Over the summer, jet set glamor looked more like Easyjet sham, as passengers, faced with the prospect of long delays and even longer check-in queues, favored comfort over style in airport fashion material. Others have ditched party pieces in favor of versatile sets – to better conform to those limited carry-on baggage allowances.
But for A-listers, the arrivals hall will always be a runway — perfect for flexible looks that show no trace of jet lag. Models’ airport style in the ’90s was all denim, cozy cashmere and leggings, and while this carefree approach to first class has stood the test of time (see Noomi Rapace channeling Linda Evangelista in loafers, a heritage tweed blazer and jeans recently), it’s recently been overshadowed by head-turning looks: think print, tailoring and party heels.
Of course, the world’s star-studded travelers don’t go on package holidays, but the baggage carousels serve as the backdrop for their impromptu photocalls, as they touch down for the international film festivals in Cannes and Venice. It’s only fitting to turn up the glamor if you’re stepping out of Nice’s VIP terminal or jumping straight into a vintage speedboat from Marco Polo Airport.
The most impactful prints come courtesy of Pucci, with Didi Stone and Tina Kunakey sporting pieces in bold psychedelic patterns – see Kunakey’s Lido-ready mini dress from the creative director The beginnings of Camille Miceli for the Italian label. The brand’s heritage is steeped in jet set resort wear, perfectly suited to kick off the film festival circuits on the French Riviera or Italy’s most atmospheric city.
Forget swaddling yourself in heather gray for the long haul, stars know bold hues turn heads. For example, Jodie Turner-Smith lands in Venice in a gauzy sunset-colored suit and carrying not one but two Gucci bags. The Florentine house is rooted in the heritage of luxury travel. The brand’s Jackie bag, relaunched in 2021, was originally dedicated to Jackie Kennedy and her jet set style. When Florence Pugh arrived at the festival later than she don’t worry darling co-stars, she may have had some oversized emotional baggage in tow. However, she managed to distract from on-set breakup rumors with her outfit: a purple Valentino three-piece that was just as spunky as the Aperol spritz she posed with ahead of the film’s premiere.
Nothing screams chicer than stepping off a flight in crisp, wrinkle-free tailoring. Proving that monochrome is just as impactful as eclectic color, Anne Hathaway and Julianne Moore both left Nice airport in May in androgynous black suits and oversized paparazzi-proof sunglasses. Obviously, they both have a flair for carefree French girl dressing. Bonus points to Moore for wearing Bottega Veneta’s Kalimero woven bag, from Mathieu Blazy’s debut collection for the brand.
In an age where we expect a single piece of luggage to hold all of our vacation necessities, a microscopic handbag can have an outsized impact. While we cram our essentials into a tote, celebrities are sports accessories that border on the ridiculously impractical. Example (costume): Tessa Thompson wearing a Vivienne Westwood mini tartan bag with party heels and a hair bow, and Barbara Palvin arriving in Venice with a bag the size of a flying croque-monsieur.