Regional designers step out at the Golden Globes

Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab and Ashi Studio made their presence felt on the red carpet

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Call it a stance against the mainstream, call it a political statement or, perhaps, just call it a love of beautiful gowns, but Sunday night’s Golden Globes saw several women stepping out in creations by designers from the Middle East.

One of the biggest hits of the evening was Beirut’s Zuhair Murad, who dressed three leading ladies. Dame Helen Mirren - never one to toe a line - stepped out in heavy black lace, lightened with barely-there tulle over her arms and shoulders, in a gown that covered and revealed in equal measure. Finished with a snap of a fan, the look had all the sass we have come to expect from this British icon.

Halle Berry also chose Murad, in the form of an above-the-knee lace and nude dress, that also covered the arms, this time to offset a deep neckline, keeping it on the right side of stylish. Catherine Zeta-Jones, too, went for a plunging Murad gown, in trailing, floor-length lace.

Elie Saab dressed both Ashley Judd and Lena Headey, with Headey looking particularly elegant in a softly ruffled neckline and hem gown, paired with a sheer panel.

No red carpet would be complete without the irrepressible Heidi Klum, and she wore an Ashi Studio creation: a giddy confection of tulle and feathers, which showed off her collar bone and toned arms.


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