Trust Sharon Stone to always make a statement, be it with her words or her sartorial choices.
The Hollywood icon, who also starred on Vogue Arabia’s September 2022 cover, flew over to Saudi this weekend to attend the opening night of Red Sea International Film Festival 2022. And in true Stone fashion, the 64-year-old opted for an all-eyes-on-me ensemble for the special occasion. While most stars attended the event in shades of white, Stone stood out in a dusky rose ruffled number by Monsoori that was equal parts bold and feminine. Take a closer look below.
Sharon Stone in Monsoori. Photo: Amina Zaher
Drenched in ruffles from head to toe, Sharon Stone’s Mansoory gown was tied together at the front and styled with jet black accessories—namely a set of elbow-length gloves. The actor stuck to her trademark hairstyle for the event, and amped up the romantic side of her look with peachy pink makeup.
Prior to walking the red carpet, Sharon Stone also took to Instagram to share a sneak peek of her look. The image came with a simple caption that announced her arrival in the kingdom, “Love from the @redseafilm.” Check it out below.
Trust Sharon Stone to always make a statement, be it with her words or her sartorial choices.
Sharon Stone, Yousra, Alessandra Ambrosio… What Your Favorite Stars Wore to Red Sea International Film Festival 2022
Sharon Stone in Monsoori. Photo: Amina Zaher
On the evening of December 1, 2022, all roads led to Jeddah, where the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival took over the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Just like the debut celebration in 2021, this year’s opening night was a star-studded affair, with talents from not just the kingdom, but the whole world coming together to spotlight some of the best creatives across the globe.
White seemed to be the winning choice for the evening, with Tara Emad walking onto the red carpet dressed in a sparkling Chanel ensemble, and Fatima Al Banawi opting for an equally glamorous look: an embellished ivory Rami Kadi pantsuit. Salma Abu Deif went the elegant route in a flowy white Valentino gown, and Passant Shawky tooo favored relaxed silhouettes in a snowy maxi.
For those who opted for color, however, the evening’s motto was to go big, bold and brave. Supermodel Alessandra Ambrosia was unmissable in her royal blue draped Yousef Akbar gown, while Lucy Hale made a statement in a strapless green gown. Mahira Abdelaziz’s pick for the special evening was a bold red Maison Yeya number with a sequined skirt.
On a more muted note, Rym Saidi was a vision in black this year, wearing a beaded Nicolas Jebran gown, complemented with a sleek updo. Also opting for a minimal aesthetic was Thai actor Bella Ranee Campen, who gave classic pantsuits a feminine spin.
And then there were the statement makers. Hollywood star and Vogue Arabia’s September 2022 cover star Sharon Stone made sure all eyes were on her in a voluminous gown covered in ruffles by Monsoori, and iconic actor Yousra drenched herself in gold.
Below, take a closer look at what your favorite stars wore to the second edition of the Red Sea International Film Festival.
Alessandra Ambrosio in Yousef Akbar. Photo: Amina Zaher
Annabella Hilal. Photo: Amina Zaher
Jon Kortajarena. Photo: Amina Zaher
Cynthia Samuel. Photo: Amina Zaher
Raya Abirached in Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Salma Abu Deif in Valentino. Photo: Amina Zaher
Tara Emad in Chanel. Photo: Amina Zaher
Rob Raco. Photo: Amina Zaher
Zuhair Murad. Photo: Amina Zaher
Elizabeth Taylor cape-fluencing in Cleopatra. Photo: Getty
Anyone hoping to make an entrance at a big event this party season should revisit Elizabeth Taylor arriving in Ancient Rome in Cleopatra. In a famous (and famously expensive) scene in Joseph L Mankiewicz’s 1963 epic, the Egyptian queen leaves the crowds awestruck as she sweeps into the city on an enormous marble sphinx. In reality, litters are difficult to come by (though Billy Porter managed it for the 2019 Met Gala), but it wasn’t only the props that made her arrival so memorable. There was also the not insignificant matter of that gold dress – complete with a cape crafted to resemble the wings of a phoenix.
It’s just one of many fabulous capes in cinematic history (another classic: Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy in Funny Face), and thanks to designers’ enduring fascination with its ability to lend drama to a dress – Cristóbal Balenciaga’s obsession with austere, ecclesiastical clothing saw him add capes to his couture in the ’50s and ’60s, and more than half a century on they were a theme of Pierpaolo Piccioli’s most recent Valentino collection – the silhouette has been central to some indelible red-carpet looks, too.
Lupita Nyong’o wearing Ralph Lauren at the Golden Globes in 2014, the year she was nominated for 12 Years a Slave. Photo: Getty
In the last decade alone, we’ve had Gwyneth Paltrow in Tom Ford at the Oscars in 2012, Lupita Nyong’o in scarlet Ralph Lauren at the 2014 Golden Globes, and Lady Gaga’s silver Givenchy Haute Couture for the premiere of A Star is Born in 2018. Capes were all over the red carpet at the 2020 Academy Awards, on Brie Larson (Celine), Maya Rudolph (Valentino), Olivia Colman (Stella McCartney), Natalie Portman (Dior) and Tracee Ellis Ross, whose showstopping gold Zuhair Murad gown for the Vanity Fair party was not unlike Taylor’s Cleopatra number. At this year’s Critics’ Choice Awards, Best Actress nominee Selena Gomez was ravishing in a custom red cape dress by Nicolas Ghesquière for Louis Vuitton.
Just this week, the Princess of Wales attended a state dinner at Buckingham Palace wearing a white gown by Jenny Packham, its built-in cape flowing from crystal-encrusted statement shoulders. It’s not the first time the Princess has worn a cape dress, but the timing feels significant. It was Kate’s first state banquet since she assumed her new, more senior role within the royal family following the death of Her Majesty the Queen on 8 September. Her husband Prince William is now first in line to the throne, and the couple are key figureheads for the British monarchy on the world stage. The white-tie banquet, held in honour of South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, was the first hosted by King Charles III, making it a hugely significant occasion for the new-look royal family. The Princess dressed accordingly – adding Princess Diana’s favourite Lover’s Knot tiara to her Jenny Packham cape dress, which looked sleek, elegant and undeniably regal.
The Princess of Wales in her cape dress at a state banquet at Buckingham Palace this week. Photo: Getty
It followed another memorable cape moment from Kate in September last year, when she walked the red carpet at the world premiere of the wildly anticipated James Bond film No Time to Die. The Princess – a careful dresser who rarely takes risks when it comes to fashion – ramped up the glamour quotient in a gold sequined gown with a shimmering cape, again by Jenny Packham. It was a big moment for the British film industry – and for parties – as the postponed premiere finally went ahead following pandemic setbacks, and Kate’s golden goddess cape ensured it was all over the front pages the next day.
In 2018, Kate was tasked with a royal tour of Sweden and Norway while heavily pregnant with her third child, Prince Louis. That time, it was a blush pink cape dress by Alexander McQueen that came to the rescue for dinner at the Norwegian royal palace, where the then Duchess swept into the banquet on the arm of King Harald V, the delicate layer of tulle that fell from her shoulders swishing in her wake. Another occasion when the eyes of the world were upon her, deftly executed with the help of a little extra drama.
Don’t be surprised if a cape silhouette makes its way into the Princess’s case for the Wales’s forthcoming visit to Boston, their first joint trip to the US since the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s move to Montecito precipitated a cooling of relations between the two royal couples. The trip, which takes place shortly before Harry and Meghan are expected to accept an award at the 2022 Ripple of Hope Gala in New York, will inevitably make headlines on both sides of the pond, suggesting Kate’s wardrobe will be curated with even more careful attention to detail than usual.
Kate on the red carpet in shimmering Jenny Packham sequins at the Royal Albert Hall. Photo: Getty
In social psychologist Amy Cuddy’s famous 2012 Ted Talk, she claimed spending two minutes in a “Wonder Woman pose” – legs shoulder-width apart, chest proud, hands on hips – can boost confidence ahead of a nerve-wracking meeting or important presentation. (Adopting this “non-verbal expression of dominance and power”, she argued, can increase levels of testosterone and lower cortisol, leaving you better equipped to handle whatever the day throws at you.) If borrowing her body language is this effective (66 million views suggest Cuddy was onto something), perhaps it makes sense that high-profile women like the Princess should reach for the superhero’s style signature for important moments. Who wouldn’t walk a little taller while channelling Wonder Woman?
Originally published in Vogue.co.uk
With the festive season fast approaching, Jessica Kahawaty has joined the leading best-dressed names in the region with her latest look. The Lebanese model and entrepreneur recently stepped out for an event hosted by Ralph Lauren in Dubai, fully embracing the holiday theme for the occasion with a special creation from the American brand.
Her strapless dress of choice brought together the fail-safe color pairing most associated with the season: red and black, while the form-hugging silhouette made it seem as if Kahawaty was wrapped like a gift. And since no present is complete without a bow, the highlight of the gown—picked from the Ralph Lauren Holiday 2022 collection—was an oversized red bow at the back. Going into two long floor-sweeping panels, the detail was equal parts joyful and glamorous, which is precisely where Kahawaty finds her sartorial sense.
The founder and CEO of Mama Rita paired the statement dress with minimal accessories including dainty butterfly-shaped earrings and a black and gold handbag embroidered with the fashion house’s initials, RL. Kawahaty also kept her glam pared back with her hair side parted and slicked into a chic low bun, and makeup featuring neutral hues.
Considering this is only the first look sported by Kahawaty this festive season, expect her to offer more holiday dressing inspiration in the weeks to come.
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Kate Middleton has made her first black-tie appearance as the Princess of Wales.
At a state banquet for President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, she stepped out in a white caped gown by Jenny PackhamJenny PackhamJenny Packham. Adorned with shimmering beading and a boat neckline, the dress was both a demure, yet still high-fashion, choice for an evening at Buckingham Palace.
Upon her head was the Lover’s Knot Tiara. It’s a favorite of the princess’s—she’s worn it on several occasions—yet still a deeply meaningful one. Originally, the Lover’s Knot Tiara was commissioned for Queen Mary in 1913 from the House of Garrard, and is crafted from diamonds and 19 hanging pearls set in silver and gold.
The tiara eventually belonged to Queen Elizabeth II, who lent it to her daughter-in-law, Princess Diana. Through Diana’s explosive fame, it became one of the most famous tiaras in history. (Although she may have not enjoyed it as much as the public: Allegedly, it was so heavy she got headaches after wearing it.) Indeed, a photo of her wearing the diadem with a white, pearl-encrusted Catherine Walker in 1989 is considered one of the most iconic images ever of the late Princess.
When Kate Middleton married Prince William in 2011—14 years after Diana’s passing—Queen Elizabeth then passed it on to the young royal. Middleton’s tiara wasn’t the only piece of jewelry that played tribute to the royal women before her: On her wrist was a pearl bracelet that belonged to the late Queen, who passed away in September.
She accented her gilded ensemble with two badges. The first was the badge of the Royal Victorian Order, a white enamel Maltese cross with a Tudor crown, which the then–Duchess of Cambridge received from Queen Elizabeth in 2019 “for services to the sovereign.” The second was the yellow Royal Family Order of Queen Elizabeth II, which is bestowed on female members of the British monarchy.
Her appearance at the state dinner marks one of the most glamorous royal moments in years, after such grand gatherings were put on hold during 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic.
Photo: Jamie Bruce via Instagram.com/winnieharlow
After viewing the exciting Formula 1 season finale in Abu Dhabi, Winnie Harlow showed love for the region by wearing a statement look by an Arab designer. The Canadian model was recently spotted at the Louvre dressed in an all-black ensemble by Omani label Atelier Zuhra, which is helmed by Rayan Al Sulaimani.
Striking poses under the museum’s picturesque domed roof for Instagram, Harlow wore a figure-hugging velvet dress with gloved sleeves. Chunky gold accessories including an oversized heart-shaped pendant and layered chainlink necklaces, bracelets, and rings added drama to her look. Styled by Maeve Reilly, the Atelier Zuhra piece also came with a matching headpiece with gold coin details on each side of the head, leaving no need for earrings. Harlow completed her look with her signature long locks, this time straightened, while her makeup look embraced warm tones with a golden brown smokey eye, extra long lashes, and a glossy nude lip.
The sleek creation treading the line between minimalism and maximalism by Al Sulaimani stands out from the brand’s usually voluminous, frothy, and embellished pieces that have become red carpet favorites of stars. Earlier this year, socialite and businesswoman Paris Hilton made an appearance at the Grammy Awards wearing a dazzling cape from the brand.
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The past few years have seen Jessica Chastain make several Best Dressed lists with her stunning red carpet looks, all of which have been fit for a movie star. And for her latest appearance at the 13th Annual Governors Awards, the Oscar-winning actor championed Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad with yet another noteworthy outfit.
Picked from the couturier’s Spring/Summer 2020 collection, Chastain’s dress came in a bold shade of red ideal for the festive season, and featured a strapless, plunging neckline. The designer’s signature shimmering embroidery covered the entire gown in a geometrical pattern, which may have been one of the reasons why the creation caught the actor’s eye long before she decided to walk the red carpet in it. Sharing a clip of her getting ready and posing for the cameras at the awards, Chastain shared her love and gratitude for Murad with the caption: “I’ve had my eye on this @zuhairmuradofficial for quite some time. Thank you for letting me wear this beautiful piece.”
This Zuhair Murad piece would be the second most-talked-about look sported by Chastain recently, with the first being loaded with a powerful statement. Last week, the actor stepped out in a T-shirt reading the name Mahsa Amini, in support of the protests against the death of the 22-year-old in Iranian custody. “It’s been over two months since the death of #MahsaAmini,” captioned a photo of her outfit. “Over two months of nationwide protests in Iran. Over two months of the regime’s violent crackdown, killing women, men and children who are fighting for freedom. Stand with Iran. Use your voice.”
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Photo: Hala via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
After stars dominated Spring and Summer with one hot pink outfit after the other, it’s time for the color red to take over the season, judging by Balqees Fathi‘s latest look.
Photo: Hala via Instagram.com/balqeesfathi
The Emirati-Yemeni singer took the stage in Salalah, Oman for an electrifying performance this weekend, and was dressed in a modest, floor-length number by Maison d’AngelAnn. With a fitted bodice, cinched waist, and a flowy skirt, the dress came covered in sparkling crystals, making for the ideal stage outfit for the star. Stylist Cedric Haddad paired the statement piece with dainty diamond jewelry courtesy of Bulgari, while Fathi’s makeup for the evening embraced neutral, matte hues for a soft glam look.
Fathi’s stage looks are known to deliver in both areas of femininity and glamour, with her recent looks being no exception. For a performance in Riyadh earlier this month, the singer looked to a striking emerald green gown by Georges Hobeika, paired with a Bulgari Serpenti necklace for added drama.
Whether you are making an appearance at an event this season or hosting a gathering, take a page out of Fathi’s style book and opt for a dazzling monotone dress with complementing jewelry to achieve the star effect.
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Kendall Jenner Gets Sartorially Spotted in Colorful Maxi Dress for Jean Paul Gaultier’s Launch on Fwrd
Kendall Jenner hosted a party to celebrate the launch of Jean Paul Gaultier on Fwrd on Thursday in Los Angeles. In late 2021, Fwrd named Kendall Jenner its new creative director. In her role, she curates her own edit of designers for customers to shop, in addition to working on brand activations and marketing.
To champion Jean Paul Gaultier, Jenner was joined by many celebrities and fashion industry friends and colleagues for a party at a private residence. There were many standout looks for the evening among the A-list crowd, many of whom notably wore Jean Paul Gaultier.
Kendall Jenner on Nov. 17 in Los Angeles, California.
Jenner herself wore a custom Jean Paul Gaultier dress with a multicolored pattern featuring a palette of green, red, yellow and orange. The strapless off-the-shoulder gown had a formfitting silhouette. She kept her makeup to a minimum.
Doja Cat on Nov. 17 in Los Angeles, California.
The pattern on Jenner’s dress was also featured on music star Doja Cat’s crop top and matching pants. The singer accessorized her look with a pair of statement earrings and a stack of bangles. She added some height with platform shoes.
Phoebe Gates also joined Jenner for the event, wearing a purple long-sleeve turtleneck dress with cutout detailing on the bodice and at the waist. She coordinated the look with a purple shoulder bag and topped it off with strappy open-toe platform shoes.
Megan Fox attended the event in an ethereal vintage white Jean Paul Gaultier dress. The dress had a unique pleating detailing throughout the skirt and center of the bodice and flared out at the hips. Fox coordinated her dress with a pair of silver platform sandals.
Jessica Chastain is once again showing her support for the women of Iran, many of whom have been protesting the country’s extreme laws regarding how women dress and behave for the past two months.
Stepping out in New York City to appear on Live With Kelly and Ryan, the Oscar winner wore a tailored brown suit and a white T-shirt with the name Mahsa Amini printed over and over in pink capital letters.
On September 16, 22-year-old Amini died after being detained by police for not following the restrictive dress code, per CNN. Outrage followed and, according to a human rights group, at least 300 protesters have died. Meanwhile, clips of women removing and sometimes destroying their hijabs have gone viral online. Celebrities, too, have taken notice; Marion Cotillard and Juliette Binoche both publicly cut their hair in solidarity with Iranian women, while Meghan Markle was recently spotted wearing a T-shirt with the Farsi slogan “Zan zindgi azadi”, which translates to “Women life freedom”.
Though she’s kept her signature red hair, this isn’t the first time Jessica Chastain has shown support for the cause. She posted on Instagram three times in September, writing, “I stand with the women of Iran and will amplify their voices from afar. When one woman is attacked, it is an attack on as all 🖤.”
Chastain has also advocated for women’s equality closer to home, fighting for pay parity in her movie projects and helping women of color, like her friend Octavia Spencer, do the same. Spencer recalled Chastain’s commitment in 2018, telling a panel, “I love [Jessica] because she’s walking the walk and she’s actually talking the talk…. She said, ‘Octavia we’re gonna get you paid on this film.” I said, ‘I would love to do your film, but here’s the thing: I’m gonna have to get paid.’ She said, ‘Of course, and you and I are going to be tied together. We’re gonna be favored nations, and we’re gonna make the same thing. And you’re gonna make that amount.’ Fast-forward to last week, we’re making five times what we asked for.”
Originally published in Glamour.com