At the Venice Film Festival the actress received the award named after the historic director of Vogue Italia


Salma Hayek is fashionable. Because it is proof that even if you are one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood and wearing haute couture clothes does not mean that you have to close your eyes on what happens in the world indeed, for this reason the social commitment must be greater.

This is one of the reasons why the actress and producer half Lebanese and half Mexican has received the most fashionable award that is given during the Venice Film Festival: the Franca Sozzani Award, established by the family of the historic director of Vogue Italia, who disappeared in 2016 and now in its second edition (last year it went to actress Julianne Moore).

Salma Hayek won because “with the same strength and determination of Franca has combined excellence in the artistic field with a tireless civil and social commitment”. The woman who with her shapely sensuality has contributed to change the classic image of the diva in Hollywood, for years indeed fights for gender equality and is committed against violence against women.

“I should give a speech now, but this is something you do on formal occasions. Here I feel at home, the fashion family is a bit ‘mine too and Franca has always been an inspiration for me “said Salma Hayek who wore a beautiful brocade dress by Gucci while receiving the recognition during the event that it took place at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani.

And we must admit that even if the party was one of the most exclusive of those organized during the Venice Film Festival, there was not the snobby atmosphere that one might expect: Francesco Carrozzini, son of Franca Sozzani, told about when as a child he came with his mother to the Festival and she gave him to drink the peach fruit juice “because for Bellini I was too young”.

Before dinner, the Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo sang the Farewell to the Mother taken from Cavalleria Rusticana by Pietro Mascagni. “Mum, that wine is generous” he sang with a glass in his hand in front of about 200 guests all sitting in one big table decorated with Chinese vases and small apple trees. There was also Livia Firth who did not mind having a selfie with Francesco Carrozzini and Salma Hayek.

In addition to the wife of the actor Colin Firth, who has been committed to promoting sustainable fashion for years, there were many designers and fashion industry names: from the president of the National Chamber of Fashion Carlo Capasa to Alberta Ferretti and Pierpaolo Piccioli, through Renzo Rosso, Remo Ruffini, Alberto Biani and Emanuele Farneti.

September 2nd was also Salma Hayek’s birthday: “This award is the first birthday present for me” he joked as he chatted with the guests and talked about “Yugen”, the new film by the London-based filmmaker Martha Fiennes who combines traditional art and artificial intelligence and of which he is the protagonist. A storm outside. It was also raining at last year’s ceremony and there were images of the red carpet under the rain by Julianne Moore and Beatrice Borromeo’s hair in the wind. This year, to avoid wet clothes, the usual photos were taken at the entrance. “The rain is Franca who wants us to know that she is here”.