This year’s Venice Film Festival was held from August 28 until September 7 in Venice’s historic Palazzo del Cinema. The Venice International Film Festival (or the La Biennale di Venezia in Italian) is the oldest movie festival in the world, dating back to 1932. Since its founding, the festival showcases would-be Oscar contenders and A-list celebrities in elegant couture and designer evening wear.
Outstanding premieres this year include Brad Pitt’s Ad Astra, Marriage Story staring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johanson, and this year’s Golden Lion winner Joker.
Movies aside, the event also served outstanding menswear red carpet glitz and glamour. With the festival’s 76th edition wrapped up, DAMAN’s picks out the best-dressed men at the 76th Venice International Film Festival
You just can’t beat a classic. The Venezuelan actor who played Gianni Versace in 2018’s American Crime Story brought old Hollywood glam to Italy, donning a crisp white dinner jacket. The not so classic touch? Going sockless.
We move on to present time, starting with Dane Dehaan’s take on Venice apparel—in Prada. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star took the classic gentleman formula of dark blue suit combined with dark brown shoes. To make things less boring and more youthful, he goes with a striped all buttoned undershirt.
Having too much camera flash—and foreseeing how bright the future will be after an 8-minute standing applause at the end of Joker premiere—man of the moment Joaquin Phoenix completed his sophisticated look with Garrett Leight Ace Sunglasses.
A black on black ensemble could be boring, but here’s a way to make it more interesting: The Aussie icon opted for a patterned black suit looking like a super-villain out of a spy movie. And it’s probably also his greying hair doing all the villainous work to his look.
The reason why we chose Mr. Law’s Giorgio Armani look is simply due to one clothing option: The scarf. When you want somebody to walk in the red carpet in a look that has a scarf in mind, you simply give it to the scrouchy charming man himself. Nobody dons a scarf effortlessly like the British actor, and the look itself effortlessly dappers him.
The Brioni outfit may seem like your normal classic red carpet tux: black suit, bow tie, regular fit trousers. But notice the thing on Brad’s waist? Is it a belt? Is it a high-tech waistband? Is it a design feature to hide one’s beer belly? It’s a cummerbund, we love it. It pulls the look together.
Would the next evolution of red-carpet suits go buttonless? Mr. Edgerton sported a grey suit fastened by invisible buttons and we are here for it!
Timothee Chalamet, the talented actor slash fashion risk-taker. First was the Virgil Abloh designed Louis Vuitton “harness”, and now this, a revolutionary, absolutely dashing belted silver satin suit by Haider Ackermann (and let’s not forget about the black boots). Seeing how the internet is buzzing about this outfit, we think that everybody wouldn’t mind with this take on the evolution of men’s future red-carpet suit.
This double-breasted number by Dior, worn by Italian rap prodigy Ghali, is probably the strongest contender to Timothee Chalamet’s satin Haider Ackermann silk suit. Vogue.com even called him Venice’s “breakout red carpet star”—which we can’t really argue with considering how outrageously mind-blowing the design is. This take on the future of red carpet men’s suit is undeniably a gem of revelation, and a one to watch in the next 10-20 years.
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