DUBAI: Hollywood’s biggest stars strutted their stuff on the Oscars red carpet Sunday and the Middle East’s favorite designers were out in full force as leading ladies showed off their gowns.
“Captain Marvel” star Brie Larson showed off a silver high-neck dress by Celine, designed by creative head Hedi Slimane, who is of Tunisian descent.
The slinky, halter-neck number was form-fitting and sparkled as she took to the stage with Samuel L. Jackson to present the award for the Best Original Screenplay to the writers behind “Green Book,” which also won the Best Picture prize.
Meanwhile, actress Krysten Ritter chose a burgundy lace gown by Lebanese designer Reem Acra.
The TV star used the figure-hugging dress to debut her baby bump — she is having a baby with her longtime partner, musician Adam Granduciel.
The gown featured a nude underlay and embellished details on the collar and shoulders.
Angela Bassett also went for a Reem Acra gown, but chose a more lively, custom-made piece in a delicious shade of hot pink. The mermaid cut gown featured one shoulder that exploded into an oversized puff and she finished off the look with swept back hair and statement jewelry.
Actress Molly Sims turned it up a few notches with her sparkling silver Zuhair Murad Couture gown. With its train and keyhole opening on the back, it was perfect for one of Hollywood’s most glamorous red carpet affairs.
Another Lebanese red carpet mainstay was also spotted at the show — singer and actress Jennifer Hudson chose a red hot gown by Elie Saab Couture, complete with an oversized asymmetrical frill running from one shoulder to her waist and a modest slit.
Also in Elie Saab, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Michelle Yeoh glittered in a ballgown by the designer, with a silver, fish scale-like bodice and wide nude-colored skirt.
The structured, diaphanous skirt featured scattered embellishments and the suitably dramatic look was topped off with Chopard jewelry.
The Arab-designed gowns fit neatly into a wider trend seen on the Oscars red carpet — old school glamour, metallic gowns and lots of pink.
Grammy-winning country singer Kacey Musgraves, who presented an award, and actresses Linda Cardellini and Helen Mirren all went for oodles of romantic pink tulle. Even home organizing guru Marie Kondo hit the red carpet in a joyful pink dress, while “Aquaman” star Jason Momoa went for a pink tux with black lapels.
Vanity Fair Oscar Party
The stars amped it up even more at the Vanity Fair after-party, with many turning to Arab designers yet again.
Heidi Klum wore Elie Saab.
Jennifer Lopez wore Zuhair Murad.
Priyanka Chopra wore Elie Saab.
And Hailee Steinfeld wore Elie Saab.