HOTLIST – Looks we loved this month

26/12/20

Egyptian actress Asmaa Galal championed a regional designer on the red carpet for the closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival. (Getty)

Kelly Clarkson

For the finale of season 19 of “The Voice,” coach and pop singer Kelly Clarkson selected a multi-colored floor-length gown with plunging neckline from Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. The designer is a hit with US singers — Beyoncé and Jennifer Lopez have also worn his dresses in the past.

Asmaa Galal

Like several of her peers, Egyptian actress Asmaa Galal championed a regional designer on the red carpet for the closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF). Galal selected this backless sparkling gown from Egyptian fashion house Shahira Lasheen, accessorized with jewelry from Damas.

Arwa Gouda

The Egyptian actress and former model walked the carpet at CIFF’s closing ceremony in this metallic backless sequined dress detailed with black velvet ruffles, created by Lebanese designer Antoine Kareh’s eponymous label.

Cynthia Khalifa

Lebanese actress Cynthia Khalifa had a busy time at CIFF. “Lovely festival! I had a great week, although I was parallely overwhelmed with overnight shoots,” the 28-year-old wrote on Instagram. For the closing ceremony, Khalifa wore an eye-catching shimmering metallic suit from Cairo’s own Alia El-Esseily’s Fall/Winter 20/21 collection.

Katy Perry

The 36-year-old pop superstar hit the stage at the recent UNICEF Changemaker event in a vivid pink taffeta dress from Bahraini designer Monsoori’s Spring 2021 collection. The voluminous tiered skirt and bow-embellished shoulders made a statement as loud as Perry’s performance of her latest single, “Only Love.”

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‘Scales’ is set to make its theatrical release in cinemas across Saudi Arabia

Time: 11 November 2020

‘Scales’ was picked up by Saudi distributor Cinewaves Films. Supplied

DUBAI: Cinemas are slowly starting to reopen across the Middle East and there are a slew of new releases to look forward to. In particular, “Sayidat Al-Bahr,” or “Scales” in English, Saudi filmmaker Shahad Ameen’s black-and-white dystopian fantasy.

The film, which was created by Image Nation Abu Dhabi, was recently picked up by Saudi distributor Cinewaves Films, and is set to make its debut theatrical release in cinemas across Riyadh, Jeddah, Tabuk, Jizan and the Eastern Province on Nov. 12.

The fantasy film, made in the UAE, tells the story of Hayat, a young girl living in a village with a tradition of sacrificing female children to mysterious sea-dwelling creatures in the. When her time comes, she decides to break with tradition and forge her own path.

It premiered in 2019 at the Venice International Film Festival Critics’ Week, where it won the prestigious Verona Film Club award and has been shown at a number of international film festivals including in London, Los Angeles, Carthage, Cairo and Singapore where it was awarded Best Picture.

Ameen — known for her short film “Eye & Mermaid,” which premiered at the Dubai Film Festival in 2013 — said that the film is an artistic comment on patriarchal societies.

“‘Scales’ tells a visceral story about growing up as a woman in a patriarchal society, offering an allegorical take on a universal theme that will resonate with audiences around the world, Ameen said in a released statement at the time the film debuted.

Ameen attended the film’s socially-distanced premiere this week at AMC cinema in Riyadh, alongside the film’s stars Yagoub Al-Farhan and Basima Hajjar.

The private screening was followed by a live Q&A session between the cast of the film and a variety of well-established filmmakers, critics, media and cinema enthusiasts.

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WATCH: Saudi singer Tamtam on her new single written during the pandemic

Time: 05 August 2020

DUBAI: Born in Riyadh, Tamtam has gained a following for her socially conscious music that explores the challenges she faces as an unapologetic Arab woman. In an exclusive interview with Arab News, the LA-based musician opens up about her latest single titled “Heartsick” in collaboration with Saudi music producer Saud and her hopes for the music industry post-pandemic.   

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