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From Hendi Sabri to Irina Shayk, What Your Favorite Celebrities Wore to the Red Sea International Film Festival

From Hendi Sabri to Irina Shayk, What Your Favorite Celebrities Wore to the Red Sea International Film Festival

Hend Sabri. Photo: Amina Zaher
Saudi Arabia‘s historic Al-Balad lit up on the evening of December 6 as some of the world’s biggest stars descended in Jeddah for the Kingdom’s first international film festival. The Red Sea International Film Festival‘s opening night was cause for celebration not only for the Middle East’s proud actors and filmmakers, but also global talents who joined in to spotlight the many achievements of Arab cinema. Showing their support, in attendance were Marvel star Anthony Mackie, English actor Clive Owen, American actor Hilary Swank, and Italian actor Michele Morrone. Internationally-followed models Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk, Shanina Shaik, and Sara Sampaio also made glamorous attendees, with some donning Arab designers. While Sampaio and Shaik chose shimmering pieces from Lebanese couturier—and Ball of Arabia 2021 co-chair—Zuhair Murad, Ambrosio opted for a white number by Georges Hobeika with a thigh-high slit.
The Arab world’s stars, of course, made sure to match the energy of the historic ceremony dressed in creations by regional designers. Jury member Hend Sabri championed Saudi talent in a bespoke off-white pleated gown by Honayda. Actors Razane Jammal and Tara Emad opted for flowing silhouettes by Lebanese label Harithand, while couturier Georges Hobeika’s head-turning pieces were worn by Saba Mubarak and Rym Saidi. As for iconic actors Yousra and Lebleba, delicate violet gowns doused in embellishment were the order for the day.
It’s safe to say, however, that saturated hues ruled the red carpet last evening. While Mila Al Zahrani opted for a royal blue tulle number, Mahira Abdelaziz chatted with Vogue Arabia in a draped orange Tony Ward, and Saudi actor Ahd Kamel went the emerald route in Jeddah-based Saudi designer Ruba Bahareth. Among the most interesting looks from the evening was Karen Wazen’s sharp black pantsuit, proof that power dressing never fails.
As the evening progressed, guests were treated to a theatrical dance performance that marked the opening of the 10-day festival at the Red Sea Gala Theatre, and also witnessed an award ceremony, where three inspiring women were honored: Egyptian actress Laila Elwi, who has often been admired for her bold choice of roles, French actress, singer, model, and producer Catherine Deneuve, and Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, who shared a heartfelt speech. Below, we take you through some of the best red carpet moments from the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Rym Saidi in Georges Hobeika and Chopard. Photo: Amina Zaher
Saba Mubarak in Georges Hobeika. Photo: Amina Zaher
Shanina Shaik in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Lebleba. Photo: Amina Zaher
Ahd Kamel in Ruba Bahareth. Photo: Amina Zaher
Alessandra Ambrosio in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Ali Al Sharif. Photo: Amina Zaher
Elham Shahin in Heba Edris. Photo: Amina Zaher
Hend Sabri in Honayda and Fawaz Gruosi. Photo: Amina Zaher
Irina Shayk. Photo: Amina Zaher
Khairiah in Rubaiyat. Photo: Amina Zaher
Razane Jammal in Harithand. Photo: Amina Zaher
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Junior Fashion Editor: Mohammad Hazem RezqCreative producer: Ankita Chandra Local production: Basamat Arabia

From Hend Sabry to Irina Shayk, What Your Favorite Celebrities Wore to the Red Sea International Film Festival

From Hend Sabry to Irina Shayk, What Your Favorite Celebrities Wore to the Red Sea International Film Festival

Hend Sabry. Photo: Amina Zaher
Saudi Arabia‘s historic Al-Balad lit up on the evening of December 6 as some of the world’s biggest stars descended in Jeddah for the Kingdom’s first international film festival. The Red Sea International Film Festival‘s opening night was cause for celebration not only for the Middle East’s proud actors and filmmakers, but also global talents who joined in to spotlight the many achievements of Arab cinema. Showing their support, in attendance were Marvel star Anthony Mackie, English actor Clive Owen, American actor Hilary Swank, and Italian actor Michele Morrone. Internationally-followed models Candice Swanepoel, Alessandra Ambrosio, Irina Shayk, Shanina Shaik, and Sara Sampaio also made glamorous attendees, with some donning Arab designers. While Sampaio and Shaik chose shimmering pieces from Lebanese couturier—and Ball of Arabia 2021 co-chair—Zuhair Murad, Ambrosio opted for a white number by Georges Hobeika with a thigh-high slit.
The Arab world’s stars, of course, made sure to match the energy of the historic ceremony dressed in creations by regional designers. Jury member Hend Sabry championed Saudi talent in a bespoke off-white pleated gown by Honayda. Actors Razane Jammal and Tara Emad opted for flowing silhouettes by Lebanese label Harithand, while couturier Georges Hobeika’s head-turning pieces were worn by Saba Mubarak and Rym Saidi. As for iconic actors Yousra and Lebleba, delicate violet gowns doused in embellishment were the order for the day.
It’s safe to say, however, that saturated hues ruled the red carpet last evening. While Mila Al Zahrani opted for a royal blue tulle number, Mahira Abdelaziz chatted with Vogue Arabia in a draped orange Tony Ward, and Saudi actor Ahd Kamel went the emerald route in Jeddah-based Saudi designer Ruba Bahareth. Among the most interesting looks from the evening was Karen Wazen’s sharp black pantsuit, proof that power dressing never fails.
As the evening progressed, guests were treated to a theatrical dance performance that marked the opening of the 10-day festival at the Red Sea Gala Theatre, and also witnessed an award ceremony, where three inspiring women were honored: Egyptian actress Laila Elwi, who has often been admired for her bold choice of roles, French actress, singer, model, and producer Catherine Deneuve, and Saudi filmmaker Haifaa Al Mansour, who shared a heartfelt speech. Below, we take you through some of the best red carpet moments from the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Rym Saidi in Georges Hobeika and Chopard. Photo: Amina Zaher
Saba Mubarak in Georges Hobeika. Photo: Amina Zaher
Shanina Shaik in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Lebleba. Photo: Amina Zaher
Sara Sampaio. Photo: Amina Zaher
Tara Emad in Harithand. Photo: Amina Zaher
Ahd Kamel in Ruba Bahareth. Photo: Amina Zaher
Alessandra Ambrosio in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Karen Wazen and Elias Bakhazi. Photo: Amina Zaher
Ali Al Sharif. Photo: Amina Zaher
Elham Shahin in Heba Edris. Photo: Amina Zaher
Hend Sabry in Honayda and Fawaz Gruosi. Photo: Amina Zaher
Irina Shayk. Photo: Amina Zaher
Khairiah in Rubaiyat. Photo: Amina Zaher
Razane Jammal in Harithand. Photo: Amina Zaher
Read Next: This Fashion Sustainability Event in Saudi Arabia Encourages Guests To Swap Designer Clothing
Junior Fashion Editor: Mohammad Hazem RezqCreative producer: Ankita Chandra Local production: Basamat Arabia

Inside Balenciaga’s Hush-Hush Met Gala After-Party–Where Justin Bieber Performed Once Again

Inside Balenciaga’s Hush-Hush Met Gala After-Party–Where Justin Bieber Performed Once Again

Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber. Photo: Yvonne Tnt/BFA.com
Met gala attendees had their pick of after-parties—or did they? There was the Top of the Standard’s annual soirée, Rihanna did her thing over at 1 Oak, Kerby Jean-Raymond lured everyone to the Brooklyn cheesecake purveyor Junior’s, and LaQuan Smith hosted a bash beneath the Kosciuszko Bridge. But the very luckiest invite to score came courtesy of Balenciaga.
Co-hosted by Balenciaga, Justin Bieber, and Drew House, the celebration took place at Cathedrale in the East Village, which had been fully transformed from restaurant to nightclub with strobe lights and a black jersey textile haphazardly draped and swagged all over the space. The fabric was not dissimilar from the one that Kim Kardashian had fully sheathed herself in hours earlier on the gala’s red carpet—and speaking of Kim, she was there; now in a new Balenciaga getup that was only relatively less modest. (This time her face was on display, if partly shielded by a pair of superhero-esque sunglasses.)
Her sister Kendall Jenner was present, now in a Givenchy mini-dress in scarlet red. And so too was a bevy of Balenciaga-clad guests like Michaela Coel, Isabelle Huppert, Elliot Page, and Justin and Hailey Bieber. It wouldn’t be a Balenciaga party without the house’s mastermind, Demna Gvasalia, who arrived with BFRND. Elsewhere in the room, Kaia Gerber could be seen cozying up with Jacob Elordi in a banquette; Machine Gun Kelly and Megan Fox circulated the party in twinning emo-ensembles; and Rosé and Olivia Rodrigo sat side by side.
And though most everyone in the room had just seen Justin Bieber perform at the Met, is there such a thing as too much Bieber? Consider this the encore everybody wanted. Sometime after midnight, he took to the stage once again and delivered jazzy renditions of his crowd-pleasing hits “What Do You Mean?” and anthems-on-the-rise “Hold On” and “2 Much.”
It was a high note on which to finish off the night, and a moment that signified a return to celebration for celebration’s sake. New York is back! Can you Belieb it?

Read Next: “We Cannot Be Exclusive”— Demna Gvasalia on Relaunching Balenciaga’s Couture, and Opening the Salons to All
Originally published on Vogue.com

Inside the Star-Studded 30th Anniversary of the MBC Network in Lisbon

Inside the Star-Studded 30th Anniversary of the MBC Network in Lisbon

Raya Abirached. Photo: Instagram/@rayaofficial
Regional network Middle East Broadcasting (MBC) commenced its 30th anniversary celebrations with a star-studded event in Lisbon, Portugal. Presenters and stars from the Arab world took to the Portuguese capital to celebrate the milestone and also participated in a special episode of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. The episode is set to air on September 18, the official date of the anniversary.
Yousra and Joelle Mardinian. Photo: Instagram/@joellemardinian
Among those in attendance were Egyptian actors Yousra, Amina Khalil, and Asser Yassin; Saudi actor Nasser Al Qasabi, Tunisian actor Dhafer L’Abidine, as well as current and former MBC presenters Raya Abirached and George Kordahi. Kordahi is known for launching the Arabic version of the famed game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire in 1991 and will be hosting the special anniversary episode of the same, with questions themed around the history of the network.
Mahira Abdelaziz. Photo: Instagram/@ mahiraabdelaziz
Attendees championing Arab designers on the red carpet included actor and presenter Mahira Abdelaziz in a sparkling blue Tony Ward Couture gown, and Abirached in a floor-grazing red dress by Naja Saade. Yousra arrived in a one-shoulder dress by Maram Borhan paired with a clutch by Sarah’s Bag while Lebanese makeup artist Joelle Mardinian made an appearance in a Marwan & Khaled Couture dress.
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