Last year the during the Venice Film Festival the Franca Sozzani Award was given inaugurally to Julianne Moore at a star studded gala. The award, given in the name of the late VOGUE Italia editor-in-chief, recognizes women who stand out for both their artistic careers and their social commitment. This year the award is being given to the one and only Salma Hayek. Last years red carpet was incredibly windy and made for some very dramatic photos of Julianne, Donatella Versace, and Karolina Kurkova. It also caused a wardrobe malfunction or two. While the wind made for dramatic photos I’m hoping this years red carpet is a little less windy, but just as glamorous. When it comes to dressing for the red carpet we can almost expect to see Salma Hayek wearing one of the brands that her husband’s brand Kering owns. The most likely would be Gucci, but I have to say that even with all the custom pieces I have dreamed up nothing really stood out to me. I am actually really fatigued with only seeing Salma wearing Gucci. She surprised me when she showed up on the Met Gala red carpet earlier this year wearing a forest sequin printed custom Altuzarra gown, especially since Kering only owns a small minority stake in the company. I decided to look at motifs from the brand and found a very chic red, black, and gold geometric embroidery on the blazer of a look from the Saint Laurent Spring 2019 Menswear collection that I love. This embroidery could be really remarkable as a custom gown from the brand and that is exactly what I did in choosing it for Salma. I took it and turn it into a strapless bustier bodice that I attached to a gold ruched lamé flowing skirt and I definitely think that it would be a glamorous moment for Salma. I think it would take the inherent sexiness of Anthony Vaccarello’s direction of Saint Laurent and glamorize it for Salma in the most perfect way possible. I kept the accessories for this look in the Kering family as well opting to pair this gown with a black and gold Saint Laurent ‘Tuxedo ‘logo detail box clutch, a pair of two tone gold Saint Laurent ‘Amber’ sandals, and vintage Boucheron diamond and ruby drop earrings. Finishing the look with glamorous old Hollywood waves, defined smokey eyes, and red lips all would really ensure that this is one Salma;s best red carpet moments in a long time. Last year none of the members of the Venice Film Festival’s jury attended this gala. It is presided over by a separate panel headed by Franca’s son and many fashion industry insiders. I would love to see Naomi Watts on this red carpet this year thought. I want her to really have the full spectrum of gorgeous looks this year during her run as a member of the festivals jury and I think that for this official event that if Naomi showed up on the red carpet wearing this nude and black Christian Dior Fall 2018 Couture strapless tea length dress which features dramatic 3D floral rosettes and a defined belted waist. This is one of the few dresses from this collection that really captivated me and I think that if anyone could make this a very chic and glamorous moment it would be Naomi. Styling the look with a romantic updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a black Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ minaudiere embellished with 3D gold spheres, a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Sacora’ sandals also embellished with the spheres, and vintage gold set Bulgari diamond cluster earrings all would ensure that this look is glamour defined from head to toe.
The Franca Sozzani Award gala will take place on Friday August 31, 2018. The 2018 Venice Film Festival opens Wednesday August 29, 2018 and runs through Saturday September 8, 2018.