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Old Hollywood Revived: Venice Film Festival’s Best-Dressed Celebrities

by Otonye Senibo

The long-awaited arrival of the 2023 Venice Film Festival finally graced us with its presence last week. 

However, this year's event was somewhat subdued due to the ongoing WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, which meant fewer celebrities walked the red carpet.

Fear not, the stars and famous faces that did attended the 80th annual film festival did not fail us with their fashion choices.  

Stunning in effortlessly classy and luxurious looks, they were reminiscent of old Hollywood glamour that left us all envious.

Here’s a roundup of the best looks from last week's event:

Olivia Palermo


Olivia Palermo graced the red carpet in a contrasting pale pink silk crepe off-the-shoulder gown designed by Tamara Ralph. She elevated this Old Hollywood-inspired look with a statement gold Marco Bicego necklace and ALTA ruby red pendant, perfectly complementing the glamorous vibe she radiated.


Sydney Sweeney 

The Euphoria actress also channelled Old Hollywood glamour, wearing a breathtaking black Giorgio Armani ball gown. Worn at the Armani: One Night Only event, the simple but moody look left everyone in awe.

Madisin Rian

All eyes were on Madisin Rian as she donned a mesmerising shimmering Giorgio Armani Prive Fall 2011 dress adorned with delicate floral accents. Rian paired the dress with Messika jewellery and added a pop of contrast with an orange clutch bag, making her look even more captivating.

Bianca Balti


The Italian model took to the carpet in an elegant custom Ermanno Scervino baby blue sleeveless draped dress made in pure silk chiffon. The dress was married together with a Pomellato high jewellery rose gold necklace and a white diamond pave in a bold cushion cut of 15,65 carats in aquamarine, exuding opulent glamour.


Sydney Sweeney (again!)

Making the list for a second time, Sydney Sweeney embodied the title of America's sweetheart in a romantic pale pink tulle Mui Mui flared dress. Worn during the Mui Mui Women’s Tales photocall, the outfit captured the essence of timeless beauty.

India Amarteifio

The Queen Charlotte actress shone like a diamond against a dark night sky in a starry Giorgio Armani sleeveless dress. She paired her celestial look with an equally stunning fiery diamond necklace from Messika’s new high jewelry collection while attending the Armani: One Night Only event. She was undoubtedly dressed fit for a queen!


These beautifully dressed attendees not only graced the red carpet but also transported us to a bygone era of glamour and elegance, proving that classic fashion history truly takes priority at the Venice Film Festival.

Edited by Emily Duff

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