As I mentioned yesterday the Venice Film Festival is definitely one of the early stops for movies on the road to the Oscars. Last year three Oscar winners screened at Venice and so I am definitely checking in on that as I go through the films screening at this years festival. Ad Astra by James Gray is one of those possible films. Looking at Gold Derby of the Big 8 Awards (Picture, Director, Lead Actor, Lead Actress, Supporting Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, and Original Screenplay) Ad Astra is a strong contender for Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor for Brad Pitt, and Best Supporting Actress for Ruth Negga and a possible contender for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Tommy Lee Jones. So I am really excited to see what the cast of this film will bring to the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival premiere. I would imagine it will be their absolute A-game. It has been a real hot minute since Liv Tyler has done a major red carpet. There was a period of time where Liv delivered major moments and I am hoping that when she steps out for the Venice Film Festival premiere of Ad Astra that she is on top her her style game. I decided to go with two designers Liv loves. For the films photocall I decided to go with Givenchy. I love this pink knit midi dress from the Givenchy Resort 2020 collection which features red lace trim, a mock turtleneck, long sleeves, and an a-line skirt. It is very in tune with Liv’s more conservative sense of style, but I wonder if it would be too warm for her to wear for an August red carpet. If she is willing to brave the end of a warm Italian summer on her way from her hotel to the hall where the photocall and press conference take place then I definitely think she should. Now a loose pulled back casual updo, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and a pair of red Givenchy ‘G Heel’ suede low block heel sandals would finish this look in a perfectly chic manner. For the premiere I decided to go with one of Liv’s old friends Stella McCartney. Both are the kids of Rock & Roll royalty and I can almost bet that she will design something super special for Liv to wear at some point during this tour. I love this black custom Stella McCartney long sleeve column gown which features strong shoulders, a rounded edge plunging v-neckline, a sweeping train, all over beading, and beaded fringe detailing the bodice and sleeves for Liv. It is glamour defined and I think that is exactly what we will see from her on this red carpet. She would definitely make this the major glam moment I am crazing from her by styling this gown with old Hollywood Veronica Lake waves, smokey eyes, red lips, a black Christian Louboutin ‘Palmette’ crystal embellished clutch, a pair of simple black Christian Louboutin ‘Jonatina’ leather and PVC strap sandals, and statement Chopard Red Carpet collection baroque inspired diamond and emerald drop earrings. Given the fact that Ruth Negga is listed as a strong contender for an Oscar nomination right now I would imagine that she will be on her A-game during this promo tour. I decided to go with a bit of a surprising choice for the look I want to see Ruth wearing for the photocall. People who follow Ruth’s fashion journey would expect that she will wear either Louis Vuitton or Valentino for this promo tour. Instead of turning to the obvious I decided that I really would love to see Ruth wearing this black lace detail floral print Etro Fall 2019 RTW crepe mini dress which features high neck, long sheer sleeves, and a button-fastening keyhole at back. Etro’s new director of VIP Relations definitely hustled hard dressing all kinds of stars during the Cannes Film Festival last year. He actually was formerly the head of VIP at Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy which were all over the red carpets at big film festivals, so I would imagine that we will once again see Etro dominate in Venice and I believe this dress is perfect for Ruth. Now I would leave the silver metal belt at home instead opting for a pair of black suede Aquazzura lace up peep toe pumps, defined eyes, nude pink lips, and a pair of black and gold Louis Vuitton ‘La Boum’ cat eye sunglasses to make this look absolutely perfect. For the premiere I did go with more of an expected choice for Ruth to bring to life on the red carpet. I turned to Louis Vuitton and the brands Cruise 2020 collection as the source of this custom gown. the floral sequin embroidered bodice of this gown came off a look was was so over styled with velvet and satin. Evita, whom edits these custom gowns for me, took that bodice and added the gold beaded panels down the side with the champagne sequin stripe down the center to create this uber amazing custom Louis Vuitton column gown. This gown could easily be one of the best Louis Vuitton custom red carpet moments ever and I believe that Ruth would definitely make this gown come to life on this red carpet. A chic fingerwave hairstyle, defined smokey eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, a pair of gold Aquazzura ‘Linda’ metallic leather strappy sandals, and glamorous 18k gold set Bulgari diamond and emerald fringe chandelier earrings would definitely finish this look in a very glamorous manner. It could definitely make for a major Best of Venice contender. I am praying that Jury member Stacy Martin will continue her major fashion run from the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. She brought so many chic fashion moments to the red carpets and it has made me really excited to see what all she will cook up for the red carpets in Venice. I am definitely mixing up my labels for Stacy taking her from her small normal comfort zone of labels and expanding those horizons with these wishes. I want to see Stacy really bring the glamour to Venice and this midnight blue silk jersey halter gown which features a silver sequined bustier from the Schiaparelli Fall 2019 Couture collection would definitely be a very glamorous step for Stacy to take out of her comfort zone. This chic gown is the perfect meshing of classic elegance and modernity. While the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival is a great platform for big gowns with long trains I think that this simplistic silhouette is great for Stacy to make sure she is giving a wide variety of styles over the course as her run as a jury member. Stye this gown with a wavy hairstyle pinned behind the ears, defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of navy satin Roger Vivier ‘Viv’ bling buckle platform sandals, and Chopard ‘Magic Setting’ white diamond floral drop earrings to ensure that this look is head to toe perfection. Like Cannes the Venice Film Festival red carpets are also filled with the glamour of brand ambassadors. The official beauty sponsor of the 2019 Venice Film Festival is Armani Beauty. This is the second year that Armani Beauty has sponsored the festival. Last year it meant that friends of the brand made the jaunt to the city of canals to help celebrate the brand and the films that were screening. Cate Blanchett continued her reign as the queen of Armani last year presiding over two premieres wearing the brand on the red carpet at the Lido. I would be SHOCKED if Cate doesn’t once again make the trip to Venice to walk the red carpet for Armani as she is still the face of the brands perfume “Si.” I would love to see Cate deliver a very 50’s/60’s glam moment wearing this oyster silver satin Armani Prive Fall 2019 Couture strapless a-line gown which features intricate beaded embellishments on the bodice and a pleated skirt. I definitely think that this gown would take the right person to really make it work on the red carpet. The pleated skirt needs a statuesque woman who knows how to post regally without looking stiff, and Cate definitely knows how to do that! A vintage inspired updo, defined eyes, red lips, a silver Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ metallic leather clutch with a crystal embellished clasp, a pair of silver glitter Aquazzura ‘Soul’ sling back pointed toe pumps, and a dazzling selection of Chopard ‘Superb’ suite jewels including diamond drop earrings and a matching collar necklace would ensure that Cate delivers every ounce of glamour we have come to expect from her.
The 2019 Venice Film Festival will open on Wednesday August 28, 2019 and runs through Saturday September 7, 2019.