Diamond-doused stars celebrate at Lebanese jeweler de GRISOGONO's Cannes afterparty

Published May 21st, 2015 - 12:59 GMT
Fawaz Gruosi poses on the catwalk with models adorned with de GRISOGONO's latest DIVINE HIGH JEWELLERY CREATIONS.
Fawaz Gruosi poses on the catwalk with models adorned with de GRISOGONO's latest DIVINE HIGH JEWELLERY CREATIONS.

Not only are Hollywood's royalty wearing some of Lebanon's most iconic fashion designers' gowns on this year’s Cannes red carpet, but they will be draped in beautiful pieces courtesy of “de GRISOGONO,” founded by Lebanese jeweler-to-the-stars Fawaz Gruosi.

The fine jeweler’s Swiss-made pieces give Queen Elizabeth's Crown Jewels a run for their money!

Sparkling stars

Just ask Israeli-born American actress Natalie Portman, Victoria’s Secret Angel Karlie Kloss and Ethiopian-born model Liya Kebede, who were beautifully adorned with de GRISOGONO creations at the Cannes Film Festival this week.

Israel’s hottest model Bar Refaeli doesn’t need diamonds to sparkle on the crimson carpet, but adding them to her ensemble didn’t hurt either. The de GRISOGONO design she wore was so dazzling, it may be in competition with her face for the most beautiful attraction at the A-list event.

We know and love Michelle Rodriguez best as the bad-ass beauty that busted into Abu Dhabi for filming Furious 7, which has since taken the box office by storm. The diva went for a more feminine look than we commonly see her at Cannes, where she sported a black and nude gown and a glittering ring weighed down by jewels so huge they must be heavier than the hand that held them. Only a woman as fit as Michelle could bear the weight of the de GRISOGONO masterpiece.

Natalie Portman made her directorial debut at the festival with the film she shot in Israel. “A Tale of Love and Darkness,” based on the book by Amos Oz, was decidedly more gloomy than the bright earrings she boasted at the event’s opening ceremony.

Divine in Cannes

De GRISOGONO’s president and co-founder Fawaz Gruosi hosted his annual star-studded party and afterparty at the luxurious Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc DIVINE garden on Thursday (May 19), where his celebrity friends and clients feasted their eyes on his latest designs and collections.

Gruosi’s parties are famed for their unique line-up of live orchestras, extravagant firework displays and laser light shows, which he used in 2013 to display his new collection against a large vintage house as the backdrop for the light show.

Stylish, glamorous, jet-set, mythical, trendy and timeless, no wonder "Divine in Cannes" was the theme for the 2015 fabulous soirée.

Out in de GRISOGONO style, channelling their Divine look were the most head-turning A-Listers. Welcomed by founder and Creative Director Gruosi, stars walked the red carpet alongside their host on their way to a Divine evening.

The garden's setting was was intimate and informal, featuring the best movie themes perfectly paired with a DIVINE feeling. An orchestra gently played to the moonlight-like light from the oversized light bulbs making up the word “DIVINE,” while dazzling facet balls sparkled in tree branches giving the night its starry feel.

On the de GRISOGONO catwalk, elegant feminine silhouettes featured 16 monochrome Gyunel outfits made of silk and lace gowns highlighted with the designer’s exclusive floral oil paintings.

While models burst onto the catwalk adorned with de GRISOGONO latest HIGH JEWELLERY CREATIONS, the famous aria La Wally rang out in a molten mezzo voice by Natascha Petrinsky. Azania Noah’s captivating voice brought de GRISOGONO’s show to a close by featuring the Goldeneye theme in a jazzy style.

Gruosi posed on the catwalk with models and Guynel’s fashion designs received applause.

On the elegant Napoleon III style building façade, the GRISOGONO DIVINE story spirit was showcased in an impressive video mapping. Featuring the playful grapes of gems and firework colours of GRAPPOLI moving briolettes, the joyful atmosphere was played on the Alice in Wonderland theme.

Following a sumptuous dinner gathering approximately 700 guests, the after-party graced legendary Goldsingers, alongside a private performance by Robin Thicke, Robot LED, BEAT, DJ Jack E and DJ Julio.

Man of the Hour

Al Bawaba has been granted an exclusive interview from the red carpet with Mr Gruosi himself - watch this space for more details soon!

By Arwad Khalifeh & Cherry Martinez

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