Red Carpet

FTA Prize Finalists Dream Big for Cannes

Three of the FTA Prize 2021 finalists in the accessories category sketched bags for one of the most anticipated events of the year.

Nothing is more grandiose than the Cannes Film Festival. Legendary and mystical: glamour is a religion during this time of the year, more than anywhere in the world. The 2021 edition closes on Sunday, and we asked our FTA Prize finalists in the accessories category to create an original sketch of a bag that could be the real star on one of the most anticipated red carpets of the year.

Saudi Arabian designer Dania Shinkar, who launched her handcrafted bag label in 2019, would love to put her bag on Charlize Theron’s arm. “She takes on bold roles and her style is feminine, yet edgy, which is in line with our brand identity. She is also an eco-conscious celebrity who aims to make a difference with her organization, Africa Outreach Project, which helps support environmental efforts in her home country, South Africa. This resonates with our sustainable and ethical brand ethos,” says Shinkar.

When asked which movie costume designs she would never forget, she says: “All of Michelle Pfeiffer’s looks in Scarface were showstoppers and iconic fashion moments. Unapologetically empowered and bold!”

We also asked her why it is better to wear a bag on Cannes’ red carpet? “Because a handbag is an important accessory. Not only does it elevate and accentuate an outfit, it’s also functional, as it carries your lipstick so you can touch up before you hit the red carpet!”

Moroccan bag designer Zakaria Bendriouich dreams of dressing Emma Stone with his accessories: “I am a big fan. She is very talented, unique in her way, and full of life. That’s why I am sure my accessories would be perfect for her,” he says.

Bendriouich is obsessed with the costume design from the movie Black Panther, “a mixture of futuristic elements, traditional authentic African clothes, and rare accessories featured with beautiful body art.”

Finally, the young Arab designer is convinced that it is way better to wear a bag on Cannes’ red carpet, or any red carpet for that matter, “because it definitely complements the look and completes it.”

Kuwaiti designer Haya Al-Abdulkareem founded her handbag label, Folklore, in 2014. And she would have adored to dress Sabah with her accessories. “It has to be her! She was the ultimate fashion icon of the Arab world and the original diva,” says Abdulkareem, whose reference when it comes to costume design is Cleopatra, the 1963 movie starring the iconic Elizabeth Taylor. “The richness of the costumes and the glamour of the 60’s made this movie a forever classic.”

Finally, the young Arab designer thinks that a bag on the red carpet “is your way to stand out. It’s an accessory, the way your earrings or your necklaces are, it’s something to shine the spotlight on.”