Paris Couture Week Day IV: Zuhair Murad

A parade of both provocative and elegant gowns in powdery pastel tones, inspired by the Gibson Girls of the early 20th century- the drawings of American illustrator Charles Dana Gibson- proved why Zuhair Murad is the king of haute couture. The evocation of women in Gibson’s work, beautiful and independent, inspired Murad to create floor-sweeping chiffon dresses with matching silk capes printed with finely rendered thistles- and Edwardian symbol of devotion. A more accentuated version of the flower appeared as a shimmering floral appliqué on a light pink sheer dress with a cape-like bodice.

Murad’s Fall 2017 Couture Collection is confident and exciting. It includes many sheer dresses and tops and exquisite velvet and fur detailing. His love of lace and silk is omnipresent, spiced up with signature embroidery, figure flattering silhouettes and fairy-like finishing touches such as the sheer pencil dress sprinkled with metallic flowers and strategically placed bands of ostrich feathers. “When you see the dresses of this collection, you feel that it’s maybe heavy or that there’s a lot of embroidery or ornament, but in reality it’s very light,” the designer said backstage. “Women now want to fly, want to feel comfortable, sensual and happy.”

Some of the more voluminous ballgowns didn’t look ready for takeoff. But a light gray velvet jumpsuit — topped with a billowing ostrich-collared cape — could take you from the boudoir straight to the red carpet.

Photo Credit: The Impression