A modern tribute to the nomadic and picturesque Sonora region, just south of California border, the mood of the Pre-Fall 2018 collection voyages into a dry and rugged backdrop injected with sophisticated lines and ultra-feminine looks.
Just like a rare flowering season in an arid desert, the Pre-Fall 2018 collection features an elegant display of deep burgundy, black and white floral patterns, in the form of intricate embroidery that mesh organically with black satin outlines.
Whisper-thin lace and 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.
Born in the harsh desert-like south-west, silver and 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 and furry jackets flutter effortlessly in the desert winds, a series of especially designed butterflies, hearts and sparrows, appear as badges and appliqués.
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 and colorful sequin dresses.
This season introduces the ELIE SAAB crest, the letters “E” & “S” intertwined to create a floral-like emblem. It appears as a golden appliqué on T-shirts, printed or engraved on buttons, and is even molded into a metallic armor wrap-around on leather clutches.