For those who lack a subscription to the Criterion Collection, for whom the name “Céline Sciamma” remains unuttered without a stutter, one looks to the Venice Film Festival for two things and two things only: the alleged drama between the cast of “Don’t Worry Darling” and red-carpet fashion. From Christopher John Rogers’ color-blocking to Dolce & Gabbana corsetry, here are the best-dressed celebs from an Italophilic film major’s biggest week.
Cate Blanchett in Schiaparelli
Her Volpi Cup for Best Actress wasn’t the only reason that Cate Blanchett recently made headlines. In case you’ve been living under a roccia (that means rock in Italian), the “Tár” actress astonished with her black velvet Schiaparelli jumpsuit, featuring hand-painted flowers bursting out of her bodice and a casually overgrown bob. The look seems to reference a story from founder Elsa Schiaparelli’s childhood; the designer used to place seeds in the gums of her mouth, hoping flowers would bloom like a garden on her face.
Mia Goth in Dolce & Gabbana
One thing about Mia Goth — the girl has range, not that she demonstrated it much on the Venice red carpet. The “Pearl” star turned out two stellar black mesh Dolce & Gabbana looks, each serving dark horror realness in their own mistress-at-a-funeral way. One look featured a velvet brocade floor length gown, seemingly worn backward from what it was on the fall 2022 runway, and the other paired a satiny corset with a demure headscarf. The star also perched a pair of oversized sunglasses on her button nose, as if to say, “Stefano Gabbana calling Selena Gomez ugly in Instagram comments? I can’t see it.”
Jodie Turner-Smith in Harbison Studio, Gucci, Christopher John Rogers, Raisa Vanessa
Was she walking the red carpet, or wandering the halls of a stony castle preparing to meet her royal subjects? The “White Noise” star turned out such an array of flaming looks that it’s a wonder the cotton carpet didn’t smolder along with her. Smith’s custom moody-meets-monochrome mega-scoop-neck Harbison gown stunned in blue, with sleeves swelling into a regal train and black evening gloves to match. Turner-Smith rounded out the week with several more showstoppers. At risk of causing any fainting spells by making readers look them up on their own, here are the highlights: a paint-splattered Christopher John Rogers pseudo-shift, a stunning black mesh bedazzled Gucci plunge gown and the most darling yet daring electric blue flapper mini dress by Turkish designer Raisa Vanessa.
Patricia Clarkson in Georges Chakra
Was there ever a belle of the ball as beautiful as Patricia Clarkson in couture Georges Chakra? For the premiere of “Monica,” Clarkson stepped out in a silky moss and steely blue Gordian knot of aerial ties. What is it that makes this look so beautiful? Is it the hugging yet gentle drape of the shoulder? The seemingly simple interlocking weave of the bodice? Or is it just the comforting grin of Clarkson herself? When she smiles for the camera, viewers can almost hear her ask, “Oh, this old thing?”
Tessa Thompson in Elie Saab, Christopher John Rogers, Victoria Beckham
There’s certainly no dearth of fantastic Tessa Thompson looks, but the California local pulled out all the stops for her tenure as a jury member. For the “Bardo” premiere last Thursday, Thompson floated down the red carpet in a vermillion Elie Saab gown that bloomed around her, its pseudo-hood circling her curls. Never one to go for the expected, the actress donned a sparkling black knit and moody lip combo for the “Blonde” premiere. On the “Bones and All” carpet, her Christopher John Rogers lime green corset and low-waisted bustle dropped jaws. Thompson even turned a look for her arrival, sporting a gold-embroidered Victoria Beckham sheer dress, ruby red driving gloves and black satin pumps. Never to be outdone!