of the a-list stars bringing their best to promote their films. Kristen Wiig will surly be on the red carpet at the opening ceremony premiere of Downsizing at the 2017 Venice Film Film Festival. As one of my main stars of Downsizing and the fact that she has two films screening in competition at this years festival means that I can guarantee that Kristen will make the trip to the city built on water to promote her films. Before she gives us full glamour in a gown on the Lido at the opening ceremony Kristen will attend the photocall for Downsizing. Photocalls at Venice are more laid back than at the Cannes Film Festival where we almost expect to see stars wear couture before noon. I went with a much more laid back casual look for Kirsten to wear for the Downsizing photocall with this Cinq a Sept Resort 2018 ensemble which features a pink three quarter length sleeve, knotted sweater and a pair of navy flared fitted midi skirt with a ruffled hemline. I think that this is a look that Kristen would wear with ease. I am not really a huge fan of Kristen’s style, as I tend to think that she dresses a whole lot older than she actually is. A sleek hairstyle, neutral makeup, and a pair of navy pumps would give this a much better look for Kristen to deliver for her first Venice Film Festival appearance. I am hoping that when she changes into a glamorous gown for the big premiere that Kristen gives us something that really leaves our jaws dropped. I think that if she stepped out on the red carpet at the Lido wearing this blush nude strapless Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture gown which features a floral embroidered bustier and a frothy ruffled tulle ball skirt that would be just the reaction that we would get. We don’t often see Kristen go for big, “princess” gowns on the red carpet so that alone is a big change of pace for her. This gown just screams bohemian glamour meets Grace Kelly and I think that would be a great formula to make a truly major moment for Kirsten to wear on the red carpet at Venice. Keeping sleek hair adding a rose pink lip, smokey eye, gold set diamond cluster earrings, and a pair of simple gold sandals would ensure that Kirsten really gives her all for the opening of this years Venice Film Festival.Laura Dern also stars alongside Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig in Downsizing and with awards buzz for some of her other projects I have a feeling that we will see Laura on the red carpets at the Venice Film Festival, even if it is just to keep up appearances ahead of the Emmy Awards next month where is is nominated for her HBO mini-series Big Little Lies. Over the last year or so Laura has become one of my favorite ladies to see on the red carpet, and I am really excited to see what she will wear during the Venice Film Festival. For the Downsizing photocall I would love to see Laura step out wearing this Altuzarra Resort 2018 scarf print wrap style sleeveless dress trimmed in red fringe down the front. This dress is incredibly visually striking and I think that Laura would look so incredibly chic wearing this dress against the traditional blue step and repeat that photocalls in Venice take place in front of. Adding a pair of red Christian Louboutin ‘Aketata’ ankle strap, peep toe pumps, loose waves, and simple makeup would really let the dress be the center of attention for this look. For her wardrobe change into something even more dramatic and glamorous for the Downsizing premiere and opening ceremony premiere I went to a new designer for Laura with this dusty rose one shoulder Giambattista Valli Fall 2017 Couture draped gown which features a 3-D floral draped detail at the shoulder. I do know that Laura’s stylist Cristina Ehrlich loves herself some Giambattista Valli, and I think that for a major film festival premiere and opening ceremony I think that this gown would be a perfect choice for Laura to rock on the red carpet. This dress compliments the princess Dior gown perfectly but holds a much different type of glamour. To complete this look with a chic romantic updo, a matching dusty rose lip, light smokey eye, delicate drop earrings, a statement vintage gold cuff bracelet, and a pair of gold Aquazzura ‘Linda’ metallic leather sandals would ensure that Laura has another absolutely beautiful moment on the red carpet in Venice. As the president of the main competition we are bound to see Annette Bening on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival opening ceremony premiere of Downsizing. When it comes to her red carpet aesthetic Annette is usually very standard when it comes to what she wears on the red carpet. I am hoping that over the course of the Venice Film Festival that her status as the jury president will embolden her to elevate her style. I think that for the opening ceremony that this electric blue Elie Saab Fall 2017 Couture long sleeve gown which features beautiful golden lace embroidery and a flowing skirt is absolutely perfect. I think that this gown is perfect for 59 year old actress to wear on the red carpet making a bold and glamorous statement with her wardrobe. A pair of dyed to match satin pumps, chic pixie style, and a bold red lip would ensure that this is one of Annette’s best red carpet moments ever. As I said earlier in my jury photocall wish that I am expecting nothing but Chanel from main competition jury member Anna Mouglalis over the course of the Venice Film Festival. I think that Anna will give us looks from all different Chanel collections from current runways to things that come from the archive. For the opening ceremony I went for drama with this archive Chanel Fall 2013 Couture black and white gown which features a white sequined column silhouette and black tiered tulle train. I would remove the wide black belt from the runway for Anna as she has the statuesque presence to carry this gown off without the defined waist that the belt brought. I would really make this look incredibly glamorous with a sleek beehive updo, a red lip, smokey eye, dazzling diamond cluster earrings, a black clutch, and a pair of black pumps.Of all the jury members of this years Venice Film Festival I am most looking forward to seeing what Rebecca Hall is cooking up. There is usually one star in the jury of the Venice film festival who brings a lot of fashion moments to the red carpet. This year I think that person is Rebecca. She has so many friends at some of the most glamorous fashion houses that she can wear something different and high fashion every day of the festival and I won’t be bored. I think that for the opening ceremony of this years festival that Rebecca will surely give one of Italian brands a run and I have a feeling that it will come courtesy of Prada. I would imagine that it would be a custom gown from Prada for Rebecca at this premiere, but she should shock and go for short with this yellow Prada Fall 2017 RTW beaded fringe and feather embellished top and skirt. This would definitely be an unexpected fashion moment, but I think that since Rebecca tends to favor short dresses over long it is one that I can picture happening. I would keep Rebecca completely head to toe adding a gold Prada clutch and a pair of jeweled nude satin Prada mules in terms of accessories. A chic flapper inspired updo, light pink lip, a lined eye, and a pair of yellow diamond chandelier earrings would add the perfect finishing touches to this look.
The 2017 Venice Film Festival opens August 30, 2017 and runs through September 9, 2017.