Venice Film Festival fashion on day six: Arab designers rule the red carpet

Georges Hobeika, Ihab Jiryis, Nicolas Jebran, Maison Geyanna Youness and Zuhair Murad create showstopping looks

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The Venice International Film Festival is serving up all manner of fashion moments — from Timothee Chalamet's backless look to Cate Blanchett's brush with a bouquet. Fittingly, Arab designers are enjoying the spotlight too, with day six presenting looks by some well-loved regional names.

The dancer Nicole Macchi led the charge, donning a spectacular fitted gown seemingly made from pieces of shattered mirror, and topped with a burgundy taffeta stole. While the dress in itself is a show stopper, that it is the creation of Palestinian designer Ihab Jiryis only makes it more wonderful.

Scroll through the gallery below for all the top fashion from day six of the Venice International Film Festival

Nicole Macchi wears a gown by Palestinian designer Ihab Jiryis. Getty Images

Elsewhere, actress and influencer Nilufar Addati chose to wear a dramatic fitted dress by Nicolas Jebran. From Lebanon, Jebran is already well known for his sumptuous gowns, so this sleek, fishtail dress, with a deeply cowled, boat neckline is a welcome new direction.

Later that day, German blogger Leonie Hanne arrived wearing a fully beaded gown, with exaggerated feathered sleeves, from the Lebanese couture house Georges Hobeika, while the Italian model Sara Croce also chose a beaded gown, this time by Beirut name Zuhair Murad. Despite being encrusted in handwork and being floor-length, Murad has skilfully balanced this with a plunging front and fluid, floor-grazing sleeves.

The most fabulous moment of the day had to be Farhana Bodi, an influencer living in Dubai, arriving in a powder blue, fitted fishtail gown by Maison Geyanna Youness. With a great froth of frills on one shoulder, it perfectly shows off what the Lebanese do best — unashamed glamour.

Farhana Bodi in a powder blue gown by Lebanese house Maison Geyanna Youness. Getty Images

Icy tones were something of a micro trend, as seen on Tilda Swinton in lilac sequins by Haider Ackermann, and festival hostess Rocio Munoz Morales, who wore a cool white beaded Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini dress.

Model Jasmine Sanders arrived in pure white chiffon while, not to be outdone, fellow model Sofia Resing defied gravity in a silver paillettes gown that appeared to be completely backless.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, meanwhile, actors Penelope Cruz and Julianne Moore both opted for black. Cruz arrived in a bustier gown from Chanel Haute Couture as Moore, who is the jury president for this year's festival, kept things simple in a buttoned-front Miu Miu dress and a Cartier collar of diamonds.

Updated: September 07, 2022, 11:58 AM