Yesterday marked the start of the 76th edition of the Venice Film Festival, the annual event where talents flock to the water-filled Italian city to celebrate the next big moments in cinema. The festival opened with the world premiere of Hirokazu Koreeda's 'The Truth,' a French-Japanese drama starring Juliette Binoche and Catherine Deneuve. Along with fellow "Big Three" festivals in Cannes and Berlin, the Biennale's premier film event attracts attention with a jury of high-profile figures from cinema as well as an impressive selection of competing works. Pay attention to what's happening in Venice and you're sure to have a hint at who might be racking up nominations come awards season in a few months, in addition to getting many ideas for your culture fix this fall.
But beyond the artistic masterpieces that give the event its reason for being, the Venice Film Festival provides an eleven-day-long fashion feast as the world's biggest stars walk down the red carpet. Coming at the tail end of the dog days of summer, when it seems all of fashion and entertainment have been on vacation all month, the festival's opening reminds everyone who's spent this summer carrying basket bags and wearing Coco Beach that glamorous gowns create just as captivating moments (absolutely no offense to everyone's favorite summer staples, of course--it's just exciting to see the red carpet back in action). The festival's opening saw a strong start of actors, musicians, and models making boldly beautiful statements, so we have compiled some of the best looks to share the Venetian magic. Take a look below, and get excited for what some key faces may be wearing when it comes time for awards season this winter.