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Venice Film Festival 2018: The Very Best Red Carpet Looks

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The 75th annual Venice Film Festival is upon us, kick-starting the international carousel of red carpet style that will eventually take us right through into awards season, culminating at the Dolby Theatre in LA for next year's Oscar ceremony.

After a summer kicking back in exotic climes and relaxing on some of the most Instagrammable beaches imaginable, expect Hollywood's best and brightest to bring their fashion A-game to the Italian city, home to the world's oldest - and arguably most glamorous - film festival. Venice may not be as ostentatiously glitzy as Cannes, but it does often mark the starting blocks in the yearly Oscar race, ensuring that the festival can count upon some of the film world's most famous faces amongst its attendees. A strong showing at Venice can often put a film on track for future awards success: last year saw Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water earn the festival's prestigious Golden Lion, an early plaudit that helped pave the way for an eventual Best Picture win at the Academy Awards. The previous year, a Best Actress gong for Emma Stone at Venice presaged her eventual Oscar success for La La Land, too.

Amongst this year's most anticipated premieres are First Man, a Neil Armstrong biopic from La La Land director Damien Chazelle starring Ryan Gosling and The Crown’s Claire Foy, as well as Suspiria, a remake of the cult ‘70s horror by Luca Guadagnino that couldn’t be further from Call Me By Your Name. Bradley Cooper’s anticipated directorial debut A Star Is Born – with Lady Gaga in the lead role, no less – is also on the line-up, along with a new western from the Coen Brothers, but it’s The Favourite that’s really piqued our interest. Best described as a surreal black comedy set in the court of Queen Anne, it features a dream line-up of Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz and Olivia Colman, taking on yet another royal role.

We'll be bringing you the biggest red carpet talking points as they happen in the gallery below. Bring on the fashion escapism...