Zuhair Murad looked to the world of dance for pre-fall, drawing parallels between its constant motion and the endless cycles of fashion.

Russian prima ballerina Maya Plisetskaya, American fashion photographer Deborah Turbeville and Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova were the muses of the season, bringing movement, graphic motifs and striking imagery to this breathy lineup. Glamour of the 1980s was a point of reference, bringing dramatic sleeves, marked shoulders and voluminous skirts, while the pretty romance of the 1950s could be felt in soft draping and marked waistlines.

Abstract prints in reds, yellows and blues were worked into dresses — vaporous goddess shapes in chiffon or statuesque suiting in taffeta. Embroideries and macramé lace brought a sense of lightness by revealing a sliver of skin down the leg in the folds of a caped jumpsuit or tumbling down shoulders.

Tulle skirts spelled sweet romance and commanding presence, depending on their length, while long floaty printed dresses served as transitional outfits between airy evenings and glamorous daytime. Elsewhere, peplum jackets, chic trousers and tailored Bermuda shorts — a novelty this season — elevated daytime options for a well-heeled clientele whose lifestyle is an endless ballet of occasions to dress up.

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