A proven favorite of Hollywood stylists and A-list starlets, Zuhair Murad
's over-the-top eveningwear demands attention on red carpets. Paparazzi flashbulbs gravitate to his signature flashy beading, see-through lace insets, and body-con silhouettes like bees to honey. The Lebanese designer's new Spring collection was inspired by Victor Vasarely, who is largely considered to be the father of Op art. "Vasarely was the master at engaging textural effects, perspective, shadow, and light to create dimension within simple planes," Murad said. Keeping Vasarely in mind, he created eye-popping motifs with clustered jet-black crystals on curve-hugging gowns, and incorporated scrolling, baroque-shaped cutouts and graphic mosaic-patterned lace on cap-sleeve sheaths and jumpsuits. In recent seasons, Murad has successfully expanded his range to include cocktail attire and separates; among these comparatively casual looks, a pair of wide-leg crepe trousers and a snug, tailored jacket with delicate Chantilly accents were the highlights. A knee-length black-and-white number with sheer panels at the sides stood out, too, mostly due to its simplicity.