We've already feasted on the images of glossy types like Diane Kruger and Cindy Crawford taking their glad rags to the red carpet catwalk at the Venice Film Festival, but today delivers even more glitzy glamour than we could possibly have hoped for. Yep, thanks to a little lady called Madonna and her directorial debut (read Grazia Daily's W.E review here), we've got a dollop of vintage Vionnet, swooshes of Gucci chiffon with a side order of Dior Couture. So without further ado, let's take a closer look at the Best Dressers...
We begin with this Cinderella-worthy frock sported by W.E's leading lady, Andrea Riseborough. Doesn't she look ruddy gorgeous?
The frothy confection in a delicious lemon tone comes courtesy of Christian Dior's John Galliano days - the 2009 Couture collection, to be exact. So bravo to The Riseborough for being brave enough to go BIG. Lord knows you need a mega frock to match Madonna mania, right?
Andrea's co-star Abbie Cornish also went for full-on glamour with an Atelier Versace gown composed entirely of silk organza petals. WOWEE. The deep purple to black ensures the look is suitably dramatic and makes it the perfect antidote to all that yellowness. Thumbs up.
But, of course, the lady of the night was Her Royal Madgesty. Madonna brilliantly chose to wear a butterfly-covered beauty inspired by Madeleine Vionnet's fabulous creations as a perfect homage to her film's retro style.
In fact, several costumes in W.E are reproduced from Vionnet originals so this light blue gown of opaque satin is a fitting choice for the director and a refreshing look for the popstar, wouldn't you say? The look was seamlessly accessorised with red lipstick, Miu Miu sunnies and suede platforms to match the delicate embroidery, plus a dutiful assistant to carry the train. Naturally.
W.E gives Natalie Dormer of The Tudors fame (she was the minxy Anne Boleyn) another taste of the royal life as the 'game-playing' Queen Mother and here she is a totes Madonna-esque Dolce & Gabbana frock. Nice!
A supermodel swept into town in the form of Natasha Poly who looked drop dead gorgeous (funnily enough) in a fuchsia pink gown from Gucci's A/W'11 collection. Look familiar? That's because J-Lo wore it to this year's Met Ball - oh yes. But thankfully, Natasha left that enormous floral shrug at home.
Marisa Tomei also made an appearance for a reason Grazia Daily isn't entiiirely sure but we're sure happy to see her sporting a fancy Erdem print, even if Marisa does make it a tad fusty...
Frida Giannini also showed her support and looked typically demure in a black silk crepe column dress of her own creation teamed with the brand's shiny CEO, Patrizio di Marco.
Bar Refaeli continued her mission of showing-a-certain-someone-what-he's-missing with help from an Emilio Pucci jumpsuit. Those lace panels provide the customary amount of sexiness.
Oh, and did we mention Kate Winslet's at the Italian shindig too? Yep, our very own English Rose was backing British at the premiere of Carnage by donning a classic Victoria Beckham creation, which she glitzed-up with sparkling Jimmy Choo ‘Viola’ sandals.
So c'mon peoples, what do you make of last night's Venetian beauties? Let us know below!
- Jessica Vince