Raising the Bar! Model Refaeli lights up another low-key red carpet in a sweeping silk gown as she attends the 80th annual Venice Film Festival premiere of Origin

The mood was subdued, but the dress code was undeniably elegant as the 80th annual Film Festival continued in northern Italy on Wednesday evening.

  

After a week of largely underwhelming red carpets, the result of Hollywood’s solidarity with ongoing SAG-AFTRA strikes, it was the turn of biographical drama Origin to premiere at the city’s Lido.

Making an early arrival on Wednesday, Bar Refaeli claimed her fair share of the spotlight in a sweeping silk evening gown ahead of its first official screening.

The Israeli model, 38, accentuated her slender physique in the form-fitting dress, with an off-the-shoulder detail and plunging chest drawing further attention to her exposed cleavage.  

Refaeli was in attendance as the Ava DuVernay directed film, based on the 2020 book Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents, by Isabel Wilkerson, screened in-competition at the annual ceremony. 

Make way: The mood was subdued, but the dress code was undeniably elegant as the 80th annual Film Festival continued in northern Italy on Wednesday evening (pictured: Bar Refaeli)

Make way: The mood was subdued, but the dress code was undeniably elegant as the 80th annual Film Festival continued in northern Italy on Wednesday evening (pictured: Bar Refaeli)

Here she comes: Making an early arrival on Wednesday, Bar Refaeli claimed her fair share of the spotlight in a sweeping silk evening gown ahead of the first official screening of Origin

Here she comes: Making an early arrival on Wednesday, Bar Refaeli claimed her fair share of the spotlight in a sweeping silk evening gown ahead of the first official screening of Origin

Here she comes: Making an early arrival on Wednesday, Bar Refaeli claimed her fair share of the spotlight in a sweeping silk evening gown ahead of the first official screening of Origin

Don't mind me: But the fresh-faced Israeli model commanded attention outside the Lido

Don’t mind me: But the fresh-faced Israeli model commanded attention outside the Lido 

Gorgeous: Former Bond girl Caterina Murino looked simply stunning in a strapless pink satin dress which featured a full skirt

Gorgeous: Former Bond girl Caterina Murino looked simply stunning in a strapless pink satin dress which featured a full skirt

Pretty in pink: Elevating her slim frame in a pair of red pointed toe heels, the Italian actress accessorised with a pair of dazzling drop earrings

Sensational: She was all smiles as she styled her brunette tresses in a neat up-do while posing on the red carpet

Pretty in pink: Elevating her slim frame in a pair of red pointed toe heels, the Italian actress accessorised with a pair of dazzling drop earrings

Dressed to impress: The Casino Royale star applied a flawless palette of makeup for the evening

Dressed to impress: The Casino Royale star applied a flawless palette of makeup for the evening 

Red carpet: The film writer and director Ava DuVernay put on a busty display in a lemon off the shoulder long sleeved satin gown

Red carpet: The film writer and director Ava DuVernay put on a busty display in a lemon off the shoulder long sleeved satin gown

All smiles: The American filmmaker looked gorgeous in the figure hugging number which she teamed with a gold metallic bag

All smiles: The American filmmaker looked gorgeous in the figure hugging number which she teamed with a gold metallic bag

Former Bond girl Caterina Murino looked simply stunning in a strapless pink satin dress which featured a full skirt. 

Elevating her slim frame in a pair of red pointed toe heels, the Italian actress accessorised with a pair of dazzling drop earrings. 

She was all smiles as she styled her brunette tresses in a neat up-do while posing on the red carpet.

Writer and director of the film, Ava DuVernay put on a busty display in a lemon off the shoulder long sleeved satin gown. 

The American filmmaker looked gorgeous in the figure hugging number which she teamed with a gold metallic bag. 

Turning up the glamour, Ava accessorised with a dazzling necklace and earrings and styled her long dark tresses in a neat up-do. 

Meanwhile Diana Ghenea cut a glamorous figure for the evening in a cowl neck white satin dress which boasted ruched detailing and a daring thigh high split. 

The actress, 36, commanded attention as she added an eye catching large feather wrap off her shoulders. 

She put on a leggy display as she elevated her frame in a pair of dazzling silver heels and accessorised with a pair of glittering earrings. 

Stunning: Meanwhile Diana Ghenea cut a glamorous figure for the evening in a cowl neck white satin dress which boasted ruched detailing and a daring thigh high split

Stunning: Meanwhile Diana Ghenea cut a glamorous figure for the evening in a cowl neck white satin dress which boasted ruched detailing and a daring thigh high split

Incredible: The actress, 36, commanded attention as she added an eye catching large feather wrap off her shoulders

Gorgeous: She put on a leggy display as she elevated her frame in a pair of dazzling silver heels and accessorised with a pair of glittering earrings

Incredible: The actress, 36, commanded attention as she added an eye catching large feather wrap off her shoulders

Dramatic: Singer Loretta Grace made sure all eyes were on her in a bold hooded black gown which boasted a large leather waist detailing

Dramatic: Singer Loretta Grace made sure all eyes were on her in a bold hooded black gown which boasted a large leather waist detailing

Turning heads: Georgia Mos put on a very leggy display in a racy black velvet cut out gown which donned two bold thigh high splits

Turning heads: Georgia Mos put on a very leggy display in a racy black velvet cut out gown which donned two bold thigh high splits

Daring: The music artist showed off her amazing figure in the garment which had a halter neckline and dazzling edged detailing

Wow: She added inches to her frame in a pair of black Yves Saint Laurent heels and styled her long tresses in luxurious waves

Daring: The music artist showed off her amazing figure in the garment which had a halter neckline and dazzling edged detailing

Dazzling: Italian actress Manila Nazzaro looked incredible in a sequinned red and black one shoulder dress

Dazzling: Italian actress Manila Nazzaro looked incredible in a sequinned red and black one shoulder dress

Racy: Braless Taylor Mega wowed as she showed off her sensational figure in a silver beaded sheer gown

Racy: Braless Taylor Mega wowed as she showed off her sensational figure in a silver beaded sheer gown 

Eye catching: Elisabetta Pellini flashed her toned midriff in a black crop top and coordinated long maxi skirt which featured yellow detailing

Eye catching: Elisabetta Pellini flashed her toned midriff in a black crop top and coordinated long maxi skirt which featured yellow detailing

Diana showcased her jaw dropping figure in the stunning backless gown as she walked the star-studded red carpet. 

Singer Loretta Grace made sure all eyes were on her in a bold hooded black gown which boasted a large leather waist detailing. 

Georgia Mos put on a very leggy display in a racy black velvet cut out gown which donned two bold thigh high splits. 

The music artist showed off her amazing figure in the garment which had a halter neckline and dazzling edged detailing. 

She added inches to her frame in a pair of black Yves Saint Laurent heels and styled her long tresses in luxurious waves. 

Italian actress Manila Nazzaro looked incredible in a sequinned red and black one shoulder dress. 

Blogger Alice Basso showed off her amazing curves in a naxy dress which donned a bold pink cape. 

Elisabetta Pellini flashed her toned midriff in a black crop top and coordinated long maxi skirt which featured yellow detailing

Beauty Queen Denny Méndez dazzled in a black glittering playsuit which she teamed with towering heels. 

Leggy display: Beauty Queen Denny Méndez dazzled in a black glittering playsuit which she teamed with towering heels

Leggy display: Beauty Queen Denny Méndez dazzled in a black glittering playsuit which she teamed with towering heels

Phenomenal: Alice Basso showed off her amazing curves in a naxy dress which donned a bold pink cape

Phenomenal: Alice Basso showed off her amazing curves in a naxy dress which donned a bold pink cape

Colourful: Filmmaker Alice Diop cut a stylish figure in an orange double breasted blazer which she teamed with wide legged trousers

Colourful: Filmmaker Alice Diop cut a stylish figure in an orange double breasted blazer which she teamed with wide legged trousers

Sizzling: Making quite the entrance, Tanya La Gatta looked very glamorous in a dazzling gold gown with a satin orange train

Sizzling: Making quite the entrance, Tanya La Gatta looked very glamorous in a dazzling gold gown with a satin orange train

Flawless: Giovanna Sannino showcased her stunning curves in a sequinned black maxi dress as she posed on the red carpet

Wow: She added inches to her frame in a pair of coordinated heels and styled her brunette tresses in luxurious waves

Flawless: Giovanna Sannino showcased her stunning curves in a sequinned black maxi dress as she posed on the red carpet

Couple: Elisa Egger stunned in a sheer black dress while Carlo Dona Dalle Rose looked dapper in a blue blazer

Couple: Elisa Egger stunned in a sheer black dress while Carlo Dona Dalle Rose looked dapper in a blue blazer 

High spirits: Natalia Ryumina put on a leggy display in a purple strapless minidress while Edoardo Francia dressed smart in a navy blazer and open collar shirt

High spirits: Natalia Ryumina put on a leggy display in a purple strapless minidress while Edoardo Francia dressed smart in a navy blazer and open collar shirt

Braless Taylor Mega wowed as she showed off her sensational figure in a silver beaded sheer gown

Filmmaker Alice Diop cut a stylish figure in an orange double breasted blazer which she teamed with wide legged trousers. 

Making quite the entrance, Tanya La Gatta looked very glamorous in a dazzling gold gown with a satin orange train. 

She showed off her toned pins through an eye catching thigh high split and elevated her frame in a pair of coordinated heels. 

The stunner styled her blonde tresses in a neat up do as she blew kisses to the crowd at the premiere. 

Natalia Ryumina put on a leggy display in a purple strapless minidress while Edoardo Francia dressed smart in a navy blazer and open collar shirt 

Elsewhere Elisa Egger stunned in a sheer black dress while Carlo Dona Dalle Rose looked dapper in a blue blazer 

Greg Norman

Greg Norman is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Greg Norman joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing edmund gregnorman@wstpost.com.

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