It’s the longest-running film festival in the Arab and African world, and last week, the Cairo International Festival (CIFF) returned for its 40th edition. Overseen by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy (the festival’s youngest president, at 43), the annual cinematic event brought out the who’s who of Egyptian cinema, who descended upon the Cairo Opera House to celebrate their fellow Arab actors, directors, and producers. The 10-day-long event opened with the MENA premiere of Green Book, the Peter Farrelly-directed comedy drama that took home the People’s Choice Award at the most recent Toronto International Film Festival. But of course, before the celebrities found their seats for the screening of the opening film, they posed for the photographers on the red carpet, wearing designs plucked from the collections of homegrown designers.
Indeed, the opening ceremony was not short of sartorial highlights. Nelly Karim cut a striking figure in a leather, body-hugging Mohanad Kojak creation, Amina Khalil went romantic in a soft purple, custom Norine Farah gown, and Mai Selim looked angelic in a white, lace design from Nour Azazy. Demanding a double take was Riham Hagag, who wore a red, sequin-embellished Zuhair Murad gown with an asymmetric sleeve, while Dorra Zarrouk, who also chose a look by the Lebanese couturier, had a scene-stealing moment in a black, off-the-shoulder number with gold beading and a high slit.
The red carpet looks from the days that followed were equally as enchanting. See Shereen Reda, who demanded a double take in a Balmain mini-dress at The White Crow premiere on Tuesday. Also at the screening of the Ralph Fiennes-directed drama was Lekaa Elkhamissi, who stunned in a fairytale Maram Borhan design.
If you want a recap of the best-dressed stars at CIFF 2018, leaf through the fashion desk’s highlights in the gallery above.