Kirsten Dunst in Rodarte at the Venice Film Festival: tragic or gorgeous?

74th Venice Film Festival - 'Woodshock' - Premiere

Here are some photos of Kirsten Dunst at the Venice Film Festival on Monday. She’s in Venice to promote and premiere Woodshock, the art film (and “film advertisement”) directed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, the two founder/designers of Rodarte. Kiki has been friends with the Mulleavys for years, and they decided to do this weird little art film about a woman – who has a fabulous wardrobe – going on a bad trip in Northern California.

Obviously, Kiki will be wearing head-to-two Rodarte for the promotion and premieres, which is sort of genius. Tom Ford does something similar – if you’re starring in a Tom Ford film, of course you’re going to be dressed and styled by Mr. Ford. The thing is… I don’t think the Mulleavys are really giving Kirsten their best stuff…? I like Rodarte stuff sometimes – I think they veer into “overworked” and “needing to take out one element before they send it down the runway,” but they have a vision and sometimes it really, really works. This was the premiere look they gave Kiki – a polka-dotted, ruffle-tastic tiered gown. I’ll say this… it looks like something Kiki would have picked out for herself. Also: I’m totally bump-watching Kiki, she looks pregnant in ALL of these photos and if she’s not preg, then the Mulleavys need to rethink the way they cut the ruffles/clothing around the abdomen.

74th Venice Film Festival - Woodshock - Premiere

74th Venice Film Festival - 'Woodshock' - Premiere

In case you’re thinking, “hey, I bet Kirsten’s photocall look earlier in the day was a lot better,” no. It was not. They sent her out in a two-piece blouse-and-trouser ensemble that I call Nouveau Mrs. Roper. Bonus Pilou Asbaek, who is in Woodshock.

74th Venice Film Festival - Woodshock - Photocall

74th Venice Film Festival - Woodshock - Photocall

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Electric Tuba says:

    I like the polka dot dress! Not sure about the flowers on the belly for me personally but I do love the dress. The floral Stevie Knicks kind of dress I’d love with a bit of tailoring for myself lol but it swallows her a bit. I’m clearly shopping her looks right now haha

    Oh just realized it’s pants. Different. Hmmmm. I like it as a dress better.

    • teacakes says:

      Same! I love the polka dot dress, it looks dreamy on Kiki despite the random flowers.

      And I didn’t even realise the black thing had pants!

  2. Megan says:

    What are they thinking? That photo call outfit is hideous.

  3. KP says:

    I’m not crazy about the romper thing, but I think the dress is beautiful and looks great on her. In one of the photos, from a distance she was also giving me Cate Blanchett vibes.

  4. Neelyo says:

    I actually don’t mind the dress. I guess it’s because i usually dislike Rodarte and I don’t hate this one.

  5. Ravensdaughter says:

    I like the pink dress until the ruffles. Why are they still a thing?
    It makes her look thin, which has not been the case in other styles she has worn, including the black caftan-comfy, but not appropriate for an event.

  6. Shambles says:

    Are all of these women auditioning for a reality show about Christian fundamentalists?! Jesus. So fug.

  7. Mia4s says:

    I think I’d like the dress if it was lower cut. That sounds dirtier than I meant it! Seriously though it has too much going on, it would work with a lower neckline.

    The other one? Hard pass.

  8. Cleo says:

    I like the top dress! Just no on the pant suit though.

    She does have a little stomach bump and I know she was saying she wanted kids soon. But she’s always been so thin that I might just be reacting to her having any “extra” weight on her at all.

  9. Freddy Spaghetti says:

    I think she might be pregnant…

    • Kitten says:

      I think she just gained a bit of weight, honestly. And the extra lbs don’t look bad at all, but these outfits are simply not flattering no matter your weight.

    • Bug says:

      Me too. Pregnant or not, she looks really good with some extra pounds.
      I really like the pink dress, while I despise the wholeness of her black outfit.

  10. okeedokee says:

    I love the dress. I think the hair should have gone up though.

  11. OTHER RENEE says:

    Love the dress. The black outfit is awful.

  12. sage says:

    Kirsten looks much older than 35.
    I like her dress but I have always adored her red carpet style.

  13. Elisa the I. says:

    Ha, came here to say the same: she – just like Amal Clooney or Taylor Swift on yesterday’s threads – looks way better with a few extra pounds. Preggo or not, she looks lovely. I don’t mind the first dress, it’s meh. The 2nd one is all kinds of awful.

  14. TrixC says:

    I actually really like the first dress on her, it’s a flattering fit and the colour suits her. I think I would hate it on just about anyone else.

  15. meh says:

    She looks heavy and frumpy in the first dress – and she is neither of those things! I think maybe if she had better support for her boobs, the whole look would be infinitely better.

  16. teacakes says:

    I think she looks gorgeous in the polka-dotted dress, I’m not in love with the flowers but the cut and colour are fabulous on Kiki, as is her hair+makeup, and she really knows how to carry retro/vintage-y looks. Rodarte may be overworked but they need Kiki’s poise to make it look good.

    The big black floral sack though….. nope. Not even Kiki can salvage that. If only they’d committed to full Stevie Nicks on it, she could have.

  17. Anare says:

    The black floral thing is a nope. It’s messy fugly. That pink gown though, I love it. I don’t look at the high neckline as prudish. It’s nice sometimes to wear something lovely and not have to worry that you are spilling out or over-advertising. I enjoy Kirsten’s fashion choices and I think Rodarte can be very artsy-cool. She does look heavier which is fine she looks great. I do get PG vibes though!