The Venice Film Festival Is Bringing Back the Glamour of the Red Carpet, and Oh How We Missed It

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The Venice Film Festival kicked off this week, giving us our first glimpse of a red carpet in the midst of the pandemic. After Cannes was canceled in May and other events followed suit or adapted to the climate with virtual presentations, it feels both entirely novel and nostalgic to see a red carpet again – and the glamour that comes with it.

Of course, it doesn’t look exactly the same – how could it? But even with social distancing, smaller crowds, temperature checks, and, yes, masks to accompany the couture, there’s something kind of magical about seeing a star-studded red carpet and all these incredible gowns. From Tilda Swinton in Chanel to Taylor Hill in an Etro creation (and coordinating mask), we’re taking a closer look at the best looks so far. Consider this a welcome reprieve from all the sweatpants content.

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