This season, Zuhair Murad is heading to the ringside. Not literally: it’s more the Beirut-based designer’s use of ribbons, bows, rings, metal balls and other trinkets of jugglers, clowns, snake women and acrobats to express kinetic energy and pay homage to “living in powerful bodies”. He also took inspiration from the late artist Niki de Saint Phalle, whose iconoclastic Nanas sculptures were all about color, Curves and body positivity.
Filtered through Murad’s prism, the diamond shape traditionally associated with acrobats – and a prominent theme for menswear next season – is black and White or cutout pattern, may appear on ’60 shape. Black cady silhouette – one jumpsuit, one tunic top, one long with back slit Cylindrical dresses—etched with jewel-toned crystal trim. Underwear inspired by tulle evening gowns, with or without capes.
This season marked Murad’s first foray into tweed, Present prints or python prints in dark mini dresses and leopard print skirts. Zebras and tigers are here too, in gold on black velvet and lace, or evoked in a rain of silver sequins on the shoulders of jackets. Shiny pleats The lamé dress is a Murad base favorite; this season, they’ve introduced a wrap dress with hoop detailing that echoes the trapeze artist’s must-have accessory, now embellished with diamonds. A skinny stretch jersey is another addition to the Murad collection , the same shaggy two-tone faux fur, long and short.
Not all of them are red carpet-ready. After all, today’s stars are leaning towards simpler looks, without frills— — that is, Jessica Chastain donned a taffeta fuchsia gown to the recent Screen Actors Guild Awards. But Murad’s basics are dressed up again, and often: their social calendar It’s a real three-ring circus here, as evidenced by the recent soft opening of his fourth boutique in Qatar. For fall, Murad has balanced their acts.