Known for his show-stopping creations worn by A-list stars for the world’s most talked-about events, Sabaji aims to celebrate women and the power they possess with his latest collection named “The Night Lili”. “The Fall-Winter 2020 collection is inspired by the storm Goddess, Lilith, who grew wings liberating herself from an unwanted destiny,” shares Sabaji with Vogue.me. “The first woman who had reclaimed power, therefore, made a notorious revolution. I want to celebrate women and their potency by reinterpreting Lilith’s story with a mindset free to represent a myth in all its glory.”
Bold, fierce, and elegant, every piece in the collection is designed to tell a story depicting the freedom of a woman in her ever-changing silhouette. “I had experimented design with wings, feathers, snake prints, and vibrant colors; thus, here is the story of a woman, a Goddess who grieved but then gathered up to stand tall and gorgeous again as the symbol of empowerment.”
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Lilith’s wings are interpreted in the standout element of the designs, which is a laser-cut oversized feather-shaped PVC. It was first handcrafted, then hand-painted with insights from the finest artisans of the Jean-Louis Sabaji Atelier, taking up to 200 hours per piece. Intricate hand-stitched feathers are also seen outlining the silhouettes in black and off-white colors. A shield protecting a woman’s body takes its shape in the collection with high-end stones and crystals embellished on gowns, while a color palette varying from black, vibrant colors and a series of all-white, is used to reflect on the makeover of a woman. The collection also features body-hugging silhouettes as well as sculptural overskirts made with sheer fabrics, raffia threads, and silk taffeta.
Bringing the designs to life, Ukrainian talent Alina Baikova models the collection in its campaign. “I felt like a queen in those dresses! Comfortable and powerful!” she shared with Vogue.me.
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