A genuine invitation to a hunt for buried riches, the Zuhair Murad Spring-Summer 2022 Haute Couture Collection takes us back on a quest for the
It is intrinsic to the notion that nothing is ever lost and that everything is waiting.
patiently to emerge once more beneath the sun of the brightest day.
Guests at the show, actress Leila Ben Khalifa
Zuhair Murad's couture for 2022 is a vision at the crossroads of the Grand Siècle and the digital era. As we reset for our wondrous era, the hand-embroidered patterns serve as time-worn navigation charts elucidated with lavish embroidery on ball gowns or in tattoos on tulle, an art form in which the Maison perceives its signature, with the navigation routes intersecting in magnificent golden contours and forming constellations.
The hat style became signature look at the royal court of King Louis XIV, who made it fashionable throughout Europe, both as a civilian and military dress. Tricorn hats, now playfuly combined with pleated organza couture looks, give the wearer a sense of regality and majesty, sending her to a world of secret hidden islands and restoring the opulence of the high seas era. All in collection featuring bouquet of pleated organza shirts with balloon sleeves, brocade waistcoats, midi skirts in sunray-pleated lamé fabric, cascades of tulle enveloping shorts, long dresses in silk chiffon, jumpsuits, and fitted jackets in crepe cady, as well as jewels incorporated into the textiles.
As the show progresses,in the elated interior of the Westin Paris, the very selected invited guests for this intime show are overwhelmed by sensual pirates bedecked with ornate jewels, emerging from a spectacular wreck to set off once more to conquer uncharted lands.
The collection silhouettes were perfectly fitted to a seemingly longer-legged cast than what you normally see on a Zuhair Murad couture catwalk—that were enhanced by asymetric dresses, often with a dramatic thigh-high slit, as in looks like drapedbourgundy red and a strapless black deep velvet gown, with sculptural neckline ruffles, a bustle, two diamond clips, and a wraparound belt around an asymmetrical bodice.
His signature asymetric lines and Hellenistic drapery morphed into shapes that were more dynamic, more 21st-century, and more glamorous.
The floor-length dresses are so long and light that they touch the front row seated as they fly in the air after the model, and it is possible to admire up-close silver embroidery on their outfits that is darkened on purpose, in striking contrast to the tangles of gold chains and pearls slung from the models' slender waists.
In an all-encompassing palette dominated by the aged pink of maritime dawns, the pallid red of canopies faded by sun and salt, the sand of beaches and deserts, and the rust of oxidized metals, along with traces of the blue or green of the water when it reflects the sky, brocades and embroideries bring back to life the flamboyance attenuated by the passage of time.