Proving that safety is always in vogue, the Venice Film Festival – one of the most glamorous events in the celebrity calendar – kicked off in 2020 style, with stars walking the red carpet and attending photo calls with the hottest accessory: face masks. 

The festival is the first major red carpet event we've seen in months, and the excitement is real. Carefully organised to adhere to safety guidelines, the spectacular event this year includes temperature checks and social distancing, as well as contact tracing to ensure everyone is safe. 

All of this while sacrificing none of the glamour. 

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Proving that fact was Cate Blanchett, one of our favourite faces at awards shows and a star who never looks anything less than spectacular even when wearing a simple protective face mask. 

The Australian actress is president of the jury for the event, and walked the red carpet in a breathtaking navy sequinned gown by Esteban Cortazar. The stunning gown featured dramatic cape-inspired sleeves that flowed behind her, a trailing flared hem and bold white ruffled trimming that hugged her figure. 

The deep and rich navy of her gown contrasted perfectly with her platinum blonde hair, this time worn cropped to the shoulders and lightly waved. Her makeup was simple and understated, with a flick of striking black eyeliner, a nude lip and glowy, peachy skin. 

Not only was it gorgeous, but her outfit was recycled from a past event, a welcome nod to sustainability and breaking the expectation that a celebrity must turn out something brand new for each new event. 

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The star added a pair of simple black pointed toe stilettos, an intricate short necklace and a number of chunky dramatic rings. But it was her face mask that drew the most attention: a plain blue and white mask, no frills, no fancy designer name attached. 

Blanchett only removed her mask briefly for photos on the red carpet and while presenting Tilda Swinton with the Lifetime Achievement Award later that night. Otherwise, she kept it firmly on at all times. 

It's the guideline that all attendees wear face masks at all times, whether you're in screenings or on the festival grounds.

As the first in-person international film showcase since the film industry ground to an abrupt halt in March, the festival is being closely watched by other major events, hoping to see how they can pull off their own star-studded extravaganza.