The quest to stand out on the Venice Film Festival red carpet alongside Timothée Chalamet in the off-the-the-runway and Taylor Russell in Balenciaga shorts wasn’t difficult for Sisyphean. But that’s exactly what director Luca Guadagnino does — wearing a faded polo shirt, skinny jeans and green Jet-Puffed-marshmallow sneakers from Loewe’s spring 2023 collection — was successful.
Guadagnino and company, in town to show their new movie Bones and allno stranger to special fashion style Italian watery fête tends to be inviting. (The day before, he arrived at Excelsior pier wearing Thélios sunglasses and an oxford shirt emblazoned with his mentor, Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, but no Not reminiscent of his Chalamet print button Call me by your name screenwriter James Ivory Wear to the 2018 Oscars.)
And Guadagnino isn’t the only one working hard The right director regime in Venice. Noah Baumbach, promoting the film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s White noiseopted for crisp Prada business jackets and Adidas Sambas (cute shoes of summer), while filmmaker and his collaborator Greta Gerwig, who also stars opposite Adam Driver in White noisehas been sporting a lot of Palm Springs-y Gucci.
But there are two distinct stylistic modes at the Venice Film Festival: black-tie premieres and light-hearted photocalls. At such off-peak events, high-fashion casual wear (with a lot of emphasis on anything fashion or normal mean to the wearer) is the informal dress code — of which Guadagnino, wearing a t-shirt and jeans and also a head-to-toe designer, is a perfect example.
Movie call style and aspirational “post-swag” dressing, like GQOwn Sam Hine wrote earlier this year, is a genre of its own, pioneered by Chalamet himself; have “the freedom to dress as often as possible.” Seemingly taking a page from a post-swag play is Mexican director and Academy Award giant Alejandro G. Iñárritu, who arrived at the dock in a pair of embroidered cargo pants and a Rick Owens x turtleneck. Converse. Here’s hoping that somewhere out there there is a Chalamet-Guadagnino-Iñárritu hypebeast group chat.