The Rome Film Fest is not a competitive festival, like the ones held in Cannes or Venice. Instead, it’s a more laid-back celebration of new films and their stars. While it’s true that there are no winners or losers, it’s easy to see which actresses really triumphed on the red carpet.
1. To mark the event, Michelle Dockery opted for Italian designer Valentino, with a long tulle dress featuring endearing embroidery inspired by the Naïve jungles of painter Henri Rousseau, with its black panther hidden among the pleating of the skirt. Praised at Valentino’s Spring/Summer 2020 runway show, this garment is now attracting new fans after being worn by the 37 year-old actress. To make this look even more sophisticated, she wore white-gold, emerald green and yellow-gold Bvlgari High Jewellery rings on both hands.
Michelle Dockery came to the Rome Film Fest to present Downton Abbey, a follow-up to the successful British TV series dubbed “the most critically well-received show of all time” by Guinness World Records. The film is in cinemas in Italy from 24 October.
2. Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s arrival was nothing short of pure magic. Wearing a dress from Gucci’s Pre-Fall 2019 collection, complete with puffed sleeves, black bodice, cobalt-blue skirt and embellished with stars, moons, and embroidered crystal galaxies, she looks like something from a fairy tale. The diamond and white-gold earrings from Gucci’s Le Marché des Merveilles line provide extra sparkle. The silvery smokey-eye makeup accentuates her gaze and gives this look the perfect finishing touch. English actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw was on the red carpet to present Motherless Brooklyn, a noir mystery set in New York during the 1950s. The film was directed by Edward Norton, who returned to the director’s chair 20 years after making Keeping the Faith. Film experts are talking about a possible Oscar nomination for Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s performance and, if true, this red carpet event would be a great showcase in the run-up to the more testing one at the Academy Awards.
3. Arriving at the Rome Film Fest wearing an all-black dress, she’s no less sensual. Actress Mira Sorvino flaunts a long velvet dress by Giorgio Armani with extraordinary panache. With its world première held at the Rome Film Fest, Italy was chosen to promote her intimate and deeply feminine film Drowning.
4. Rosa Diletta Rossi shone on the red carpet in a glitter-effect velvet dress by Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini, cinched at the waist by a small belt. The star of “Il ladro di giorni” (Stolen Days) is considered a rising star in Italy, having been catapulted into the spotlight by “Suburra: Blood on Rome”, a TV series distributed by Netflix.