Fashion Avenue: Zuhair Murad, Spring 2022, Ready – To – Wear

By a Stroke of sheer good fortune, Zuhair Murad and his entire staff were spared in last year’s blast in Beirut, which happened the day after lockdown rules were lifted. Resilience and optimism being in his nature, the designer forget ahead despite just about everything. He and his team hope to return to his newly restored headquarters by early next year. Meanwhile, steady international demand has kept the business even – keeled, a spokeswoman said.

PARIS, France – The Vidal Sassoon hairdos in this lookbook speak volumes about Murad’s mod mood for Spring. Imagining his collection like a promenade the flowers and fountains of the Boboli Gardens in Florence or a balmy summer night in Rome, he focused on details of construction and craft. Revisiting lace in floral crochet was just one example, incorporating macrame details on a dress in dotted Swiss with pleated flourishes was another.

In one unexpected association, Murad recast the safari jacket and a trench coat in lace; a retro – inflected dress with a shirt collar and patch pockets showed his efforts to learn into daywear. To the end, he also trimmed a crisp blazer and short ensemble, shown here in red, in gold chain.

But evening and red carpet styles are always and forever the designer’s strongest suit. His reinterpretation in metallic pink fil coupe of the geometric layouts in formal Italian gardens made a modern statement in an outing otherwise steeped in romance. A cape – sleeved gown sprinkled with blue crystals on the sleeves and neckline, as well as a couple of dresses with a Rococo print, neatly caught the spirit. By contrast, a few of the gelati – hued numbers, notably in lavender and teal with wing – like shoulders and panels, seemed to teeter dangerously close to Barbie – land.