Summer is THE time for both weddings and music festivals in the Middle East, particularly in Lebanon. Here, let’s judge the wedding gowns and performance outfits of the season.
Algerian Actress Amel Bouchoucha at her wedding in Beirut, Lebanon
It seems Amal had two dresses, this one being for the party. It’s a fairly standard dress although for once I think the one shoulder actually works.
It’s hard not to upstage the bride when you’re as polished and glamorous as Cyrine.
Egyptian singer Mai Kassab at her wedding to Oki in Cairo, Egypt I’ll give her this: Mai Kassab truly looked like she (as well as her guests) were having a fabulous time at her wedding. Her husband, of the group Okiwiortega, typically looks like the kind of guy you would not want to bring home to mom and dad, but he shined up OK for the festivities.
I’m a sucker for a wedding dress with a train, and I like the crown in her hair although not the sad little veil. The dress is otherwise nice but there’s a bit too much tulle on the skirt. Ever the accomodating bride, Mai dressed her bridesmaids in various versions of the same hot pink hue. It’s fun, but between the different hairstyles and different shoes there is a lack of unity and it all looks slightly tacky.Shaza sang for her friend while respectly toning down her dress and styling so as not to overshadow a la Cyrine Abdelnour. These are pretty dresses made all the more boring for the lack of hair and makeup.
It’s a bachelorette party. Mai and co. Kept it as classy as anyone could dare hope. And to that girl in the center: how on earth do you maintain that tan?!?!
Moroccan dinger Wiam Dahmani celebrating Morocco’s Fete du Roi in Abu Dhabi It looks like a costume from Hollywood’s retro Kismet musical, but I’m quite taken by it.
Moroccan singer Ibtissam Tiskat performing on TV
Moroccan singer Dunia Batma performing in Morocco
Dunia Batma performing in MoroccoBe still, my heart: this is beyond exquisite: I’ve never seen a pants and kaftan combo so beautiful. Chaimae belt buckles are also beyond cool. Dunia is obviously, beyond the beyond cool.
Lebanese singer Najwa Karam performing at Ehmej Festival
Lebanese singer Nicole Sabaa performing in Cairo, Egypt
A Grecian mermaid. A Roman princess. A Carthaginian dancer. Houda looks nostalgically Mediterranean.
Moroccan singer Jannat performing in Egypt An absolutely exquisite dress, although it kind of ages her. And, just wondering, why did they choose a Moroccan singer to perform at a celebration for the Suez Canal??
Cyrine Abdelnour and Drag Queen Bassem Fghali
Lebanese singer Yara Satin is tricky: whereas Najwa’s dress above works, this does not. It’s too much billowing fabric and not enough structure.
Jordanian singer Diana Karazon Her hair is morphing into the flowers on her dress. Or vice versa. It’s weird.
I can’t focus on the dress, because the hair and her facial expresion are so terrifying.
I can’t put my finger on why I dislike this so much, but I do. She’s glowing, but this just doesn’t scream pop star to me.
Is she on stilts? What type of shoes is she wearing?