Winnie Harlow Brought Arab Representation (and Drama) to Vogue World: London 2023 in Zuhair Murad Couture
This season’s fashion month comes with added excitement given that all eyes are on London for the city’s first-ever Vogue World. As actors, models, and designers descended on the famed Theatre Royal Drury Lane to celebrate art and fashion, it is no surprise that Arab talent also made its mark on the red carpet. For the opening night, Canadian model Winnie Harlow brought the drama by wearing a stunning couture gown by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad.
Picked from the celebrity-loved creative’s Fall/Winter 2023 couture collection, the black velvet gown came with a plunging neckline and a figure-hugging silhouette. Its highlight, however, was a voluminous white cape-like collar that flowed along the sides of the dress and down to the floor. If the head-turning number looks familiar, it is because Moroccan model Aouatif Saadi is seen dressed in the very same piece for one of Vogue Arabia’s September 2023 covers shot in Disneyland Paris. Being featured on the cover of a regional magazine in the same month as getting worn for a global event is one of the many proofs of how Middle Eastern talent transcends boundaries.
Aouatif Saadi (center) wearing the Zuhair Murad FW23 couture gown on the cover of Vogue Arabia’s September 2023 issue. Photo: Desiree Mattsson
For last night’s star-studded affair, Harlow opted to pair the romantic gown with black opera gloves topped with sparkling diamond jewelry, alongside debuting a fresh chop. “Winnie’s hair was inspired by the 90s black woman,” her longtime hairstylist Jordan Jay Brumant shared exclusively with Vogue. “It was important to us that her natural hair texture was at the forefront of the look. The strong tapered shape and waved edges gave us the perfect balance of strength, softness, and opulence.” A golden-bronze smokey eye with winged liner and glossy brown lips completed her makeup look for the evening.
Photo: Darren Gerrish
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