FASHION | Arab Designers Spice Up Venice Film Festival

JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIA –  Stars across the world have turned to Arab designers for their red carpet appearance at the ongoing Venice Film Festival.

From Romanian actress and model Madalina Dina Ghenea to Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, the international film industry’s leading ladies have been showing off a number of glittering ensembles from regional designers since the festival opened on Wednesday.

Genea took to the red carpet last week in a sparkling nude-colored number by Lebanese designer-to-the-stars Zuhair Murad, which featured a gently scooped square neckline and no shortage of glittering silver embellishments, as well as a thin metallic belt at the waist.

US actress and model Molly Sims also showed off a gown by Zuhair Murad, but it was drastically different due to its pretty pink hue and cascade of rose-colored frill on the exaggerated shoulders. With a plunging neckline and beaded detailing on the flowy skirt, it stood out on the Venetian red carpet.

French model Gabrielle Caunesil opted for a vibrant gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi, best known for his edgy cuts and use of unexpected materials – he is a fan of plastic and glass.

Meanwhile, the director of Oscar – nominated film “Capernaum”, Labaki, chose a black gown by Lebanese talent Georges Hobeika.

Hollywood heavyweight Scarlett Johansson chose to show of a scarlet column gown by French fashion house Celine, designed by its French-Tunisian creative director Hedi Slimane.

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