Florence Welch and Naomi Watts were among the stylish stars attending Miu Miu’s 'Women’s Tales' screening and dinner in Venice last week, launching a series of events at the Venice Film Festival’s 'Venice Days' strand.
While Welch sported bold patterned Miu Miu trousers and a shirt, Watts opted for a black floor-skimming Prada dress with scarlet lipstick and that other must-have accessory: a film star partner (Liev Schreiber) in a Prada suit.
The fashion house commissioned four female directors to make short films featuring not just their designs but a cast entirely made up of women – a refreshing watch in an industry often dominated by men. LA, London, a witches’ cavern and a ship formed the backdrop for the films 'exploring feminine rituals, codes and gestures.'
Massy Tadjedin’s hypnotic 'It’s Getting Late' featured Bond girl Gemma Arterton, 'Six Feet Under' star Patricia Clarkson and singer Zola Jesus, who also provided the soundtrack to scenes of women dressing up in a ritualistic fashion. The focus was on detail in Zoe Cassavetes’ 'The Powder Room', a mood piece with an emphasis on cosmetics, while 'Muta', directed by Lucrecia Martel, was a carefully choreographed mystery on an eerie looking boat.
More intrigue followed in 'The Woman Dress', directed by Giada Colagrande, in which a bath took centre stage along with the stylish actresses and their fantastic footwear.
The celebration of all things artistic continued with events at Ca Corner in Venice, home to Fondazione Prada exhibitions. We headed for Prada's grand palazzo for a Some Fluxus Events party, where guests included a host of models and Miuccia Prada herself. Attendees mingled and sipped Prosecco, occasionally being caught off guard by a piece of performance art.
As we hopped on the vaporetto back to Venice Film Festival, to watch the work of mostly male directors, we raised our glasses to Miu Miu’s celebration of female filmmaking talent.