It is said that a woman’s clothing should be worn to reveal the woman who is wearing the garment. Well, these two actress-models at the Venice Film Festival seem to have taken that diktat quite literally, much to the shock of those present at the event, and possibly even the models themselves.
Attending the photo call for the new TV mini-series The Young Pope on September 3, models Giulia Salemi and Dayane Mello left many person blushing with their jaw-dropping outfits. Now, given that Italians are not quite as uppity about revealing a bit of skin, the Italian models really pushed the boundaries of risque dressing with their barely-covering gowns as they posed across the red carpet.
Mello wore an extravagant pink dress with a the highest of high slits that went right up the waist, where it was cinched with a broad silver belt, and off-shoulder, puff-ball sleeves. The slit was a bit too much to handle for the model herself, who suffered through much embarrassment as the dress parted dangerously, and Mello had to quickly try and cover up in an attempt to preserve her modesty.
And, though, many may not have noticed much beyond the dress, and the lack of it, might we say, we love those shoes!
Salemi, on the other hand, wore a different version of the dress in orange. Hers had a plunging neckline with a tangerine-coloured empire-waistline belt and the pleated-skirt cut up into high-slits. The back was equally interesting with cross-straps and a dhupatta-like trail. Though, Salemi seemed more in control of her attire, some have called the appearance a show of competitive exhibitionism, and we can’t help but agree.
Though the duo were wearing high-cut bikini bottoms, while Mello’s shifted to one side – pretty much making the whole effort of wearing it worthless, Salemi’s peek-a-boo moments just looked tacky.
To say that this is the first of its kind when it comes to risque dressing at film festivals won’t be correct. This year has seen gown slits going daringly high before (possibly not as high as this, though), necklines a plunging low and sheer take on a whole new dimension. Remember the Cannes Film Festival, when reality TV royalty turned top model, Bella Hadid caused a stir on the Cannes red carpet in her split red silk dress Alexandre Vauthier on May 19 at the screening of Unknown Girl. Or when model Izabel Goulart wore a lingerie-inspired ensemble at the screening of Julieta on May 17?
As red carpet appearances stretch the boundaries of just how much skin show is acceptable, the increase in frequency of such attires does pose the question — Is fashion pushing the limits a bit too far? If Lady Gaga’s meat dress met with such censure across the fashion circles, how would one view these gowns that can very well be simply seen as a slip of cloth, just about draped around its wearer?
Can this be called couture?
With a couple of months yet to go, and a few more red carpets around the corner, the title of the boldest dress is still up for grabs, but we think it’s safe to say that Salemi and Mello have certainly set the bar VERY high!