International stars take over the Venice red carpet in Arab designs


DUBAI: Is it really a red carpet without Arab designs? Certainly not.

The 79th edition of the Venice International Film Festival kicked off this week, and stars including Isabeli Fontana opted for head-turning gowns from regional couturiers.

Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana wore an off-white form-fitting dress with a long cape by Doha-based label Layla Atelier to the screening of Adam Driver’s “White Noise” at the opening ceremony on Wednesday.

The catwalk star added a glitzy bird-shaped brooch on her chest.

The Middle Eastern fashion house shared Fontana’s pictures on the page’s Instagram Stories and wrote: “We made it to the red carpet.”

Fontana also wore a gown by Lebanese designer Rami Kadi. She opted for a multi-colored mini dress from the couturier’s Lucid Algorithms spring-summer 2022 collection. It is fully embroidered with ethically-sourced feathers and sequins that form a leopard design, featuring a jeweled bust with crystals.

US actress Julianne Moore, who is also the jury president, opted for sleek shoes by Romanian Jordanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi.

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She paired the Robyn sandals with a silk dress that featured a heart-shaped bustier top and a black and yellow polka dot skirt from Maison Ala?a, which was founded by late French-Tunisian couturier Azzedine Alaia.