It’s confirmed, Zuhair Murad is seriously loved by his A-list clientele. Some of the Lebanese designer’s biggest celebrity fans are showing support for his efforts to raise money for Beirut disaster relief. Murad has come up with limited-edition T-shirts and other pieces in order to give back to his country after an explosion ripped through the Lebanese capital on August 4. And the creative announced on Instagram that 100 percent of the profits will support ongoing relief efforts by Offrejoie, a Lebanese humanitarian organisation.
“Modern Family” actress Sofia Vergara, who opted for a stunning custom design by Murad for her 2015 nuptials to Joe Manganiello, was one of the first stars to don a T-shirt and pose for a picture. To raise awareness and funds, she took to Instagram and captioned it with, “I am joining @zuhairmuradprivate in helping the people of Beirut. They have lost so much in this tragedy.”
“Friends” star Courtney Cox and top models Alessandra Ambrosio, Shanina Shaik and Denver Windsor have also been spotted on social media while sporting the T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Rise From The Ashes.” Alongside the slogan that has been offering hope for the Lebanese people after the tragedy, the tee is embossed with the shadow of a phoenix.
Other than the fitted unisex T-shirt, which comes in black and white and retails for $25.99, options include a female jersey T-shirt, a tank top, a hoodie and a long-sleeved top. They are all available until August 25 on represent.com/beirut., where Murad has left a message saying: “Thank you so much for joining me in helping the people of Beirut who have lost so much in this devastating tragedy.”
Murad’s 11-storey offices and atelier were destroyed in the blast that killed around 200 people, left thousands wounded and 300,000 homeless.
"My heart is broken. Can't stop crying. The efforts of years went in a moment," the designer, who has dressed the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Candice Swanepoel, Beyoncé and Priyanka Chopra, shared on Instagram.
About Offre Joie
Founded in 1985, Offre Joie is a non-profit organisation that was founded by a group of Red Cross volunteers. What began as a group of keen volunteers has become a voluntary movement across Lebanon, now focusing on helping those affected by the recent blast in Beirut by being on the ground and responding to the people’s humanitarian needs. Offrejoie has developed different approaches to tackle the continuing challenges of Lebanon, including economic and political crises and the pandemic. The organisation is known for having love, respect, forgiveness and voluntary work as core principles.