The Venice Film Festival is one of the most glamorous events on the Hollywood calendar, and sees actors, filmmakers, and models taking to the red carpet to display striking gowns designed by some of the most renowned international designers. But one Egyptian celebrity is using her star power to champion homegrown talent.
For the premiere of Suspira, Nelly Karim paid homage to her roots by choosing a custom gown from Cairo-based label Mohanad Kojak. Karim, who was styled by Ingie Elmor, accessorized the shimmering design with a Jaeger-LeCoultre timepiece, black pointed-toe pumps, and a flower-embroidered clutch. The sequin-drenched look featured a high slit and mesh detailing, as well as a romantic, off-shoulder silhouette. The Le A’la Se’r actor ensured all the attention remained on her sparkling gown by keeping her hair and makeup relatively simple. A low, center-parted pony and kohl-rimmed eyes were all that was needed to complete the look.
The Egyptian star, who served as a member of the jury at the 73rd edition of the prestigious film festival, arrived in the Italian city on Thursday, wearing a form-fitting, black, strapless dress with an overskirt also designed by Kojak. The actress has a streak for representing both up-and-coming and established Arab creatives with her sartorial choices, such as at the 2016 Venice Film Festival, where she stunned in designs by Lebanese designer Antoine Kareh and Fashion Prize alumni Okhtein.