15 best dressed celebs at the Venice Film Festival 2022: from Harry Styles’ and Olivia Wilde’s Gucci fashion for the Don’t Worry Darling premiere to Stranger Things’ Sadie Sink in Alexander McQueen

Timothée Chalamet, Tessa Thompson and Tilda Swinton sparkled and shone at the 2022 Venice Film Festival. Photos: @tchalamet/Instagram, EPE-EFE, Reuters, Invision/AP

The 79th Venice Film Festival is almost over, and we’ve loved seeing stars like Tessa Thompson, Olivia Wilde and Gemma Chan wowing onlookers with their red carpet outfits. Harry Styles and Lili Reinhart also wore glamorous looks throughout the event.

But if we have to pick our faves, here’s who we thought was most striking ...

1. Jodie Turner-Smith

British actress Jodie Turner-Smith wore Gucci at the Venice Film Festival on August 31. Photo: AFP

Jodie Turner-Smith chose a sequinned gown that looked like it melted into the red carpet for the opening day of the festival.

Her black Gucci dress – which was crafted from chiffon and silk – had wide sleeves and a plunging neckline, both of which served as a backdrop to her vibrant green gloves.

The actor’s skirt was even more daring, as it was see-through with a layer of orange velvet lining the hem. She wore the dress with thigh-high boots and Gucci jewels.

Jodie Turner-Smith mixes it up on September 4 for the screening of the film The Whale. Photo: AFP

Then, for another of her red-carpet appearances, Turner-Smith made a bold statement in blue. The gown, designed by Harbison studio, was sleek and form-fitting. It had a plunging neckline with a chest band seemingly made of sequins and satin.

She paired her oversized satin cape with black opera gloves, a large Bulgari ring, and a matching Bulgari necklace.

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2. Alessandra Ambrosio

Brazilian model and actress Alessandra Ambrosio looked ethereal in hot pink on the red carpet in Venice last week. Photo: EPA-EFE

Alessandra Ambrosio was striking in a hot pink gown with a thigh-high slit. Her Ermanno Scervino dress had a strapless bodice with ruching and fabric flowers at the waist, and its long skirt extended into a short train behind her.

To make her outfit even bolder, the model added a matching tulle cape.

3. Sadie Sink

Stranger Things’ cast member Sadie Sink arriving for the premiere of The Whale during the 79th annual Venice International Film Festival. Photo: EPA-EFE

Sadie Sink stole the show in a sparkling gown with waist cut-outs. Alexander McQueen designed her sleeveless gown, which had silver beading that covered its bralette top and connected to its floor-length skirt. The latter piece was made from ruffled tulle.

The outfit matched the Stranger Things star’s glamorous style, which typically includes neutral tones and designer logos.

4. Tilda Swinton

Tilda Swinton says her hair was deliberately died yellow in support of Ukraine, and she wore purple sequins to The Eternal Daughter premiere. Photo: Reuters

Tilda Swinton looked sleek in purple on the red carpet. The actor’s Haider Ackermann gown featured long sleeves and a modest train, all in the same purple sequinned fabric.

She finished the look with matching closed-toe pumps and two chunky rings.

At a press conference for The Eternal Daughter, Swinton said her bright yellow hair was a tribute to the Ukrainian flag.

5. Penélope Cruz

Spanish actress Penélope Cruz arrives for the screening of the film En Los Margenes (On The Fringe). Photo: AFP

Penélope Cruz wore an all-black look to The Eternal Daughter red carpet. The gown was part of Chanel’s autumn/winter 2022 couture collection. It had a sweetheart neckline, wide shoulder straps and a fitted bodice that extended into an embellished and textured skirt.

She wore her hair in an updo, which showed off the top of the dress, and she kept her accessories simple with small earrings and a ring.

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6. Gemma Chan

Gemma Chan poses for photographers in custom Louis Vuitton arrival at the premiere of Don’t Worry Darling. Photo: Invision/AP
Meanwhile Gemma Chan opted for a glittering gown on the red carpet. This custom Louis Vuitton look combined a halter neckline with a long, straight skirt and a bodice that slightly hugged her hips and waist.

Sequins were the stand-out feature here, but flowers also decorated the bottom of Chan’s skirt.

7. Harry Styles

British singer Harry Styles arrives for the premiere of his girlfriend Olivia Wilde’s film Don’t Worry Darling. Photo: EPA-EFE
Harry Styles opted for varying shades of blue for a head-turning red-carpet look. The singer and actor’s bright blue suit was designed by Gucci. With its pointed shoulders, tailored waist and large buttons, Styles looked like he was channelling 1970s Hollywood – especially since it was paired with a pale blue shirt that had an exaggerated collar.

He finished the look with white boots, oversized sunglasses, and handfuls of rings.

8. Olivia Wilde

Director Olivia Wilde wowed in a gorgeous Grecian canary yellow gown at the premiere of her film Don’t Worry Darling. Photo: Reuters
Olivia Wilde wore a yellow gown for her much talked about Don’t Worry Darling premiere. The actor and director sported an all-Gucci look on the red carpet, which included jewellery and a custom floor-length gown.

In addition to a plunging neckline, the dress’ hem was lined with fabric that looked like feathers. It also featured chains across the bodice and shoulders.

9. Lili Reinhart

Lili Reinhart took a photo on a Venetian roof before she went to the red carpet. Photo: @lilireinhart/Instagram
Lili Reinhart arrived in a tuxedo dress, which looked both chic and sophisticated. The actor’s look was short, which proved to be a nice contrast to the many floor-length gowns on the red carpet this year. Her Miu Miu dress was finished off with black strappy sandals and a black bag.

She accessorised with a chunky Pomellato necklace and matching earrings.

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10. Julianne Moore

President of the Venezia 79 jury, Julianne Moore wore a sparkling Celine gown and Cartier jewellery. Photo: EPA-EFE

Julianne Moore went with a simple yet stunning dress for this year’s festival. Her one-shouldered Celine gown was relatively shapeless, but she still brought the drama with a slit that went from her shoulder to her chest. She added Cartier jewellery to finish off the look.

With a simple hairdo and the shimmering diamond effect of her dress, Moore looked like she was channelling old Hollywood.

11. Timothée Chalamet

The internet went gaga for Timothée Chalamet’s backless red number at the Venice Film Festival. Photo: @tchalamet/Instagram

Timothée Chalamet matched the carpet itself with his silky, all-red outfit. The actor made global headlines in a backless halter top and matching trousers designed by Haider Ackermann.

Chalamet accessorised the look with black pointed-toe boots and sunglasses.

12. Florence Pugh

Florence Pugh in Valentino at the Don’t Worry Darling premiere. Photo: AP
Florence Pugh made her way down the red carpet in a daring black and silver look. Her gown consisted of a sheer outer layer that resembled more of a traditional ball gown shape, and an under layer that looked like a leotard and corset combined. The oversized, off-the-shoulder sleeves made a statement, as did her train, both of which were covered in silver sequins. Valentino designed the dress for its autumn/winter 2022 couture collection.

Pugh wore closed-toe, calf-high sandals accented with feathers.

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13. Tessa Thompson

Dear White People actress Tessa Thompson looked stunning in acid green. Photo: Invision/AP

Tessa Thompson wore a highlighter-green gown paired with a 1950s-style veil. Thompson’s look was designed by Christopher John Rogers. The outfit was comprised of a corset-like, bustier tank top and a ruched skirt that gave off the look of a train that had been pinned up in the back.

She wore her hair in a single, long braid, with a black veil headband to cap it off.

Then a few days later, the actress went with a more muted green colour palette.

Then Tessa Thompson opted for a lighter shade of the same colour, this time by Marc Jacobs. Photo: EPA-EFE

This time, her look was designed by Marc Jacobs. She wore a mint green gown with an aluminium-looking bodice and train and a more simple fitted skirt.

She wore her hair in a top knot and finished off the look with Pomellato jewellery and chunky white platform shoes.

14. Marisa Tomei

Spider-Man actress Marisa Tomei rocked a black and white dress on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on September 5. Photo: Reuters

Marisa Tomei channelled 1960s glam in a single-sleeve, two-tone gown. Her gown featured scalloped edges between the two colours and had one long black sleeve on her right arm.

Tomei wore snake-inspired jewellery by Bulgari, and wrapped up the look with black closed-toe pumps, which had crystal chain mesh draped over each foot.

15. Laura Harrier

Actress Laura Harrier attends The Whale screening in YSL. Photo: Reuters

Laura Harrier’s YSL long-sleeved dress had a keyhole slit from the neck to the middle of her torso. With a front tie that flowed down to the floor, the dress looked like it had been dipped in liquid gold.

The actor and model wore strappy sandals and carried a small clutch bag to match.

This article originally appeared on Insider
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  • Florence Pugh opted for a daring, sheer Valentino number while Timothée Chalamet delighted fans with his backless red Haider Ackermann suit
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