The annual film festival is getting a hefty dose of glamour from the region’s celebrity go-to labels.
From Aishwarya Rai’s go-big-or-go-home Michael Cinco gown to Fan Bingbing’s critically acclaimed caped number by Elie Saab, Arab designers have already been responsible for some of Cannes’ most stand-out looks.
(And there’s still seven more days left of the annual French film festival!).
The weekend was no exception, with a wealth of stars parading down premiere or fashion party red carpets in designs by the region’s luxury labels.
Canadian model and TV star Winnie Harlow grabbed headlines at not one, but two, events, donning Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad both times.
The America’s Next Top Model alumni dazzled in a sapphire-blue gown at a screening of Loveless, sashaying down the red carpet in the plunging bodice and artfully draped skirt.
The model, who often acts as a spokesperson and activist for the skin condition vitiligo, sported another strapless number for a Chopard party, featuring masterfully placed embellishments and a daring split.
Murad also dressed Thai actress and model Araya Alberta Hargate (who also goes by Chompoo) for a screening of 120 Battements Par Minutes, with the star donning a scene-stealing fuchsia number with an exaggerated bow and flouncy, floaty skirt.
Rounding out the hues on offer, the Lebanese label also dressed French actress Elsa Zylberstein in an olive-green fishtail gown, featuring flashes of sheer fabric and ornate beading.
Murad wasn’t the only regional designer represented at Cannes, with actress Aishwarya Rai wearing Beirut-born brand Ashi Studio for a L’Oréal event.
The Bollywood icon, who also chose a gown by Dubai designer Michael Cinco during the film festival, looked like a true star of the silver screen in a diaphanous black creation with rippling panels.
And that orange-red lip? Divine.
Rounding out the pack representing at the 70th annual festival was Lebanese label Elie Saab, which dressed a series of A-listers over the weekend.
Models Petra Nemcova, Isabeli Fontana, Arizona Muse and Winnie Harlow shimmered in silver sequins courtesy of the label at a Chopard dinner.
However several others showcased their dark side in ink-black, with legendary super Naomi Campbell and Victoria’s Secret favourite Sara Sampaio donning spell-binding floorsweepers to a Cannes dinner.
Actresses Olga Kurylenko and Paz Vega also plumped for slinky black sequins, with the latter wearing a striped jumpsuit that wouldn’t have looked out of place at Studio 54.
We can’t wait to see what else these designers have sartorially in store for the next seven days…