As we move ahead with the new normal, nostalgia for the decades gone by remains strong, and any chance to honor that time must not be missed. Lebanese designer Nemer Saade is of the same mind, as he harkens back to the joyful 80s for the latest collection of his eponymous brand.
The strong silhouettes and bold fabrics synonymous with the era collide in Nemer Saade FW22, bursting with color while being rooted in elegance. Pieces form the designer’s response to a fast-paced post-isolation time, where togetherness is celebrated as a way of slowing down and taking stock of life. To that end, the femininity and masculinity in the designs of both genders are dialed up, sometimes blurring the line between the two in a “homage to the fun and combative spirit of men and women.” Think, a grey leather jacket for women, and a hot pink suit for men, with both equally capable of sparking confidence within the wearer.
The collection’s color palette features neutrals like beige, cream, and grey with pops of purple, yellow, and blue. The designer also taps the winning color combination of bright pink and red, offering it in the form of a suit that can take you from day to night. A desert-colored cashmere wool coat is the highlight in the women’s collection, featuring Swarovski crystal-encrusted embroidery on the sleeves.
The Beirut-based label has been worn by many regional stars including singer Ragheb Alama, actor Nadine Nassib Njeim, and more recently, Nadine Labaki. The Lebanese actor-director wore a black suit by the designer to the Dubai premiere of her new Netflix film, Perfect Strangers.
Take a look at some of the key pieces from the collection below.