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Naomi Watts & Chloe Sevigny Resurrected The Middle Part & Here's How To Copy Their Look


While the 75th Annual Venice Film Festival red carpet has bore witness to some of the prettiest outfits of the summer, there's one trend that's gone relatively unnoticed: Celebrities like Naomi Watts and Chloë Sevigny have opted for super-sleek middle parts. It makes sense — middle-parted hairstyles are simple, elegant, classic, and most importantly, they're extremely easy to pull off. Even if styling hair isn't your forte, fitting this look into your routine is likely within your skill set.

An impressive crop of actors, musicians, and models have gathered in Venice over the past week for the oldest film festival in the world. The festival (which began Aug. 28 and lasts until Sept. 8) has been the perfect occasion for retro-inspired dresses, including Natalie Portman's Dior caped mini dress, and Cate Blanchett's feathered gown.

But fashion aside, an homage to '90s hair may just be the legacy of this year's red carpet. The Venice Film Festival has resurrected the hairstyle that celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Drew Barrymore once iconically defined, and this year's celebrity set has complemented their middle parts with everything from slick-backed buns to beach waves.

Ahead, take a look at The Zoe Report's favorite middle-part moments of the festival to date. Notes are encouraged, by the way, because you'll want to copy these looks ASAP.

Chloë Sevigny

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Chloë Sevigny opted for a black-and-white, feathered mini dress and a pair of gold hoops at the premiere of At Eternity's Gate on Sept. 3. Her long, blonde ponytail looked chic as ever smoothed in to a middle part and fastened with a satin bow.

Lali Esposito

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Argentinian actor Lali Esposito looked elegant at the photo call for her new movie, Acusada (The Accused) on Sept. 4. Her art-inspired dress, designed by Buenos Aires based China by Antolin, paired seamlessly with loose waves and a relaxed middle part.

Naomi Watts

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For the premiere of At Eternity's Gate on Sept. 3, Naomi Watts chose a jewel-adorned Dolce & Gabbana dress and a chic-but-understated middle-parted lob.

Dakota Fanning

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Dakota Fanning looked angelic in white at the premiere of Hello Apartment, her directorial debut, on Sept. 2. The 24-year-old opted for a unique take on the middle part with an elegant half-up style.

Nima Benati

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Italian photographer Nima Benati channeled Old Hollywood glamour at the premiere of A Star Is Born on Aug. 31. She walked the red carpet in a satin gown by Rok Cibej, a Crivelli diamond necklace, sleek cat-eye liner, and of course, the perfect middle part.

Araya Alberta Hargate

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Araya Alberta Hargate wore the ultimate up-do at the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gala Dinner on Sept. 4. Her pastel, multi-tiered dress made for a sophisticated statement alongside her low-key hairstyle.

Gabriella Wilde

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Gabriella Wilde, English model and actor, coordinated with the carpet in a red gown at the premiere of First Man on Aug. 28. The 29-year-old stunned with a pulled-back middle part, gold-drop earrings, and a delicate watch.

Clemence Poesy

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Clemence Poesy looked fashion forward (and comfortable) in her velvet Fendi dress and patent loafers at the premiere of A Star Is Born on Aug. 31. The actor's hair gave off just-rolled-out-of-bed vibes while also looking inherently polished.

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