Do you remember the Oscars red carpet with its pomp and drama in February? That seems like a million years ago, and it has been so in both the red carpet years and fashion. Since then, the pandemic has carried the kibosh to all major entertainment soirees.

All the more relevant are this year's Venice Film Festival, the 77th The festival, which started on September 2nd and ends on September 12th, will likely be the only major gathering of the IRL industry in 2020 as the Emmys will be digital, as well as the film festivals in Cannes and Telluride. Screenings for next week's Toronto International Film Festival will be mostly in makeshift drive-ins.

Last year, Venice premiered Joker, which became a two-time Oscar winner. Another milestone has already been reached this year: 44 percent of the directors who show films from all over the world there are female.

While it was believed that Venice Jury President Cate Blanchett and other stars who chose to attend Tilda Swinton (Pedro Almodovar's The Human Voice), Vanessa Kirby (Pieces of a Woman) from The Crown, Regina King (Directing debut One Night in Miami) got raves), Katherine Waterston (The Coming World) – would wear mandatory face masks, they also brought out some pre-pandemic glamor, if maybe just a little. There was less jewelry, few sky-high heels, and even less skin.

Tilda has done a lot with Chanel: she arrived in a bronze Chanel trench coat and a bag and appeared in a two-piece haute couture look by Chanel, which on the opening night included a white smock blouse and a tiered black skirt ("It has innate comfort, Flow, and a certain unpretentious playfulness, ”Swinton described her and then donned another Chanel look for the premiere of her own film, starring in a new short by Pedro Almodovar called The Human Voice, the only actress in the entire play .

Her black Chanel tie on the second night was a white embroidered coat dress and damask shoes. While most of the masks were standard on the red carpet, Tilda rocked one designed by embroidery artist James Merry to be auctioned along with a number of red carpet items for the RAD nonprofit.

Blanchett, who is ready for an Emmy for her appearance on Mrs. America in a few weeks, embarked on a two-pronged fashion strategy: she wore many looks she'd worn at other premieres and events in the past for sustainability, and she mostly rocked Variations of menswear style suits: a black beaded Alberta Ferretti suit, a black Alexander McQueen pant suit with a heavily beaded shell that was a repurposed version of a 2016 Bafta dress, a black acne tuxedo, and a chic suit with Armani -Print, all very reminiscent of her character in Ocean & # 39; s 8. Her only nod to old Hollywood glamor was her opening look: a dark blue satin Esteban Cortazar gown that she wore for the first time in 2015.

There were three other outstanding actresses. Katherine Waterston, who starred in The World to Come, wore a black peekaboo Prada dress with velvet fringes – monochrome, with all the details in the texture. Vanessa Kirby, the star of two very well-reviewed films, showed off her sinewy back in a high-necked, low-back red Valentino dress. And Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and writer / director / producer of "Mainstream" (with Andrew Garfield as the social media star), showed off the most colorful dress of the festival, a Gucci dress with a rainbow sunset pallet, at each stage Another color from chiffon, which was also headed for the RAD auction, donated by Gucci and designer Allesandro Michele.

Given that the Emmys are virtual, placing cameras in the locations chosen by the stars (home, hotel room, dressing room, stage, etc) it will be interesting to see if Venice's new precedent rubs off and if actors even lose their sweatpants when they don't have to leave the house.

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