Can’t Miss Party Dressing Tips From Zuhair Murad

In the midst of a cocktail attire related crisis? You must check out our exclusive interview with party dressing expert and couture fashion designer, Zuhair Murad. As the mastermind behind a collection of covetable designs rocked by a slew of A-listers, Mr. Murad holds the key when it comes to getting you through the remainder of your holiday fêtes to come as glamorously and as on point as possible.

Zuhair Murad's Tips

How To Nail The Perfect Party Outfit

Tom Ford Eyelet Booties, $1570

"It's no surprise that I am a champion for high-voltage glamour but ultimately I believe the perfect party outfit achieves a balance of comfort and style. An outfit should enhance your personality, because no matter how great you look, you'll never be the center of attention if you're uncomfortable!

"If you are short, opt for a platform wedge or heeled ankle bootie, in lieu of a sky-high stiletto that'll have you grounded by midnight."

All In The Details

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2014.

"I absolutely love working with sheer materials - silks, chiffons, tulle, lace etc. - that allow for the detailed hand beading and appliqué to standout. Many of my pieces are centrally focused around highlighting the natural curves of a woman's body, these materials let me reveal as much as I like, while maintaining a certain degree of mystery as well."

Look Chic For New Year's Eve

Michael Michael Kors Jumpsuit, $160, Shourouk Necklace, $818, Adia Kibur Necklace, $120

"This New Year's, it is all about a great jumpsuit. A jumpsuit is the perfect evening look that can offer equal parts glamour and function for the long night ahead. I'd opt for one that features a low back or a draped front and pair with a statement necklace or collar to pull it all together."

How To Flatter Your Frame

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2014.

"My pieces are always centered around one ideal: the female body. Balance is key especially when embracing your natural shape and curves. For instance, if you have a perfect hourglass figure, it is best to opt for sheer panels of cut outs at the high-waist, angling towards the center to highlight your shape with a deep v-cut at the bust. These lines all draw the eye center and give the illusion of the perfect hourglass body!"

The Ideal Outerwear Option

Dorothy Perkins Jacket, $79; Topshop Jacket, $158.

"A faux fur shrug is the solution to all your winter dressing woes. Choose a shrug in classic black, white or an unexpected accent color such as emerald or lilac. Not only will you stay warm, but paired with a long gown you'll instantly elongate your silhouette."

The Evening Staple Accessory

Jason Wu Clutch, $1395; Kotur Clutch, $595.

"A versatile clutch! Pair your evening look with a clutch or small cross body that holds your party essentials - lipstick, phone, and credit card. I always tell my girl friends that if you can't hold it on the dance floor - leave it at home!"

Inspiration Is Everywhere

Zuhair Murad Spring/Summer 2014.

"I seek inspiration from a variety of sources. Inspiration is fascinating in that it can be found in a moment walking down the street, feeling the heat of Beirut in the summer and imagining the rays of the sun as golden palette of sequins and beading against the skin. It’s never the expected that inspires me, but the unexpected, the things in life that we don’t perceive as tangible – dreams, fantasies, etc."