It’s something of a phenomenon that shucking off procrastination pajamas and putting on a perfectly fitting dress can change our attitude and our emotions, but that’s the fundamental function of fashion: to transform you into your ideal self. Zuhair Murad will not rest until his patrons transmogrify from women into angelic beings. This is the power and the allure of his Spring 2014 Couture collection. We were enraptured by his transcendent garments – appropriately set against a Garden of Eden backdrop that recalled a young world, untouched by cynicism, greed, or envy. The clothes were pure, beautiful, and filled with light. Although florals have cropped up all over the runway for the past few seasons, Murad’s bouquets were personal, inspired by the garden that surrounds his home. In that garden, he discovered a haven of peace, constant design inspiration, and a rejuvenation of the spirit that one can only find when surrounded by earth’s creations. Mother Nature, after all, is a couturier of sorts.
The show began with an elegant ivory cape, which demonstrated an inventive interpretation of the tuxedo jacket – transforming the traditionally masculine piece into something far more fluid and feminine. He paired this pitch-perfect topper with a lacy pantsuit cinched with a gleaming gold belt of interwoven leaves. Further alabaster looks continued, with notable moments found in a sensual lace blouse with a neckline that plunged low and a gorgeous coat that was elongated to the floor. Sleeveless frocks featuring gold crystal embroidery and 3-D petals made savory choices for a cocktail party, while more intensely crafted soigné gowns were ready for the red carpet. Handcrafted embroidery and embellished details jumped from every garment, and added a coruscated shine to his delicious palette of lavender, peach, butter yellow, and sky blue. Murad, who surrounds himself with beauty everyday, understands what it takes to make a woman beautiful.
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