Venice Film Festival – Best Looks

The Venice Film Festival is always a glittering and glamorous affair. Although less well known than Cannes, Venice still has its fair share of A List movie stars who come to publicise their latest movies, wearing an array of stunning daytime and Red Carpet outfits as they do so.  The 2017 festival has been no exception to this.

This years festival has been attended by Helen Mirren, Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Bosworth. Fashion mavericks Chloe Sevigny and Girls star Zosia Mamet have had a stellar festival, but for me, there is one lady who has totally stole the show with her choice of outfits. British star Rebecca Hall has totally killed it on the red carpet with a whole host of beautiful, elegant looks. I loved her in ‘Starter for 10’ and ‘Frost/Nixon’ and think her star is definitely going to be rising in 2018. Jennifer Lawrence is another lady who has had a super stylish Venice, and Kate Bosworth has also made some stunning choices.

Here are a few more fabulous looks from Venice, with a few red carpet worthy dresses that you can find on the High Street.


Izabel Goulart

Isabeli Fontana

Chloe Sevigny

Zosia Mamet

Kate Bosworth

Rebecca Hall

Amanda Seyfried

Isabeli Fontana

Kate Bosworth

Karolina K

Jennifer Lawrence

Stella Maxwell

Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem

Helen Mirren

Rebecca Hall

Julianne Moore

Amal and George Clooney

Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence

Phase Eight

Astrid Full Length Dress £120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Drape Wrap Full Length Dress
£120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Angalina Frill Full Length Dress
£150.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Faber Full Length Dress
£120.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Gardener Full Length Dress
£275.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Hetty Embellished Full Length Dress
£325.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Elfie Ombre Full Length Dress
£275.00 Click to visit Phase Eight

Tomasina Bugle Bead Full Length Dress
£350.00 Click to visit Phase Eight


Pick a Prom Dress You Can Wear Again

Let’s face it: a prom dress doesn’t have quite the same sentimental value as a wedding dress – you won’t “save it” for a potential daughter.

Where to Wear it?

A beautiful quality formal gown is not an inexpensive purchase. If you attend prom as a junior, you won’t wear it as a senior. But, if you’re going to invest a dress for what’s likely to be “the” most photographed evening of your life, you want to wear it more than once (just not at another prom, or at least, not another one at your school).

Choose Wisely

How can you choose a dress that you can wear again? There are a lot of factors to consider. Firstly, you may be surprised at the number of times when you’ll need to wear formal gear. Or, if it’s not a “need” to wear, it’s a “can” dress formally situation.

Since you’re not likely to want to wear your prom dress to graduation or any other celebrations occurring in close proximity to prom, let’s think ahead. If you’re going to college, there will be plenty of parties to attend. If you’re going to a university with a Greek system and plan to join, you’ll have more than enough occasions to wear white prom dresses by the Prom Dress Shop. You might want to wear your prom dress to future weddings you or your family might be invited to, or, more certain, a holiday event, notably, a New Year’s Eve party.

A Dress for Prom and Beyond

If you sew or are lucky enough to have easy access to a seamstress, you’re ahead of the game. You won’t have a problem altering the gown, turning it, for example, from a floor length gown to a cocktail or mini dress.

Go to Great Lengths

Here’s an example of a gorgeous dress that will wow not only your date, but all prom attendees. This Sherri Hill Dress (50255) is beautiful floor-length, and can easily continue to be worn long, or can be hemmed to a shorter length. (, $298)


Dying to Be Worn Again

(, Milano Formals Dress E1715, $258)

Even if you love your prom dress’ original color, you may feel you love the style and how your dress fits, even more. Here’s a stunning sky blue dress, ideal for a high school prom. But post-graduation, you may prefer a deeper color. We don’t recommend you do any dress dying yourself, but consider taking the dress to a professional. Of course, a professional will be able to tell you if the fabric will allow the dress to be dyed., Milano Formals Dress E1715, $258, Milano Formals Dress E1715, $258

Very Versatile

Another option to choosing a prom dress that you can wear again without any alterations. While elegant, a floor-length gown is less versatile than a cocktail length or even a mini dress. There are options that may surprise you. The first is a more expected choice – a dress that’s already either cocktail length, short, or a mini.

One style of prom dress that’s very popular now is the two-piece dress. Here are a couple of examples which will work for the next suggestion. Click here for more information on how to mix and match a two-piece dress., Sherri Hill Short Dress, Sherri Hill Short Dress

(, Sherri Hill Dress 50096, $318

(, Sherri Hill Dress 50096, $318

The latter, which is available in jade, royal and ruby and the former, the short skirt can be worn, as intended for prom.

In subsequent wear, either dress can be worn with each piece paired with a different top or skirt. For example, the beaded, cropped, cap sleeve top of the short set can be paired with a more traditional A-line skirt, long palazzo (wide) pants, long or Capri leggings or even shorts for a youthful, fun party look. The beaded halter of the long dress can also be paired with the aforementioned “bottoms.” The skirts might be paired with a long or short-sleeved cashmere sweater or plain fitted top.


You do have alternatives – you’re not renting your dress, which means it is yours to do with as you please and if you like it enough to wear to prom, you probably want to wear it for other celebrations. And now, you know how.

How to Find Prom Dresses that Both You and Mom Love

While Prom is often advertised as the biggest night in a teen girl’s life, it is almost a rite of passage and you don’t want to wear a dress that sends mixed messages. Your mom understands that and wants you to look beautiful so bring her along with you as you look for prom dresses and listen to her advice.

Tips for Finding a Prom Dress That You and Your Mom Love

Prom dresses have changed since the poufy skirts and short sleeve dresses that your mom wore in the 1980s or 1990s, but it doesn’t mean that you should totally dismiss her opinions either. After all, she’s more than likely the one footing the bill.


In addition, many modern dresses show lots of skin so you want to find quality prom dresses for 2016 that is a balance of what’s appropriate to show at a school dance versus what appears as trashy. If you are unsure, use these tips as a guide.

  1. Begin by checking your school’s dress code. Schools are becoming stricter and may be even harder to please than your mom. If you’re clear on what the school regulations are, it becomes easier to negotiate with your mom when you see the dress of your dreams.

For instance, is your high school super strict on skin showing and won’t allow back-less prom dresses or deep-plunging necklines or are they more lenient as long as key body parts are covered up.

  1. Consider selecting a few prom dresses that you really like and ask your mom to choose a few that she thinks would look flattering on you. Once you have a selection of five or six dresses, try them on and see which cuts and styles look flattering on you and that you both like.
  2. Decide what kind of statement you want to make. If you want a different kind of prom dress, consider looking at the huge selection of Quinceanera dresses by Peaches Boutique that feature high-low designs because you’ll have the traditional long dress with a trendier shorter skirt in front to give definition to your legs.  You may also opt to choose a dress with small cut-outs or a partial open back with a mesh covering.  Choose if you want a bolder, sexier color like a fire engine red or a soft romantic pink if that’s more your style.


  1. Check that your prom dress covers key body parts, most importantly your breasts and your bottom, as you don’t want to be pulling and tugging on either end of the dress throughout the dance. Do the finger-tip test, where you check that the length of your skirt is longer than your fingertips, which is usually at least 17 inches from the waistline.
  2. Find a compromise. If your dress features a deep plunging neckline, wear a sheer shawl over it. Likewise, if your dress is super short, consider wearing patterned tights as one of your accessories and finish the look with open-toe sandals.


Remember that as you choose your prom dress, not only will your mom see your dress, but your dad as well, and the entire rest of your family as the photos are gushed over. You do want to wear something they’ll be proud to gush over, right?