Even among the historic and aesthetic distractions of the world’s most romantic city, a sharply focused industry eye is always on the hurly-burly of the Venice International Film Festival, now in its 74th year. This may be because it is widely regarded as signaling the start of the Oscars race for many movies with ambitions. So, if you want to enjoy some serious red carpet action after the summer break, then look no further than the Lido di Venezia from August 30–September 9.
Two of the first to blaze a trail up the crimson catwalk on August 31 were models Isabeli Fontana and Izabel Goulart, both looking fabulous in Alberta Ferretti. Fontana’s striking strapless dress had stripes of navy and white, and featured a flowing diaphanous skirt topped by a bustier made entirely from shimmering Swarovski Crystal Fine Mesh. Goulart’s ocean-blue silk tulle column gown, meanwhile, was covered in sparkling waves of thousands of Swarovski crystals. The namesakes followed this entrance with a more casually glam appearance the next day, sporting Ferretti’s fun ‘Tuesday’ and ‘Thursday’ sweaters. They teamed them with silk tulle wrap mini-skirts that dazzled with over 84,000 Swarovski crystals in shades of Emerald and Black. So far, so high for Venice’s sartorial bar—we can’t wait to see who’s wearing whom over the next few days of the festival.
So far, so high for Venice’s sartorial bar—we can’t wait to see who’s wearing whom over the next few days of the festival.