Lebanese label Zuhair Murad is set to take part in and bring its FW21 collection to Paris Couture Week. Taking place in the French capital next month, the event marks a return of physical shows after two seasons of digital presentations. Eight runway events will be held by a select group of eight labels, with a limited number of invite-only guests, according to the provisional calendar published by the Fédération de la Haute Couture et de la Mode on Monday.
The in-person event, which will run between Monday, July 5 and Thursday, July 8, will also host other designers’ catwalk displays, including Dior, Azzaro Couture, Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Jean Paul Gaultier and Vaishali S. Balenciaga will also make a comeback to haute couture after 53 years with an in-person show at its historic headquarters at 10 Avenue Georges V on July 7 at 11:30 am.
A further 25 brands, including Fendi, Giambattista Valli, Elie Saab and Viktor & Rolf, are sticking with live-streamed virtual presentations despite relaxed Covid-19 restrictions. France will allow indoor dining from June 9, and will fully lift its curfew on June 30.
Also sure to bring enthusiasm is Pyer Moss designer Kerby Jean-Raymond, who will present his first couture collection in Paris as an invited guest designer of the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture. He will close the week with a digital show on July 8 at 8 pm, becoming the first African American designer to join the couture schedule.
While not part of the calendar, Maison Alaia, founded by the late Tunisian designer Azzedine Alaïa, will also make a long-awaited runway return under new designer Pieter Mulier next month. It will take place a day before the start of Paris Couture Week.