Maria Callas, the world’s most famous opera singer, once said: “An opera begins long before the curtain goes up and ends long after it has come down. It starts in my imagination.” The same creative process also applies to fashion designers. Their collections start in their imagination. For his ready-to-wear 2018 collection, Zuhair Murad draw inspiration both from Maria Callas in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Medea and the neo-classical painter John William Godward’s nymphs. The  Zuhair Murad Spring Summer 2018 prêt-à-porter collection wanders throughout the night of time, and explores a duality that exists within all women.

A strong amazon figure emerges clad in shield-like clothes, notably refined and figure-hugging leather pieces – studded biker jackets, belted mini dresses, graphic blazers, all in the black, white and gold.

Her counterpart, a softer woman in airy dresses, opts for powdered tones, light jacquard adorned with feathers or Cretan fresco prints, summery tweeds and flat sandals with macramé detailing.

Both sides complete and nod at each other throughout the collection: running like a red thread, crêpe and silk charmeuse in vestal drapes or pleated in reference to ancient colonnades. As for the mythological animals that appear throughout the collection, such as the phoenix, they add a touch of magic to this utterly liberating collection.





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