Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad designs sumptuous evening gowns for divas. Jennifer Lopez charged him of designing all of her six stage outfits for her upcoming world tour.
Murad presented his neo-romantic haute couture collection fall/winter 2012/13 in Paris on July 4, 2012. He entitled it Skin Flowers.
It feels as though it just escaped from a Proustian hot house, perceived through the legendary 50s imagery of fashion (Richard Avedon, Willy Maywaldâ€¦): blossoming women-flowers, delicate, superb, sensual. Like a fantasized album of souvenirs yet totally involved in the modernity of Winter 2012-2013, socialite women appear in ball gowns with wide tulle and lace skirts enhanced by an extra-fine waist tapered under a back laced-up corset.
Bouquets flourish on taffetas, flowers are cut out in silk, their textile tea pink petals are picked as though in 3D. Emerald green, ruby red, garnet, ivory, amethyst are all part of a palette that borrows just as much from jewelry as it does from vegetal color schemes. However these flower-divas can sometimes be venomous, even fatal, with an almost sulfur-like fragrance.
Next to their gracious twins appear their nocturnal doubles, animated by a more tangible erotic tension. The sheath line is in opposition to the empathic corollas of the ball gowns and cocktail dresses. Entirely embroidered with red pearls, Chantilly lace wraps around the slightest contour of theÂ silhouette, sheathing the body like a fragile tattoo, shimmering with subtly shiny pearls. Cascading like a velvet column, the long dress in emerald velvet elongates the silhouette to the infinite, ensuring a spectacular entrance to the one wearing it. Tuxedo pants or the large domino in purely black silk velvet give an even more dramatic allure to this bewitching night bird. In a Chantilly jumpsuit entirely embroidered black-on-black or a delicious light dancing dress, this seductive woman has two facets: nocturnal or floral, she captures all the gazes, ready to be picked.
EstÃ©e Lauders ambassadress Constance Jablonski closed the fashion show walking down Zuhair Muradâ€™s aisle sporting a white dress, floral wreath and glowing skin.
VIDEO: FASHION SHOW ZUHAIR MURAD HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2012/13
ZUHAIR MURAD HAUTE COUTURE 2012/13
Photos: Courtesy of Zuhair Murad