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Sandra Mansour

Head over to luxury pre-order retailer Moda Operandi, and keeping the company of up-and-coming emerging designers like Johanna Ortiz and Rosie Assoulin is Lebanon’s Sandra Mansour, whose eponymous line is notably all “made in Beirut.”

The Sandra Mansour Fall 2016 collection fits in well next to its contemporaries’ offerings. To wit: it’s pulsing with color—sunset reds and vibrant golds—and notably spurting with “reach out and touch me” textures like lace, fringe, feathers, embroideries, and silks. Mansour’s show notes motion that the collection infuses oriental heritage with occidental style. Indeed, the open shoulders, long silhouettes and tunics are all on-trend, but what brings depth to this ephemeral crave is Mansour’s personal touch, which resonates loud and clear on each and every look. The designer has hand-drawn natural elements like plants, flowers, and also unicorns, cross bone skulls, tags like “Rancid,” kiss lips, and peeled bananas—and that’s just on one knee-length dress. Moving on to a tulle and feathered mini dress and we see flowers blossom out from the positioning of the woman’s navel, highlighted by a star symbol. Perhaps it was an unintentional move on behalf of Mansour, but details such as these contribute to a collection that speaks to the woman warrior who is connected to her roots, but happily moves between worlds — albeit with a “zero f**** given” attitude to what anyone thinks, as one embroidery so bluntly states.

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