Just when I was about to hit that mid-afternoon slump, along came Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck to save the day. Arriving in ultra-glamorous style at the Venice Film Festival, everyone’s favorite reunited couple took to the canals of this iconic Italian city in their finest outfits—a white lace fit ‘n’ flare dress for J.Lo and, well, a standard black polo shirt for Ben—and canoodled in a luxe leather-clad speedboat. It was enough to send the paparazzi into a spin, and almost every frame of this fabulous journey was documented. I may be reading into things here, but white lace is rather bridal, isn’t it?
Only a few days ago did J.Lo make yet another grand entrance into Italy for the Dolce & Gabbana Alta Moda show. (You may recall her birthday trip at the end of July.) Flanked by be-sequined gondoliers, the star was resplendent in head-to-toe brocade from the famously OTT fashion house, so it’s perhaps no surprise that she continues to channel the ultra-feminine style that both this brand and the country has woven into its DNA. This time around, her waist-nipping, pussy-bow dress is reminiscent of the kind of retro styles that would have been favored during the ’50s and ’60s when Rome was actually a hub for actors and actresses recording big blockbuster movies at Cinecittà Studios. Elizabeth Taylor was a regular and beloved fixture in Italy for some time, and I could imagine this beautiful frock on her. Add in an Hermès bag and some supersized shades and you have yourself a look that never dates. But who am I kidding? I’m here for the smoochy pics. Keep scrolling to see the most fabulous shots of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Lopez cruising through Venice.