Resort 2017: Zuhair Murad

As always, we finish our coverage of Resort with Zuhair Murad, the Lebanese designer who specialized in slinky evening gowns, no matter what the season. This is a man for whom the word “daywear” has little meaning–his “causal” looks are so embellished and appliqued, there’s never anything causal about them. His clients are the stars who wear sequins to the grocery store, and let the paparazzi know when they’re heading to Starbucks ahead of time. Murad knows it, and functions accordingly.

The fact is, some evening gown designers never really learn how to make day wear. it’s not in their wheelhouse, it’s not what they’re interested in. I like Murad because he doesn’t give a good goddamn what you think day wear is supposed to be–he’s going to make it as over the top as he wants, because his clients will buy it.

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With that in mind , it was a little surprising to see that the faux hippie festival look seemed to have infiltrated Murad’s collection this season. There were even faux jean leggings and pieces that looked like they might have accidentally be categorized as “knitwear.” (They were Chantilly lace, of course.) But not to fear–if Murad was going to actually make a sweatshirt, it wasn’t just going to be any old sweatshirt, but the kind that let everyone know about the rocks that you’ve got while still pretending like you were ever from the block.

Murad claimed he was inspired by David Hamilton’s hippie ingenue photographs from the 1970s, and one could see the correlation–up to a point. After a while Murad just wandered off on his own evening gown flights of fancy, and the only thing tying the collection together was a vague sense of not exactly casual luxury.

The full collection is below.

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