Zuhair Murad is the prince of Hollywood’s red carpet. There is always a flurry of camera flashlights whenever celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Alessandra Ambrosio, Jessica Alba, Kristen Stewart, Eva Longoria, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sofia Vergara and Taylor Swift walk the red carpet dressed in Zuhair Murad.
I had the great honour to attend Zuhair Murad’s latest haute couture fashion show in Paris on July 4, 2013, at the splendid 18th century Hotel de Montmorency. I had the impression to be at the Oscar’s. Zuhair Murad’s new haute couture fall/winter 2013/14 collection reflects glamour, sexyness, audacity and sensuality. I particularly liked the organic geometry of hand-embroidered trees mingled with the Art Deco lines, showcasing rigor and refinement.
The fashion show, entitled The Enchanted Forest, was like a winter’s night dream, presenting a dazzling clair-obscur collection. The dream of a girl transported to an icy forest. Her embroidered dress reflects the shining moon rays, barren branches cling onto the draping and the shadows of tree clusters imprint the silk. From an iridescent fabric, sunburst pleats worthy of Mme GrÃ¨s, lace tattooed onto the skin, emanates a rich and sensitive dream-like spirit. Persian green, electric blue and wine red are the dazzling colours for a woman who loves to be in the spotlight.
Zuhair Murad also reveals the sensual part of a woman. Officer collars embrace fragile necks, long sleeves in transparent lace blend in with the flesh, Chantilly lace merges with tulle, silk chiffon undulates in skittles at the bottom of a siren dress, satin crepe inlaid with lingerie reveals the back with voluptousmess. Behind the turmoil and the chimera, Zuhair Murad dictates the precision of a bustier created with an accordion pleating while interminable lengths of georgette crepe are worked into a remarkable sunburst pleat. A cape of ostrich feathers, an asymmetrical dress with an incisive sleeve cut in devorÃ© velvet, a jumsuit inlaid with black flower lace, all set the tone for this amazing couture show that is half-way between dream and reality.
PHOTOS: ZUHAIR MURAD FASHION SHOW HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2013/2014
Photos: Courtesy of Zuhair Murad
VIDEO: ZUHAIR MURAD FASHION SHOW HAUTE COUTURE FALL/WINTER 2013/2014
VIDEO: ZUHAIR MURAD WITH KRISTEN STEWART AFTER THE FASHION SHOW
VIDEO: MODELS BACKSTAGE BEFORE THE COUTURE SHOW OF ZUHAIR MURAD