Is it just me or in recent years the success or otherwise of international fashion houses and designers hinges greatly on whether or not their creations were displayed by celebrities on the red carpet in Cannes ? I agree that these damsels ranging in age from eight to eighty exuding their glamour can be excellent publicity. All the cameras of the world focused on them. Who wants to watch people dying in war zones or of hunger, or the biggest democratic elections in human history when you can watch Paz Vega waving to the pigeons in the sky stuffed in her beaded white dress? Seriously, who was she waving to anyway? Only us pigeons up there I tell ya.
Which brings us to the topic of fashion in my part of the world that is Lebanon. What has Lebanon got anything to do with fashion, you ask? Don’t ask me. Ask the lady waving to the pigeons yaani (that is how we say ‘what I mean is..’ in the Levant), Paz Vega. The beaded creation she was sporting was created by Elie Saab, the Lebanese designer whose head office in Beirut is situated on my way to the office.
You can also ask Jane Fonda. She also wore an elegant Elie Saab creation. The red full sleeve gown she beamed in is the one I am talking about. It had a lot of beads too. Maybe too many. But Desi as well as Arab mind is obsessed with “chamak damak”, I have no idea why. But since I am part Desi and part Arab, there has been the cancelling out effect and I dress up in grays, blues and blacks most of the time.
Speaking of the Desi scene, the voluminous gown that Sonam Kapoor wore at Cannes was also a Saab creation as well as the one Aishwariya Rai wore.
Another Lebanese designer featured well on the red carpet in Cannes was Zuhair Murad. Sonia Rolland strutted her stuff in a Murad gown with the trade mark strategically placed motifs.
So if any fashion designer wants to make it big, he or she has to make it big in Cannes.
I wonder why no one cares what the blokes are wearing on the red carpet. They could well be in their pajamas and nobody would care.
By- Sabine Shah
Sabine Shah is a reclusive free lancer, novelist, short story writer, humorist, and poet. She has also written drama scripts and song lyrics. Most of her work is in English but she is familiar with French, Spoken Arabic, Hindi/Urdu and Punjabi as well.