The 79th Venice Film Festival began in the Italian city on 31 August, attracting the great and the good from the film world.
As the world’s longest-running film festival, it regularly attracts the crème de la crème of the industry, the most anticipated new movies, as well as some exceptional red carpet looks.
This year will see the premiere of the long-awaited Don’t Worry Darling, starring Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Gemma Chan, and directed by Olivia Wilde.
Blonde, the new Marily Monroe biopic starring Ana de Armas, is also tipped to attract the crowds, alongside Bones & All featuring Timothée Chalamet.
Chalamet, whose cannibal romance movie received an eight-minute standing ovation during its premiere on Friday (2 September), delighted fans with his red carpet look as he donned an all-red halter jumpsuit by Haider Ackerman, featuring a cutout on the back and side and a scarf-like neckline.
Elsewhere at the festival, British actress Jodie Turner-Smith donned a series of impressive outfits, following the debut of White Noise on Wednesday, in which she stars alongside Adam Driver.
On the festival’s opening night, Turner-Smith wore a long black, translucent Gucci dress, with jewelled detailing and red lining – and completed the look with elbow-length green gloves.
Stranger Things star Sadie Sink arrived in Italy for the festival on Sunday (4 September) for the press conference and photo call of her new film, The Whale, in which she stars alongside Brendan Fraser, Darren Aronofsky, and Hong Chau.
Here’s our pick of the best-dressed stars at Venice Film Festival 2022.
Twitter fans gushed over Timothée Chalamet’s daring red jumpsuit when he stepped out on Friday. The sleeveless Haider Ackerman piece, designed with shiny fabric with cutouts galore, was said to have defied societal stereotypes about what men should wear.
The 20-year-old Stranger Things star chose a simple white Alexander McQueen dress with side cutouts for her Venice Film Festival look, but toughened the look up with a black leather harness around her torso and black boots. She also chose silver hardware accessories, including a bar ring, to go with her nude manicure.
Nicholas Hoult, who is Timothée Chalamet’s co-star in Bones & All, cut a rather dashing figure on the red carpet in an all-white Giorgio Armani suit. He kept his look slightly casual with no tie and an unbuttoned collar and wore shiny black shoes to make his suit stand out further.
Bridgerton star Simone Ashley was the picture of elegance in a red satin strapless gown by Armani Privé. The 27-year-old kept her dark hair swept up in a braided bun and accessorised with Bulgari jewellery, including a diamond-encrusted necklace, simple diamond earrings and a ring.
The back of her dress included an interesting feature, with a knot of satin holding what appears to be a black and white scroll on her upper back. We assume only Lady Whistledown has any idea to the secrets it may hold.
The Don’t Look Up star walked the red carpet in a black velvet look by Schiaparelli embellished by hand-painted flowers. The outfit was from the label’s Fall 2022 haute couture collection and designed by its creative director, Daniel Roseberry.
The star of Passing put on a show-stopping display in a dramatic red hooded dress from the 2022 Elie Saab couture collection. The look incorporated a floor-length train, matching red tights, a Brandon Blackwood purse and Christian Louboutin pumps.
Thompson also wore a look from the Rodarte Fall 2022 collection. The black ensemble updated a classic blazer with layers of tulle to bring a romantic touch to traditional tailoring. The deconstructed look was finished with a pair of simple black pumps.
Heading up the official Venice Film Festival jury, the Still Alice star wore an off-white oversized tuxedo courtesey of Celine for the official jury photocall.
For the Tár premiere, Moore wore a black gown with a plunging neckline from Armani Privé’s 2022 Fall couture collection, adding Cartier Sixième Sens High Jewellery diamond drop earrings set in platinum and a matching diamond necklace to finish the look.
The Euphoria star channelled La Dolce Vita aesthetic for her arrival at the festival, coming dressed head-to-toe in Tory Burch. Her ensemble included a silk headscarf, oversized sunglasses, a white t-shirt and shorts, with a cardigan casually draped around her shoulders.
The star of Queen & Slim wore a high-fashion look from Gucci’s 2023 Resort collection for this appearance. A sheer-pink lacey dress brought a delicate and feminine aesthetic, offset by a pair of lace-up thigh-high white boots with high heels and duck-egg blue latex elbow-length gloves. A diamond choker and futuristic sunglasses finished the look.
For the premiere of White Noise, Turner-Smith brought a more glamourous look to the red carpet, changing into a black chiffon and silk-organza gown by Gucci, complete with crystal embroidery and a velvet hem. “I really wanted to play with a silhouette that felt unique,” she said, adding that she “really wanted the colors to reflect the pan-African flag—red, black, and green— as a perfect statement about my pride in the African diaspora.”
The Filipino model wore a floor-length pink sequin gown, with a bow detail and sparkling jewellery for her red carpet appearance.
Aimee Lou Wood
The Sex Education star wore a voluminous Patou dress with a polka-dot top and billowing black skirt for the premiere of Living.
Rocío Muñoz Morales
Spanish actor and festival host Rocío Muñoz Morales wore a delicate silver flapper dress on the red carpet.
The actor wore a floor-length red, sleeveless tulle tiered dress on the Bardo red carpet.
The 25-year-old Brazillian model wore an elegant one-shoulder silver dress by Armani Privé for her Venice appearance.