In Saudi Arabia, storytelling has a long and celebrated history. The diversification and development of contemporary cinema has provided ambitious storytellers and filmmakers from the region with a new outlet for their work.
The Red Sea International Film Festival debuted in 2019 to help the Saudi film industry grow and to foster a cross-cultural understanding between participating nations. Since then, the Kingdom has drawn film stars, producers, and industry experts from all over the world to Jeddah to celebrate a plethora of award-winning and highly renowned film projects.
Cinema has significantly influenced Saudi Arabian as well as South Asian countries over the years, and natural diamond jewellery has often featured in those stories – both on and off the silver screen. It’s not surprising given the region’s long-standing appreciation for real diamond jewellery for the sophistication and grace it represents.
We take a look at the most popular red carpet looks from the Red Sea Film Festival 2022.
The strapless tulle gown with a sweetheart neckline and lattice crystal details that American actress Jessica Alba wore from the Elie Saab resort collection was the subject of much discussion. Her bold red lip, Jimmy Choo clutch, and elegant diamond jewellery from EFFY Jewelry made for an undeniably sophisticated look. With natural diamond fringe earrings from the Rain Ascension by Graziela Gems, this look is one for the books.
Mila Al Zahrani
Saudi actress Mila Al Zahrani looked incredible in a black and white structured gown by Mashael Al Faris. Her straight hair and dramatic make-up complemented her dazzling Boucheron jewellery. The Saudi Arabian actress wore Plume de Paon pendant earrings set with rose-cut natural diamonds on white gold, with a matching ring and diamond-encrusted bracelet.
Wearing a brilliant yellow gown by designer Nicolas Jebran and a matching, voluminous cape jacket with a train, American-Indian actress and powerhouse Priyanka Chopra captivated the crowd. In addition, the actor wore statement natural diamond pieces from Bulgari, most notably an incredible necklace adorned with white diamonds and offset by coloured stones, with an open front design that snaked around the back of her neck and multifaceted natural diamond stars at the peak.
The iconic Egyptian actress and singer Youssra stunned in an off-the-shoulder jumpsuit with crystal embellishments by Sara Onsi. She elevated the contemporary ensemble by adding a pair of feathered drop earrings from Dima Jewelery. The natural diamonds in the earring’s setting are placed in a modern and stylish design. The earrings are covered in real, natural diamonds with a delicate setting that is elegant and chic.
Indian actress Freida Pinto wore a stunning dress by Elie Saab in a rich shade of yellow and accessorised her ensemble with earrings from the Temptations line by Chopard. The earrings were made with 18-karat Fairmined white gold and featured 3.29 carats of diamonds and 14.88 carats of yellow sapphires.
Indonesian actress Luna Maya looked absolutely stunning in a white feather dress designed by Sebastian Gunawan. She wore pear-shaped natural diamond earrings weighing 13.76 carats with round diamonds weighing 1.22 carats, set in 18-karat Fairmined white gold from the Precious Lace collection from Chopard.
After a hiatus from red-carpet appearances, Indian actress Sonam Kapoor returned in style, wearing a dazzling crimson Rami Kadi Maison de Couture gown with a dramatic cape. She accessorised the look with a sleek hairdo, peach make-up, and a multi-strand diamond necklace by Chopard. Each white diamond band on the statement piece is made by connecting clusters of small and large natural diamonds, lending a striking dose of audacious modernity to the otherwise traditional design.
One of our favourite looks on this year’s red carpet was Tunisian actress Dorra Zarrouk’s emerald green gown by HONAYDA, which she teamed with exquisite natural diamond jewellery by Chopard. Dorra glowed in 18-karat Fairmined white gold earrings set with 11.58 carats of diamonds in pear shapes and brilliant round cuts from the l’Heure Du Diamant collection.
The Emirati-Yemini singer Balqees Fathi was a fan favourite throughout the event. She attended the festival wearing a magnificent strapless royal blue sequined dress by Versace, which she paired with phenomenal drop earrings that featured brilliant natural diamonds with an otherworldly shine.
American actress Lucy Hale wore a red Valentino two-piece that featured cut-outs and bows down the sides. She completed her ensemble with a strong red lip and her brown hair down. Her look is pulled together by a pair of diamond-studded hoop earrings and an exquisite black natural diamond ring with a halo of white diamonds.
Lebanese actress Nadine Njein was adorned with beautiful jewellery by Chopard. She chose a pair of earrings with 4.17 carats of tourmalines, 11.69 carats of pear-shaped quartz, and 1.37 carats of cut diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, a ring with 4.61 carats of pear-shaped pink quartz, rubellites, and natural diamonds set in 18-karat white gold, and a ring with 2.21 carats of amethysts.