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Glitz & Glamour in Venice – A breakdown of red carpet style at the Venice Film Festival

Posted on September 09 2011

Gwyneth Paltrow at the "Contagion" Premiere - 68th Venice Film Festival

Film festivals like the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival are where A-listers go to generate buzz for their films and to show the international film community how much credibility they have as artists. It’s also most importantly, where you go to show off your Couture. From Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada to Keira Knightely in Valentino, there were definitely a lot of hits in Venice this year but as we all know, where there are hits, there will be misses. Here’s a look at the glitz and glamour in Venice.

Before a premiere, there’s usually a photo call. Below, we’ve gathered all the fashionable photocall looks from the past week.

Gwyneth Paltrow shows off her toned gams at the "Contagion" photocall - 68th Venice Film Festival

Madonna goes proper in a L'Wren Scott sheath at the photocall for "W.E"

Marissa Tomei color blocks in Preen at the photocall for "The Ides of March"

Keira Knightely attends the photocall for "A Dangerous Method" in a bold patterned tea length dress

Evan Rachel Wood goes for a high neck and houndstooth pumps at "The Ides Of March" photocall - 68th Venice Film Festival

The actress also attended the photocall for "Mildred Pierce" and went for a menswear inspired look with a feminine twist

Evan Rachel Wood was joined by her costar Kate Winslet, who sported chic shorts and a blazer at the "Mildred Pierce" photocall

Kate Winslet in an LBD paired with strappy sandals at the photocall for "Carnage"

Jessica Chastain attended the "Wild Salome" photocall in a red dress

New mom Selma Blair shows off her post baby body at the "Dark Horse" photocall

 On to the carpet…

Keira Knightely is stunning in Valentino Couture

Gwyneth Paltrow goes blush in Prada


Diane Kruger glows in Elie Saab

Diane Kruger at "The Ides Of March" Premiere

Jessica Chastain in a brocade and lace Elie Saab gown

Madonna attends the premiere of her film "W.E" in a butterly adorned lilac number

Marisa Tomei goes for a pop of color and pearls to her look at "The Ides Of March" premiere

Cindy Crawford at the "Ides Of March" premiere

Selma Blair is gorgeous in stand-out red at the "Dark Horse" premiere

Evan Rachel Wood goes for black column dress with lace inserts at the "Mildred Pierce" premiere

Kate Winslet is striking in Victoria Beckham at the "Carnage" premiere

Kate Winslet premieres Mildred Pierce in Stella McCartney

Other red carpet events around town…

Salma Hayek goes for layers at the 2011 GUCCI Award For Women In Cinema - 68th Venice Film Festival

Madonna at the 2011 GUCCI Award For Women In Cinema - 68th Venice Film Festival

Abbie Cornish dons a black and white column dress at the 2011 GUCCI Award For Women In Cinema

Selma Blair goes for a tuxedo inspired dress at the Lancia Cafe Event

Abbie Cornish goes with a printed flowing maxi at the Lancia Cafe Event

Missteps at the Festival

Pre- photocall, Abbie Cornish in Elie Saab. Abbie definitely made some chic choices while in Venice but this LBD was not a winner. There's nothing wrong with the dress itself. The problem is that cap sleeves don't work on everyone. In this case, they make the actress look bulkier than she really is. The necklace is also a no-go. It's completely pointless with this dress and almost makes here neck look stunted. Remember, it's all about cut and fit.

Robin Wright attended the 2011 GUCCI Award For Women In Cinema in a gold dress that did nothing for her shape. Her boyish cut and pale makeup was also a mismatch for the whole look. Sometimes, simple is better.

Model, Bar Rafaeli donned a silk jumpsuit with lace inserts at the "Carnage" premiere. Bar is a beautiful girl but this is neither the place nor the time for a jumpsuit. The film festival is all about glamour and elegance whether simple or exaggerated. This jumpsuit is neither.



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