Standing out for evening were a backless floor-length dress in grey chiffon accessorised with long silver earrings, and a short purple “twisted” wool dress. Guest Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad, whose models looked like goddesses in gold laurel hairbands, meanwhile sent out a sumptuous, super feminine collection. Evening dresses in faded gold, glacier blue, pale green and powdered salmon silk all featured intricate gold embellishments. Flowing capes and trains completed some of the robes creating dramatic silhouettes. “It is an honour to be invited by these big names and a responsibility too,” Murad was quoted as saying. Customers were spread around the globe, he said, with many in Russia and a growing number in Asia. “I think this (Asia) is the future,” he added.