The best fashion at the Venice Film Festival 2022

The storied Venice Film Festival returns this week, which means stars are descending on the watery city to promote their upcoming movies, and peacock their fashion prowess.

As the world’s longest running film festival, Venice tends to attract the great and good of the silver screen. And this year, its 79th edition, will be no exception.

Harry Styles, Florence Pugh and Gemma Chan will all be in town for the premiere of the much-anticipated Don’t Worry Darling, directed by Olivia Wilde, while Adam Driver and Greta Gerwig are already in town as their new movie White Noise, directed by Noah Baumbach, was shown on Wednesday, the festival’s opening night.

Cate Blanchett is promoting the movie Tar, a film about a conductor facing controversy in which she is the lead, Ana de Armas stars in the Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde and Timothee Chalamet will be in town promoting Luca Guadagnino’s Bones and All.

Jodie Turner-Smith

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The focus is technically the films, but in reality the festival is as much a celebration of fashion as it is cinema, as celebrities ditch their holiday clobber and amp up the good old Hollywood glamour.

British actress Jodie Turner-Smith has so far been giving lessons in how its done. She arrived at Venice airport wearing a knockout sheer ombre pink and yellow Casablanca suit before hitting the warm up cocktail in a blue fringed Raisa Vanessa mini dress. The Gucci ambassador has since served two absolutely stellar looks from Alessandro Michele’s archive: the first, a sheer pink Gucci dress paired with white thigh-high boots, pale blue opera gloves and tiny sunnies; and the second, her evening look, a dramatic black plunge-front black sequinned gown with red hem paired with apple green satin opera gloves and diamond and emerald bling. Roll on more Gucci goodness…

Julianne Moore

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Also killing it in the first 24 hours was Julianne Moore, who is serving as the festival’s jury president this year. She wowed in a black and yellow confetti-print Alaia gown with leather heart-shaped bustier for the warm-up cocktail, before changing into a glittering black sheer Valentino gown with matching cape to the official opening ceremony.

Tessa Thompson has also convincingly proved that film festival red carpets needn’t mean princess gowns. The American actress hopped off her water taxi wearing a sheer Victoria Beckham dress over pinstripe trousers before changing into a futuristic sculptural Armani Privé look that she paired with itty bitty specs and Pomellato jewellery.

Scroll the gallery above for all of the best looks so far.

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