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The Best and Worst Dressed on the 2013 Golden Globes Red Carpet

How fabulous were those red carpet-worthy gowns at the Golden Globes last night. It really is a great year for fashion. I had so many favorites it was hard to choose from. But the bad ones were pretty ridiculous as well. Take a look

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Emily Blunt dazzled in a head to toe embellished gold Michael Kors dress with side-cut-outs. I like the dress but I’m not entirely sure I like it on her. What I loved though was her simple high bun and how she accessorized the look with pink and red gemstone earrings.

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I usually think Zooey  Deschanel has a big tendency to go for the 80′s prom girl look, think  2012 Emmys look but the fire red on this Oscar de la Renta works so well on both the bodice and her fair skin. The pearl necklace also saved this dress from being too ballgown-ish, I’m not sure if her and Jennifer Lawrence crossed paths though cause they would have looked like bridesmaids next to each other.

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Hot hot hot! Jennifer Lawrence looks phenomenal in this jaw-dropping coral Dior Couture gown. I just love the cone shaped bustier on it, it takes her otherwise conventional look to a whole new level. The metallic waist belt also adds such a modern touch.

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Another Lebanese designer makes headlines, this time Reem Acra for this ethereal cap-sleeve and sequin embellishment gown worn by Isla Fisher. I loved her side-swept retro hair and bold lip color.

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The good witch from the Wizard of Oz called. She wants her dress back ASAP. Yes, Julianne Hough got it all wrong in what looks like an attention deficit gown by  Monique Lhuillier. There is so much going on over here it makes it so hard to concentrate but it looks like the aftermath of one big fabric barf.

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How do I feel about this Jennifer Lopez in this white floral appliqué lace over a nude skin Zuhair Murad gown? The dress is beautiful. She looks beautiful. No one can deny that. But this is THE typical dress I thought she’d be wearing. She loves the teaser dresses you know… the way the lace JUST covers her lady parts and how the dress is super skin tight. I feel like I’ve seen this look on her over and over and over. It’s time to put the sexy aside for once and start playing with fashion.  But someone needs to tell her to tone down the pout.

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Jessica Alba has never looked as perfect as she did last night in this strapless soft-coral Oscar de la Renta dress. The design contours her  silhouette flawlessly and the way the fabric ruffles at the bottom brings it all so graciously together. Not to mention those Harry Winston rocks she’s sporting on her neck. LOVE!

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Halle Berry turned heads in this Versace one-shoulder gown- but not in a good way. People were wondering if Donatella was playing a cruel joke on her because this seemingly unfinished patterned mess was so painful to watch. And I think everyone is over the spikey messy hair look from her. Go home, mail back that dress and think about what you’ve done.

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Less is more. That’s what Anne Hathaway proved in this delicately   beaded dress from Chanel’s  SS09 haute couture collection.  She’s channeling Audrey Hepburn and starting to look a lot like the late beauty icon. And though she’s made it on many people’s worst dress list, there’s something about the way she effortlessly wears that gown that makes her entire look come together. She is however looking skinnier than ever, but I guess all that hard work paid off since she went home a winner for her much-buzzed about performance in Les Misérables.

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So let’s talk about the haute mess that was Lucy Liu last night. Lucy donned this puffy floral gown from Carolina Herrera’s Pre-Fall 2013 that looked like she had broke into some old folk’s cottage and ripped off their 20th century upholstery after watching Beauty and The Beast.  Fashion risks are fun and I loved the statement she made at the Emmy’s last year  but this is a costume.

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One of my best dressed of the night was Kate Hudson in this sultry long sleeved dress with plunging neckline and gold embellishments by Alexander McQueen. Black is always the safe bet but there is nothing safe about this look for a red carpet. I haven’t loved something this much on her since that fabulous Emilio Pucci she donned at the 2010 SAG Awards.

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Nicole Kidman stepped out in this black crepe gown from Alexander McQueen’s Spring ’13 collection. Known for her elegance and refined fashion sense this couture queen also showed some skin this in this sheer-netted fabric on her midsection. She sure knows how to pick them- remember her Emmy Dress?

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And of course no red carpet is complete without an Elie Saab. Lea Michelle donned this intricately beaded halter cream gown with a thigh -high slit last night and though her choice was great I think the contrast between her and the dress makes her skin look slightly more orange than tanned. I would have also liked to see her hair up in a messy loose bun.
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Miss Lebanon 2012- Battle Of The Twins

I get it, nothing creates a buzz like two twins competing for the same title, Miss Lebanon 2012. And it worked, the Chibani twins have dominated headlines since being crowned last night. Rina Chibani is now Miss Lebanon 2012 and her twin sister Romi is first runner-up.

It’s been awhile since we’ve had some pretty faces compete for this pageant particularly after the puzzling win of Yara Khoury Mikhael last year which left everyone scratching their heads and hurt the credibility of the pageant itself.

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Things were looking up this year, and the competition seemed to be tight, but not only between the twin sisters. What about the stunning Krystel Loutfi (below) or the eloquent and soft spoken Joanne Semaan that girl absolutely aced the Q&As! That didn’t seem to matter. Nor did the fact that winner Rina Chibany gave beauty a priority over education when asked, stating instead that “beauty is the key to everything in life.” All that mattered in fact was how wild the audience went when winner Rina Chibani announced to a jury member that she would pick “her sister” Romi if it were up to her. Of course she would say that, how did that make her so genius?

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But how awkward must it have been for two sisters to compete in the same pageant, I’m sure it can’t be good for runner-up Romi, who was told all her life that she was just as pretty as her twin, only to find out on national television that her sister is the prettier one. Something tells me that relationship can’t be healthy.

And let me tell you this, it doesn’t make sense to choose two almost identical twin sisters, it’s not a fair representation, it’s like voting twice for the same perquisites one would look for in a beauty queen. But, if a twin sister had to win, it should have been Romi not Rina, did anyone dismiss the answer she gave on the smoking ban? That girl obviously proved that she was well-rounded on local issues and even went as far as proposing an amendment to the law that may take into consideration restaurant and bar owners.

What about the jury panel? How bewildering was that random mix of personalities? From superstar Ragheb Alameh’s botched wife, to Nancy Ajram to ex-Minister of Interior Ziad Baroud and mountaineer Maxim Chaya? Can someone explain to me how those people are qualified to judge beauty pageants? Anyone?

I’ll tell you this, that show was entertaining, and it obviously served its purpose, #MissLebanon was even trending worldwide on Twitter last night. But the fact of the matter is Lebanon has not had a Georgina Rizk in a long time, and it doesn’t seem like it will anytime soon.

Separated At Birth

Left: Maya Diab at SkyBar

Right: King of lion’s pride at Chobe National Park, in northern Botswana

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Diana Fakhoury and Cindy Crawford

Angelina Jolie Visits Lebanon

She may be filming a Disney classic in the UK, a mother of six and a soon-to-be bride, but that didn’t stop Angelina Jolie 37, from bringing much needed attention to the dreadful Syrian refugee crisis in Lebanon and across the region. Dressed in a long modest nude dress and a loose head scarf Hollywood’s highest paid actress and Special Envoy to the UN put her safety on the line and left her precious family behind in an appeal to the international community to help the reported 65,000 Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon from the ongoing conflict in Syria.

She started off her day making the long two hour drive to the Bekaa valley visiting refugees as well as a Save the Children-sponsored school. Not one to shy away from getting down with the people Jolie was “moved” by the personal chats she had with mothers and children directly affected by the situation. Later in the day she made her way to Beirut to meet with the Lebanese Prime Minister and then held a press conference to wrap up her visit. You can watch it below

We have a lot to learn from this Angelina Jolie who’s on top of the world yet still finds the time, compassion and bravery to help others.

Angelina Jolie’s Wedding Dress- Who Will She Wear?

With the wedding of the year rumored to take place as we speak – at some magnificent French chalet (sigh) the fashion world holds its breath in anticipation.Everyone wants to know who will be designing Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress. Though she’s been favoring more leggy creations as of lately, her style is usually traditional and classic following in the famous poised footsteps of romantic beauty icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepurn, but recently it’s been revealed that the soon-to-be Madame Pitt  may opt for a “slinky” wedding dress.

The online world is buzzing and Brides.com has even gone ahead and asked some designers to send in sketches of wedding dresses they’d envision for Jolie. Take a look…

“When I envision Angelina in a wedding dress, I am inspired by her classic elegance and effortless sex appeal. She is deliberate about her fashion choices and that sophisticated confidence makes for the perfect modern bride.”- Reem Acra

“I envisioned Angelina as a wholesome sophisticated vision of the bride that her children imagine her to be, not her sexy red carpet signature style. This one is for her family.” – Creative Director Don O’Neil

I’ve taken the liberty of compiling a list of some couture bridal gowns from some fabulous designers I’d like to see Jolie wear on her big day. Of course she probably won’t settle with anything less than a one-of-a-kind creation but here are a few of my faves from Spring 2013

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The Lebanese Celebrities Wedding Album

 

Michael Jackson Comes To Beirut- In Spirit

If you didn’t go see “Man in the Mirror” the show this week then you missed out. The spectacle took place at Beirut Souks and ran for 4 nights in a row.  I’m a big Michael Jackson fan and 3 years after his death I’ve been having some serious MJ withdrawals.

Having read pretty great reviews about this show that started out in Nevada and somehow made its way to Lebanon, I was eager to check them out. The show is a musical and a tribute with a phenomenal team of dancers (and bodies) and a sensational group of vocalists who performed my all-time favorites and classics including Thriller, Beat it, They Don’t Care About Us, to name a few. It was performed by a modest-sized and teenage-looking cast that captured audiences  the moment they got on stage with their incredible synchronization and outpouring charm. And mind you, this was no Britney Spears bubble gum pop show, there was no lip-syncing, everything was live, even the music, except for the little Jackson kid at the end performing ABC, I had my doubts about him.

I appreciated that none of the show’s acts tried to impersonate Jackson down to the last detail, but rather it was a joint-emulation of the King Of Pop and most of all a trip down memory lane through his timeless hits. If you grew up in the 80′s you would remember how those songs brought out our first very awkward dance moves and stirred up our emotions as we learned about the world by wailing his lyrics. (sorry ma and pa)

Anyway the show’s over now but if they happen to be playing at a city near you – I recommend you see them.

Lebanon’s Hottest MP

Just in case you were uncertain about Lebanon’s hottest Member of Parliament, Strida Geagea, 45, is adamant on reminding you it’s her. The Lebanese Forces MP poses this month on the cover of Gala Magazine in a revealing asymmetrical white dress. The hair and makeup work for her but her choice of outfit is not fitting for an MP.

Check out the billboard plastered on the highway-again, I’m not sure what’s going on with the layout of her in the black dress but this is definitely not the best pose for her or any MP for that matter.

But since we’re on the topic of Lebanon’s hottest MPs let’s check the competition out by taking a look at some of Lebanon’s current and previous women MPs.

Gilbert Zwein, 73, Current MP

Nayla Tueni Maktabi, 30, Current MP

Solange Gemayel, 65, previous MP

Bahia Hariri, 60, current MP

Ghinwa Jalloul, 50, previous MP

Nayla Moawad, 72, previous MP

So who’s it gonna be? Who is Lebanon’s hottest MP ;)

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Nancy Ajram and Renée Zellweger: Separated At Birth

Renée Zellweger,43, is an Oscar winning leading lady best known for her role in Bridget Jones Diary amongst many other memorable roles and Nancy Ajram,29, is a platinum recording artist and the World Music Awards World’s Best-Selling Middle-Eastern Artist (that was quite a mouthful) described by Oprah as the “Britney Spears of the Middle East.”

The resemblance may not strike you right away, but there is something so distinct yet similar in both their unique looks. And yes, before you go on about  Nancy’s facial renovation, I assure you I’m very well aware of that, but that’s besides the point.Take a look!

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Haifa Wehbe and Michelle Pfeiffer

Fairuz and Lady GaGa

Elissa and Barbra Streisand

Mona Abu Hamzeh and Cobie Smulders

Nicole Saba and Lana Del Rey

Diana Fakhoury and Cindy Crawford

Haifa Wehbe and Michelle Pfeiffer: Separated At Birth

These two beauties may be worlds apart but one can’t deny the similar features they share: big eyes, sharp cheekbones and a full-pout. Michelle Pfeiffer, 54, is a high-profile A-list actress iconic beauty having made People Magazine’s “Most Beautiful” list a record six times in the same decade while Haifa Wehbe, 38, is one of the most popular singers in the Middle East having also made People’s Magazine’s  50 “Most Beautiful” list in 2006. Thoughts?

See more stars separated at birth:

Fairuz and Lady GaGa

Elissa and Barbra Streisand

Mona Abu Hamzeh and Cobie Smulders

Nicole Saba and Lana Del Rey

Diana Fakhoury and Cindy Crawford

 

The Other Side Of Myriam Faris

This 29 year old Lebanese diva dubbed by fans as “The Queen Of Stage” (don’t ask) is best known for that hard-to-miss junk in her trunk and she’s not afraid to flaunt it. Although she stems from a background in classic ballet there ain’t nothing classic about her moves. She’s been accused of ruthlessly imitating international pop star Shakira and then accusing Shakira herself of copying her, (ummm, yeah, right…) but if you ask me, she’s got more of a JLo look going for her and here’s how I came to that conclusion.