I found three images from the 67th Venice Film Fesitval which kicked off yesterday. The Venice Film Festival takes place on the Lido an 11km long sandbank opposite Venice. It has cars on it, which Venice doesn't have and about 20,000 residents. You get there by ferry, water taxi and a ferry/car transporter or your own private boat.
What struck me about the images I selected, amongst the array of Jessica Alba, Natalie Portman and Quentin Tarantino, was the simplicity of the festival ambassador Italian actresses, Isabella Ragonese's outfit. White shirt, black pencil skirt, black tie and black high court shoes. Even her hair and make up were simple.
The weather and backdrop of the Adriatic sea certainly helped the Associated Press photos taken on the eve of the film festival but the stylish simplicity of the outfit is a complete antidote to the usual photo calls of Hollywood actress done up to the nines in the latest designer garb.
I'm sure Isabella's garments were of good stock but latest and fashion would not make any byline. It reminds me of those funny ads, compare the meerkat.com or compare the market.com - simple. The look is a case in 'compile a stylish outfit' or 'compile a catwalk/designer outfit'. I think such a choice is a timely reminder that style and fashion isn't always magazine or editorial driven or has to be designer, designer, designer - now someone is going to pop up and tell me it is D&G!