Lebanese designers grace the red carpet at Cannes

Actress Eva Longoria poses on the red carpet as she arrives for the screening of the film “Le Passe” (The Past) in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival in Cannes May 17, 2013. (Reuters)

Lebanese designers have made a fashion statement at the 66th Cannes Film Festival this week.

The star-studded list of attendees wore dresses by designer-veterans Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad as well as Lebanese newbies to the fashion scene, such as Georges Hobeika, the son of a seamstress who studied civil engineering, according to his official website.

American actress Eva Longoria wore a beige, backless gown by Zuhair Murad. The dress was accented with silver baroque embroidery which enveloped the floor-length gown.

Meanwhile, French actress, and Princess of Savoy, Clotilde Courau wore an Elie Saab spring-summer 2013 dress from his haute-couture collection.

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The daring cutouts, delicate beadwork and floral applique upon sheer material made the dress recognizable as a Saab creation.

Another French actress, Vahina Giocante, wore Saab to the screening of new Hollywood movie, “The Great Gatsby.” The star chose a cobalt blue dress from his pre-fall 2013 collection, which has been described by Vogue’s Barbara Sini as boasting “softer” evening gowns; “dresses in lace and chiffon, at times decorated by geometric graphic designs in shimmery sequins.”

Saab’s creations featured on several other stars at the festival, including American actress Ahna O’Reilly, from Hollywood movie, “The Help,” and Chinese actress Fan Bingbing who wore a pale yellow floor-length number with a beaded bodice.

Supermodel Tanya Dziahileva, who has walked the runway for the likes of Alexander McQueen and Chanel, wore a fitted ivory beaded gown from Georges Hobeika’s spring-summer 2013 haute couture collection to the screening of “The Great Gatsby.”

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