Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
As the long-awaited 59th Venice Biennale took off, Louis Vuitton held a gala dinner in the city, which was attended by some of the biggest names in the fashion and entertainment industries. The event celebrated the future renovation of the Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro, which the French maison will contribute to, in partnership with the Venetian Heritage Foundation and star architect Peter Marino. Hosted by Daniele Ferrara of Veneto’s Regional Directorate for Museums, the dinner saw an emotional Marino giving his welcome speech, shedding a tear of joy over Louis Vuitton’s support to the Venetian Heritage Foundation.
Among the guests in attendance were Bollywood star Deepika Padukone, Isabelle Huppert, Tahar Rahim, Valeria Golino, Nicoletta Romanoff, Giorgia Tordini, Candela Pelizza, and Paolo Stella, who sported head-to-toe Louis Vuitton outfits. Padukone had an especially standout look with an elegant vest jacket and a shirt with a Victorian-inspired ruffle collar, which was paired with olive green bermuda shorts and black boots. The star held a Dauphine handbag with the Maisons’s jacquard ‘Since 1854’ textile to signify the year the French luxury house was founded.
Deepika Padukone. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Tahar Rahim. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Isabelle Huppert. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Nicoletta Romanoff. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Valeria Golino. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Candela Pelizza. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
Giorgia Trodini. Photo: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
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The Cannes Film Festival is the world’s biggest red carpet. For 75 years, the event’s lineup of premieres and parties has enriched the film industry while providing style devotees with a seemingly endless array of standout fashion. Cannes’ dress code is famously strict and arguably passé, but it has ensured the festival’s position as the premier showcase for haute couture and decadent gemstones. Cannes is not casual. Unless you’re this year’s inimitably cool jury president, Spike Lee, you don’t get to walk the steps of the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès wearing sneakers.
In 2020 there were no premieres or parties due to the coronavirus pandemic and its travel bans, but this year the event comes roaring back. With a jury that includes chic international talent like French-Senegalese director Mati Diop, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mélanie Laurent, and Tahar Rahim, the fashion was bound to be good, but guests were already exceeding expectations. From the moment Gyllenhaal walked into day on’’s first photocell in a sleek Hedi Slimane-designed black trousers and tube-top combo from Celine, things were off and running.
Opening night at the world premiere of Leo Carax’s Annette, there were impressive outfits as far as the eye could see. Jessica Chastain delivered gothic vibes in a corseted Christian Dior Haute Couture gown paired with nearly 200 carats worth of Chopard rubies, while Lou Doillon twirled in Gucci’s gold lamé. Step up the staircase, and you’d find Bella Hadid posing in vintage Jean Paul Gaultier haute couture, nearly stealing the show from the movie stars. Not to be outdone, Annette’s star Marion Cotillard dazzled in a silver, tea-length Chanel Haute Couture look with so much sparkle it gleamed once the paparazzi began to snap Cotillard’s picture. All in all, it was a thrilling return to form and proof that the red carpet magic lives on.
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Originally published on Vogue.com