Venice style: I fall to pieces

Venice Film Festival: Fashion & Cinema

The key to dressing for a festival filled with social events is bilingual separates. Your dress, jacket and shoes should be able to carry their own at elegant sunset dinners or languorous afternoon luncheons. You can alter so many looks with a few accessories, so be sure to use plenty of bold jewelry, colorful scarves and a tube of marina-red lipstick.

Take a cue from icon Sophia Loren, whose oversized, dark sunglasses managed to whisper both “anonymous” and “famous” at the same time. These starlet-worthy Balenciaga shades make the perfect chic accompaniment to any casual or dressed up look, from dawn until dusk.
Balenciaga, $345; solsticesunglasses.com

A statement bag in bold and bright emerald green is one way to cash in on the color-blocking fall fashion trend without looking like a crayon. Mulberry’s latest, the Taylor satchel, has already been spotted on “Gossip Girl.” The oversized 11×17-inch tote makes the perfect pouch for scripts, a spare pair of flats and a cashmere shawl for an evening excursion down a lagoon.
Mulberry, $1,500; netaporter.com

Any jacket that effortlessly escorts you from a piazza breakfast to a palazzo cocktail party is priceless. This leather-edged tuxedo separate from the Eternal has all the qualities of a great date. Pair it with a feminine floral dress or skinny jeans and a fitted white button shirt. (Eternal, $624; Satineboutique.com

Never doubt the cuff. This strong wrist accessory says that you’re fashionable and a tough negotiator. Marc Jacobs’ Bianca cuff — in saddle leather with a gold buckle — contrasts well with a few slender gold bangles on the opposite wrist.
Marc Jacobs, $98; Bloomingdales.com

It all starts with the foundation piece, and this easy jersey dress in ash from Kain is the perfect neutral canvas to build on. You can wear it with black tights and pumps or ankle boots and add a cool slouchy denim jacket or a structured blazer. Extra long sleeves and a scoop neck always flatter. The swing of the dipped hem makes it a dress that moves with you when you walk, so step lively.
Kain, $140; Bloomingdalesrevolveclothing.com

Cobblestone streets don’t take kindly to spindly heels. These ’70s-inspired stacked heel boots by Marc Jacobs in a tawny leather can tackle a tipsy walk home to the hotel or a hop into an unsteady gondola. Pair these pull-on boots with separates as disparate as red cigarette jeans or a black lace dress — they’re as versatile as they are comfortable.
Marc Jacobs, $420; BloomingdalesBloomingdales.com

Venice Film Festival: Fashion & Cinema
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