Everyone knows that Cannes is only about the great films, right? Wrong.
It’s all about film, networking, glamour, fashion, food, and celebrities (with a little scandal on the side).
This year’s Cannes does not disappoint.
Actress and resident blonde bombshell Pamela Anderson arrived at VIP Room JW Marriot during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France wearing INGIE Paris. The model turned animal rights activist opted for an archive piece from the Parisian designer.
TV and radio personality La La Anthony attended the ‘Loving’ premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France wearing Gauri & Nainika. The New York Times best selling author wore a form fitting black, ruched gown with tiered ruffles by the India- based design duo.
MORE ABOUT THE DESIGNERS
About INGIE Paris:
Long established as one of the Middle East’s foremost fashion icons, due to both her innate sense of personal style and her acumen when it comes to the business of fashion, Ingie Chalhoub has been pushing the boundaries of high luxury in the Region since the foundation of her Etoile Group through the opening the first ever Chanel boutique in the Middle East in 1983. The success of the group, and its quick expansion from just one to more than 70 boutiques and 500-plus employees across the Middle East, is evidence of her drive and focus.
Ingie Chalhoub was one of the first in the business community to note the regional potential of high-end fashion and worked to ensure her brands were well represented throughout the Gulf. The fact that she has been entrusted with the licensing and launching of numerous covetable houses, including Chanel, Valentino, Ralph Lauren, TOD’s, Hogan and most recently ISSA London (to name just a few), illustrates how highly the international style cognoscenti regard her and her expertise about the Region.
With a wealth of experience in the industry, as the last but not the least challenge she has been embracing in her career path, Ingie Chalhoub has recently established herself as designer with the luxury ready-to-wear line INGIE Paris. Since its launch in 2009, Ingie Chalhoub has been studying the market and adjusting the offer evolving from few, exquisite evening gowns to a complete proposal of cocktail dresses, daywear ensembles, knitwear pieces and accessories. Also the distribution of the line has been expanding with an actual presence not only throughout the GCC, but also in Turkey, Western and Eastern Europe. A recognizable milestone for the line has been the opening of the first flagship store in Kuwait in the luxury Prestige area of The Avenues mall, in 2013.
Stylista’s favourite Harper’s Bazaar chose her as one of the region’s best dressed in 2010 and she is a regular in Ahlan! Magazine’s Hot 100 list, which picks out the most influential people in the UAE.
Her mantelpiece includes also the prestigious L’Officiel Woman of the Year award and Emirates Woman’s Business Woman of the Year (for both 2008 and 2009), the Gulf Connoisseur Awards in 2011 and 2013 and the title of ‘ELLE Business Woman of the Year” in late 2013. CEO Middle East have also included her in their list of the 100 Most Powerful Arab Women for 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and she was listed by Arabian Business magazine in 2012, 2013 and 2014 as one of the World’s 500 Most Influential Arabs.
During 2014 the Middle East’s leading online fashion website Style.com/Arabia launched a new initiative “Voices”, with a mission to represent the voice of a region pushing the boundaries of culture at home and abroad. Ingie Chalhoub was selected to be one of the contributors, alongside a handful of fascinating, well-traveled and influential fashion and cultural personalities and is to be a regular editor, expressing her views on fashion and culture.
About Gauri & Nainika:
Gauri & Nainika Karan launched their label Gauri & Nainika in January 2002 in New Delhi. An evening wear brand with styles ranging from cocktail dresses to elaborate bespoke gowns, the label offers glamorous, elegant and chic clothing for women. With a design philosophy that is distinctly feminine and European, their collections are being retailed at exclusive boutiques in India and the Middle East.
Inspired by European fashion history, art, music, books, personalities, theatre, old Hollywood, red carpet glamour and pictures of their mother from the 70s, the brand has always had an extremely feminine and romantic design philosophy with styles that are luxurious yet understated. With a strong emphasis on fabric, cut & color, the designs focus on shape and flattering silhouettes. By combining tailoring with drapery, the garments are meticulously crafted and have a timeless appeal where old world charm, fantasy and elegance are brought bang up to date. Femininity forms the essence of the label where the paradoxical combination of drama and subtlety can be seen in even its simplest styles.
The label caters to those who like to dress with a sense of occasion. The styles are for a self-determining woman who is sophisticated, elegant and embraces femininity in fashion. Gauri & Nainika Karan grew up in New Delhi. Though originally students of economics, they were always inclined towards fashion and the creative arts. After studying at The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT, New Delhi), they launched their ready-to-wear label Gauri & Nainika. They grew up inspired by the classics and the romantic look of old Hollywood heroines such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly whose timeless elegance has been incorporated in their designs. www.gauriandnainika.com.