There’s a deep emotional connection between the two industries that produce dreams: fashion and cinematography. One appeared spontaniously in a previous millennia, probably when a cave teenager refused to wear a hat to be different, the other – invented during a series of scientific experiments in motion picture photography. Yves Saint Lauren said “Les modes passent, le style est eternal…”. The same can be said of film vs. cinema, as even the oldest Brothers Lumieres cinematography is a form of immortal art. Surprisingly though the Dubai Film Festival’s style and red carpet often drew more attention than the screenings.
Designated area for Red Carpet media
Gorgeous Emirates crew, photo credit DIFF team
Red Carpet, Madinat Arena
Olga Kurylenko at IWC event, photo credit DIFF team
Rogue One premier, photo credit DIFF team
Divided by four popular fashion choices, tailored gowns, “mix and match” tuxedos, fantasy outfits and traditional fusion, guests and participants united in looking effortlessly glamorous guided by dress-codes, personal taste and the work of designers. I couldn’t take my eyes off fabulous Tuba Buyukustun, a female actor from Turkey, who in her dreamy long gowns created an Art Deco illusion.
DIFF 2016, Opening Night, photo credit DIFF team
IWC Gala, photo credit DIFF team
Tuba and Georges Kern, CEO IWC Schaffhause
Initially spotted in a crowd of admirers, it took me a day to build the confidence to approach Eileen Level. With a straightforward mission to photograph Eileen in her incredible hat, I ended up admiring her perfectly shaped face, charismatic sense of fashion and spontaneous jokes. Come back to Dubai, girl!
Forever-young brunette Andie MacDowell made two quite remarkable appearances during DIFF 2016. Dressed in a tailored beige trouser suit, she delivered a sharp yet very personable masterclass to a demanding audience of international media reps. Later that evening, perfect in every detail, Andie was dazzling with confidence in a dark blue sequin gown at the Global Gala.
On the way to the Masterclass, photo credit DIFF team
Global Gala, photo credit DIFF team
A girl who created waves and sighs of admiration from “seen it all” red carpet pool photographers and critics alike was Jordan-based influencer Hiba Assad. Being a stunning beauty she wore an exceptional black dress with a leather like corsage and flirty skirt by Dania Dahleh.
My own astonishing fashion crush of the year occurred when mega popular Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh stepped onto the Red Carpet looking magical in a dark violet cape on top of a 3-piece earthy suit paired with gorgeous hair and a noble mustache. For the next couple of days I ran into him striking poses in completely unrecognizable looks that could be described varyingly as edgy, fancy, hipster, posh and even conservative. Wish I was quick enough to steal his stylist’s number. See for yourself!
The Opening night, photo credit DIFF team
With the co-actor, photo credit DIFF Team
Portraits DIFF, photo credit DIFF team
Glowing with happiness and timeless beauty, Shirina Fotuhi, a creative mind behind Coega sunwear marketing was in high demand at Harpers Bazaar best dressed lounge. Rushing to the premier of “Rogue One: Star Wars story”, she looked fabulously daring in her “Happy Sithmas” shirt paired with tight leggings, denim jacket from Maison Clad and stilettos.
My choice for most entertaining Red Carpet appearance would go to English actor Bill Nighy. Striking pose after pose in his sharp dark navy suit (no tie), Bill found time for every photographer in the pool, boosting energy and encouraging bursts of laughter. His speech at “Their Finest” premier alone deserved a big shiny trophy and standing applause.
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Emirati photographer Ismail Hemaid looked fantastic in a traditional dishdash empowered with enthusiasm, professionalism and a great sense of humor. Can you tell he has been working loooong hours?
Attending DIFF 2016 has demonstrated once again the importance of attracting individuals from all over the world, who inspire, provoke debates, mentor, express and create dreams. Both cinematography and fashion are charisma driven industries and watching them in action is a lot of fun! Cheers to the great people who shape the style of entertainment:
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Tyrese Gibson attends the Opening Night Gala during day one of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 7, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF) *** Local Caption *** Tyrese Gibson
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 12: Eva Longoria attends the Global Gift Gala during day six of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Four Seasons Hotel on December 12, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 10: Aisholpan Nurgaiv, Almagul Kuksygyen and Nurgaiv Rys attend “The Eagle Huntress” red carpet during day four of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 10, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for DIFF)
Olga Kurylenko, photo credit DIFF team
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – DECEMBER 07: Director John Madden attends the Opening Night Gala during day one of the 13th annual Dubai International Film Festival held at the Madinat Jumeriah Complex on December 7, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for DIFF) *** Local Caption *** John Madden
LaTanya and Samuel L. Jackson, photo credit DIFF team
The Siren dress by Kris Jane, an emerging designer with an artistic touch brought me luck, fame and most importantly new followers (hooray!).
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