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A Review Of All The Best Looks At the Venice Film Festival 2022

The ultimate red-carpet review.

POSTEDBYPHOEBE COTTERELL

Spanning ten days the Venice Film festival is a prestigious event that takes place every year showing a selection of world-class films that often go on to be Oscar contenders. With the showing of world-class cinema, this means the red carpet looks must also be of a high calibre with some of the most iconic red carpet looks of all time originating at the Venice film festival. Here we round up what the class 2022 had to offer.

Tessa Thompson: Taking eye-catching Avant-Garde risks 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Tessa Thompson isn't afraid to take a fashion risk and for this year's Venice Film Festival the actress designed to amp it up a notch with an array of Avant-garde looks. The first is an Armani Privé look from the Spring 2009 collection, the look features a silk strapless layered three-layered top that’s constructed almost like a flower and is paired with a sequin black ankle-length skirt and chic cat-eye sunglasses. In another look we see Tessa wearing a lipstick-red Elie Saab cocktail dress with a train that is diagonally draped with a rotunda headpiece that wraps around the star's head to create an old Hollywood feel. The dress is paired with matching red tights and a boxy bag to finish the look off nicely. 

At the ‘Blonde’ premiere Thompson wore an edgy look from emerging brand Interior’s Fall 2022 ready-to-wear collection. The look consisted of a black netted dress that featured flecks of glitter and incorporated a unique hood the actress wore over her blonde hair. The ‘go-big’ energy that Tessa brought to Venice was certified with her mint green Marc Jacobs moment. The look was taken from Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 and incorporated a glitzy puffed bodice that spilt out into a train and the cult classic Marc Jacobs Kiki Boots in white.

Jodie Turner-Smith: The girl who didn’t take a day off

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It’s safe to say that Jodie Turner-Smith ate and left no crumbs in Venice, the girl was at nearly every red carpet and event turning looks left right and centre. One of her stand-out looks was a Christopher John Rogers (CJR) paint splatter turtle neck sleeveless gown in a trumpet-style silhouette that fans out into a long train. Later on, during the festival, Jodie adorned another CJR look at the AmfAR Gala, the look consisted of a canary yellow corset top and a full skirt decorated with bold stripes of yellow, burnt orange, lime green and magenta. CJR is known for his love of colour and explores it throughout his collections. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jodie may have stolen the best denim red carpet moment from Britney and JT with her exquisite y2k mermaid gown by Balmain. The bustier style neckline features strips of denim jutting up to create a caged effect and a built-in choker. The dress manipulates the denim to create a vertical V-shaped contour effect across the bodice that leads to an elegant flared-out train. At the premiere for ‘The Whale’ the actress wore a custom Harbison blue ultra-scoop neck gown that sported yet another train, this time attached to her dramatic puff sleeves. The look was tied together with a glitzy monochrome bandeau top.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Widows: How black became the festival's most common colour

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This year black has been a popular colour, or should we say shade, that many starlets have chosen to wear on the red carpet. One of the first to do so was Cate Blanchett in Schiaparelli Couture, the look saw Blanchett adorning a velvet bodice that falls into a wide-legged pant. The neckline sprouted a bouquet of flowers which is a nod to Elsa Schiaparelli’s childhood where she thought by placing seeds and flowers in her ears and over different body parts meant she would grow flowers.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It-girl Chloë Sevigny was pictured wearing a black Gucci gown to the ‘Bones & All’ premiere, the dress appears to be a take on a Resort 2023 look by the brand. The dress is draped in a criss-cross fashion and is paired with a snake-style necklace. Maude Apatow, one of our fave nepo babies, wore a strapless Armani Privé gown. Although a simple silky black trumpet style what wows about the dress is how amazingly it fits Maude like a second skin.

Mia Goth served rich widow at the photocall for her new film ‘Pearl’ wearing an all-black Dolce & Gabbana ensemble. The corseted dress is heavily accessorised with black sheer gloves, oversized sunnies and a black headscarf. Keeping her sheer gloves on from the photocall the actress changed into a Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda black velvet gown for the premiere. The bardot cut dress features regal cut-outs that infuse a sense of dark romanticism into the look making it unique.

Other notable all-black looks include Camila Mendes in Messika, Penelope Cruz in Chanel and Sydney Sweeney in Armani.

Florence Pugh: Fashionably late and loving every second of it

Florence Pugh, or should we say, Miss Flo, missed the ‘Don’t Worry Darling’ press at Venice opting to arrive late and got off the plane in an all-purple Valentino ensemble and enjoy her day in Venice with an Aperol spritz, who can blame her? You might have guessed it; she wore Haute Couture Valentino on the red carpet. The garment was an off-the-shoulder sheer style in black covered in an eye-catching star embroidery, the bodice had transparent boning which contrasted delightfully with large voluminous sleeves. The long train made sure to make Florence the star of the show, pun intended, and brought attention to her Fall 2022 Haute Couture feather shoes. 

As for the rest of the drama ridden ‘Don’t worry Darling’ cast we saw, Chris Pine, on the red carpet in a Ralph Lauren suit with a chocolate brown blazer and bow tie, Gemma Chan in a glitzy halter style Louis Vuitton dress and Harry Styles and Olivia Wilde in Gucci (surprise, surprise). Olivia was the belle of the ball in a lemon-yellow gown with a deep V-neck and sparkly embellishments, whilst Harry wore a severely cut Gucci collared blue shirt with a crisp Navy-blue double-breasted blazer suit. 
 

Pretty ‘N’ Pink: Has ‘Barbiecore’ infiltrated the red carpet?

Although black was the most popular colour in Venice this year pink was arguably not far behind, with some of the festival's most breathe taking ensembles being in various shades of the hue. Rachel Brosnahan wore a custom Versace look made up of Cuban linked chains that spill down from Rachel’s neck to her sides in a cranberry colour that ombres into a light pink. The front of the dress is in the signature Versace chainmail style and features a seductive thigh-high split. 

Former ‘Victoria’s Secret Angel Alessandra Ambrosio wore an eye-catching hot pink gown by Ermanno Scervino to the premiere of ‘White Noise’. The silk Chiffon dress featured a fitted bodice accented with floral appliqué designs, thigh-high slits and an ethereal cape. Director and screenwriter Alice Diop wowed in a PP pink Valentino look at the premiere of ‘Saint Omer’. The outfit was made up of neon pink tailored trousers and a massively oversized sheer ruffled shirt that draped behind Diop in a modern take on the train,

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ana de Armas stunned in a gorgeous pink Louis Vuitton gown for the premiere of ‘Blonde’, in which she plays Marilyn Monroe. The dress paid homage, with a plunging neckline, to Marilyn’s 1955 halter-neck dress she wore in ‘The Seven Year Itch’. The Barbie pink shade of the dress also appears to be paying homage to another iconic Marilyn look, the pink dress the renowned actress wore in the 1953 flick ‘Gentleman Prefer Blondes’. Ana went full “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” with her choice in accessories, wearing a Messika “firebird” necklace made up of a 5-carat cushion-cut stone at its centre and 100 marquise-cut diamonds forming the bird's wings. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Timothée Chalamet: Buy your boyfriend a halter top

You didn’t think we were going to do a Venice Film Festival red carpet review without discussing the Timothée Chalamet backless halter-neck moment, did you? Timothée is a fashion boy and is known to cause a stir with some of his red carpet looks, but no one expected the actor to show up to the “Bones & All” premiere in a silk red Haider Ackerman halter top. The top was paired with a pair of structured red trousers and a classic black boot. The halter style top is often considered as a traditionally ‘feminine’ style and continues to push the idea of blurring the lines between masculine and feminine in fashion.

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