Chloe Zhao’s upcoming feature Nomadland has been set to world premiere on September 11 on the Lido. It will also have a simultaneous screening at the Toronto International Film Festival, both of which will feature virtual introductions by producer, writer, editor, and director Zhao, and producer and star Frances McDormand. So we won’t have a red carpet for this premiere, but I can still wish right? I mean I’ve already done one fantasy premiere for Nomadland in my What Could Have Been in Cannes series, so let’s get into what I would have liked to see for this red carpet in Venice.Frances McDormand isn’t a fashionista by any means. In her 2018 winning awards season she skipped every red carpet despite being dressed by Valentino for every event. She did walk the red carpet the same year with Valentino creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli at the Met Gala and is now one of the stars of the brands Fall 2020 handbag campaign. So had Frances been able to make the trip to Venice I would have loved to see her bring two super chic off the rack Valentino moments to life starting with this bias cut navy and off white striped poet sleeve silk tie waist midi dress. This look screams easy breezy and I feel like that is what Frances would be drawn to. I would style it with a bare face of makeup, her signature unkempt hair, and black leather Valentino ‘Rockstud Flair’ platform oxfords to keep it in tune with her style. Now for the premiere I went with something a bit more boundary pushing for Frances with this ivory-white Valentino gown crafted in wool blended with silk and features intricate beading and crystal accents ostrich feathers. It is definitely much more dramatic than the things we are used to seeing from Frances, but I feel like for a major film festival one should go big or go home. Now the styling wouldn’t change much except for the fact I would swap the shoes for a pair of gold leather Stuart Weitzman ‘Zoelie’ crystal embellished thick sole flat sandals to make sure this look still would have screamed Frances, but with a high fashion twist. In the lead up to couture I was really hoping the Demna Gvasalia would make his couture debut putting Balenciaga back on the couture circuit. Now that didn’t happen due to COVID-19, but I already had the label in mind for Cate Blanchett to wear in Venice. So instead of picking a look from Demna I instead went into the Balenciaga archives and found this major black silk crepe evening gown from Cristobal Balenciaga’s 1960 Haute Couture collection. The gown is a sleeveless tunic-style design which features a round neckline in the front and a straight neckline with straps in the back, a left side split, and overlapping ribbon trim with pearlescent sequin bead application, floral sequins and cotton flowers. I saw this gown in the Balenciaga Museums online archive and fell in love with it immediately. It is classic glamour defined. If she cannot wear the original I would love to see the gown reissued just for Cate. It wouldn’t be the first time she’s worn reissued Balenciaga Couture. In 2013 Cate was among my Best Dressed of the Year wearing a pink cap sleeve cape tunic and floral embroidered midi dress reissued by then creative director Alexander Wang from the Fall 1967 Couture collection for the New York premiere of Blue Jasmine. It isn’t really within Demna’s edgier take on Balenciaga, but it would definitely be a major moment for Cate. Style it with a bouffant inspired updo, defined eyes, bold red lips. a pair of black satin Aquazzura ‘Bow Tie’ silver crystal embellished pointed toe pumps, and a selection of MAJOR Bulgari jewels including white diamond ‘Barocko’ collection drop earrings and a vintage white diamond ‘Serpenti’ snake coil cuff bracelet to really make this look scream GLAMOUR on the Venice Film Festival red carpet. Ludivine Sagnier to me seems like a Celine girl. I definitely want to see her rock a look by Heidi Slimane on the red carpet in Venice. I feel like it would most likely be a custom look, but if she were to grab a runway look I would love to see her wear this champagne gold Celine Spring 2020 RTW boho disco glam midi dress which features a ruffled tied neckline, poet sleeves, and intricate sequin embroidery. I really cannot believe that no one has snatched this look up even before the pandemic. I feel like Ludivine would definitely be able to really bring this look to life on the red carpet styled with a loose romantic updo, defined eyes, dark rose pink lips, a black and silver geometric galuchat skin Bulgari ‘Serpenti Tubogas’ clutch which features a brass palladium plated snake closure with black enamel, a pair of black Celine ‘Sharp’ patent calfskin gold studded ankle strap sandals, and Bulgari 18k gold set emerald and white diamond drop earrings.It was the super sexy glam Giorgio Armani gown that Vanessa Hudgens wore last year to the LA premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood that made me want to include her in my wishes for the 2020 Venice Film Festival. I am hoping that Armani, whose beauty label is a presenting sponsor of the festival, will still have spokesmodels on the red carpets delivering glamour. If they were to fly Vanessa to Venice I picked two gowns I feel speak to her sense of glamour starting with a powder blue and pink banana leaf print strapless Giorgio Armani Spring 2020 RTW column gown which features a gathered bandeau empire bodice, slinky fit, and is covered in a crystal mesh. I definitely knew I wanted to include this gown in these wishes and when I was thinking of who would be the perfect person to wear it Vanessa came to mind. She has the right vibe to really make this look come to life. Style it with a loose romantic updo, soft navy smokey eyes, light pink lips, a silver Judith Leiber Couture ‘Slide Lock’ crystal embellished clutch, a pair of silver glitter Casadei ‘Blade’ ankle strap sandals, and a major white diamond Messika High Jewelry ‘Diamond Spears’ collar necklace and it would definitely be a major glam moment for Vanessa. The second look is more of a princess moment picking this golden ivory silk organza Armani Prive Spring 2007 Couture halterneck gown which features intricate crystal embellishments and draped fringe on the bodice and a tuck pleated rise and fall a-line skirt with a bubble hem. We don’t see Vanessa wearing ball gowns on the red carpet so this would be a bit of a departure, but I feel like it does still fall in her sense of style. Now I would love to see her rock this gown with a sleek updo, bronze smokey eyes, antique rose pink lips, a gold Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ champagne gold snakeskin jeweled clasp clutch, light gold Giuseppe Zanotti ankle strap sandals, and Messika High Jewelry rose gold set ‘Desert Bloom’ white diamond feather inspired cluster earrings.
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.