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Arab designers' evening gowns grace the red carpet at Cannes


Syrian designer Rami Al Ali and numerous Lebanese dressmakers showcased their couture talents on the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival, which concluded on Saturday.

Arab designers like Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad, Georges Hobeika, and Georges Chakra created impeccably tailored and stylish gowns worn by regional and international actors, models, and influencers.

Nadine Labaki, the Oscar-nominated Lebanese filmmaker and Cannes jury member, was seen in Jean Louis Sabaji and Georges Chakra, while Saudi actress Mila Al Zahrani donned a voluminous Rami Al Ali gown with a cinched waist.

Many outfits featured elaborate capes, such as a shimmering green design by Georges Hobeika for Australian model Chantal Monaghan and a pristine white gown by Georges Chakra for Australian actress Claire Holt.

A standout was not a gown but a sculptural creation by Rami Al Ali for TV presenter Diala Makki, who looked effortlessly elegant in an organza blouse and scuba pants with a cape adorned with border embellishments.

Additionally, Viola Davis wore a pastel chiffon gown by Elie Saab, and Chinese actress Tong Liya dazzled in a sparkling Saiid Kobeisy couture gown. Kobeisy, known for dressing Queen Rania of Jordan and Jennifer Lopez, also created a bold red outfit for model Heidi Klum at Cannes.

Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad displayed his versatility by dressing Australian model Shanina Shaik in a stunning red off-shoulder gown, crafting a shimmering sari-like outfit for beauty entrepreneur Pritika Swarup, and designing a sheer black dress with horizontal metallic embroidery and a bow detail for American actress Victoria Justice.

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