ELIE SAAB PRE-FALL 2018 READY-to-WEAR: WESTBOUND DETOUR

For the Pre-Fall 18 Ready-to-Wear collection, ELIE SAAB takes the wild out of the west with this modern tribute to the nomadic & picturesque Sonora, Mexican region.

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While propelling us into a dry & rugged backdrop, ELIE SAAB injects his signature sophisticated lines & ultra-feminine looks, to create pieces that resonate with women who dream of faraway places, but in cool-cut style.

Just like a rare flowering season in an arid desert, the collection starts with an elegant display of deep burgundy, black & white floral patterns, in the form of intricate embroidery, that mesh organically with black satin outlines.

Whisper-thin lace & thick laser cut-out leather, with ‘western-like’ embossed motifs, combine to create a perfect and elaborate dance as full looks, or as inserts on key pieces.

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Born in the harsh desert-like south-west, silver & gold metallic studs animate everything from statement leather jackets, to gilets, suede bands on waist hugging dresses, the bottoms of skirts, and the ends of sleeves.

While furtive feathers, on ankle-length skirts & furry jackets flutter effortlessly in the desert winds, a series of especially designed butterflies, hearts & sparrows, appear as badges & appliqués, bringing splashes of vibrant colour & touches of pastel to a collection otherwise rooted in black.

Prints also leave a strong impact, with tweed trompe l’oeil paired with tweed fabric, and Mexican canvas-inspired fabrics that find their twins in the form of shiny & colourful sequin dresses.

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This season sees the introduction of the ELIE SAAB crest, which is the result of the letters “E” & “S” intertwining to create a floral-like emblem inspired from the brands core aesthetics.

Making its first major appearance into the brand’s collections, the crest features as a golden appliqué on T-shirts, printed or engraved on buttons, and is even moulded into a metallic armour wrap-around on leather clutches.

Other standout leather clutches feature belt buckles that take their cue from authentic saddle reins, while small studded saddle-bags with fringes glimmer & sway in the distance. We also discover a series of slick & smooth plexi-glass minaudière designs, in an array of no less than 13 colours.

Boots, sandals, pumps & heeled mules come in leather or suede, and are embellished, from front to side & back of heel, with studs & wild west-inspired python & leather motif inserts. Jewellery, on the other hand, takes on a simpler & more restrained form of sophistication, with a variety of golden chains, cuffs & earrings that are completed with a variety of delicate coloured stones.

This Pre-Fall collection brings together looks with a dense decorative quality, and a play on layers, textures & colours, that feeds the imaginations of those who dream of adventure, in true ELIE SAAB feminine form.

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