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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This post was originally published on Vogue.com