It’s always sparkle o’clock for Zuhair Murad, who served his daywear with lashings of embellishment.

Thigh-skimming dresses and skirts in powdery pastel tones were laden down with silver and rhinestone embroideries. A pale blue bustier playsuit was embroidered with mirrors and oversized turquoise cabochons, while a skater dress in the same shade was so richly bedecked, you could hardly lift it.

Murad noted it was a prototype and besides, there were plenty of flimsier options on offer, including legging-style cropped pants and peplum tops. Evening gowns were cut out at the sides or slit to the thigh, and came in solid colors or bold prints, including a wavy stripe pattern and a brushstroke motif.

For red-carpet daredevils, there was a beautiful black floor-length dress that was totally sheer, apart from a tattoolike pattern of strategically placed jet beads.

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