DUBAI: Brazilian supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio jetted to Ibiza after opening Zuhair Murad’s Autumn/Winter 2018-19 show at Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris last week.
It marked the first time the 37-year-old Victoria’s Secret model walked for the famed Lebanese designer, and she seemed more than happy about the honor.
“Thank you, @zuhairmuradofficial for letting me open your magical show,” she posted on Instagram shortly after the glittering catwalk show.
Ambrosio opened the show wearing a wintry embroidered dress with an attached cape. The outfit, which ended just above the ankle, was embroidered with floral motifs in red, gold and white and paired with chunky boots and a heavyset black belt.
The model then graced the runway in a dazzling silver gown, embroidered with sequins from head to toe and vamped up with triangular peekaboo cutouts at the waist.
After the show, she indulged in a sweet snack and shared a snap on Instagram, before jetting off to Ibiza where she posed in the sea wearing a Brazilian football jersey. She shared the sizzling shot on social media, captioning it, “Brazilian vibes from Ibiza.”
Murad took inspiration from Imperial Russia for the latest collection, offering up regal looks with structured, fitted elements recalling tsarist fashion trends.
“The historical savoir-faire of Imperial Russia redefines contemporary elegance,” the design house posted on social media alongside a close up shot of a magnificent embellished cape worn by model Cindy Bruna.
The 23-year-old French model, who previously took on a starring role in “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” walked the runway in a heavily embroidered, tight-fitting gown with a cape that was attached at the neck. The model also showed off a fitted black dress covered in royal gold-and-red beadwork.
Murad wasn’t the only Lebanese powerhouse at Pairs Haute Couture Fashion Week — Elie Saab also showed off his Barcelona-inspired collection.
The famed Modernist architecture of Antoni Gaudi — and its organic lines — were the focus of many of the Lebanese designer’s gowns, the Associated Press reported.
Oversize rounded shoulders, which were sometimes dramatically raised from the body, were a new silhouette variation on the house’s bread-and-butter cinched waist looks.
The industrious Saab couture atelier had got to work to weave the signature crystals, sequins and pearls together to — as the program notes put it — depict “the sinuosity of organic forms.”
The swirling stone reliefs of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs venue, inside the Louvre palace, accentuated the clothes’ architectural lines.
Lebanese designer Rabih Kayrouz put on a vibrant show on Monday, sending models down the catwalk in Dorothy-inspired ginghams and daring pop art-style primary colors. Over exaggerated, frilled sleeves and a devil-may-care attitude toward mixing prints made his Spring 2019 ready-to-wear collection stand out.
Countryman Georges Hobeika took things in precisely the opposite direction. The Beirut-based designer unveiled a Fall/Winter collection that was teeming with feathers, tea-length skirts and frequent visual references to nature’s most elegant bird, the swan. Soft, pale pinks melted into luscious, deep violets and cobalt blues in a line that was feminine and not without its quirks.
Meanwhile, Lebanon’s Rami Kadi unveiled an Aztec-inspired collection of pastel-hued ball gowns, as well as a wedding dress that twinkled with embedded fairy lights, iridescent ostrich feathers and wispy metallic fronds.