2019 Venice Film Festival: “Joker” Photocall & Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

Most of the time when I am talking about a comic book movie premiere it is for a promo tour that is screening in LA or London. Todd Phillips Joker is not going to be average though. The Warner Bros. produced DC film is being run as a contender for awards season. It will be making its world premiere in competition at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. When it comes to Oscar buzz Gold Derby has Joker listed as a leading contender for a Best Actor nomination for Joaquin Phoenix, a strong contender for a Best Picture nomination, and a possible contender for a Best Supporting Actor nomination for Robert De Niro. So that means that this is definitely one of the red carpets to watch. Zazie Beetz might not have any Oscar buzz behind her performance in Joker, but she is definitely one of my ones to watch heading into the fall festival season and awards season. She has been gaining traction with her red carpet repertoire thanks to her stylist Jason Bolden. He has dressed Zazie in Thom Browne, Ralph Lauren, and Stella McCartney this year alone and I have a feeling that this promo tour is going to mean even more major looks from the rising fashionista. I love that Zazie is quirky and isn’t afraid to share that with the world on the red carpet. So I definitely kept that in mind as I was picking the perfect looks for her to wear when in Venice promoting Joker. For the films photocall I would love to see Zazie wearing this Chloe Resort 2020 ensemble which features a white ruffled short sleeve peasant blouse with a v neckline and a pair of khaki brown high waisted wide leg pants which feature a pin stripe cuff hem. It is an easy moment but incredibly chic and I think it would be perfect for a film festival photocall, especially if paired with a teased out high ponytail, natural makeup, burgundy lips, and brown Chloe ‘Rylee’ cutout and buckled ankle boots. For the premiere I decided to turn back to Thom Browne. The iconic designer dress Zazie in a “Bride-Groom” Frankenstein gown for the Met Gala earlier this year and I am just hoping that forged a relationship that will continue to build over the coming weeks and months. Thom Browne is an underutilized designer who knows how to deliver amazing fashion moments for the red carpet. I don’t utilize his designs enough both direct from the runway or as source of inspiration for custom gowns. I did however immediately think of the designer when I saw that Joker was confirmed for Venice. I turned to his Fall 2019 Menswear collection as the source of inspiration for this amazing custom gown. Thom sent patchwork gowns created of different pieces of mens suits down this runway. One in particular had a similar off the shoulder neckline paired with a white button down shirt. For this custom gown Evita took sequined black, white, and red miss matched stripes and plaids to create this off the shoulder mermaid gown which features a dramatic train. Keeping the white shirt idea going I decided that instead this look would work better with a short sleeve version for Zazie. A sleek braided bun updo, smokey eyes, fire engine red lips, a pair of black crepe satin Christian Louboutin ‘Antinorina Strass’ pointed toe asymmetrical crystal embellished strappy d’Orsay pumps, and Anita Ko ‘Ava’ diamond wreath earrings would definitely add the perfect finishing touches to this look for a Venice Film Festival premiere. Italian fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni will be debuting a documentary at this years Venice Film Festival so I am really interested in seeing what she will bring to the red carpet. Typically her style is very feminine and flirty, sometimes bohemian; always glamorous. I want to see Chiara definitely bring something super dazzling to the red carpet at this years festival. She is definitely a slave to the brand and it will honestly shock me if the head of VIP PR for Etro doesn’t grab up Chiara as one of his many lovely ladies on the festivals red carpet. Instead of something red, pink, or really anything pastel (all colors I typically associate with Chiara) I decided I wanted to go down the darker metallic route to create the perfect moment for Chiara to bring to life on this red carpet. I sent Evita some patterns and sequins from the Etro Fall 2019 RTW collection and she turned them into this amazing custom strapless gown which features a sweetheart neckline, patterns turned into beaded embroidery on the bodice, and a liquid sheath skirt that drapes into a long train that trails behind her. This gown gives major sexy mermaid vibes and I can definitely see Chiara bringing this gown to life on this red carpet. Style it with old Hollywood waves, simple defined eyes, dark antique rose pink lips, grey Jimmy Choo ‘Mimi’ strappy leather sandals, and a pair of Pomellato ‘Victoria’ pendant earrings which feature diamond-dusted clasps and elongated, jet bodies and I know that Chiara will bring her absolute a-game. As I have now mentioned every day since I started posting my Venice wishes I am hoping that jury member Stacy Martin will deliver major fashion moments on the red carpet over the course of the festival. I pulled over 80 looks both runway and custom for her to wear on the red carpets over the course of the 11 day festival. Now while I would love to see her on a red carpet every day of the festival I know that isn’t likely. I want to at least see her on five or six big red carpets over the course of the festival. As I was pulling the looks for my “closet” of options for Stacy I knew that I had to feature this black Chanel Fall 2019 RTW gown which features structured ruffled sleeves, a drop waist, a pleated skirt, and crystal embellished buttons down the bodice. It is a very chic moment while I do feel like Virginie Viard’s Chanel is just an extension of Karl’s vision for the brand I do think that this gown would be amazing on Stacy. It fits her edgy take on glamour and would be perfectly styled with a loose updo, defined eyes, red lips, a pair of black satin Roger Vivier “Bow Strass” sandals, and simple Chopard white diamond pendant drop earrings.

The 2019 Venice Film Festival will open on Wednesday August 28, 2019 and runs through Saturday September 7, 2019.

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