The Best Looks From the 2023 Venice Film Festival

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September 12, 2023
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These glamorous red carpet looks from the 2023 Venice Film Festival will make you scream “Bellissima!”

 

 

In the mood for a heavy dose of continental Italian glamour? With everything going on in Hollywood nowadays, in the words of the late Andre Leon Talley, it’s been a “famine of beauty” ‘round these parts. But thankfully, the stars descended upon Venice’s canals armed with their couture frocks (and SAG-AFTRA waivers, of course) for the 2023 Venice Film Festival.

 

Ahead, check out our top 10 favorite looks from the festival red carpet:

 

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Amal Clooney in vintage Christian Dior

Well! Girlies, take note: When you’re accepting an award, it’s a killer style instinct to show up looking like it's yours. Humanitarian lawyer extraordinaire Amal Clooney showed up at the Diane von Furstenberg Awards looking radiant in a vintage Christian Dior slipdress from John Galliano’s F/W 2000 collection. She looks bronzed, relaxed and absolutely phenomenal. To compound the slay, she was honored with the DVF Leadership Award for her work in fighting for victims of human rights abuses all over the world. Talk about true inner beauty.

 

 

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Patrick Dempsey in Brunello Cucinelli

When you’re attending the premiere of your hot-rod action film in Venice, a boring black suit simply won’t do. The event calls for a heavy dose of Italian sprezzatura—which Dempsey here is definitely serving. This Brunello Cucinelli suit fits fabulously in the most relaxed, effortless way, and the wide pinstripes keep it visually interesting. Paired with perfectly chosen accessories like a snazzy TAG Heuer watch, brown loafers, and a SAG-AFTRA pin (natch), we’re letting McDreamy here know that we pick him, choose him, love him!

 

 

Mariacarla Boscono in Dolce & Gabbana

For every international film festival, one thing’s for certain: Trust a supermodel to serve on the red carpet. Mariacarla Boscono could have gone the traditional way and showed up in a beautiful gown and jewels, but she (thankfully) chose to bring the drama, mama. Is this a Lydia Deetz homage? Or was she obsessed with Padam Padam and the Kylie Minogue renaissance (and rightfully so)? Whatever it is, this avant-garde scarlet confection of a look is pure fantasy, and we’re living for it.

 

 

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Charlotte Rampling in Courrèges

The best red carpet looks at Venice often stray from the typical in favor of something more dramatic and intriguing. And, when you’ve been a consistent Fashion Girl for the last six decades, you deserve the right to have everyone know it. Legendary actress Charlotte Rampling went back to her mod roots and wore this minimalist Courrèges gown, which beautifully showed off her disc necklace and her fabulous disc heels. It’s tasteful and elegant, yet packed with loads of visual interest and a quiet confidence befitting her name.

 

 

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Barbara Palvin in Armani Privé

Yes, we hear you—of course, a model will look drop-dead gorgeous in a custom Armani Privè gown. But what we love most about Barbara Palvin’s look is how much it epitomizes unfussy, tousled European glamour. The dress fits her like a glove and looks fabulous on her, but the real star of the show is that gorgeous hair—the piled-on updo and Bardot bangs are doing the most to elevate this otherwise ordinary dress. She looks like Pamela Anderson in her 90s heyday.

 

 

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Isabelle Huppert in Balenciaga

At the premiere of Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein biopic Maestro, French actress Isabelle Huppert turned heads in a fabulous silver fringe Balenciaga dress that glimmered and shined. Is she heading to the Renaissance tour right after? We kid. But this just proves that the French just get personal style so well. It’s the pointed contrast between her exuberant disco-ready frock and her severe head styling that really makes the look.

 

 

Jonica T. Gibbs in Chanel

When you’re a young actress getting acclaim for your star-making role in a film premiering at Venice and have critics buzzing about possible Oscar nominations in your favor, you can’t go wrong with Chanel. But while the brand conjures images of an ingenue in a prim tweed suit or a floaty evening dress, Jonica T. Gibbs chose this bold coat dress with an asymmetrical hem. Paired with kickass leather boots, the effect is bold and declarative, like she’s ready to take up space. She definitely did not go gentle into that good night.

 

 

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Eugenia Silva in Armani Privé

Sorry Edna Mode, but we believe a cape is a stunning way to kick your red carpet look up a notch. Wanna make it even more fabulous? Have that cape rendered in thousands of pink ostrich feathers that flutter with your every move. Spanish model Eugenia Silva dressed up her Armani LBD with a gorgeous pink feathered cape that just floated on the red carpet. We love it because of how glamorous it is in the most exuberant way possible.

 

 

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Cailee Spaeny in Rodarte

Fresh off winning the Golden Lion for Best Actress for her turn as Priscilla Presley in Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, actress Cailee Spaeny knew that all eyes would be on her. So she dressed accordingly; for the film’s photocall, she wore this botanical Rodarte gown. It’s a look dripping with subtle irony—florals are definitely a red-carpet go-to for any young ingenue hoping to make a splash. But juxtaposed with those tulle sleeves and a dark no-fuss bob, the overall effect is more Fashion Girl than an eager-to-please newcomer.

 

 

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Jessica Chastain in Gucci

When in doubt, trust your gut and go with what works. Sometimes it doesn’t take much effort to look stunning—Miss Chastain knew that a sequined gown would look gorgeous, and that a metallic bronze would set off her red hair and coloring beautifully. The whole look is a no-brainer, but the overall effect? She looks like a goddamn movie star, and rightfully so.

 

 

Did we miss your favorite look from the Venice Film Festival? Chime in at the comments!

 

 

Words Jer Capacillo

Art Matthew Ian Fetalver

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