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Currently, I'm in the Kingdom of Monaco. Soaking up the prettiest of sunrise views as I recover from the "glamorous hell" (!) that was this year's Cannes Film Festival. 7 days of back to back events, premieres, red carpets and cameras as every major Hollywood, fashion and music type descended upon the South of France.
Mohammed Al Turki, Michelle Rodriguez & Rozan Ahmed
Dolce & Gabbana - we thank you.
Every night, was a highlight. I had the pleasure of attending this year's dose of grandiose with my dear friends Mohammed Al Turki, Michelle Rodriguez, Zak Tanjeloff and many more. On arrival, it was straight onto Eva Longoria's cocktail bash, which was on a boat, which quickly filled to a point of silliness, which my dress didn't really appreciate.
DLP Mobile's Zak Tanjeloff, bougi's Rozan Ahmed & producing king pin, Mohammed Al Turki
When Cannes was dedicated to Haiti.
We then moved on to what was one of my favourite galas at Cannes 2012: Petra Nomcova, Paul Haggis and Sean Penn's "Haiti Carnival", where Sean's passionate words on a human's responsibility to care for mankind resonated with every bone in my being. It was SO refreshing seeing these talented individuals utilise their blessed positions to genuinely care, wholeheartedly, passionately, and courageously raise awareness on urgent issues of social development that actually matter. Salutes.
Mohammed Al Turki & the lovely Petra Nomcova
It was lovely seeing old friends (who I just kept on seeing), as well as meeting with a number of Haitian residents, who flew in for the affair in support of Petra's Happy Hearts Fund, Paul's Artists For Peace and Sean's JPHRO organisations.
The following day saw one big boom of a yacht party hosted by Saudi Arabia's Mohammed Al Turki. It was on the Omega, an 80 metre beast of a boat that still couldn't accomodate the number of guests flocking on various piers attempting to make their way to the popular film producer's soiree.
Sweeping Cannes: Mohammed Al Turki
Mohammed Al Turki takes on the media at Chopard's Cannes celebration
Michelle Rodriguez & Rozan Ahmed at Cannes Film Festival's "Killing Them Softly" premiere
Other affairs included CAA's gathering of A-list talent at Le Baron, Chopard's beautiful dinner & dance, set in a secret location that simply took my breath away, P.Diddy's boat bash (relaxed and informal, my kind of party), Abu Dhabi Film Festival's "Digital Domain" celebration (great seeing the region representing), De Grisogono's infamous Antibes showdown, numerous visits to GOTA (the pop-up club that was somehow *always* full to the brims) and Kanye West's premiere of his short film "Cruel Summer".
Rozan Ahmed at Abu Dhabi Film Festival's Digital Domain #Cannes2012 event
Kanye West & his "Good music" artists...
De Grisogono takes over Du Cap
In case you don't know, "Cruel Summer" was shot in Qatar, in association with the Doha Film Institute. The premiere took place in a pyramid, which I found intriguing, particularly due to Jay/Kanye's regular referrals to the great pharaonic period. The film's makers had told me of their interest to respectfully infuse and celebrate Arab culture, which they did well. Overall, "Cruel Summer" is visually stunning, with a very (VERY) abstract storyline starring Kid Cudi and a Lebanese actress who was blessed with the same name as me (lucky girl). The installation (7 screens, for an all round visual experience) is an interesting concept, and despite the film not making official selection in Cannes, I thoroughly respect the fact that Kanye & co. decided to rent a car park, set up the necessary, and screen the film anyway.
Michelle Rodriguez & Mohammed Al Turki
"Killing Them Softly", Brad Pitt's new film, was probably the most talked about premiere at this year's festival; I suppose as a result my expectations were extremely high, and...well, in short...they weren't really met - not even closely? Mr. Pitt's still as gorgeous as he very clearly always will be though.
Mohammed Al Turki, Michelle Rodriguez & Janet Jackson meet with the media on arrival at amFAR
This year's beautiful amFAR gown: By Orkalia ...champagne & gold, quaintly.
Rozan Ahmed & (her sister ;) Janet Jackson at Hotel Du Cap's amFAR 2012 Gala
Dazzling in Cannes: Mohammed Al Turki & Michelle Rodriguez
Super man & Super woman: Karl Lagerfeld & Rozan Ahmed
Until next month, stay counting your blessings :)