Freida Pinto stuns in Elie Saab at Melbourne festival

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Indian actress Freida Pinto poses for a photo with the Melbourne skyline in the background after a press conference on the opening day of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Aug. 10. (AFP)
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Indian film director Tabrez Noorani, left, answers question with Bollywood and Hollywood actress Freida Pinto during a press conference on the opening day of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Aug. 10. (AFP)
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Indian actress Freida Pinto poses for a photo with the Melbourne skyline in the background after a press conference on the opening day of the Indian Film Festival of Melbourne on Aug. 10. (AFP)
Updated 12 August 2018
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Freida Pinto stuns in Elie Saab at Melbourne festival

  • In Melbourne, the actress hoped to raise awareness about the topic of sex trafficking through her latest film Love Sonia, which was screened at the opening of the Melbourne film festival
  • Global human trafficking is estimated to be worth around $150 billion, and every year, millions of vulnerable children and women are forced into sexual slavery

 

JEDDAH: Indian actress Freida Pinto turned heads at the opening of Australia’s Indian Film Festival of Melbourne in an Elie Saab gown. The cobalt blue number was from the Elie Saab resort 2018 collection and featured net detailing on the front. 

Pinto posted a photo of herself in the outfit standing against the backdrop of the Melbourne skyline, captioning it: “Always a pleasure to be back.”

She chose another outfit, a black gown featuring embroidery, created by the Lebanese designer, for the evening’s red carpet event.

The label, which has been a popular choice among Hollywood’s A-list stars for the red carpet, also posted Pinto’s image on its Instagram account, with the caption:  "Shades of blue | A radiant @freidapinto in Elie Saab resort 2018 while in Melbourne.”

Saab has long been a favorite of the Indian actress. Her forest-green gown from Elie Saab’s fall 2017 haute couture collection worn to a Cartier event in Paris in July this year or the shimmery blue gown she wore to the Vanity Fair Oscar Party 2017 were both showstoppers.

In Melbourne, the Slumdog Millionaire actress hoped to raise awareness about the topic of sex trafficking through her latest film Love Sonia, which was screened at the opening of the film festival.

The film, directed by Tabrez Noorani, received rave reviews and a standing ovation in Melbourne, following its successful premiere in the UK recently. It is nominated in three categories at the Melbourne festival — for best Indie film, best director and best supporting actress for Pinto and Richa Chadha.

Love Sonia is a hard-hitting story about a 17-year-old girl who risks her life to rescue her sister from the sex trade and then gets caught up in it herself. It was shot in India, Hong Kong and Los Angeles and stars Chadha, Mrunal Thakur, Manoj Bajpayee, Rajkummar Rao, Anupam Kher and Demi Moore. The latter agreed to be part of the movie due to her NGO that works to abolish sexual slavery and human trafficking. 

Global human trafficking is estimated to be worth around $150 billion, and every year, millions of vulnerable children and women are forced into sexual slavery. For over a decade, Noorani worked alongside NGOs to rescue girls forced into sex work. The plot of Love Sonia is based on real women’s experiences.

The theme of this year’s Melbourne film festival is “inclusion,” and many of the films tell the stories of marginalized communities. The event will conclude on Aug. 22.


Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

Gigi Hadid walking the Burberry show at LFW 2019.(AFP)
Updated 18 February 2019
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Leena Al-Ghouti wraps up as LFW winds down

DUBAI: As Gigi Hadid walked the runway, Dubai-based influencer Leena Al-Ghouti showed up at the Burberry show at London Fashion Week in a chic ensemble.

The fashion influencer donned a black hijab, cat-eye shades and an uber-cool camel colored coat, with an oversized Burberry shawl, as she posed outside the show.

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Burberry earned its place — again — as one of the top shows in London Fashion Week on Sunday, according to Reuters, with a widely ranging catwalk show that honored the British brand’s long tradition but showed it is still ready to mix it up and set trends.

Chief Creative Officer Riccardo Tisci showed in his second collection that he is perfectly comfortable stretching the Burberry look to keep its younger fans happy while easily switching gears to create classic, severely tailored ensembles that ooze chic.

The two sides of the Burberry coin were reflected in the two adjacent rooms where the collection was shown: one a sedate auditorium with comfortable, padded seats; the other a raucous wide-open space ringed by a climbing gym of the type young kids would use.

“I have been thinking a lot about England as a country of contrasts, from the structured to the rebellious and free, and I wanted to celebrate how these elements coexist,” Tisci said.

He said he had four characters in mind when putting the collection together: a girl and a boy, and a lady and a gentleman.

The transition was obvious as models went from street-style clothes — oversize puffer jackets, metallic ornamentation, revealing slip dresses, silver boots, faux fur, big red plastic sneakers — to subtle, timeless outfits in muted fall colors.

There were occasional references to the brand’s earlier incarnation as a purveyor of fine, traditional menswear as a few models were dressed in classic suits and ties, including one double-breasted throwback, Reuters reported.

Tisci made ample and imaginative use of the traditional Burberry trench and check, and paired a number of sexy evening dresses with full-length coats for a look at once provocative and classy.

There were a few eccentric touches, including an outfit set off by a giant scarf that paid homage to “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

For her part. Hadid took to the runway in a sporty, monochromatic ensemble featuring a miniskirt and black corset with dramatic puffed sleeves over a white polo shirt.

Tisci seems to be enjoying his time at Burberry, treasuring tradition but refusing to be overwhelmed by it.