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How Nelly, Yousra, and Dorra Nailed the Red Carpet This Weekend

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Nelly Karim (in her own design) and Dorra Zarrouk (wearing Rami Kadi FW17 Couture) at the closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival 2017. Getty

The closing ceremony of the 2017 Cairo International Film Festival was not short on sartorial highlights. Taking place over the long weekend, Arab actors and heroes of the big screen brought their A-game to the final leg of the festival. decodes the pitch-perfect outfits of the November issue stars Dorra Zarrouk, Nelly Karim, and Yousra. (Read the full interview in Arabic on here)

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Dorra Zarrouk, Yousra, and Nelly Karim in the November issue of Vogue Arabia

As CIFF hands over the baton to DIFF this week, with the red carpet rolling over to the Emirates, the fashion desk is primed for some serious floor-sweeping gowns serving black-tie dress code goals galore. Building up to a style crescendo, Nelly Karim took to the finale red carpet at CIFF wearing a creation she had designed. Consisting of a velvet waistcoat and pants set, with a flattering side panel tracing up the side of the leg, her dapper sparkly tie made the androgynous look one for the woman’s woman. “Everything designed by me,” is the caption Karim added to her sequence of shots that captured her velvet deluxe look in 360. From the burgundy clutch with a crush-fabric finish to her jewel-encrusted cuffs, there’s clearly even more talent to Karim than we see on screen.

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Dorra Zarrouk wearing Rami Kadi FW17 Couture at the closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival 2017. Getty

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Dorra Zarrouk opted for a Rami Kadi couture piece and deftly styled it with El Mawardy jewels (also worn by Hend Sabry at CIFF). Zarrouk wore Look 13 from Kadi’s FW17 couture collection that the designer personally showed to Vogue Arabia at the haute couture shows. “It’s couture for a woman who wants to take risks and be daring,” Kadi told Vogue. “She will be unique in my clothes.” And indeed, Zarrouk stood out from the crowd.

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Yousra wearing Elie Saab at the closing ceremony of the Cairo International Film Festival 2017. Getty

Yousra took her final turn on the 2017 Cairo red carpet wearing Egyptian jewelry brand Nakhla and a creation by Elie Saab. The trio took to Instagram with supportive emoticons and witty captions of each other throughout the evening, with Karim and Yousra posing for a shot behind the scenes, with a caption by Karim, “With our diva.” Serving serious sisterhood career goals.

Bravo for the sister act in style, ladies.

If you want a recap of the best-dressed stars at the opening ceremony of CIFF 2017, leaf through the fashion desk’s highlights here:

Or if you want to see the leading ladies from Hollywood to London and Dubai, check out’s rolling gallery of the chicest looks on the international red carpet.

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