Zuhair Murad’s couture collections are always about luxurious fabrics, dramatic silhouettes and over-the-top embellishments, but his latest show was a little more decadent than all his previous ones. The collection was described as “the coming-together of the natural and the modern - timelessly elegant and opulently contemporary”, and the inspiration behind it was the designer’s journey to Japan. He was impressed by the spellbinding firework displays at the Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival which is famous for its unparalleled grandeur.
Zuhair Murad portrayed these impressive explosions of light across the night sky on evening dresses. Some of the most striking pieces from the collection are, of course, the embellished black gowns, but the selection of coloured gowns was truly impressive and included many vibrant shades such as electric pink fuchsia, fiery red and moss green. Murad opted for natural hues, but gave them a lot more intensity.
From cute mini dresses to sexy slip styles and big corseted ballgowns, the looks ranged from gorgeous party outfits to the most elegant formal attire. The crown jewel of the collection was the breath-taking wedding gown which traditionally closed the show. This voluminous dress features a sleeveless V-neck bodice, an oversized skirt and thousands of stunning crystal embellishments that resembled dazzling fireworks. Styled with an embellished head piece and a veil, it is the perfect outfit for a traditional wedding, but the collection also offers a range of less formal wedding-worthy looks in white, ivory and golden hues.
The silk threads soie perlée and re-embroidered Swarovski crystals were the key embellishments and re-occur throughout the collection, but 1980’s inspired bejewelled belts were an important decorative element too. The eighties influences also affected the shapes of the dresses and hence the sharp lines, angular structures, puffed sleeves and coattails.
From neutral blacks and whites to the brightest of shades, every dress was accompanied by a pair of heels in the very same colour, and a statement ear cuff which was the perfect piece of jewellery for such flamboyant outfits.
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