2013 Venice Film Festival, Part 1

The first week of the Venice Film Festival was a cornucopia of fabulous, over-the-top fashion.

gown by Elie Saab

Photo: Rex

Dakota Fanning made an impeccably fabulous return to the red carpet with a stunning navy blue Elie Saab couture. The straps and plunging neckline are mega-flattering on her, and the result is classic yet stunning.

dress by Alexander McQueen, shoes by Rupert Sanderson

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

It’s a little strange – do the pockets extend beyond the width of the dress? – but in an endearing, adorable, ethereal sort of way, which is what the Fanning sisters always look like when they’re at their best. It’s appropriately youthful, and the brown pointy heels were a great touch.

skirt by Fausto Puglisi, necklace by Shorouk, shoes by Casadei for Puglisi

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Fabulous model Natalia Borges brought some much-needed fun and funk to the Venice Film Festival, rocking this crazy mixed-print skirt with a chunky necklace and unstoppably fierce shoes. It should be too much, the combination of all those attention-grabbing statement pieces, but somehow it works. Maybe because there’s apparently a giant fucking bubble machine on the red carpet, which is possibly the most fantastic thing I’ve ever heard of.

gown by Fausto Puglisi, shoes by Christian Louboutin

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

If you’re going to announce to the world that you’ve opted to go commando for this particular red carpet event, at least do it in a more creative way. Maybe a neon sign that says “PANTIES ARE FOR LOSERS” or something. Anyway, the two-tone aspect of this gown is cool, though I’m not convinced the pastel yellow and lilac work so well together, at least not with those shoes. I love a studded Loub as much as the next diva, but there’s a time and place for them.

gown by Armani Privé

Photo: PA

Italian actress/model Eva Riccobono opted for not one, but two off-white looks from Armani Privé’s Fall 2013 couture collection. Since she’s one of the Venice Film Festival judges, she gets to diva out as much as she damn well pleases. This delicate lace flower of a dress was magnificently romantic and event-appropriate, especially with her laid-back beachy waves and natural-looking makeup.

gown by Armani Privé

Photo: Getty

Definitely not as remarkable as the gown before – I don’t love the cake-like layers on the skirt, or her slightly deflated old Hollywood hair.

dress and shoes by Christian Dior

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Meh. Even if she goes to a hundred events of the course of the festival, this is still kind of a waste of a look, don’t you think?

gown by J. Mendel, purse and shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Rex/David Fisher

I probably would not have opted for black accessories at all; I certainly wouldn’t have recommended such chunky, attention-grabbing pieces, which only distract from the simple yet modern beauty of Sandra’s gown. Don’t get me wrong, she still looks utterly gorgeous in her red J. Mendel gown, but the purse and shoes are a little pedestrian for such a glam look.

dress by Alex Perry, shoes by Giuseppe Zanotti

Photo: Venturelli/WireImage

A solid daytime film festival look, but maybe a statement piece of jewelry would have helped complete this a little bit more.

dress by Miu Miu

Photo: FameFlynet

So, Lady Mary has a bob, and it’s phenomenal. And since her red dress is more casual and fun than Sandra Bullock’s dramatic gown, the chunky black accessories work well here.

tuxedo by Giorgio Armani, watch by Omega

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gown by Stella McCartney

Photo: Getty

Model/actress Sophie Kennedy Clark appears to be Scotland’s version of Kirsten Dunst: unkempt dirty blonde locks, a hipster-chic loose-fitting gown, and natural-looking makeup. You’ll never sell this diva on those silly putty shoes, but I actually kind of dig the minimalism of the pink Stella McCartney gown.

dress by Proenza Schouler

Photo: Rex

First of all, that hair didn’t work on Alexa Chung, and it doesn’t work on you, Mia. Second, I would like this look about a thousand times more if it even remotely fit her. The sleeves are too loose, the skirt is too long and hits in a terrible place on her leg, and you just can’t wear shoes like that on the red carpet if you’re not going to get a pedicure first.

gown by Nina Ricci

Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty

Again, the fit is off and the styling is basically nonexistent. Someone please do something with this poor girl’s hair.

dress by Miu Miu, sunglasses by Prada, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Rex

I’m over her dorky-chic shtick, especially since Carey has worn near-identical versions of this dress and shoes to half the red carpet events of the last year. And those sunglasses just look stupid.

gown by Alberta Ferretti

Photo: Huffington Post

I want to like this, but the placement of the belt doesn’t make any sense, and the skirt too short for a gown, but too long for a dress.

dress by Miu Miu

Photo: Venturelli/Getty

I could definitely get behind this dress in a street style context, or maybe styled differently, but something about this look just doesn’t do it for me.

dress by Mulberry, shoes by Roger Vivier

Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty

I happen to love the super-dark lipstick. But with a matching dress and shoes, it’s absolutely overkill, and depressing overkill at that. If you’re going to go over the top, do it with something fun and ridiculous, not mournful and sad.

dress by Miu Miu

Photo: Venturelli/WireImage

Awkward and ill-fitting.

dress by Dolce & Gabbana

Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty

Israeli actress Moran Atias is crazy fucking beautiful, but someone needs to tell her that her gloves went out of style approximately fifty years ago. I could love an evening glove if it’s really flawless and adds something to the look, but this Morticia Adams-goes-to-the-opera thing really isn’t working for her.

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