The film industry’s most glamorous affair is almost upon us – here are five head-turning, Middle Eastern-designed gowns we hope to spot on the red carpet this year...
Tony Ward, Lebanese-Italian.
Why we love it: While a pristine white train and origami flower detailing may sound like wedding-day attire, there’s nothing bridal about this hi-low couture number. Form-fitting structure with a circus cum Henry the 8th ruff, this is a showstopper waiting to happen.
Who we want to see wearing it: Zendaya’s rapid ascent from Disney Princess to walking editorial makes her the perfect candidate for something as daring as this.
How we’d accessorise it: With a big attitude and major strut.
Zuhair Murad, Lebanese.
Why we love it: We’re avid supporters of a two-piece red carpet moment, but this Egyptian-motif embellished creation from Murad is truly worth its impossibly glamorous two-cents.
Who we want to see wearing it: An Egyptian goddess motif that mirrors your own chest’s ink? This ones got Rihanna’s name all over it.
How we’d accessorise it: With cobalt blue sandals a slicked back bun.
Elie Saab, Lebanese.
Why we love it: This romantic blush number from BAZAAR favourite, Saab, treads the perilous line between effeminate glamour and saccharine-sweet prom dressing – and comes out triumphant. The eighties style shoulder ruff balances out the peekaboo leg slit, while the diamante embellished belt adds just the right amount of Dynasty glamour.
Who we want to see wearing it: Margot Robbie.
How we’d accessorise it: Exactly as Saab’s runway stylist did. Gold star to them and gold sandals for Margot, pretty please.
Rami Kadi, Lebanese American.
Why we love it: Blurring the lines between art-deco masterpiece and column dress-of-dreams, the real draw for us is the architecturally ruffled evening-gloves.
Who we want to see wearing it: The fitted structure and avant-garde detailing has Zoë Kravitz’s name all over it.
How we’d accessorise it: With a coral lipstick as bold as the gloves and vintage Cartier chandelier earrings.
Michael Cinco, Filipino.
Why we love it: Like a macabre swan lake, this ruby-red gown is steeped in a dark, romantic glamour. Feather detail has been a returning fashion-favourite for a few seasons now, but the structural shoulder placement feels fresh and relevant.
Who we want to see wearing it: FKA Twigs, complete with her trademark ornately gelled hair edges, please.
How we’d accessorise it: Minimally. This showstopper needs no more than a pair of Tiffany HardWear link earrings and a gold, hard-case McQueen clutch.