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All the Stars Reviving High-Fashion on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet

The return of the Venice Film Festival as we know it called for looks that go beyond the usual red carpet glamour, and stars are delivering just that. After the event’s 77th edition in 2020 taking place in a more restrained format, this year, actors are seemingly back with a sartorial vengeance.

Generating buzz with her appearance was Zendaya, who made her Venice Film Festival debut this year. For the premiere of her film Dune, the newly-minted 25-year-old walked the red carpet in a custom Balmain couture dress with matching heels and 93ct Bulgari Magnifica high jewelry. “The bespoke leather gown was crafted using an exact model of the star’s bust, taking full advantage of the Balmain atelier and the house’s artisanal tradition,” shared Balmain of the dress. Later, the red carpet saw another sheer number, but this time a fully bejeweled one courtesy of Dakota Johnson in Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. Attending the premiere of her film The Lost Daughter, the actor wore a cap-sleeved gown with crystal detailing and fringing, paired with the house’s rose gold chain-link sandals.

For the premiere of Spencer, one of the most highly-anticipated ones at the festival, actor Kristen Stewart ditched dresses and suits to opt for a co-ord from Chanel’s FW21 couture collection. Paired with white Christian Louboutin heels, the pastel mint-green ensemble featured a lace trim tank top and trousers with a skirt overlay adorned with a black bow. Earlier in the week, actor Penélope Cruz arrived for the premiere of her film Parallel in a Chanel dress that was some 300 hours in the making. Selected by Cruz from the house’s FW21 couture collection, the dress is made of black mikado with an ecru silk tulle petticoat embellished with petal flounces. “I fell in love with that dress when I saw it on the catwalk,” shared the actor with Vogue. “I love the entire haute couture collection, it was brilliant, but this one was my favorite look. This is a very important movie for me, so I needed a special dress for that.”

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