2020 Venice Film Festival: “The Duke” Photocall & Premiere Red Carpet Wish List

The 2020 Venice Film Festival official selection is much more Euro-centric, although not exclusively, than past editions. I feel like this was a conscious decision by festival organizers to plan for delegations from the films to actually be able to attend in person screenings at this years edition due to COVID-19 travel restrictions. We saw the Shanghai Film Festival go on with in person events and the closing ceremony gave us major fashion moments from labels like Valentino Couture, Azzi & Osta, Emilia Wickstead, Alberta Ferretti, Marchesa, and more. So I am hoping that this years Venice Film Festival will finally end the drought of glamour we’ve experienced since just after the Oscars this year. One film I hope to see have the cast on the red carpet for the premiere is The Duke which stars Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. The film is about how in 1961, Kempton Bunton, a 60 year old taxi driver, stole Goya’s portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery in London. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. An uplifting true story about a good man who set out to change the world and managed to save his marriage. So let’s get into my wishes shall we?I always love seeing Helen Mirren on the red carpet. She continues to deliver major fashion moments on the red carpet and I am definitely hoping she will be in Venice to promote her film. Now I would also understand if she chooses not to and join the screening virtually out of caution over COVID-19 concerns. If we do see her in Venice I’ve picked two glamorous looks for her to bring to life starting with a robins egg blue Erdem Resort 2021 ‘Mills’ jersey ruched waist midi dress which features a jewel neckline, long balloon sleeves, and pearl detail on the waist. I feel like this is a super chic moment and a nod to British designers which Helen has been known to do on the red carpet every once in a while. I decided to make this look a true homage to British fashion styling it with matching blue Malone Souliers ‘Maybelle’ wavy croc embossed pointed toe pumps. Finishing this look with a sleek bob, defined eyes, soft pink lips, and Chopard white diamond and pearl stud earrings would definitely make this a superb photocall fashion moment for Helen. For the premiere I turned to Armani Prive and this GORGEOUS ice blue band stripe ball gown from the Fall 2019 Couture which features a crystal embellished circular mesh long sleeve tunic. I love this gown and I really do think that Helen would as well. I would have some sort of nude lining added to the bodice and sleeves for her as she does like to be a little more covered. I feel like she would deliver this moment as glamour defined with a whispy bob, defined eyes, bright pink lips, a silver Judith Leiber Couture ‘Soho’ croc embossed leather crystal clasp clutch, a pair of silver Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Monstera’ mesh paneled pointed toe crystal feather broach detailed pumps, and dazzling white diamond Chopard Red Carpet Collection cluster earrings. In my wishes for Cate Blanchett to bring to life in Venice this year as the festivals jury president I have given a little bit of everything. I’ve given you new, archive, re-wear, and vintage. I love that Cate isn’t afraid to dig into the archives for her looks. So I decided to dig into the archives from Jean Paul Gaultier Couture for this is. I love the film nior femme fatale glamour of this black velvet one shoulder column gown with attached white chiffon cape and sleeve from the Jean Paul Gaultier Fall 2009 Couture. I have since it was first presented. I feel like if anyone could bring this major glam moment out of the archive and to life on the red carpet it would be Cate. I can imagine the regal glamour that Cate would infuse into this look. Personally I would love to see it styled with a sleek retro updo, defined eyes, deep red lips, a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Round Chick Alta’ peep toe half d’Orsay ankle strap platform pumps, a pair of vintage Van Cleef & Arpels white diamond and emerald art deco chandelier earrings, and a white gold set Van Cleef & Arpels ‘Ludo Hexagone’ white diamond bracelet. When it comes to fashion French actress, and 2020 Venice Film Festival jury member, Ludivine Sagnier is a little more subtle and classic. While some of the looks I’ve picked for her have pushed the boundaries on her sense of style I’ve also gone with more classic looks for Ludivine to wear on the red carpets in Venice. In today’s wishes I am going with another classic gown for Ludivine with this champagne gold crystal covered Armani Prive Fall 2018 Couture strapless column gown. The gown is not a boundary pushing moment. Not for Ludivine and not for fashion, but a perfectly done classic moment can be just as impactful (and sometimes more) as a big ball gown or dramatic trains. This gown has the potential to bring a major glamour moment to the red carpet. If Ludivine stepped onto the Lido red carpet wearing this gown styled with an elegant side parted updo, defined eyes, antique rose pink lips, a ballet pink and champagne crystal embellished Jimmy Choo ‘Cloud’ clutch, gold Jimmy Choo ‘Emsy’ peep toe crisscross strap metallic leather sandals, and a vintage Bulgari white diamond art deco floral garland necklace from 1954 I know that this look would have that perfect classic glamour moment on her hands. Etro has become a major red carpet contender in the last year having dressed major stars for the Cannes Film Festival, last years Venice Film Festival, the Golden Globe Awards, and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party. I can guarantee that the Italian fashion brand will have ambassadors walking the red carpet in Venice wearing their creations. I was on Etro.com looking at their stock when I saw this black crepe de chine gown which features draped detailing embellished with tone-on-tone sequin embroideries on the shoulders, a v-neckline, ruched detail, cutaway center split, and a flowing skirt with a long train. I knew I wanted to put it in my wishes for Venice, but I wasn’t sure for who. I was looking at who has worn Etro on the red carpet in the last year I saw Kat Graham at the InStyle Golden Globes party and it clicked. It isn’t a typical gown we see from Kat, but I feel like with the right styling it would be a major moment. I would go with a sleek blunt bang black bob, defined eyes, nude lips, a pair of black Aquazzura ‘Milos’ PVC strap sandals, and a statement David Webb ‘Cascade’ white diamond, emerald, and sapphire necklace to really make this the major moment I know Kat can deliver on the red carpet. As I was saving archive Armani red carpet looks there were a couple that made me think of Korean supermodel Soo Joo Park. I decided to include her in my wishes to see Armani on the red carpet, but I feel like this might be a pipe dream. See Armani has such a presence at the Venice Film Festival because Armani Beauty is a presenting sponsor of the film festival and Soo Joo is a face of L’Oreal Paris. So while I feel the two looks I’ve picked from Armani for Soo Joo are perfect for her the contractual conflict of interest probably means that these wishes are going to be just that; at least for the Venice Film Festival. It was the black and jade green liquid fiber Armani Prive Spring 2011 Couture strapless shapeless ballgown that made me want to include Soo Joo in these wishes. I love this gown, but it isn’t something that works for very many. I feel like Soo Joo who has an edgy almost alienistic sense of style would definitely be the perfect person to bring this look out of the Armani archives and onto the red carpet. I would love to see Soo Joo style this major look with a sleek side parted updo, avant garde thick lined eyes, pink lips, a pair of black satin Tom Ford squared platform peep toe ankle strap pumps, and the white diamond, emerald, and sapphire Tiffany & Co. Blue Book 2020 choker necklace that Charlize Theron wore for the Golden Globe Awards earlier this year. It would definitely be a major fashion moment. The second look I’ve picked for Soo Joo is also an archive moment with this black and white striped Giorgio Armani Spring 2007 RTW strapless gown which features a cutout bustier bodice with a sweetheart neckline and a tiered flamenco flounce skirt. It is the balance of avant garde styling and classic elegance that made me want to pull this gown out of the Armani Archives for Soo Joo. It is a simpler style, but I feel like she would once again make it a major fashion moment. To make it a superb high glamour moment I would love to see this gown styled with a 20s fingerwave updo, classic cat eye winged thick eyeliner, bold red lips, a pair of black leather, suede, and crystal embellished Saint Laurent knot detail sling back pumps, and a STATEMENT de Grisogono white diamond and pearl choker necklace.

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.

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