Venice Film Festival

Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Dhafer L’Abidine Shares His Typical Day in Italy, and the Key to Red Carpet Style During the Venice Film Festival

Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
Dhafer L’Abidine is among the many Arab stars taking the 79th edition of the Venice Film Festival by storm. As a revered Tunisian actor and regional ambassador for Cartier, which is the main sponsor of the festival, L’Abidine walked the red carpet at the opening ceremony, attended by renowned names like Catherine Deneuve, and Julianne Moore. The star looked dapper in a classic black tuxedo paired with a bow tie, and a stunning Cartier timepiece to complete the outfit.

Vogue Arabia caught up with L’Abidine to find out more about his experience at the Venice Film Festival, the key to his red carpet style, and more.
Photo: Courtesy of Cartier
What are your essentials for traveling to Venice?
The essentials I would like to take with me are of course the excitement of being in such a great festival along with all the charm.
What are you looking forward to the most at the 79th edition of the festival?
What I’m looking forward to mainly is the amazing selection of films that comes from four corners of the world. They are completely different— from independent low budgets to big budgets, to new talent and seasoned stars. I think that the combination of films carries so many stories, that are exciting, different, and authentic. That’s what’s exciting about the festival.
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What are the highlights of day one of the festival for you?
I think the highlight of day one is from the time you leave your hotel, getting to the boat or a taxi to the main event, arriving there, the arrival and just seeing everyone, and to seeing the public there, the enthusiasm. That energy is so amazing and positive. I think that’s really a special feeling, especially on day one, the first time everyone was there just waiting there for the festival to start, and that’s a really amazing energy that I think people will carry during the whole festival.
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What according to you is the key to nailing red carpet style at the Venice Film Festival?
I think the main thing is to truly feel comfortable with whatever you choose to wear. That’s the main idea. If you are comfortable then you will look comfortable. That’s so important. The key is to be happy with whatever you choose and be confident about your choice, and it will look good on you.
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What do you love the most about walking the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival?
What’s great about the red carpet in Venice is the presence of the public that is around the red carpet, and their enthusiasm. The festival has to be honest with the fact that it’s really about the energy of the people who love cinema who were there to just watch films and to see what’s going on, and the latest works that have been selected for the Venice Film Festival.
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What does a typical day during the Venice Film Festival look like for you?
I think a typical day will start with a lovely coffee because I’m in Italy, then I’ll have a nice trip on a boat and enjoy the amazing scenery. Later, I will watch films, and enjoy meeting people from the industry which is what the whole festival is about. It is about the workshops, the films, the meetings and just being aware of what’s happening around the world with all the new projects, the new ideas, discovering new talents and meeting new people.
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All the Best Red Carpet Outfits From the 2022 Venice Film Festival

All the Best Red Carpet Outfits From the 2022 Venice Film Festival

The annual Venice Film Festival is one of the most glamorous in the world, right alongside the paparazzi-filled red carpets at Cannes. A-list celebrities show up not only to promote their new films but also to deliver strong style moments and work with top stylists to showcase the best creations from the new ready-to-wear and couture runways. It’s just as much a spectacle for fashion lovers as it is for film buffs. As such, Vogue is rounding up all the best looks from the film festival in one place.
Kicking off on August 30th, the Venice Film Festival has tons of buzzy movies making their premiere over the next two weeks—meaning all of Hollywood’s top talent will be there. On our radar? Blonde’s Ana de Armas, Bones & All’s Timothée Chalamet, Tár’s Cate Blanchett, and White Noise’s Jodie Turner-Smith, among many others. Turner-Smith is off to an especially strong start: Last night at the festival’s cocktail kick-off event, she wore a Raisa Vanessa’s blue mini dress with a fringed hemline.
At the same inaugural soirée, Julianne Moore—who is serving as the festival’s jury president this year—shone in an Alaïa confetti-print gown with a leather heart-shaped bustier, while Tessa Thompson sported a black tulle Rodarte blazer dress.
There will be plenty more fashion moments on display over the next two weeks. So check back for all the best looks direct from the Venice Film Festival red carpet, uploaded in real-time.
Jodie Turner-Smith in Gucci
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Catherine Deneuve in Saint Laurent
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Julianne Moore 
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Tessa Thompson in Armani
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Melanie Laurent in Gucci
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Barbara Palvin
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Greta Ferro
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Hillary Clinton
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Grace Elizabeth in Alberta Ferretti
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Elisa Sednaoui
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Jodie Turner-Smith in Gucci
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Julianne Moore
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Greta Gerwig
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May Nivola
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Catherine Deneuve
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Glory Kevin
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Tessa Thompson in Rodarte
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Julianne Moore in Alaïa
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Jodie Turner-Smith in Raisa Vanessa
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Originally published in Vogue.com
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All the Stars Reviving High-Fashion on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet

All the Stars Reviving High-Fashion on the Venice Film Festival Red Carpet

The return of the Venice Film Festival as we know it called for looks that go beyond the usual red carpet glamour, and stars are delivering just that. After the event’s 77th edition in 2020 taking place in a more restrained format, this year, actors are seemingly back with a sartorial vengeance.
Generating buzz with her appearance was Zendaya, who made her Venice Film Festival debut this year. For the premiere of her film Dune, the newly-minted 25-year-old walked the red carpet in a custom Balmain couture dress with matching heels and 93ct Bulgari Magnifica high jewelry. “The bespoke leather gown was crafted using an exact model of the star’s bust, taking full advantage of the Balmain atelier and the house’s artisanal tradition,” shared Balmain of the dress. Later, the red carpet saw another sheer number, but this time a fully bejeweled one courtesy of Dakota Johnson in Alessandro Michele’s Gucci. Attending the premiere of her film The Lost Daughter, the actor wore a cap-sleeved gown with crystal detailing and fringing, paired with the house’s rose gold chain-link sandals.
For the premiere of Spencer, one of the most highly-anticipated ones at the festival, actor Kristen Stewart ditched dresses and suits to opt for a co-ord from Chanel’s FW21 couture collection. Paired with white Christian Louboutin heels, the pastel mint-green ensemble featured a lace trim tank top and trousers with a skirt overlay adorned with a black bow. Earlier in the week, actor Penélope Cruz arrived for the premiere of her film Parallel in a Chanel dress that was some 300 hours in the making. Selected by Cruz from the house’s FW21 couture collection, the dress is made of black mikado with an ecru silk tulle petticoat embellished with petal flounces. “I fell in love with that dress when I saw it on the catwalk,” shared the actor with Vogue. “I love the entire haute couture collection, it was brilliant, but this one was my favorite look. This is a very important movie for me, so I needed a special dress for that.”
Click through the gallery above to see more noteworthy looks.
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All the Best Looks from the 2021 Venice Film Festival So Far

All the Best Looks from the 2021 Venice Film Festival So Far

The 78th edition of the Venice Film Festival took off yesterday with many stars already serving high fashion moments on the red carpet. There was no shortage of Arab representation on day one as Lebanese TV presenter Raya Abirached, Egyptian actor Yasmine Sabri, and Emirati anchor Mahira Abdelaziz made appearances in stunning ensembles. Sabri arrived in a bright pink floor-grazing Roberto Cavalli dress with a Cartier necklace, while Abirached championed Arab talent in a sequined dress from Syrian couturier Rami Al Ali’s SS21 collection, paired with Bulgari jewels. Meanwhile, Abdelaziz opted for a head-to-toe Maison Valentino look which included a bright red caped dress and the Rockstud box bag.
From September 1 to 11, the festival will showcase highly-anticipated films including Spencer and Dune — the premieres of which are sure to result in noteworthy sartorial moments from some of the biggest names in the industry. Click through the gallery above to see the best looks from the 78th Venice Film Festival so far and check back for more.
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