What a wonderful finale to the past few days! Kudos to you Mr. Murad for ending a very erratic week on such a high note. While he is not one of treasured media darlings, he is surely a treasure within the world of design and haute couture.
I am going to say this and I mean it in the most complimentary way to both designers... Zuhair is the theatrical and more dramatic counterpart of Elie! They are really masters of their craft and forces to be reckoned with as they truly understand what Haute Couture means and then they show you what it means. They deliberately and unapologetically show off the abilities of the ateliers.
This was a stunning and colorful presentation that is long on drama, design and technique and way way short on ennui and “me too” looking clothes! What Murad seems to be able to do is be not be just a Johnny one note in terms of appeal; what I mean to say is that he appeals to the younger and flashier as well as the not so flashy and not so young and that is a Herculean accomplishment in today’s fashion climate.
What Zuhair manages to do is show you the dichotomy of his body of work. Don’t get me wrong here it is not like he starts off being Ralph Rucci and ends up being Bob Mackie but he definitely has 2 noticeable mind sets which he has skillfully honed and demonstrates rather clearly. What Murad also does is offer options whether it is color, shape, length, bare not bare, heavy beading light beading, or rather than go on he offers a supermarket of couture. The man is prolific in the extreme.
I am out of words here so now what you need to do is look at the pictures and see that these are clothes to be worn, they require no information, no background, zip blah blah blah … nada... They speak loudly and clearly so you better listen up!