The 42nd edition of the Cairo International Film Festival (CIFF) ran from December 2 to December 10, with the opening ceremony kicking off with plenty of glamour thanks to the gorgeous ladies who attended in Egypt.
Whether you love or loathe these looks, I’m so happy to see some gala gowns on display.
Mais Hamdan: The Jordanian actress was by far the best dressed in my eyes. As you know I’m an absolute sucker for velvet, and this Nour Azazy rich eggplant hue is setting my senses alight. (remember how I lusted over Camila Alves’s Donna Karan Atelier gown?)
What I also love about this look is that Mais didn’t overwhelm this gown with any additional jewels considering the neckline. Even earrings would’ve been too much in my opinion.
Dorra Zarrouk: I would’ve been disappointed had I not seen at least one tiered tulle gown at this event. The Tunisian actress wore a Rami Kadi Fall 2021 Couture gown which was a winter fairy-tale fantasy. The only thing I would change is the sheer insert at the waist. Perhaps it could’ve been filled with some embellishments, or covered with a belt.
Later on in the festival, Dorra wore another Rami Kadi Fall 2021 Couture gown.
I have every confidence that we will see this mauve, watery sequin dress again. It has Bella Hadid, Hailey Bieber, and Alessandra Ambrosio’s names written all over it.
Dorra’s version is fully lined, but I expect to see any of the aforementioned to wear this dress as presented in the look book….unlined.
Saba Mubarak: The Jordanian actress brought some old Hollywood glamour to the red carpet wearing Alexandre Vauthier Fall 2020 Haute Couture.
I see where she was going by matching her silver sandals with her floral accent at the waist, but I feel the look would’ve been served better with simple black sandals.
The look already had so much detail with the feathers…so the accessories should’ve been kept super simple in my opinion.
Arwa Gouda: The Egyptian actress wore Stéphane Rolland Spring 2020 Haute Couture.
I keep going back and forth with this gown. Because ultimately, I think it looks better from the back.
This collection had a few black and white pieces, so it was very much on theme. Plus I feel like the black panel prevent this from feeling like a bridal gown, but I am not a fan of Arwa’s cuff and clutch.
Credit: M Khatib, Rami Kadi, Stephane Rolland & Vogue.com