There is only one set of wishes today for the in competition premiere of Luca Guadagnino’s film Suspiria which is a remake of a 1977 film of the same name directed by Dario Argento. This film is probably the most star studded film in the whole selection this year and I am praying to the fashion and celebrity gods that the most of the fashionistas in this film make a b-line for the canals of Venice and walk the red carpet on the Lido for the first premiere of the film. This will be the first time Dakota Johnson has been back to Venice after she promoted two films at the festival in 2015. She has grown a lot since then in terms of her style and I am really interested in seeing what she might bring to these red carpets this year. I think I found two absolutely gorgeous looks for Dakota that will really continue to ensure that her style continues to grow. The look I would love to see Dakota rock for the photocall is all about color with this bright green Calvin Klein silk asymmetric tie sleeve dress which features a round neck, an asymmetric style, a shift silhouette, a back button fastening, a mid-length and long sleeves which I would pair with orange Calvin Klein mid heel asymmetrical crystal strap mid heel sandals. It is a really bold yet very effortlessly chic ensemble, but I think that it would be a really major chic moment for Dakota. I would finish it with a loose bohemian updo, defined eyes, and nude lips to really let the dress and shoes be the focus of the look. On the red carpet at the premiere I would really be surprised if Dakota wore anything other than something from Gucci. I have to admit that there haven’t been any really major fashion moments on the Gucci runway so I looked at details with my favorite photo editor Evita from For The Love Of Red Carpet Fashion and we came up with this black sleeveless custom Gucci fit and flare gown. It has a feathered hem and beaded embroidery inspired by an almost costume like gown from the Gucci Fall 2018 RTW collection. While that gown was overly dramatic (I don’t know if even someone like Lady Gaga could make it work) but I think that this tame gown inspired by the details of that gown really is perfect for Dakota to wear on this red carpet. I think that with a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, black Gucci leather bow details sandals, and paying homage to the gown with a pair of Tiffany & Co. diamond and green tsavorite tassel earrings that this is a very glamorous moment for Dakota.Tilda Swinton is a Venice veteran and of anyone in this cast I am probably most hoping that she will jaunt to the romantic Italian water locked city and promote this film. I love a good Swinton sighting and her style is this perfect mix of androgyny and femininity and there are just so many great options for her to bring to this red carpet. For the photocall I went to couture. This isn’t Cannes. We don’t really see stars wearing couture during the day in Venice, but if anyone could wear couture with the effortless ease needed for the daytime it would be Tilda. As I watched the Christian Dior Fall 2018 Couture show, bored out of my mind, there were a few moments that I really did get excited about the idea of. One of those moments was this black and nude Christian Dior Fall 2018 Couture ankle length dress which features an asymmetrical pinafore and long sleeve chiffon dress mixed together. This is that perfect balance of structure and not that I think would make for a very chic photocall moment for Tilda. I think that if she paired it with sleek hair, simple makeup, and a pair of black and gold Christian Dior ‘Surreal-D’ tulle and leather pointed toe pumps that this would be a really modern and chic moment. For the premiere I went more down the avant garde route picking this dusty mauve and emerald green Valentino Fall 2018 Couture gown which features a high turtleneck neckline, a caped back, slashes for armholes, and a sequin band at the hem. I loved just about everything from this collection and I definitely think that if anyone could really make this gown work on a red carpet it would the the statuesque Swinton. She knows how to command these more avant garde looks without them wearing her and that is exactly what this gown needs. In fact the gown is such a statement I think that with barely there makeup, a sleek hairstyle, and green satin Roger Vivier flower strass buckle pumps that this look would be head to toe perfection. I haven’t loved a Chloe Grace Moretz red carpet moment in a really long time so I am hoping that with a major platform like the Venice Film Festival that she really rises to the occasion. For her Venice debut I went to two of the brands that Chloe typically wears on the red carpet. For the photocall I think that going to Louis Vuitton, whom Chloe has been a very good friend to, and this Cruise 2019 dress which looks like a two piece ensemble and features a red silk long peasant sleeve blouse style top and a pink, orange, white, and teal floral mini skirt with button details. This dress isn’t my favorite look to be completely honest, but I think that it is something that Chloe would be drawn to and for a Venice photocall it would work. I would pair it with Louis Vuitton ‘Black Hart’ sandals to add another fun touch to this look and chic waves would really make this a perfect photocall ensemble. For the premiere I changed designers and upped the glamour a whole lot. We have never seen Chloe have a princess moment on the red carpet and when I saw this black and nude tulle Christian Dior Spring 2017 Couture draped ballgown which features pressed flower embroidery I thought it would be a perfect idea for her to have her first moment. The only hesitation that I have about making this wish is that it is similar to a gown from the same collection that Dior ambassador Jennifer Lawrence wore on the red carpet in Venice last year. That could be a turnoff to making this happen, but I think it would be the perfect gown for her to wear for this premiere. Pair it with a loose updo, smokey eyes, nude lips, a pair of dark rose pink satin Jimmy Choo ‘Thassia’ sandals, and a nod to Louis Vuitton with a pair of diamond, mother of pearl, and ruby floral drop earrings from the brands high jewelry collection to really ensure that Chloe has a very glamorous moment for her Venice debut. I am really excited about what we will see from Naomi Watts over the course of the 2018 Venice Film Festival as she takes in all the films as a member of this years jury. I looked at a bevy of brands looking at both full on runway looks and custom pieces based on pieces from the brands that she loves. One of the custom gowns I would most like to be seen made for Naomi is this silver custom Calvin Klein by Appointment gown. To create this gown I looked way back in the Calvin Klein archives. When Raf Simons was at Dior he put his spin on many pieces that already sat inside of the houses iconic archive, so I thought why not go hunting for Calvin Klein pieces from when Calvin Klein was designed by Calvin Klein and see what could be modernized. I found a silver stripe embroidered mesh strapless cocktail dress from the 1990’s on 1stDibs and was immediately inspired. I turned it into a full length column gown and added a dramatic white bow with a bit of a trail on the shoulder. I would want to see Raf, instead of using that embroidered mesh to make the stripes of the gown, use beads to create that same effect. The style is definitely something that reminds me of what Raf has done with his custom gowns for the red carpet so far so while this doesn’t use details from his collections I think it is perfect for this red carpet. I think that pairing this gown with a white velvet Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ faceted clutch, a romantic updo, defined eyes, red lips, silver glitter Calvin Klein asymmetrical crystal band sandals, and a pair of modern geometric Bulgari diamond, emerald, and sapphire earrings would really make this a beautiful moment on this red carpet.
The 2018 Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday August 29, 2018 and runs through Saturday September 8, 2018.