One of the major film festivals of the year brings together many well-known actors and celebrities to celebrate the art of film, which is intrinsic to Western culture. Celebrities can showcase their favourite designers and present themselves with the most eye-catching looks on this occasion. Looking back at the 79th Venice Film Festival from 2022, we review some of the most unforgettable outfits to grace the red carpet.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Gucci
When it comes to menswear style, Harry Styles never fails to disappoint. His flamboyance and fluidity enable him to experiment and push the limits of gender in fashion. As we expected, given their close friendship, he is spotted endorsing Gucci at the Venice Film Festival. He wears a pale blue shirt underneath a double-breasted, fitted suit in navy blue with a tall, elongated collar that peeks out from the top. He appears to be wearing straight-leg tailored pants with white boots or loafers underneath.
His second Gucci ensemble is a touch more casual, consisting of a pin-striped black and cream blazer that comes open to reveal a white vest and a blue striped silk scarf knotted around the neck. He appeared in this look for the Gucci HA HA HA campaign.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Valentino
Florence Pugh’s sheer black sparkling Valentino dress was undoubtedly one of the outfits that everyone on the red carpet was enamoured with. Her corseted Bardot dress, which was split down the centre to reveal her stunning legs, had puffy sleeves and a short but voluminous train. With feathers growing upward from her ankles and being tied with a black bow, her black stiletto pumps added to the impact.
Also, she wore Valentino once more. She is seen donning matching purple Valentino beachwear that is emblazoned with the brand’s logo. To spice it up, she added some purple open-toe heels and a purple chained Valentino bag to this casual outfit.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Haider Ackermann
Possibly one of the most discussed looks from the Film Festival’s red carpet on social media was that of Timothee Chalamet. He arrived in custom Haider Ackermann, wearing an all-red satin two-piece that virtually blended in with the carpet. His thin-cut red satin trousers, black fitted boots and a red halter-neck top displayed his strong frame while draping around his neck and chest.
He then changed into a more relaxed outfit to contrast with his striking red formal suit for the change in scenery. He wore a white graphic t-shirt underneath his dark floral crochet cardigan and camo cargo shorts from Celine.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Louis Vuitton
Gemma Chan looks stunning in her Louis Vuitton metallic silver sequin embroidered gown for her first appearance at the Venice Film Festival. Her dress’s bodice crosses over her front and back, with embroidered flowers cascading up it. With silver jewellery and a sophisticated updo, the long straight silhouette highlights her attractive form.
During her second appearance, she also sports Louis Vuitton in a black and white sculpted camisole with chequered adjustable straps and gold metallic straight-leg cargos with sequin-encrusted pockets. With a pair of pointed silver heels, she completes the look.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Giorgio Armani & Marc Jacobs
Tessa Thompson was pictured in various looks created by a wide range of designers. My favourite is her Armani Prive look paired with Giuseppe Zanotti heels. She wore a silver sculptural corset with silver embroidered roses used as motifs. Her black snakeskin midi skirt, which was covered by a tiered peplum, caught the light as she moved.
I also like her pistachio green Marc Jacobs gown, which shows off a bold and exaggerated silhouette from the top half of her dress down to the train. The puffy metallic green top half almost looks like it is dripping down the tailored dress. She paired it with a pair of white chunky platform heels that you can see from the split on the back.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Alexander McQueen
Sadie Sink, who supports Alexander McQueen at the Venice Film Festival, dons a stunning ruffled cut-out gown with silver sequin motifs stitching the bodice and skirt together. Her white ruffled skirt, which nearly looks like feathers, grazes the carpet as she goes. The cut-outs make her appear to have a lower waist while showcasing her gorgeous figure.
She later appears in a white sleeveless shirt dress by Alexander McQueen with a similar silhouette to her earlier garment. While the top half of the dress is fitted to match her body and has cut-outs on the sides of the waist, the skirt portion is gathered to create an A-line shape. A black leather harness, large silver eyelets, and matching black boots complete the appearance.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Chanel & Dolce and Gabbana
A seasoned Film Festival veteran, Penelope Cruz appears in a black lace Chanel ball gown. The Camellia laced skirt is embroidered with pearls all around, and the bodice is made of black tweed fabric, all of which are recognisable features of Chanel’s designs. The dress forms an hourglass shape that flares out at the bottom, and the sweetheart neckline draws attention to Penelope’s decollate. For the photo call, she is dressed in a white vintage summer maxi dress from Dolce & Gabbana’s spring/summer 2011 collection. Along with some white satin open-toe stilettos, the dress also has lace, layers, and gathering for volume.
Venice Film Festival 2022 Choice: Gucci
It was challenging to pick a favourite look among Jodie Turner-Smith’s different outfits, similar to Tessa Thompson’s. It is reasonable to say that she has rocked practically every style, but her Gucci red-carpet ensemble is undoubtedly her best. The deep V and broad shoulders produce an uncommon silhouette for the red carpet. The maxi skirt is translucent and drapes down with a red velvet pleated accent, while the upper half is nearly opaque. Pinstripe sequins and beadwork adorn the garment, whilst her black thigh-high boots and green satin elbow-length gloves are also worn with this outfit.
Her Christopher John Rogers outfit was another appearance I liked from her. The dress itself is simple, letting the vivid and vibrant print do all the talking. The high-necked, sleeveless dress has a train that trailed behind it.
Nazifa is a fashion and style contributor for SSEDITORIAL Magazine, although she occasionally contributes to sseditorial runway and education. She regularly talks about all facets of the fashion industry, including sustainability, social issues, style, and fashion. She also enjoys going to art galleries and exhibitions when she has free time.