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.
American actress Jessica Alba wore a strapless tulle gown with lattice crystals from the Elie Saab resort collection. Her bold red lip 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 clean hairdo and dramatic make-up complemented her dazzling Boucheron jewellery. She wore Plume de Paon pendant earrings set with rose-cut natural diamonds on white gold, and paired it 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. The actor wore statement natural diamond collar neckpiece with stars at the end from Bulgari.
The iconic Egyptian actress and singer Youssra stunned in a one shoulder jumpsuit with crystal embellishments by Sara Onsi. She elevated the contemporary ensemble by adding a pair of feather-shaped natural diamond earrings from Dima Jewelry.
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 real 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 statement earrings from Chopard’s Precious Lace high jewellery collection. The earrings feature pear-shaped natural diamonds weighing 13.76 carats and round diamonds weighing 1.22 carats, set in white gold
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 gown with a multi-strand diamond necklace from Chopard. Each strand features 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 outfit that featured cut-outs and bows down the sides. She completed her ensemble with 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. Her statement ring features natural diamonds, pear-shaped pink quartz and rubellites