Zuhair Murad

Paris: “Gothic Renaissance,” was Beirut-based Zuhair Murad’s credo for F/W 13, a collection that explored the tension of the “split personality: White guipure lace versus black leather; angel versus demon.” The intricate embroidery seen in Murad’s Fall 13 Couture collection carried through here, trailing down the side of a second-skin leather pencil skirt or preserving the modesty of a delicate, diaphanous lace gown. Dresses hugged close to the body, were slashed at the thigh or treated to curve-enhancing panels of lace and sheer polka dot tulle, while head-to-toe paillettes and lush jewel-tone florals inspired by 15th Century Flemish painter Jan van Eyck, punctuated the pure white against wicked black color palette. It was a dramatic dichotomy that could take one to the alter or a noir soirée with equal ease and elegance. –Natalie Shukur 

Silhouette: Body-conscious / Fit & Flare / Bustier / Goddess

Color: Black / White / Emerald / Amethyst / Aqua / Tulip pink / Ruby / Scarlet

Key Items: Chiffon Blouses / Fit & Flare mini dresses / Brocade tuxedo pants / Leather pencil skirts / Corset tops / Fluted skirts / Bandage dresses / Fishtail gowns

Materials: Jersey / Chiffon / Guipure lace / Polka Dot tulle / Leather / Velvet / Satin

Print + Pattern: Painterly florals / Stripes

Details + Trim: Sequined floral motifs / Lace & tulle inserts / Cap sleeves / Long sleeves / High necks / Flower petal applique / Gathering & ruching / Thigh slits / Paillette / Keyhole necklines

Accessories + Footwear: Black suede ankle boots / Cut-out suede sandals /


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