“Exuberance is her kingdom, spontaneity her playground, flamboyance her empire,” read Zuhair Murad’s Instagram caption for his #BohoRapture-themed Fall 2016 Couture collection. The bohemian revival has captured fashion’s attention of late, and Murad reinvented key pieces from the movement in jewel-toned shades, bespoke lace, diaphanous silhouettes, and miles of crystal embroidery. The mark of true craftsmanship is the master’s ability to distill and improve upon the essence of a thing, so while couture versions fly in the face of the “starving artist” origin of bohemianism, it is to Murad’s credit that his pursuit of #BohoRapture honors and elevates the principles of it. But make no mistake: his lavish way of doing boho fashion will cost you a pretty penny.
His garden-themed looks were especially beautiful, evoking the image of a goddess descending to Earth.
Lace gowns etched with crystal embroidery, theatrical floor-length capes, and glittering fringed shawls in jet black led the show, but flower power was also evident in Murad’s multi-colored mosaic frocks. There were princess dresses in blood-pumping crimson, second-skin lace jumpsuits, and delicate pink gowns etched with rosebuds in the mix as well. His garden-themed looks were especially beautiful, evoking the image of a goddess descending to Earth, cloaked in shimmering floral embroidery and meadow-green sparkling vines that climbed heavenward. Relaxed gilded pant suits, royal-blue dresses, and gowns decorated with multi-colored floral bouquets supported the “rapturous” theme of his collection, each nailing the traditional couture opulence we’ve come to expect from the season.
His closing number, a voluminous champagne-colored wedding dress, reportedly took a month and a team of seamstresses to complete. This exquisite final look points to the lofty standards of Murad’s vision, but also his ability to fulfill even the most grandiose dreams of his couture clients.