Zuhair Murad looks to Ancient Egypt for Spring 2020 couture line

Zuhair Murad showed his Spring 2020 collection at Paris Couture Week. (Supplied)
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Updated 23 January 2020

Zuhair Murad looks to Ancient Egypt for Spring 2020 couture line

  • Zuhair Murad referenced his offerings with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a dazzling gold number that was bejeweled with hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads

PARIS: In recent collections, Zuhair Murad has riffed on imperial Russia, Native American culture and sea life, but on Wednesday he looked to Egypt centuries ago. 

With the magnificent setting of the former 19th century palace Hotel Potocki in Paris as the backdrop for his eponymous womenswear label’s latest couture offering for Spring 2020, the Lebanese designer showed off a glamorous homage to Ancient Egypt.




Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. (Supplied)

As the Ras Baalbek-born couturier knows well, the North African nation has intrigued fashion designers for centuries, most notably in the years immediately following Howard Carter’s discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922, which was filled with the treasures that were intended to guide the monarch to the afterlife. 




The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon. (Supplied)

Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a dazzling gold number that was bejeweled with hundreds of tiny red, blue and purple sequins and beads that took the shape of various hieroglyphics, tomb paintings, scarabs and eagles to kick off the collection.




There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway. (Supplied)

The offering was also rife with second-skin gowns in rich fabrics like duchesse satin and chiffon, sequin-encrusted jumpsuits, belted minidresses with dramatic padded shoulders, crystal embellished jackets, sequined silk tulle numbers with slit sides and billowy, sheer chiffon trains and shimmery skirts paired with equally shimmery crop tops.




Murad referenced those with some Deco Egyptian detailing, sending out a shape of various hieroglyphics. (Supplied)

There were almost as many sequins in the front row as there were on the runway — an indication that the designer’s latest offering is sure to delight his loyal clientele of A-listers and royals. A white embellished evening gown with a criss-cross bodice and thigh-high slits on either side practically screamed, “wear me now, Jennifer Lopez.”




Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. (Supplied)

Added to the harmonious color palette of gold and ivory were coral, crimson and scarab blue. 

Even the bride was an Egyptian queen. Wearing a bejeweled headdress, the model emerged on the catwalk wearing a heavily-embellished, haute couture take on the kalasiris, evoking a modern day Cleopatra. The crystal-emblazoned wedding dress featured a floor-trailing train, dramatic attached cape and a glimmering collar that imitated Ancient Egyptian necklaces.


Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

Updated 03 April 2020

Lebanese superstar Fairuz posts video ‘praying for humanity to be saved from coronavirus’

  • The video shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible
  • As of Friday, Lebanon’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17

LONDON: Lebanese superstar Fairuz released a video on Friday of her praying in her home for humanity to be saved from the coronavirus pandemic.
The video, which was published on her Fairuz Productions YouTube page, shows the singer seated in the corner of a room in what is presumed to be her home, reading Psalm 10:1 from the Bible.
“Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble?” she reads.
Lebanon is currently on lockdown with security forces issuing fines for everyone that violates the rules. As of Friday, the country’s total number of coronavirus cases stood at 508, with the death toll at 17.