The stars aligned in Venice this week for the 76th instalment of city’s annual Film Festival, which serves an industry aperitif to the upcoming season of noteworthy cinema. And while Timothée Chalamet in immaculate ivory tailoring and Lily-Rose Depp in blush Chanel chiffons commanded the red carpet, our favourite model muses also cruised into town (via those iconic Venetian canals, no less).
Our Paradising cover star Camille Rowe glowed in a tulle Khaite number and statement lip, while Jacquelyn kept it classic in a floor length Jason Wu gown, paired with a slick side part and low bun. Elsa Hosk played up the Italian glamour with black strapless corsets, bared midriff and oversized earrings (for styling inspiration see here), and Candice Swanepoel slipped effortlessly between carpet-ready gold and borrowed-from-the-boys pinstripe, both by Etro.
But, of course, there were films. Chalamet and Depp were on site promoting their flick The King, Joaquin Phoenix revelled in an eight-minute standing ovation for his turn as the Batman universe’s Joker, and Australian director Shannon Murphy’s evocative coming-of-age narrative Babyteeth, recieved glowing reviews in just days following its Venice debut, with eyes also following young talent and lead actress Eliza Scanlen.
It wouldn’t be an Italian affair without a touch of drama, and this year all eyes were on the selection of female directors. Or, more specifically, the lack thereof. La Biennale di Veneziais is forever remembered for its effervescent Italian spirit, red carpet glamour and arresting cinematic performances, and we can hope that one day it will be celebrated as a festival that challenged its own status quo, celebrating cinematic opportunities for female directorship. In the meantime, we’re booking our cinema tickets to appreciate the art for all its worth.