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Styled Archives: Nadine Labaki’s Hottest Moments

With more film festival appearances and red carpet looks than her award nominations, Labaki is all ‘sukkar banat’.

Mai El Mokadem

Styled Archives: Nadine Labaki’s Hottest Moments

Nadine Labaki is not merely a woman but a force to be reckoned with in the world of cinema. This Lebanese filmmaker has forged a path as a director, writer, and actress, renowned for her raw and socially conscious storytelling. Labaki's specialty lies in films that intricately explore social issues, particularly those affecting women and children.

Her work has earned international acclaim, notably her 2018 film ‘Capernaum,’ which received an Oscar nomination (making her the first female Arab director to achieve this) as well as ‘Caramel,’ which attained cult classic status. On red carpets, she consistently sports long, statement gowns, yet Labaki's fashionable status extends beyond these glamorous appearances to more understated moments.

With a penchant for bold silhouettes, smokey eyes, substantial bangles, hoop earrings, and statement pieces, we can confidently add 'fashionista' to Labaki’s repertoire. Now, following her recent appointment as a jury member for the 77th Cannes Film Festival, we delve into her finest looks in this Styled Archive - both on and off duty.

55th San Sebastian Film Festival - Spain, Sept. 23, 2007

Double Nadine Labaki? The room just got hotter. Sporting a Y2k-style embroidered vest layered over a plain white button-up and paired with dark, skinny jeans (cue shudders), Labaki effortlessly smizes for her close-up in Spain.

Dancing on 'The Autobus' Movie Set - Lebanon, Oct. 10, 2004

On the set of the musical film, Labaki danced the night away, marking her debut as an actress. The soundtrack, a fusion of Arabic folk music and techno, served as the backdrop for Labaki's budding talent - and her eccentric pop fashion, characterised by a hot pink fishnet top paired with a matching scarf headwrap, orange fingerless gloves, and yellow star earrings.

Photographed by Dan Tuffs- Los Angeles, Jan. 28, 2008

In this portrait shoot, Labaki embraces the bangles. Big, shiny, silver, and gold, she adorns her wrists with these accessories, pairing them with a purple turtleneck and bouncy bangs.

Clash De Cartier Event In Paris - Paris, April 10, 2019

Red is a color that the actress often dons on red carpets and at events. For this Cartier event, she chose a show-stopping red gown and a side part that perfectly aligned with her bold style.

'Et Maintenant On Va Ou?' Rome Photocall - Rome, Jan. 10, 2012

Rendezvous with Nadine Labaki, oui oui. Dressed to kill, she smoulders in black, topped off with an elegant, dangly earring in a pop of green.

‘Lawless’ Premiere at the 65th Cannes Film Festival - Cannes, May 19, 2012

After seeing this photograph, we can attest that green is Labaki’s colour. Court adjourned.

‘Caramel’ Premiere in Egypt - Cairo, Feb. 19, 2008

Labaki holds a purse with an image of Egyptian icon Faten Hamama emblazoned on it, during the premiere of 'Caramel' at a movie theatre in Cairo, playing a subtle (not-so-subtle) tribute to Egyptian cinema for her film’s launch.

Photographed by Jeff Vespa at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival - Toronto, September 9, 2011

In a two-toned baby blue and mint blue shirt dress, the Oscar nominee matches her eyeshadow to her outfit, effortlessly mixing gold earrings with silver rings. 'Cause, you know, she makes her own fashion rules.

Photographed for The Wrap - Toronto, Sept. 8, 2018

Business chic, sexy dresses, elegant gowns - Labaki is a wild card, seamlessly suiting each and every style. Sporting giant hoops, a creamy white suit jacket, and burgundy pants, she proves that her fashion sense is anything but predictable.

‘Capernaum’ Premiere at 17th Marrakech International Film Festival - Marrakech, Dec. 7, 2018

For your movie's premiere, you have to look absolutely ravishing. And that's exactly what Labaki does. Channelling her inner Greek goddess, she stuns in an all-white, flowy dress, cinched at the waist with a braided gold belt and matching gold clutch, complemented by gold bangles and earrings. And, of course, her signature smokey eyes.

Burberry Prorsum Show at London Fashion Week- London, Feb. 23, 2015

Labaki sported sleek bangs and a chic mid-length buttoned beige coat at the Burberry Prorsum Autumn/Winter 2015 show.

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