Inspirations straight from Garden Eden, the mystical garden segment of Zuhair Murad's Spring/Summer 2014 Couture collection overall contained a multitude of camellias, roses, peonies, gentian, and more, all shimmering atop gowns, jumpsuits, and cocktail frocks. Sparkly, laden with flowers, feathers and crystals in a stunning colour palette in peach, rose, pale green, lavender, gold, orange blossom and ivory.
Discover Zuhair Murad's Spring 2014 Couture show at the end of this post. LoL, Andrea
Zuhair Murad kicked off in familiar mode with a series of red-carpet looks in ivory, black and gold, some incorporating animal-skin motifs. A short-sleeve column dress was covered with black sequins arranged in a zebra pattern, while a nude tulle gown with a sweeping skirt featured a black sequin motif inspired by panther skin. Then came the new territory: a sequence of heavily embellished gowns in a rainbow of pastel hues. Piled with shiny fabric flowers, sequins and feathers, they veered toward the wrong side of opulence.
Outside his garden, a grouping of daywear looks featured ivory suiting pencil skirts, trousers, open jackets all fronted in a double row of gold buttons. The look was his Parisian ideal, Murad explained before the show. Then he singled out a New Look-style outfit in guipure lace as his synthesis of modern femininity. But if any pieces in the collection adhered to that description, they were the ones that showed off the upper back, their fabric scooped out or cross-strapped like swimsuits.
He added fauna to complement the flora: Black sequins delineated a zebra print, and feathers crept up the neck of a gauzy halter gown. Embroidery on a full-length white caftan revealed a python print down the body and panther spots along the sleeves. By one count, Zuhair Murad’s wedding dress alone bloomed with upwards of 25,000 floral appliqués.
Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories
Photo Credit: The House of Zuhair Murad
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