Heading into fall film festival season I have to say I would have expected that Noah Baumbach’s film Marriage Story for Netflix was heading in as a major Oscar contender. Well thanks to Gold Derby my interest is waning just a little. They rank films heading into awards season as either leading, strong, or possible contenders. Currently the highest ranking prediction they have is a Laura Dern as a leading contender for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination. From there Gold Derby has the film listed as a strong contender for a Best Original Screenplay nomination and a Best Actor nomination for Adam Driver. When it comes to Best Actress for Scarlett Johansson, Best Director, and Best Picture the film is just currently just sitting at a possible contender ranking. I wouldn’t say that bodes well for the films chances come awards season overall, but since it is screening at almost all of the major film festivals I am interested in seeing what the cast will bring to the red carpets. Scarlett Johansson is the leading lady of Marriage Story and I am very interested in seeing what she and her stylist Molly Dickinson are cooking up for this film festival tour. The films first stop on the road to awards season will be an in competition premiere at the 2019 Venice Film Festival. This will be Scarlett’s third film screened at the Lido. When it comes to her style ScarJo has been slowly getting back into my good graces again this year and I am praying that this fall festival season headed into awards season that Scarlett just continues to get better and better. It would be kicked off in high style if she stepped onto the stage at the photocall for Marriage Story wearing this black and white Haider Ackermann Fall 2019 RTW ensemble which features a sleeveless draped tank top and a pair of black classic mid-rise and tapered-leg trousers. Now this look could be seen as very similar to the David Koma jumpsuit that Scarlett just wore for Comic-Con, but I think that the two looks are just different enough for her to have a really cool moment to wear for a Venice photocall. I would style this runway look with a sleek slicked back bob, defined eyes, dusty rose pink lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Spike Cross’ pointed toe d’Orsay leather pumps, a bit of sparkle via Anita Ko ‘Sophia’ swag draped huggie diamond drop earrings, and black and silver Prada metal cat-eye sunglasses with contrast brows. For the premiere I went for dramatic glamour. I want to see Scarlett really bring the drama to this red carpet so I decided to go the custom route. I would love to see her wearing this custom ruby red Alexander McQueen off the shoulder draped duchess satin gown which features a sweetheart neckline, a column silhouette, and a dramatic draped train jutting from the hip inspired by a cocktail dress from the labels Pre-Fall 2019 collection. This look is definitely movie star glamour and I want to see Scarlett exude that vibe from head to toe wearing this gown on the red carpet at the Marriage Story premiere in Venice. Finishing the ensemble with a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, ruby red lips, a pair of red Casadei ‘Julia’ metallic suede sandals, and a dazzling suite of Bulgari jewels including diamond stud earrings, a statement ‘Cinemagia’ high jewellery diamond collar necklace, and a ruby and diamond cocktail ring would definitely ensure that Scarlett kicks off this promo tour in high style. Given the fact that Laura Dern is the leading cast member in the race to the Oscars I definitely expect that she will be making the rounds with the cast and crew over the course of festival season. She is definitely one of my favorite ladies to see on the red carpet. I love what she and her stylist Cristina Ehrlich cook up for major red carpets and I am expecting that the two are working on a major wardrobe for her to wear over the course of the fall film festival season. For the Marriage Story photocall I would love to see Laura step onto the stage wearing this white eyelet Alaia Spring 2020 RTW sleeveless ankle length dress which features a high neckline and a flared hem. I am definitely happy that the house of Alaia is being kept alive in the wake of its namesake’s founders death. While this dress isn’t a boundary pushing design it has that effortless ease that one thinks of when they think of Italian fashion. A loose updo, defined eyes, nude pink lips, a pair of white Alaia ‘Bomb’ ankle strap sandals, statement green aluminum Emmanuel Tarpin diamond studded leaf drop earrings, and chic white Alaia round lens cat eye plastic frame sunglasses would add the perfect finishing touches to this ensemble. Keeping the effortless glamour vibe going for the premiere I would love to see Laura take to the red carpet at the Lido wearing this black RR 331 Fall 2019 Couture sleeveless bias cut column gown which features sheer paneled cutouts, a jewel neckline, and a dramatic train. It is a very modern moment which is what I feel is Laura’s usual red carpet MO. Styling this gown with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, dusty rose pink lips, black Christian Louboutin ‘Filamenta’ strappy platform peep toe sandals, and dazzling white diamond Tatiana Verstraeten ‘Rain’ cluster earrings would ensure that Laura is delivering her A-game on this red carpet. When it comes to the looks I want to see Stacy Martin bring to life on the Venice Film Festival red carpets this year as she takes in all the films of the festival as a member of the jury I am definitely casting a wide net. I haven’t picked a look from the same designer twice. Stacy has such a unique sense of style. We saw it on display earlier this year during her time on a Cannes Film Festival jury. She wore every length from mini Louis Vuitton to a tulle Dior Couture ball gown. I want to see her bring that same varried wardrobe to Venice with her. So far I have given Stacy a feathered ballgown, sheer pleated tulle with an a-line skirt, and a slinky column gown. Today I add this gold No. 21 Resort 2020 ‘Antonia’ sequin one shoulder gown which features a dramatic bow and a ruched elasticized waist to the wide range of looks I want to see Stacy bring to life in Venice. Now she is one of the few stars who has worn No. 21 in the past. The brand is one of my favorite and is severely underrated. This dazzling disco moment is a little more “extra” than I am used to seeing Stacy get on the red carpet, but when you are a juror at a major film festival I always say #WhenInDoubtBeExtra. A loose updo, defined eyes, nude pink lips, nude satin No. 21 sequin and crystal embellished strappy bow detail sandals, and vintage Cartier gold, diamond, and briolette emerald bouquet cluster drop earrings would definitely make this a major moment for Stacy. Finishing out today’s list the the beautiful face of the Armani Beauty summer 2019 advertising campaign Barbara Palvin. I really want to see Barbara deliver a really glamorous moment on the Venice Film Festival red carpet this year. I am expecting her to attend at least one premiere walking the red carpet as an ambassador for Armani as Armani Beauty is one of the presenting sponsors of this years festival. I decided to go for a very classically glamorous moment for Barbara to bring to life this year with this strapless black Armani Prive Fall 2019 Couture crystal studded ballgown which features sheer tiered construction and a velvet waistband. This look is definitely nothing boundary pushing, but sometimes a perfectly executed classic moment can be just as impactful if not more. Now the key to making a classic look really come to life is in the styling. I would add a sleek vintage inspired updo, smokey eyes, red lips, a black velvet Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ box clutch with dark green crown jewel detailing, a pair of simple black velvet Jimmy Choo ‘Misty’ stiletto sandals, and statement de Grisogono white diamond and emerald drop earrings to ensure that Barbara is just oozing glamour from head to toe with this ensemble.
The 2019 Venice Film Festival will open on Wednesday August 28, 2019 and runs through Saturday September 7, 2019.