When It Comes To A-List Airport Style, The Standard Is Mile High
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When It Comes To A-List Airport Style, The Standard Is Mile High

Anne Hathaway at Nice Airport, Getty Images. Didi Stone at Nice Airport, Getty Images. 

For most, travel in 2022 has been more Easyjet sham than jet set glam. But not for celebrities…

Over the summer, jet set glam felt more like Easyjet sham, as passengers, faced with the prospect of long delays and even longer check-in queues, prioritized comfort over style when it came to airport fashion. Others ditched show-off statement holiday pieces in favor of multi-purpose ensembles – all the better to comply with those limited carry-on luggage allowances.

But for A-listers, the arrivals hall will always be a runway—perfect for flexing looks that reflect no trace of jet lag. Back in the ’90s, supermodel airport style was all denim, cozy cashmere, and leggings, and while this insouciant 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 trumped by head-turning looks: think print, tailoring and party heels. 

Noomi Rapace at Nice airport channelling ’90s Linda. Getty Images
Linda Evangelista at Los Angeles International Airport in 1997. Getty Images

Of course, the world’s starriest travelers are not off on package holidays, rather, baggage carousels serve as backdrops for their impromptu photo calls, as they touch down for international film festivals in Cannes and Venice. It’s only fitting to turn up the glam if exiting from Nice’s VIP terminal, or hopping straight into a vintage speedboat from Marco Polo airport. 

The punchiest prints have come courtesy of Pucci, with Didi Stone and Tina Kunakey sporting pieces in bold psychedelic patterns—see Kunakey’s Lido-ready minidress from artistic director Camille Miceli’s debut for the Italian label. The brand’s heritage is steeped in jet set resort wear, perfectly fitting for kicking off film festival circuits on the Côte d’Azur, or in Italy’s most atmospheric city. 

Didi Stone at Nice Airport.  Getty Images
Tina Kunakey and Vincent Cassel at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

Forget swaddling yourself in grey marl for the long haul, the stars know bold hues turn heads. Case in point, Jodie Turner-Smith landing in Venice in a gauzy sunset shade suit, and carrying not one but two Gucci bags. The Florentine house is steeped in luxe travel heritage. The brand’s Jackie bag—which relaunched in 2021—was originally dedicated to Jackie Kennedy and her jet set style. When Florence Pugh arrived at the festival later than her Don’t Worry Darling co-stars, she may have had some oversized emotional baggage in tow. However, she successfully deflected attention away from rumored on-set rifts with her outfit: a violet Valentino three-piece that was every bit as as zingy as the Aperol spritz she posed with before the film’s premiere. 

Jodie Turner-Smith at Marco Polo Airport. Backgrid
Florence Pugh at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Jacopo Raule/Getty Images

Nothing screams chic more than disembarking a flight in impeccable, crease-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 suiting and paparazzi-proof oversized shades. Clearly, they both have a flair for insouciant French-girl dressing. Bonus points to Moore for carrying Bottega Veneta’s woven Kalimero bag, from Mathieu Blazy’s debut collection for the brand.

Anne Hathaway at Nice Airport. Getty Images
Julianne Moore at Nice Airport. Getty Images

In an era when one piece of luggage is expected to accommodate all of our holiday necessities, a microscopic handbag can make an outsized impact. While we’re stuffing our essentials into a holdall, celebrities are sporting accessories that verge on the ridiculously impractical. (Suit)case in point: Tessa Thompson sporting a mini tartan Vivienne Westwood bag with party heels and a bow in her hair, and Barbara Palvin arriving in Venice with a bag the size of an in-flight croque monsieur. 

Tessa Thompson at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Photopix
Barbara Palvin at Venice’s Marco Polo Airport. Photopix

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