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Lebanese couturier, Jean-Louis Sabaji, first landed on Savoir Flair’s radar early in his career. We were instantly taken with his stunning, sculptural designs, and have championed his work ever since. As the son of a famed Lebanese couturier, Jean Sabaji, who ramped up his atelier in Beirut in the 1980s, Sabaji’s extraordinary gift for construction is in his DNA. Since his auspicious launch, Sabaji’s work is now a fixture of the red carpet at high-profile events like the Cannes Film Festival, and he continues to break new ground when it comes to design.

 

Jean-Louis Sabaji Spring/Summer 2019
Photo: Courtesy of Jean-Louis Sabaji

His evocative collection for Spring/Summer 2019 – which Savoir Flair is able to reveal exclusively in the lookbook above – recalls the era from which his father hails – the 1980s and all of its ritzy excess. In the elevated vernacular of a designer, Sabaji shared details of his vivid collection, saying, “Unconventional flashy imperméables are mixed with velvet and lurex, creating captivating textures. A layering of PVC with silk tulle and scuba with foiled fishnet enhance the intensity and texture of the gowns.” He also played with volumes and proportions by confining the silhouette to the body while amplifying his lines with draping and exaggerated sleeve details.

Sabaji concludes his collection with a wedding look unlike any other, describing it as “a daring bridal gown, where a peek into the woman’s curve line is drawn by a visible corset, maintaining the romantic twist with layers of tulle plissé.”

Considered by many to be “the Alexander McQueen of the Middle East”, Sabaji is forging his own territory in the realm of design, and is one creative talent you should absolutely be keeping your eye on.

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