In the gardens of Eden, there is beauty all around and there is nothing more beautiful than a woman in Zuhair Murad’s eye. The Lebanese designer offered a vision of its lovely denizens in his fall show, complete with the sparkling allure that he likes to give. Mixed in his classic opener were delightful pieces of daywear, which elegantly bridge the gap between his gowns and less ornate occasions. The shimmering zebra patterns on a column dress was suitably eye-catching while the sheer gown with its scattering of ocelot spots looked wildly enticing.
But when Murad departed from his usual transparencies to go into heavily embellished flora, it fell squarely into the too-much spectrum. Outfits in shades of candied almonds made extensive use of sparkling flowers, embroideries and feathers, culminating in a wedding gown strewn with an overload of glittering blossoms.
It was formulaic but considering the prevalence of clients – including businesswoman Mouna Ayoub, a self-affirmed sponsor of haute couture whose collection numbers in the ten-thousands - wearing his designs in the front row, Murad’s recipe has worked wonders and will continue to.