Sixties icons — Françoise Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and Marianne Faithfull — were the inspiration for the carefree mood of Zuhair Murad’s fall collection.

There were flirty minidresses in chiffon and sequins, gauzy floral skirts and sheer blouses, as well as dramatic capes and fur coats with graphic color patterns adorning the front. Even men’s wear staples had lighthearted twists, like a short Prince of Wales blouson with ruffles; a greatcoat embroidered with black-on-black flowers, and a suit with an embroidered check pattern.

In a backstage interview, Murad said he wanted daytime options that incorporated elements of his couture line. The main challenge, he said, was translating his ornamentation techniques — the embroideries and crystal work he is prized for — into versions, like fabric overlays, more suited to ready-to-wear.

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