Beirut, broken cameras and the Beard – Oscars 2013

Oscar dresses never disappoint, and this year’s were no exception. Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts and Salma Hayek all looked sensational in their sparkling sheath numbers. And there were some extra special treats for us too.

The first was Catherine Zeta Jones, whose appearance on the Red Carpet sent us into a hyper-ventilating tailspin. We thought she looked stunning – like an Egyptian queen/ Grecian statue/ Oscar himself. The gold embroidery on the bodice glistened in the LA sun, and softened into a train of wafting chiffon and tulle. For us, this is one of the best dresses of the night. So imagine our rapture when she glided up to a waiting Ryan Seacrest, and uttered the words ‘Zuhair Murad’. Yay!

Zuhair Murad is a Beirut-based designer who specialises in exuberance, splendour and luxury. This year his creations have taken on a decidedly Oscar-friendly theme. Check out photos from his 2013 Spring Couture collection here.

Then there was Palestinian farmer and film maker Emad Burnat, whose documentary 5 Broken Cameras was nominated in the Best Documentary Feature category. Not only did Burnat lose five cameras while filming Palestinian villagers’ protests against the Wall, he and his family were held at LAX airport after a 16-hour trip from the village of Bil’in in Gaza. Thankfully, they made it to the ceremony, and formed a terrific vision on the Red Carpet – with Burnat’s wife, Soreya wearing a beautiful traditional Palestinian thoab, decorated with tatreez embroidery. Practised by Palestinian women for generations, tatreez is a highly symbolic form of handicraft which signifies the Palestinians’ connection to their land and history. The intricate motifs take inspiration from nature, depicting trees, animals, flowers.

And of course we would be totally remiss if we didn’t mention that other star of the Red Carpet – the Hollywood beard. We’re not talking about your run-of-the-mill-shrinking-violet designer stubble here – this is facial hair out and proud. And yes the link to Funoon’s regions is tenuous (although not non-existent) but we’re cuing up George Clooney below so hush.

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