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Opening Night Of The Middle East International Film Festival

Last night was the opening night of 3rd Middle East International Film Festival.

Hilary Swank was definitely the belle of this ball looking exquisite wearing an asymmetrical Elie Saab Fall 2009 Couture draped gown, which is fully embroidered from the tip of her shoulder pad to the hem of her gown.

She’s rarely on the red carpet, but she ALWAYS delivers.

I’ve waited most of the day to post this hoping to find a picture from the front, but this side on shot is all I could find.

Demi Moore was also at this ceremony looking drop-dead gorgeous.

The actress wore a strapless J. Mendel Pre-Fall 2009 gown which has a gold lining.

The simple dress is paired with a black pearls necklace, and a black/gold clutch which perfectly matches her gown.

Egyptian actress and jury member Menna Shalabi wore a Naeem Khan Spring 2009 strapless gown.

I always loved how this grey gown with a ombre orange skirt looked like a flame when the model walked the runway.

Freida Pinto wore a simple black gown with cut-out detail on the waist.

The gold trim on her dress complemented her gold clutch and the gold ribbons in her hair.

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08.10.09

More Elie Saab Spring 2010



This morning I woke up like a kid on Christmas Day, and my gift was to relive the Elie Saab Spring 2010 collection via Style.com.

Yesterday I gave you the video from the show, today the pictures.

As I said yesterday, each look was more spectacular than the previous.

Although I mentioned Beyonce yesterday, I would love to see someone statuesque like Tilda Swinton wearing the long pixelated print fitted gown.

Blake Lively could rock in the short asymmetrical print dress or the nude asymmetrical embellished mini and Thandie Newton in the plunging print mini.

The evening blue and nude gown I see on Penelope Cruz, and if Nicole Kidman could wear something other than what her stylist L’Wren Scott had created I would love to see her wearing the one-shouldered embellished gown.

I hope Rachel Zoe and all the other superstar stylists are selecting for their clients as I type.

Nelly Furtado looked gorgeous wearing a contouring dove grey wool crepe Elie Saab Fall 2009 dress.

Whilst Dita Von Teese looked ultra elegant in the front row wearing a chic black wool crepe fitted Elie Saab Fall 2009 dress, which has been modified from the runway.

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07.10.09

Elie Saab Spring 2010

He had me at Look 1.

Elie Saab’s Spring 2010 collection is by far the best show I have seen this fashion week.

As one look passed me by before I could say “Oh my…” the next one was even more spectacular.

In the Escape Ephémère where the presentation was held, the room was completely black from the walls, to the seats to the black sand which covered the runway.

This allowed the embellished looks to really dazzle on the runway.

Yes the King of Bling is back.

Beyonce Knowles will be drooling over these embellished gowns and cocktail dress that I saw on the runway.

Shoulders, backs, asymmetrical straps, hip pockets all got the embellished treatment which looked like gold and bronzed stones.

The collection wasn’t all about bling.

A few looks were presented with a stunning print which was like a pixelated view of a starry night.

Other looks using a soft beige, sunset reds, evening blues and deep midnight black colour palette were draped, structured, high-waisted, cut-out, asymmetrical, plunging, backless, accented with long gold necklaces, paired with black or nude sexy leather strappy sandals and model carried a stunning Elie Saab clutch.

I know I always say this but I can’t wait to see this collection on the red carpet.

Nelly Furtado and Dita von Teese were in the front row. Will they be the first?

We will have to wait and see.

I promise to invest in a better camera next season.

I’m uploading my pictures on http://twitpic.com/photos/fashion_critic_

But do check out the pictures on Style.com when they are uploaded.

I hope you enjoy my video and grainy pictures.

18.09.09

2009 ALMA Awards

Best Dressed Award
It’s been a while but Selena Gomez finally wears something that I really love, as she had been dressed older than her teen years.

I adore her pink Tracy Reese Black Label gown, especially the cute petals adorning the bodice and shoulder.

It’s the perfect gown for her both the colour and style.

Best Spring 2010 Red Carpet Debut Award
Jordana Brewster picked a stunning gown from Reem Acra’s recently presented Spring 2010 collection.

The strapless draped canary yellow gown is such an ethereal colour which adds warmth of her skin.

Perfect choice for her.

Back to Black Award
After having a very brief flirtation as a blonde, Nelly Furtado goes back to her natural darker hair colour.

She looked stunning last night wearing Elie Saab Fall 2009 black halter-neck gown with contrasting lace panel for a provocative twist.

This is her second Elie Saab look in a row.

Slightly Disappointed, But I Do Like It Award
I expected a big gown from Eva Longoria on this red carpet, but I guess she was saving them for the show.

The host for the night opted for a strapless taupe paillette covered column Oscar de la Renta dress – which slightly squash the twins – paired taupe heels.

Her hair and neutral make-up are perfect for this look.

Best Non-Supported Actress Award

Jennifer Morrison should really have worn a bra with her Herve Leger cream gown, because the twins are looking a wee bit lopsided.

Once I got over that I could appreciated how stunning she looks.

She could have easily opted for a neutral make-up, but added a dash of red to the lips for a more sultry look.

Frizz Ease Award
Dania Ramirez’ also wore a canary yellow gown, but hers was by Pamella Roland.

I love the gown and the criss-crossing ruched detail on the bodice, but girlfriend needs some serum in her hair to control that frizz.

De Ja Vu Award
Jamie-Lynn Sigler wore a gown earlier this week in exactly the same colour, but this time her gown is strapless.

I’m more excited by the necklace than the gown.

Most Disappointing Award
Salma Hayek would normally proudly show-off the twins, wear a stunning gown, or do both.

This is not a look I would associate with Salma.

The shorter velvet deep lilac modified Bottega Veneta Fall 2009 dress is hideous and so over accessorized with the two necklaces and jewled headband.

YSL metallic Trib Two heels and a matching Bottega Veneta box clutch completes this terrible look.  I really hate it.

Worst Dressed Award
I was surprised Eva La Rue was wearing a Zuhair Murad gown, because this gown is very Las Vegas show girl to me.

From the colour to the embellished neckline, it just screams tacky.

What is it with the lack of support on this red carpet?

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Runway To “Bright Star” New York Premiere – Abbie Cornish In Elie Saab

Best Dressed Of The Week was going to be difficult already then Abbie Cornish throws her hat into the ring to make the decision even more difficult.

At the Vanity Fair & Apparition Present the Premiere of “Bright Star” this week she glowed wearing an Elie Saab Fall 2009.

I was always a fan of Elie’s extravagant blingy gowns, but this simple strapless crepe and silk satin teal gown is to die-for.

Abbie wears it well and her hairstyle gives her look an old Hollywood feel.

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14.09.09 Gossip Girl

Gossip Girl Season 3

Gossip Girl starts tonight in the US and I’m so happy to be in New York to watch the season’s premiere, but unfortunately I will have to wait months to see the rest of the series back in the UK.

The picture above is the Season 3 Gossip Girl cast photo. The boys are looking very handsome especially Ed Westwick. The girls all look beautiful too.

In the picture Jessica Szohr wore an animal print dress.

Rock chick wannabee Taylor Momsen wore a strapless two tone sequin dress, whilst Leighton Meester wears a black embellished Elie Saab Fall 2009 dress.

Without meaning to be crude, the only person that really sticks out is Blake Lively.

The rest seem to fade into the background as Blake works the hell out of her palliette covered teal Versace dress.

Was it a coincidence that she is wearing a teal blue plunging dress and the rest are wearing darker colours?

The show airs tonight on CW @ 8pm/9pm central.

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