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Fashion extravaganza @ Venice Film Festival

By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The Star

A city of romance, picture-perfect scenery and art galleries, Venice hosted for the past two weeks the 78th edition of the annual Venice International Film Festival.

The star-studded event was quite the location to see and be seen: Paparazzis running wild, private cocktails, screenings and grand parties by invitation only that caught the attention of film critics, savvy fashion insiders and the rest of the world.

Big brands like Chanel, Armani Prive, Balmain, Gucci, Atelier Versace, Dolce & Gabbana and Zuhair Murad dressed leading actors -- from A-listers to the up-and-coming -- who arrived in eye-catching water taxis to the galas and then paraded up and down the City of Canals to the delight of guests, locals and tourists … who might not have the same access starting in 2022 when city officials might charge tourists a fee to walk the fabulous bridges, piazzas and museums.

As expected, Zendaya, Kristen Stewart, Dakota Johnson and Penelope Cruz were the best-dressed actresses throughout the event. Like, every second of every day these stars were perfection, night and day. Flawless.

The color palette of choice was black, white, and black and white. But there were also pops of happy like red, fuchsia, emerald and lavender. Another trend, that is never far from these festivals, are cutouts and metallic. Metallic fabrics were chosen by Helen Mirren, Virginie Efira, Cecile de France and Molly Sims. Dakota Johnson shone in Gucci, a see-through embroidered gown in gold and cinched at the waist, that revealed her ultra-slender figure.

Interesting choices were made by Lady Eliza Spencer (twin sister of Lady Amelia, daughters of Earl Spencer) in a structured and, it has to be said, boring strapless by Elsa Ferretti; and tennis star Maria Sharapova in a sad off-white pleated gown with criss-cross bodice, very long sleeves and high collar by Dior.

Here’s what we loved -- besides the fantastic ’60s vibes, wigs and hairdos -- Puerto Rican actress Adria Arjona in fiery red by Armani Privé, Ester Expósito in Versace, Beatrice Vendramin in Philosophy by Lorenzo Serafini, Sara Croce in Zuhair Murad, Kristen Stewart in a midnight blue short short suit by Chanel, and pet-lover Kate Hudson in a red tulle and lace scene-stealer by Valentino.

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