All eyes were on Tessa Thompson, who made bold fashion statements during this year’s Venice Film Festival. She showcased her fearless style and took fashion risks in a series of impressive looks and avant-garde designs.
Hollywood’s favorite fashion muse flourished under the direction of stylist duo Wayman Deon and Micah McDonald. Together, they’ve created several style moments that made everyone excited about fashion again.
Tessa Thompson arrives at the Hotel Excelsior during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 3, 2022, in Venice, Italy (Credit: Rocco Spaziani / DPA / Cover Images)
For this year’s Venice Film Festival, our favorite stars went all out with their glamorous looks. But the festival belongs to Tessa Thompson and Jodie Turner-Smith, whose show-stopping outfits were the highlights of the event.
Here are eight of Tessa Thompson’s most memorable looks from this year’s Venice Film Festival:
1. Armani Privé Fall 2009 Haute Couture Gown and Giuseppe Zanotti Ankle-Strap Heels
Tessa attended the premiere of White Noise wearing an archival piece from Armani Prive’s Fall 2009 couture show. It featured a strapless silver top with a cascading peplum detail and a fitted black sequin skirt.
Tessa Thompson wears an abstract dress with an iridescent silvery strapless bustier on the red carpet for the premiere of “The White Noise” and the Opening Ceremony during the 79th Venice International Film Festival on August 31, 2022, in Venice, Italy (Credit: Aurore Marechal / ABACA / INSTARimag / Cover Images)
The 38-year-old actress added her own brand of cool with Dior shades, a chunky chain necklace, and Pomellato jewelry. She finished off her look with a pair of Giuseppe Zanotti black patent leather ankle-strap heels.
Tessa Thompson wearing an archival piece from Armani Prive’s Fall 2009 couture show and Giuseppe Zanotti ankle-strap heels (Credit: KIKA Press / Cover Images)
2. Elie Saab Fall 2022 Haute Couture Gown and Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato Pumps
It’s difficult to miss Tessa Thompson on the red carpet in her Little Red Riding Hood meets Haute Couture look.
Tessa Thompson totes a red Brandon Blackwood Kendrick trunk bag at the “Bardo” red carpet at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 1, 2022, in Venice, Italy (Credit: Hubert Boesl / DPA / Cover Images)
She stepped out for the Bardo premiere in a striking head-to-toe red ensemble. Tessa wore a Fall 2022 Haute Couture gown from Elie Saab with a wrap-around stole, a short skirt, and a sweeping train. She styled it with matching red tights and Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato pointy-toe pumps.
Pomellato rings, a bold red lip, blonde curls, and a red top handle bag from Brandon Blackwood completed her show-stopping look.
Tessa Thompson in her avant-garde Little Red Riding Hood look with an Elie Saab Fall 2022 Haute Couture gown and Christian Louboutin Pigalle Plato pumps (Credit: Aurore Marechal / ABACA / INSTARimages / Cover Images)
3. Jason Wu Fall 2022 Look and Anny Nord Slingback Pumps
Hollywood’s fashion darling showcased her flair for dark romance at the Opera Prima photocall.
She wore a black cropped top with long sleeves and a large bow accent styled with a black floral lace skirt from Jason Wu’s Fall 2022 collection. Tessa kept her styling simple with a sleek ponytail, large hoop earrings, and black slingback pumps from Anny Nord.
Tessa Thompson wearing a Jason Wu Fall 2022 bow-accented crop top and floral lace skirt with Anny Nord Maniac pumps (Credit: Alberto Terenghi / IPA / INSTARimages / Cover Images)
You can shop for various shoe styles from Anny Nord at Farfetch.
4. Christopher John Rogers Resort 2023 Look and Cult Gaia Platform Heels
Proving that she’s not afraid of color, Tessa showed up at the Bones and All premiere in a neon green set from Christopher John Rogers.
The corset was paired with a voluminous bustle skirt, and Tessa added a black veil for a bit of drama. Her look defined the designer’s Resort 2023 collection with sharp tailoring, bold use of color, and billowing silhouette.
Cult Gaia black platform heels and a long, braided ponytail put the finishing touches to Tessa’s look.
Tessa Thompson wearing a Christopher John Rogers Resort 2023 neon green corset and bustle skirt with Cult Gaia black platform heels (Credit: Alberto Terenghi / IPA / INSTARimages / Cover Images)
5. Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 Gown and Marc Jacobs Platform Boots
She attended the premiere in a head-turning green gown from Marc Jacobs. The Fall 2022 piece featured sequin embellishments and an off-the-shoulder design with a billowing bodice and sleeves. It also had a slim-fitting, floor-length skirt with a gathered bustle and hanging train.
A sleek updo, chunky jewelry, and Marc Jacobs towering white platform boots completed her red carpet look.
Tessa Thompson wearing a Marc Jacobs Fall 2022 gown with towering white platform boots (Credit: Hubert Boesl / DPA / Cover Images)
6. Interior Fall 2022 Dress and Giambattista Valli Platform Heels
Tessa joined lead actress Ana de Armas on the red carpet in a black mesh hooded dress from Interior’s Fall 2022 collection. It sparkled with sequin embellishments and left little to the imagination.
She changed up her hairstyle and added blunt blonde bangs that peeked under the hood. Pomellato jewelry and a pair of Giambattista Valli sky-high platform pumps finished off her premiere look.
Tessa Thompson amping up the drama in an Interior Fall 2022 black hooded mesh dress and Giambattista Valli platform heels (Credit: IPA / INSTARimages / Cover Images)
7. Emilia Wickstead Fall 2022 Dress and Giuseppe Zanotti Wedge Sandals
The style star took a break from avant-garde fashion and opted for a chic look while out and about in Venice.
Tessa wore the Ginny dress from Emilia Wickstead’s Fall 2022 collection, which was crafted from Duchesse satin. The midi dress featured a sleeveless design, a slim fit, and a checkerboard motif in a chocolate shade against an ivory backdrop.
Her beauty look consisted of a chic updo, minimal makeup, and oversized sunglasses. She rounded out her ensemble with chunky rings, a teal handbag, and white wedge sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti.
Tessa Thompson looking effortlessly chic in an Emilia Wickstead Fall 2022 dress and Giuseppe Zanotti wedge sandals (Credit: DPA / Cover Images)
The Tarifa sandals from Giuseppe Zanotti were crafted from white leather and feature buckled ankle straps and platform wedges. You can get your own pair for $895 at Farfetch.
Giuseppe Zanotti Tarifa Platform Wedge Sandals
These sandals feature a peep-toe silhouette and high block heels
8. Schiaparelli Fall 2022 Haute Couture Dress and Santoni Patent Leather Pumps
For the film festival’s closing ceremony, Tessa Thompson turned to Schiaparelli. She wore a Fall 2022 Haute Couture ivory silk taffeta dress with an asymmetrical design, a billowing silhouette, and draped pearl detailing. It also had a grape accent and a black silk ribbon.
The Venice Film Festival jury member opted for a wet-hair look and accessorized with statement earrings and a black ribbon choker. She also wore black stockings and Santoni patent leather pumps.
Tessa Thompson ending her style run at the 79th Venice Film Festival with a Schiaparelli Fall 2022 Haute Couture dress and Santoni patent leather pumps (Credit: Aurore Marechal / ABACA / INSTARimages / Cover Images)
Her Santoni court shoes feature tapered toes, delicate straps with double buckle closures, stiletto heels, and contrasting orange trim.