Cannes may be the last word in ostentation and Sundance is the best place to wear plaid, but for all-out, old-school Hollywood style, you can’t beat the Venice Film Festival. Founded in 1932, it is the world’s oldest film festival and retains an aura of glitz and glamour that is often imitated but rarely seen.
Thanks to Venice’s unique topography, during the festival the canals and lidos turn into a floating red carpet, with special guests disembarking from their boats looking every inch the movie star. Once on dry land they are backdropped by some of the most stunning Italian architecture; the perfect foil for the parade of dresses and diamonds designed by some of the most renowned names in the fashion firmament. This year alone served up Lady Gaga in a riot of feathers by Valentino, Emma Stone in a glittering column of Louis Vuitton and Tilda Swinton in Schiaparelli Couture. And that’s before you even start looking at the jewels. Here’s some of the stars who we thought served up the best sparkle.
Our former monarch Claire Foy continued to bring her particular brand of angular fashion to the Venice Film Festival red carpet, giving Tilda Swinton a run for her short-haired androgynous money. Her Valentino Couture dress and cape was given a slice of sparkle thanks to a stunning cross-finger High Jewellery Sirenetta ring from Messika. Having Ryan Gosling on the other arm didn’t do her any harm either.
Given that the 2018 reboot of the iconic 1968 Polaris collection was a bid for the new, young watch wearer, it’s no surprise that it looks made for Taiwanese actor, singer and model Ming Dao’s wrist. A rose gold chronograph is a sporty choice for a suit but when you’re already breaking all the fashion rules with a white dinner suit and navy shirt, one more doesn’t matter.
Enigmatic and beautifu and that’s just the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Ivy Secret that Italian actress Sveva Alviti is wearing. Alviti became famous for taking the title role in the French language film about the troubled Italo-French singer Dalida, who took her own life in 1987. She added some extra drama to an already-show stopping outfit by adorning her neck with Messika’s Beloved Feather necklace, which boasts 76cts worth of diamonds. She also tapped into the asymmetry trend by wearing a single Messika Marquise Firebird earring.
It’s rare to see women on the red carpet brave enough to make the watch the accessories star. However, Gabriella Wilde, the actress most recently known for her role as pug-carrying heiress Caroline Penvenen from BBC One’s Poldark, is wearing the ultimate film-festival watch – the Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Day & Night Tribute to Cinema. Wearing anything that might detract from this pink-gold and-diamond beauty would just be rude.
Charlotte Le Bon
Flirting with the play between masculine and feminine is Charlotte Le Bon. The French Canadian actress starred opposite Joseph Gordon-Levitt in The Walk; the 2015 dramatisation of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit’s walk between the two towers of the World Trade Centre in 1974. Pairing a Dior suit with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso One Duetto Moon is the perfect foil for the two faces of this iconic watch.
When you’re CEO, deciding on a watch for a high-profile occasion must be an agony of choice. Catherine Rénier opts for elegance and history with this new model from the 101 Joaillerie collection. Here the diminutive form of the classic 101 calibre – still the world’s smallest mechanical movement despite being 90 years old – is surrounded by 167 pave diamonds set into pink gold, creating a masterclass in restrained femininity.
We love Chinese actress and former synchronised swimmer Tao Hong’s decision to wear her Jaeger-LeCoultre Rendez-Vous Secret over the sleeve of her dress. It certainly makes sense – why wear a beautiful watch only to have it hidden for the 10 months of the year when, thanks to the delightful British weather, it’s too cold to wear short sleeves?
French/Italian fashion influencer and model Gabrielle Caunesil set the jewellery bar high by wearing this incredible Shards of Mirror necklace to the festival’s opening ceremony. Inspired by the story of the Snow Queen, the 95 radiating pear-cut diamonds are supposed to represent a lake shattered into pieces by the Queen’s fury. At the centre, glitters three large stones, bright enough to thaw any ice princess’s heart.
Lola Arrivabene and Vera Arrivabene
Italian influencers Lola Arrivabene and her sister Vera Arrivabene, who made their name distributing the velvet slippers traditionally worn by Venetian gondoliers, went bold in complementary geometrics, which definitely stood out against the red carpet. The sisters also sparkled, respectively, in Messika’s High Jewellery Calyx set and the Move High Jewellery Addiction ring from Gigi Hadid’s collection for the brand.
View all Jaeger-LeCoultre timepieces here.
View all Messika Paris jewellery here.