“This collection is all about empowering women,” Sandra Mansour shared with Savoir Flair at a private presentation during Paris Fashion Week for Fall/Winter 2016, and her message is more than worth rallying around. In Mansour’s world, empowering women means giving them both literal and figurative interpretations of the theme with a vividly textured and superbly crafted collection that displayed magical warrior women, tattoo prints, and sloganized patches.
Mansour’s Fall/Winter 2016 lookbook is infected by a serious, provocative mood: this club of warrior women are not to be messed with, even when donning the daintiest Chantilly lace frocks. Female intuition and the ability to create life are both powerful forces, and Mansour interprets these qualities as a print of an enchanting woman, who sits astride a leopard in an inky frock that seems to create life as it spans across the surface of a mikado silk cape-backed mini dress. Mansour divulges to us that she started out as an artist before becoming a designer, and that she hand-drew all of the prints. Elements of these prints are reinterpreted in 3D as patches that decorate a sublime white bomber jacket.
Lush textures abound throughout the lookbook, as Mansour trims embroidered vests and dresses with dégradé marabou feathers, amplifies gold kaftans with brocade, and covers whole surfaces with a thick, glamorous crust of microscopic crystal embroidery. This sisterhood – joined by confident silhouettes, lavish craftsmanship, and vivid prints – is one we want to pledge to immediately.
Click through the lookbook for an exclusive preview of Mansour’s Fall/Winter 2016 lookbook.