Priyanka Chopra honored at the Marrakech Film Festival

Priyanka Chopra was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival for her outstanding contributions to cinema. AFP
Updated 07 December 2019

Priyanka Chopra honored at the Marrakech Film Festival

  • It’s been an awards-filled week for Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra
  • Shortly after she was bestowed with UNICEF’s Humanitarian Award, the star flew to Morocco where she was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival

DUBAI: Shortly after Priyanka Chopra was bestowed with UNICEF’s Danny Kaye Humanitarian Award in New York last week, the Bollywood star flew to Morocco where she was honored at the 2019 Marrakech Film Festival on Thursday for her outstanding contributions to cinema.

The Indian star took to Instagram to share the exciting news, uploading a photograph of herself on the red carpet wearing a golden-hued, crystal embellished sari by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla paired with Lorraine Schwartz jewelry and proudly brandishing her new accolade.

“To think that my career started nearly 20 years ago is surreal. I am honored and proud to be recognized tonight at the Marrakesh Film Festival,” she wrote alongside the image. “Thank you, truly, to everyone who came out to Jemaa Al- Fna Square,”the 37-year-old added alongside a #grateful hashtag.  




Chopra was feted alongside iconic Hollywood actor Robert Redford as well as French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier of “Let Joy Reign Supreme” fame. AFP

Two of the actresses’ hit movies, the 2013 superhero film “Krrish 3” and 2015’s “Bajirao Mastani,” are being screened at the event.

It’s been an awards-filled week for Chopra, who collected the Humanitarian award at Tuesday evening’s 15th annual UNICEF Snowflake Ball in New York for her philanthropic work with the charitable organization over the years.

The former “Quantico” star has been a Goodwill Ambassador for more than a decade, traveling to support the organization's work in her native India and other developing nations.

Ahead of her red carpet appearance in Marrakech, the Bollywood beauty swung by the “Conversation with” series wearing a sleek white Prabal Gurung trouser suit that featured floral embossing. She elevated the classic look with a pair of cream-colored pumps and a swipe of hot pink lipstick.

Chopra was feted alongside iconic Hollywood actor Robert Redford as well as French filmmaker Bertrand Tavernier of “Let Joy Reign Supreme” fame.

Moroccan actress Mouna Fettou, who served as the host of the annual film festival in 2006, is also being celebrated at this year's edition.

Also at the star-studded event in the North African nation’s historic Jemaa El-Fna Square in Marrakech’s old town were actresses Tilda Swinton, who is head of the competition jury, and Marion Cotillard.

British actress Naomi Watts, who celebrated her milestone 50th birthday in Morocco last year, also made a special guest appearance on the red carpet on the opening night of the 18th edition of the cinematic event.


Zuhair Murad looks to Ancient Egypt for Spring 2020 couture line

Zuhair Murad showed his Spring 2020 collection at Paris Couture Week. (Supplied)
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Zuhair Murad looks to Ancient Egypt for Spring 2020 couture line

  • Zuhair Murad referenced his offerings with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a dazzling gold number that was bejeweled with hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads

PARIS: In recent collections, Zuhair Murad has riffed on imperial Russia, Native American culture and sea life, but on Wednesday he looked to Egypt centuries ago. 

With the magnificent setting of the former 19th century palace Hotel Potocki in Paris as the backdrop for his eponymous womenswear label’s latest couture offering for Spring 2020, the Lebanese designer showed off a glamorous homage to Ancient Egypt.

Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. (Supplied)

As the Ras Baalbek-born couturier knows well, the North African nation has intrigued fashion designers for centuries, most notably in the years immediately following Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, which was filled with the treasures that were intended to guide the monarch to the afterlife. 

The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon. (Supplied)

Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a dazzling gold number that was bejeweled with hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads that took the shape of various hieroglyphics, tomb paintings, scarabs and eagles to kick off the collection.

There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway. (Supplied)

The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon, sequin-encrusted jumpsuits, belted minidresses with dramatic padded shoulders, crystal embellished jackets, sequined silk tulle numbers with slit sides and billowy, sheer chiffon trains and shimmery skirts paired with equally shimmery crop tops.

Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a shape of various hieroglyphics. (Supplied)

There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway — an indication that the designer’s latest offering is sure to delight his loyal clientele of A-listers and royals. A white embellished evening gown with a criss-cross bodice and thigh-high slits on either side practically screamed, “wear me now, Jennifer Lopez.”

Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. (Supplied)

Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. 

Even the bride was an Egyptian queen. Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. The crystal-emblazoned wedding dress featured a floor-trailing train, dramatic attached cape and a glimmering collar that imitated Ancient Egyptian necklaces.