Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall 2023-2024 – A Fabulous Tribute to Wednesday Adams. Review by Eleonora de Gray, Editor-in-Chief of RUNWAY MAGAZINE. Photo Courtesy: Zuhair Murad.
Zuhair Murad’s Haute Couture Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection is a magnificent homage to Wednesday Adams, taking the theme to the heights of a Gothic princess or Gothic high priestess. The collection showcases the designer’s exceptional craftsmanship and creativity, with fabulous embroideries of webs, spiders, dark red flowers, and black birds as the finest embellishments.
Murad has brought Wednesday Adams to life as a true star of the evenings and balls with his exquisite designs. The collection features a mix of both soft black tulle short dresses and silver macrame pants, borrowing their decorative lines from the intricate outlines of an abandoned palace. The breathtaking lace and intricate embroidery breathe life into these pieces, creating a sense of delicate motion and mesmerizing allure.
The inspiration drawn from the bat, the queen of the night, is evident in the precise contours of collars, casting subtle shadows that resemble the distinctive arc of its wings. The voluminous capes, made from bubble taffeta fabric, add a captivating flair to the dresses, accentuating their charm. The corsets, adorned with iron geometric designs, not only shape the body but also exude a unique allure that hints at sensual beauty while maintaining an air of mystery.
Roses take on a dark allure in shades of full red, lilac, and mauve under the moonlight, clustering together in surreal and venomous bouquets. Their thorny stems transform into graceful lianas, entwining and flirting with moonbeams like delicate silver thread embroidery. This adorns a trouser suit with barbed stripes, striking a balance between a masculine yet fluid aesthetic, simultaneously inviting and forbidden to the touch.
A majestic black rose stands tall as the centerpiece between a velvet bodice and an opulent skirt, adorned with a motif of roses in fil coupé jacquard. This striking combination of elements adds to the opulence and medieval allure that permeates the entire collection.
Fauna and flora come alive in this dark hour, unleashing their fantasies, sometimes unsettling and yet strangely familiar when illuminated by light or shrouded in shadow. Zuhair Murad seamlessly blends gothic elements with a distinctly modern flair, resulting in an aura of magnetic black that exudes seduction and captivates with its subdued illumination.
Overall, Zuhair Murad Haute Couture Fall Winter 2023-2024 collection is a true masterpiece. The designer’s interpretation of the Wednesday Adams theme is executed with exceptional artistry, showcasing exquisite embroideries, meticulous attention to detail, and a perfect balance between Gothic opulence and modern allure. This collection undoubtedly establishes Wednesday Adams as a fashion icon, gracing the evenings and the balls with her presence as a true star.