Zuhair Murad Couture Fall Winter 2013 Paris

After Kristin Stewart and French actress Elsa Zylberstein had taken place in Zuhair Murad's front row, flashes, sultry looks et all, it was time for the final show of Paris' official calendar. And what a show it was.
 
As in previous seasons, the Lebanese designer made full use of blank spaces, playing with subtle slivers of skin. How much tantalizing excitement is contained in the minute row of covered buttons on a nude, guipure covered back? Lots.


You can see why he's fast becoming a red carpet darling: it is daring but still erring on the right side of fantasy. Murad's enchanted forests had a faint kinship to last season's gold tones. The couturier just replaced it with gemstone tones of garnet, sapphire, jet and emerald, pewter and burnished silver for metals. Were he a jeweler, these would not be obvious jewels. Forget Charlize Theron in "that" golden dress in the perfume ad advert. A shimmering silhouette dusted in embroidery, Murad’s silhouette was the true gold woman.
 
But it wasn’t just about the sheer glamour of it all. There were some definite high points, such as the deep blue embroidered trees that seemed to snake weightlessly around the model’s body, and also the refined balance between his explosions of sparkling embellishments and clean, geometric lines that bisected the body in a silhouette enhancing way. That’s not to say the collection was perfect –there were a few questionable combinations like the embroidered body stocking that you could just see Ms Stuart donning – but if one’s world view is skewed towards ultimate opulence, Zuhair Murad’s the man to go to.

- Lily Templeton
 

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