For Fall 2019, Zuhair Murad looked to the East for inspiration. The Lebanese designer’s muse for the 40-piece collection was the Onna-bugeisha, a type of female Samurai belonging to the Japanese nobility. This resulted in a lineup of gold-studded panel skirts and pink and black fur vests worn over intricate lace gowns and tops.
The collection was also inspired by Japanese art. There was subtle nods to contemporary artist Nobuyoshi Araki’s photos of flowers, which were peppered on plunging jumpsuits, kimono-inspired dresses, and even on stiletto boots. The color palette was a mix of the four most significant colors in Japanese culture: Red, purple, black, and indigo. The gold embellishments were based on Shakudō, a centuries-old technique based on copper and gold alloy, which can produce a lacquer-like finish. It was best represented on a black, sunray dress featuring intricate gold ornamentation.
See the best looks from the Zuhair Murad Fall 2019 Ready-to-Wear collection below.