Honestly, we don’t say that lightly.
It’s a good thing that this is the last day of Paris Couture Week, because it’d be pretty hard to top these two shows.
Lebanese designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad have both shown inspired collections with stunning details and the kind of drama we’re always pleased to see.
Take note: this is what the red carpet is going to look like for the rest of 2018.
Inspired by the Jazz Age and Paris in the 1920s, Saab sent models out in beaded skull caps and sheer, embellished gowns. With soft feathers adding volume and movement, it’s the sort of thing that’s both elegant and over-the-top.
In beadwork, Saab referenced Art Deco shapes. It’s safe to say it worked. If we don’t see Emma Stone in the gown above, we’ll be very surprised.
The collection paid homage to independent and liberated Parisienne women, Saab said. We’re here for it.
An entirely different era, of course, but anything that looks like Bianca Jagger could have worn it always gets the thumbs up from us.
And who could go past a bridal gown like this? That shimmering neckline is a bit of a wow.
Murad’s collection was inspired by Native American motifs, he told Women’s Wear Daily.
“I have a lot of respect for native cultures. Without them, we are not here. They left us an unlimited heritage of art and beauty,” he said.
That inspiration was clear in the runway set up, as well as in the geometric patterns and botanical beading used in the clothes themselves.
Portuguese model Sara Sampaio was the star of the show, wearing Murad’s fringing with panache as she closed the show.
And of course, Murad also showed a high-drama wedding dress. We’d love to see this one up close.
All in, it’s more beautiful work from two of the world’s most beloved designers.
Images: Elie Saab/Instagram, Zuhair Murad/Instagram