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Cannes Film Festival 2019: 22 Show-Stealing Looks by Arab Designers

Saudi-born Mohammed Ashi was one of the designers making ripples while he dressed celebrities in his Beirut-based brand Ashi Studio.

Camila Coelho in a creation by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika

We’re sad to say goodbye to the Cannes Film Festival with all its amazing international film talent, those gorgeous sea views and, of course,  the countless glamorous and memorable red carpet moments. The 72nd edition of the annual festival held at South of France’s Palais des Festivals et des Congrès has been a huge success for the region. As well as the largest participation from the Middle East in the festival’s history film-wise, the region’s designers seriously dominated the red carpet. Many of the A-list celebrities who owned the event thanks to their lavish gowns and fierce fashion statements were wearing designs by Arabic couturiers.

One of the designers offering lots of style standouts this year was Georges Chakra. Victoria’s Secret model Jasmine Tookes looked ravishing at the amfAR Gala wearing a tangerine tie-dyed gown with a gathered ruffled shoulder detail from the Lebanese maestro’s SS19 couture collection. Another star spotted in one of Chakra’s creations was French model and Miss France 2018 Maeva Coucke. She looked like a literal ray of sunshine in a yellow sleeveless silk chiffon gown with beaded mesh bodice accents, which is from the same collection.

Elle Fanning has made an unrelenting impact on the Cannes red carpet this year, including her spot-on look during the closing ceremony. The festival’s youngest juror ever looked ethereal in a whimsical champagne coloured dress from Reem Acra’s autumn 2019 bridal collection named The Celebration. The strapless embroidered tulle gown, called Tying the Knot, came with a see-through cape.

Priyanka Chopra also looked like an elegant princess in another stunning full-on bridal gown from one more Lebanese designer, Georges Hobeika. The Bollywood actress’s voluminous white gown looked like a cloud of tulle, featuring a sweeping skirt and an asymmetrical neckline. An additional A-lister spotted in a design by Hobeika was Brazilian influencer Camila Coelho. The dark-haired beauty simply dazzled in a custom nude-coloured embellished dress, which was strapless.

Gorgeous models Alexina Graham and Noel Capri Berry also dressed to the nines in a successful label from the region while attending the amfAR gala. Graham rocked a gown resembling a bouquet of red roses with a plunging neckline, while Berry turned heads in a peach tulle halter midi dress with beaded fringe and feather trim. Both dresses are part of INGIE Paris’s AW19 collection. Former Miss World Aishwarya Rai Bachchan championed the Middle East too by hitting the red carpet in a snakeskin embossed fluorescent gown by Jean-Louis Sabaji. Made from 18 meters of stiff and delicate foiled leather, the dress featured a layered long sleeve on one side, a sharp strapless neckline shaping an asymmetrically structured bust and a six-layered train. What’s more, it caught the sunlight in all the right ways, changing colours from gold and orange into green and yellow.

Scroll through to see all the Arab designers who took over Cannes with their magical designs.

Coco Rocha at the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" premiere in Elie Saab 

Deborah Francois at the "La Belle Epoque" premiere in Tony Ward 

Elle Fanning at "The Specials" premiere and closing ceremony in Reem Acra

Eva Longoria at the HFPA Philanthropic party in Atelier Zuhra 

Farhana Bodi at "The Dead Don't Die" premiere and opening ceremony in Atelier Zuhra 

Isabeli Fontana at the premiere of "The Best Years of a Life" in Ali Younes 

Izabel Goulart at the "Rocketman" premiere in Zuhair Murad

Kimberley Garner at the premiere of "A Hidden Life" in Rami Al Ali

Leomie Anderson at the "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" premiere in Rami Kadi 

Madison Headrick at the "La Belle Epoque" premiere in Ashi Studio

Nadine Labaki at the premiere of "A Hidden Life" in Elie Saab

Camila Coelho at the premiere of "A Hidden Life" in custom Georges Hobeika

Priyanka Chopra at the premiere of "The Best Years of a Life" in Georges Hobeika 

Sara Sampaio at the "Rocketman" premiere in Rami Kadi 

Alina Baikova at the premiere of "A Hidden Life" in Zuhair Murad 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the "La Belle Epoque" premiere in Ashi Studio

Li Chun at the premiere of "The Wild Goose Lake" in Tony Ward

Maeva Coucke at the premiere of "he Best Years of a Life" in Georges Chakra 

Noel Capri Berry at the 2019 amfAR Gala in INGIE Paris

Jasmine Tookes at the 2019 amfAR Gala in Georges Chakra 

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan at the premiere of "A Hidden Life" in Jean-Louis Sabaji

Alexina Graham at the 2019 amfAR Gala in INGIE Paris 

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