In just under one month the Venice Film festival will kick off. It is the first film festival we’ve seen since Berlin back in February. I am so excited, as you all already know. It may not boast the most star studded selection ever, but I’m craving all the glamour we we can get. So I am really excited. Will we see Best Dressed of the Year worthy looks out of Venice? Since I launched this blog back in 2011 four looks from Venice have made my Best Dressed of the Year list, but with Cannes and the Emmy’s cancelled (along with pretty much everything else) I am really intrigued to see what Venice will bring. Cannes has always held at least one spot on my Best Dressed of the Year list so I have a feeling that spot will go to Venice this year. Shall we get into the wishes I have to make the Opening Ceremony gala premiere of The Ties (Lacci) super glamorous in the midst of the global pandemic?The film stars Italian actress Alba Rohrwacher, whom I first took notice of wearing Louis Vuitton & Valentino at the 2014 Venice Film Festival. She has a very distinct IDGAF vibe about her and honestly she isn’t the most exciting person style wise, but I am going to take whatever is given to me. For the photocall for Lacci ahead of the big gala opening ceremony premiere I decided to go for more of a military vibe for Alba picking this grey Fendi Fall 2020 RTW long sleeve shirt dress which features an asymmetrical harness belt detail. I don’t know what it was about this look that spoke to be for Alba as it isn’t something I feel we would normally see her wear, but I felt like it just worked. It could be a great look for her to do something different with her beauty look giving us a sleek side parted updo, defined eyes, and bold red lips. Finishing this dress with a pair of black mesh Fendi ‘Colibri’ pointed toe slingback pumps would definitely put Alba on top form. For the premiere I went for something more obviously in Alba’s wheelhouse with this bold red Valentino Spring 2020 Couture long sleeve fit to flare gown which features a high neck and a small train. I honestly had to check to see if this was the gown I picked for Alba to wear in Cannes had it happened earlier this year. It screams modern glam and I do feel deep in my soul that this is exactly what we are going to see Alba bring to life on the Lido red carpet in Venice this year. I would be quite happy with that finishing the look with her signature messy updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of red Valentino ‘Rogue’ crystal embellished scalloped pointed toe pumps, and simple Chopard ‘Precious’ collection white diamond and ruby arabesque wing earrings. Laura Morante is an Italian film actress and also stars alongside Alba Rohrwacher in The Ties (Lacci) and I am really intrigued to see what she will wear in Venice. I am putting a lot of faith in the stars of international cinema to bring the glamour to this years festival. We’ve seen Laura invited to sit front row at shows for Christian Dior and Armani Prive so she has some fashion credibility on her side. To promote The Ties in Venice I knew I wanted to pick two super glamorous moment for Laura. I started with this dazzling white sequin No. 21 Resort 2021 sleeveless asymmetrically ruched knee length dress. I love me a good No. 21 look and unfortunately they are an underrated label to rock on the red carpet. So when I was thinking of the perfect looks for this Italian beauty to wear in Venice I knew I wanted a super chic Italian designer for at least one of those looks. When I saw this sequined dress I would love to see her style it with a chic romantic bagged casual updo, simple white diamond drop earrings, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, and a pair of strappy white patent leather No. 21 pointed silver cap toe pumps. For the premiere I went for effortless elegance opting for this smokey lavender Christian Dior Spring 2020 Couture pleated chiffon gown which features a jewel neckline, a cape tunic bodice, and a flowing skirt. This look isn’t about drama it’s just about elegance and I feel like Laura would look gorgeous wearing this look on the red carpet in Venice. I would finish this look with a chic teased bouffant like updo, smokey eyes, soft pink lips, a silver crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch with a crystal ball clasp, a pair of silver leather Roger Vivier ‘I Love Vivier’ crystal ball detailed ankle strap sandals, and a selection of Bulgari ‘Barroko’ collection jewels including a pair of dazzling white diamond drop earrings and a statement intricate geometric cut white diamond cuff bracelet to make sure that Laura delivers glamour from head to toe. Cate Blanchett is the president of this years Venice Film Festival main competition jury. I am sure she will be delivering nothing but dramatic glamour from the moment she touches down at the airport to the moment she leaves the city of canals. Over the last two years we have gotten used to seeing Cate in Venice as a face of Giorgio Armani Beauty, which is a sponsor of the festival. I know that we are going to see her bringing some superb Armani moments to the festival red carpet over the course of her reign over the jury. Due to COVID-19 the Italian couturier decided to forego a presentation for couture, instead waiting until January of 2021 to show couture again. So I went shopping the archives of the brand for Cate. I have wanted to see her wearing this bold red Armani Prive Fall 2014 Couture cap sleeve ballgown which features a cap sleeve top overlay since it was first presented. In fact I used this as a wish for her to wear hot off the runway for the 2014 Berlin Film Festival. Well she hasn’t yet and no one else has either, so as I was picking the perfect looks for her to wear in Venice this year I knew that this was the perfect option for her to wear for the festivals Opening Ceremony. I know that with a sleek retro updo, thick defined eyes, soft pink lips, a pair of red Gianvito Rossi crystal embellished ankle strap d’Orsay pointed toe pumps, and statement Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2019 white diamond and ruby three row chandelier earrings that Cate would make sure that she kicks off the festival in high style. French actress Ludivine Sagnier will serve on the Venice Film Festival main competition jury alongside Cate and I am really interested to see what she will bring to the red carpets. She has given us looks from some of the most coveted red carpet brands including Celine, Miu Miu, and Louis Vuitton. To kick off her time in Venice I went to a super sleek and extremely glamorous moment opting for this white Atelier Versace Fall 2020 Couture strapless gown which features subtle crystal embellishments, seaming details, a short split, and a train that is barely there. I feel like this sleek glam moment is definitely something that I could see Ludivine being drawn to. I want to see it used as a canvas for a major necklace moment with a Bulgari ‘Barocko’ collection multi-colored emerald cut fancy stone and white diamond collar necklace. It would be a real statement for Ludivine to make on this red carpet. A romantic updo, defined eyes, medium pink lips, a white satin Christian Louboutin ‘Palmette’ clutch, and a pair of white satin Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals would add the perfect finishing touches to this look. Anna Foglietta will serve as the hostess for the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2020 Venice Film Festival. The Italian actress isn’t a stranger to the festival and I am interested in seeing what she will wear for the festival. Many of the mistresses of ceremonies have worn Armani Prive for the opening ceremony since Armani Beauty has been one of the presenting sponsors of the festival. So I turned to the Armani Prive Spring 2020 Couture collection to pick the perfect look for Anna to wear on the red carpet at the Opening Ceremony. I love this deep blue strapless a-line gown which features ruffled details on the neckline and waist, intricate crystal embellishments, and a tulle layered skirt. It is super glamorous and I definitely think that it fits perfectly with what I’ve seen on Anna’s sense of style. The look would be styled perfectly for the Venice red carpet with a loose romantic updo, navy smokey eyes, pink lips, a navy satin Giorgio Armani ‘La Prima’ clutch, a pair of navy velvet Francesco Russo platform t-strap sandals, and a sleek yet glamorous Pomellato ‘Pavé Sublime’ circle necklace made up of 1,706 white diamonds.Armani Beauty just released another campaign staring Barbara Palvin. So I would imagine that the Hungarian model will be attending her third straight Venice Film Festival to walk the red carpets as a guest of Armani. Honestly I’m not a big fan of Barbara’s style, but I always hold out hope that she will wow me this year included. Armani girls usually walk two red carpets over the course of the festival so I picked two looks for Barbara to wear on the red carpets in her time at the festival starting with this strapless black velvet Armani Prive Fall 2016 Couture tiered ballgown which features a crystal embellished knotted rope detail on the waist, and crystal embellishments on the horsehair crinoline underskirt. I can’t think of a time we’ve ever seen Barbara wearing a ballgown on the red carpet so this is definitely pushing the envelope for her, but I feel like the message of go big or go home would definitely apply with this look. I feel like that going for that classic glamour with this look styling it with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, bold red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Round Chick’ half d’Orsay peep toe ankle strap platform pumps, and Chopard Red Carpet Collection 2019 white diamond paisley disco earrings with emerald details would definitely make this one of Barbara’s best red carpet moments ever. For the second look I would like to see Barbara to wear while promoting Armani in Venice I went deep into the brands Ready-to-Wear archives and picked this silver mirrored stripe fit to flare sleeveless gown which features a plunging rounded scoop neckline from the Giorgio Armani Fall 2007 RTW collection. I definitely feel like this gown is more in tune with Barbara’s style. She pulled an archive moment for last years Venice red carpet and I think that this would definitely be a great premiere moment for this year. Now this dress is definitely on the sportier side of glam so I would finish the look with a sleek high ponytail, defined eyes, glossy nude pink lips, black Christian Louboutin ‘Loubi Queen’ ankle strap sandals, and major Chopard jewels including a pair of white diamond Chopard Loves Rihanna earcuffs, and a statement zigzag white diamond Red Carpet Collection cuff bracelet to make sure that Barbara really dazzles on the Venice Film Festival red Carpet.
The 2020 Venice Film Festival will open on Wednesday September 2, 2020 and runs through Saturday September 12, 2020. You can see all my Venice Film Festival wishes here.