Dress to impress: Arab designers at the Oscars

Catherine Zeta Jones also picked an Arab-Lebanese designer, Zuhair Murad gown to walk down the red carpet for Oscars 2013. (Reuters)

Arab designers dazzled the 85th annual Academy Awards as they clothed Hollywood celebrities such as Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sandra Bullock and Kristen Stewart.

The three Lebanese designers -- Elie Saab, Zuhair Murad and Reem Acra -- are no strangers to the Oscars’ trend-setting styles.


Elie Saab


While this time around, the self-taught Saab dressed Bullock in a jet-black, lace-embellished hugging dress, in 2002 Halle Berry wore his red sheer net top embroidered and taffeta gown when she received the Best Actress award.

Angelina Jolie opted for the designer’s classic black dress at the 2009 Oscars, while “Black Swan” star Mila Kunis went for a more daring look with Saab’s lashing lacy organza soft lilac beaded ensemble in 2011.


Zuhair Murad


Zeta-Jones sizzled with a Murad dress in a heavy golden metallic beaded sequence that swiftly transitioned into skirt sheer panels.

He clothed Miley Cyrus at the 2009 Oscars in a glittering creamed white gown with a v-neck bodice and a tiered dress, while in 2012 the Latino beauty Jennifer Lopez dazzled in an off-white creamy striped Murad dress that accentuated her curves.


Reem Acra


Acra was the pick for Kristen Stewart, with a refined softened white couture design by the Lebanese-born New Yorker.


Other designers


One of the youngest Oscar winners, 22-year-old Jennifer Lawrence, wore the renowned Dior white strapless gown, and kept the look simple yet classy.

“Les Misérables” star Anne Hathaway went for a last-minute choice in a soft blush pink dress by Prada, while Alexander McQueen’s golden black dress worn by Salma Hayek was reminiscent of an ancient Egyptian-era beauty.

Jennifer Aniston, known for her safe style trends, chose to radiate in hot red strapless Valentino satin.

A deep violet Gucci was worn by Jennifer Garner, accompanying her husband Ben Affleck, who won Best Picture for “Argo.”

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