The Cannes Film Festival was back in all its glory this year. Held in the French Riviera resort town of Cannes, the event, which takes place annually in May at the Palais des Festivals et des Congres, is home to the glitziest of fashion red carpets — and this year was no exception. From custom gowns to haute couture and in everything in between, celebrities and fashion houses embraced one of the most watched events.
After being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic, Cannes is roaring once more and our community of MENA designers and celebrities continued to make their mark among the many eye-catching fashion moments on show. I’ve enlisted the help of Saudi Arabian fashion critic Hadeel Hussein to run down all the Arab glamour we’ve seen on the Croisette this year. Hussein is the founder of “Haute Hadeel,” an Instagram page, with over 20,000 followers that provides content analysis and criticism on fashion and highlights the growing body of emerging regional fashion designers in Arabic.
The Cannes Film Festival carpet is known for its “more is more” attitude. From flashy dresses to extravagant one-off jewelry pieces, it’s a moment in time where celebrities, actors and film industry leaders go all out. This year’s 75th edition was no exception, according to Hussein, every style possible was present this year. “Some dresses were dramatic and flashy, others focused on volume and ruffles; however, we’ve also come to notice simple straight line silhouettes where the focus was on the jewelry,” she explains.
The shape of a Peter Pan dome
Among the many attendees this year, our community of Arab stars also headed up Cannes’ iconic stairs this year. Five Arab women stood out to Hussein, namely, model Nour Arida, who opted for a look from Givenchy’s Spring/Summer 2022 collection, which consisted of a crop top with side cut outs and a ruffled skirt around the hips. The look was finished off with a beautiful statement necklace from Boucheron, “that takes the shape of a Peter Pan dome, which enhances the structural side of her look,” explains Hussein. Additionally, Saudi actress Fatima Al-Banawi turned heads in a light blue mermaid dress with delicate parallel pleats and ruffles from Georges Chakra, that Hussein explains perfectly matched the color of her eyes.