The recently concluded 2023 Venice Film Festival
, which celebrated its 80th anniversary, was as glamorous as usual. It was a star-studded affair, after all, and the celebrities who attended flexed their style games to the fullest, leading to a lot of memorable red carpet moments. Who wouldn't remember Sydney Sweeney looking like an absolute Hollywood princess in Armani Privé haute couture? Or Milena Smit in a sexy black number from Saint Laurent? And of course, French icon Isabelle Huppert shut the red carpet down in her shimmering silver fringe Balenciaga dress. The fashion was definitely strong this past Venice Film Festival 2023!
Sydney Sweeney in Armani Privé Haute Couture
Euphoria star Sydney Sweeney was definitely the breakout red carpet diva this past 2023 Venice Film Festival. She was serving looks left and right, further proving that she's a style star to watch. And among her best red carpet moments, her Old Hollywood look in Armani Privé haute couture
was the ultimate stand-out. With her golden tresses curled a'la Veronica Lake, her intricate bodice and full silk skirt were pure glamour all the way. This is the kind of classic style you'd expect at the Oscars. What more in Venice? And who knows? She might just appear on that red carpet soon looking just as divine!
Source: Sydney Sweeney Instagram Page
Madisin Rian in Giorgio Armani
Sports Illustrated model Madisin Rian looked the most striking on the 80th Venice Film Festival last week. In a sleek vintage Giorgio Armani gown, she looked like a goddess on that red carpet. Paired with Messika jewelry, her simple red carpet moment stood out against the more elaborate and extravagant gowns that dominated the event. But what really made her look pop out was the stark contrast between the shimmering champagne finish of the Armani dress and Rian's own iridescent dark skin. She stood testament to the “less is more” style sensibility.
Source: Armani Beauty Instagram Page
Maggie Gyllenhaal in Giorgio Armani
You can always trust Maggie Gyllenhaal to go unconventional with her red carpet looks. The Golden Globe-winning actress stepped out in Giorgio Armani, who seemed to be the designer of the moment. But instead of going for the Italian designer
's elaborate gowns, she sported a minimalist black velvet suit instead. Sexy and sophisticated in equal measure, Gyllenhaal exuded a certain confidence that separated her from the rest of the red carpet attendees. Even with her short hairstyle and dark lips, she still looked femininely elegant. But there was a fierceness to her too.
Source: Maggie Gyllenhaal Instagram Page
Milena Smit in Saint Laurent
Also enchanting in black was Milena Smit. On the 2023 Venice Film Festival red carpet, the Spanish actress wore a Saint Laurent black evening gown by the Paris haute couture house
's current designer, Anthony Vaccarello. The dress itself was pretty controversial as other celebrities wore it throughout the week-long event. But among those who did, Smit undoubtedly looked the most impactful. Her slick back hair, dark lips, and statement jewelry paired well with the dress, bringing out its sophisticated appeal more than how the other stars styled theirs. The moment cemented Smit as a style star to watch too.
Source: Milena Smit Instagram Page
Isabelle Huppert in Balenciaga
One who never fails to give a memorable red carpet moment is French screen icon Isabelle Huppert. Despite how much older she is compared to the starlets dominating red carpet events these days, the veteran actress always comes out on top. This time around, in Venice
, she stole the show in the fringed Balenciaga haute couture number. Sparkling against the flashes of the paparazzi's cameras, she looked like a literal star on that red carpet. And though she was covered up, her confidence exuded a type of sexiness that younger actresses could only hope to achieve in their lifetimes.
Source: Isabelle Huppert Instagram Page
Kate Beckinsale in Georges Chakra
While Isabelle Huppert served an understated, signature French kind of sexiness, Kate Beckinsale in Georges Chakra haute couture was pure glamorous erotica. This isn't to say that the British actress looked vulgar or anything like that. In fact, she still looked among the most elegant on the red carpet. And that's saying something, considering what she wore was a glittering gold bodysuit under a sheer, black bathrobe-like number hemmed by gold fringes. It was definitely a show-stopping look, one that you'd expect from an A-list popstar, for example. But a veteran celebrity like Beckinsale? Well, she certainly had the look and the 'oomph' to work it!
Source: Kate Beckinsale Instagram Page
Jessica Chastain in Gucci
Academy Award-winning actress Jessica Chastain was giving silver siren screenstress in her shimmering custom Gucci gown on the Venice Film Festival 2023 red carpet. The dress itself is simple, so much so that on any other celebrity, the look is safe, possibly bordering on boring. But of course, Chastain looked anything but boring! Her fiery auburn locks gave the glittering number an Old Hollywood-like quality, even when her hair wasn't even curled like Sydney Sweeney. She let her natural beauty shine through, literally, and it definitely worked on her favor!
Source: Jessica Chastain Instagram Page
Carla Bruni in Valentino
Italian supermodel Carla Bruni stepped out in Valentino and suddenly, it was the 90s all over again. The former First Lady of France might not have been as famous as the likes of Naomi (Campbell), Linda (Evangelista), or Christy (Turlington), but she was still a huge part of that supermodel phenomena. And on the 2023 Venice Film Festival red carpet, Bruni looked exactly like she did back then in sleek black Valentino number accessorized with a big white rosette. It was simple, sure, but it definitely made the former supermodel look runway ready again!
Source: Carla Bruni Instagram Page
The 2023 Venice Film Festival was as fashionable as ever. There were a lot of major red carpet moments people won't forget for a long time. It even introduced a new slew of style stars worth looking out for!