Follow Vogue Arabia

Lebanese Designers Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and More to Hold Shows at Upcoming Paris Couture Week

Zuhair Murad SS20 Couture. Photo: Filippo Fior /

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.

Other Lebanese labels, such Georges Hobeika, worn by Jennifer LopezElie Saab, worn by Emma Stone; and Maison Rabih Kayrouz, worn by Céline Dion by are also set to hold virtual shows.

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.

Elie Saab SS21 photographed by Anthony Arquier for Vogue Arabia

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.

Read Next: Lebanese Couturier Rami Kadi Recalls His Career’s Favorite Moments Ahead of 10th Anniversary Show

View All
Vogue Collection