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In Venice, Virginie Viard and Chanel Gathered Fixtures of the Film Industry for a Dinner

For fashion lovers everywhere, Gabrielle Chanel is Paris personified, but her love of Venice also ran deep. La Serenissima was where, in her thirties, the couturire took an extended sabbatical as she mourned the love of her life, Boy Capel. The inspirations she gleaned from the citys labyrinthine layout and its own hallmarks gondolier stripes, the emblematic lion, Byzantine mosaics, and Pala dOro, the jeweled altarpiece at Saint Marks Basilicainform the Chanel allure even today.

But she also embraced Venice because of its social swirl. A popular among high society, artists, actors, along with other creatives, Harrys Bara diminutive watering hole having an outsized reputationhas been a scene for pretty much a hundred years now, but never way more than through the Venice International Film Festival.

On Monday night, a romantic yet boisterous dinner hosted by Chanel at that celebrated haunt drew a constellation of stars, from icons like Tilda Swinton, Penelope Cruz, and Anna Mouglalis to a fresh generation of rising talents, including Sadie Sink, Italian actress FotinPeluso and the Swiss artist, author, and actress Kayije Kagame, among the breakout stars of the years edition.

My heart is beating so fast I could hardly obtain the words out, said Kagame, who rose that morning at 4 am for some firstsa first visit to Venice, first film festival, and the premire of her first feature, Saint-Omer by director Alice Diop, that is in competition for the Golden Lion. Here I’m, and the magic is taking hold even beyond that, she marveled as she recounted meeting a fellow guest, the writer, and director Rahmatou Keita, who knew her mother back Nigeria.

Sink summed up her whirlwind visit in two words: pretty surreal. Its like stepping right into a storybook illustration. Theres something magic in the air, so Venice and Chanel complement one another nicely this way. The Stranger Things actress, whos around for the premire of The Whale by Darren Aronofsky, said she was having a great time punking up her looks, tonight accessorizing her cotton tweed dress from the Spring-Summer 2023 pre-collection with a trio of Coco Crush ear cuffs. I keep checking my ears, she said. Its precious cargo.

At only 23, Peluso already is not any stranger to the festival, but she confessed to being starstruck at her first Chanel dinner in Venice.

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