A Running Commentary Of All The Menswear To Hit The 76th Venice Film Festival Red Carpet
The 76th Venice International Film Festival (or, La Biennale di Venezia should you speak Italian) is officially underway, meaning the Floating City is abuzz with cinematic royalty from all corners of the globe. Sadly, we couldn't snaffle ourselves a ticket to the official proceedings, but best believe we've been watching, and commentating, from afar.
In addition to launching a bunch of box office-blasters into the stratosphere (that was not an Ad Astra pun, by the way), this year's red carpet has been a real highlight. Naturally, leading men like Brad Pitt and Rami Malek have nailed the brief, while breakout stars like Italian rapper Ghali have well and truly earned their stripes among 2019's most inspiring red carpet dressers.
As the festival continues to roll out, we'll be commenting on all of the good, bad and downright nonsensical menswear to hit Venice's esteemed red carpet. So keep checking back if critiquing the outfit choices of celebrities with the moral authority of J. Alexander is your idea of a good time. We'll be here.
Fictional King of England, real-life King of the Red Carpet. Timothée Chalamet had the crowd swooning (at least, that's what I've gauged by the reactions currently rippling through social media) as he stepped out in silver satin suit designed by the patron saint of satin, none other than Haider Ackermann.
Interestingly, Chalamet's wasted no time growing out the bowl cut he so valiantly copped for the role, with his trademark waves yet again giving us a severe case of hair envy. Also worth saving for a rainy day is a pic of Chalamet on the red carpet with Ackermann and Kid Cudi. We still haven't ascertained why, exactly, Cudi was present. But that's okay! He's Kid Cudi, after all.
The young English talent, who appears alongside Chalamet in The King, has pulled off the "it's Venice I don't care" look with incredible success here. The combination of his loosened tie and flowing blonde mane suggesting he gives only the necessary amount of fuccs.
Not that we're biased, but our 2018 Man of the Year looked real suave in this steely grey suit. In addition to playing Hal's (Chalamet's) drunken mentor Falstaff, Edgerton co-wrote and co-produced The King.
Is that a dab, Joel?
The Venezuelan actor, who played Gianni Versace in 2018's American Crime Story, brought a touch of old Hollywood glam to the red carpet in this crisp white dinner jacket. Sometimes, you just can't beat a classic.
The Aussie icon opted for a demure black-on-black-on-black ensemble, and some really nice hair gel by the looks of it.
Ah, the man we have to thank for the strong Aussie representation on the Venice red carpet this year. And the soon-to-be box office banger, The King, which Michôd directed, produced and wrote.
According to Melloni's Instagram bio, the Bologna-native is a med student and model with a sports addiction. Seeing as though he's one for hyphen-isms, he might as well add fashion icon to that list. This pinstripe suit definitely warrants it.
The British actor looks suave attending the world premiere of Joker. And although it's not clear whether the omission of his tie was a deliberate styling trick, somehow, Hoult makes it work.
On the ground to promote his upcoming flick Ad Astra, which has picked up rave reviews so far, Brad Pitt looks very Brad Pitt in this black tie ensemble. Extra points for the salt and pepper salad he's cultivating up top, as well as the addition of a silky cumberbund around his waist, which finishes this took nicely.
Man of the minute, Joaquin the Joker was looking pretty swish in a pair of black aviators at the premiere of the film that got an eight minute-long standing ovation. Must be pretty good.
Italian rap prodigy Ghali wiped the (red) carpet in this double-breasted Dior number, with Vogue.com calling him Venice's "breakout red carpet star". And to be frank, we can't argue with that. Where most leading men have opted for classic looks thus far, Ghali's CD chain and tailleur oblique jacket sash really lifted the energy. Safe to say, he won't be Italy's best-kept style secret for long.
The English actor made a case for stubble at the premiere of Seberg, which also stars Kirsten Stewart.
Alright, Mr Law. You may be about to portray the most "jacked" Pope yet, but this outfit is just sacrilegious. No man has worn a scarf on the red carpet since Zac Efron in 2009 (and there's a very good reason for that) and these sunglasses look more Crusty Demon dad than Venice Film Fest chic.
We're not mad, just disappointed.
Now THIS is what we call elegant. Attending the Miu Miu Women's Tales dinner, Rami Malek looked real nice in this crisp white shirt and black tux combo. Also worth noting: his signature chiseled chin-lift is still very, very much alive.
Thank the lord for the style icon that is Spike Lee. Looking sharp in his signature coke bottle lenses and requisite bling, the director stole his own show at the American Skin photo call.
Spike Lee's sneakers
Spotted at the red carpet arrivals for Lee's film American Skin. Also deserving of their own pic.