Millions of light years away, giant stars explode into supernovas and massive black holes devour everything in their path, but when viewed from the comfort of terra firma, the distance contributes to the mystery of deep space. While worlds collide and transmute above us, they reveal nothing else but a twinkle in the night sky. Zuhair Murad, armed with a telescope, has taken to investigating the enigma of celestial bodies in his spare time. For Fall 2015 Couture, he shifts perspective to earthly matters, namely the creation of a breathtaking collection that embodies the starry canopy above. Although Murad’s signature crystal embroidery lends itself beautifully to the concept, distilling the essence of the heavens is no easy feat. The glittering presentation took hundreds of hours and a large team of people to create.
Amplifying his red-carpet couture took a lot of time, as Murad not only created a galactic print for many looks, but also re-embroidered fabrics by tracing on top of the print with sparkling sequins and metallic thread. Stars burst across the front of princess gowns in shades of deep plum, crimson, teal, midnight blue, and jet black. While necklines tended to differ between looks, his elegant gowns stayed true to a flattering, feminine silhouette. Offset by rich fox-fur capes and chubby jackets, the lavish nature of the collection pushed the boundaries of excess. Shorter dresses with full “tutu” skirts and slinky embroidered jumpsuits brought the star-spangled presentation down to earth, but they too were covered in crystals, sequins, glittering embroidery, and paillettes. Vampy noir looks represented evening’s witching hour, offering up some of the best moments of the show, including a sheer and tulle gown covered in a prismatic scattering of “cosmic dust” and a stunning dress that was electrified with a web of stars that exploded across the surface like fireworks. An ivory column gown with sable sleeves stole the spotlight for a moment, but Murad’s closing bridal look snatched it right back — covered in intricate, sparkling embroidery, the gown took over 350 hours of work by 20 people to complete, and was a beautiful tribute to the wonders of the galaxy.
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