They lie thousands of miles apart, but two evocative destinations have collided in one new-season collection. Sandra Mansour took inspiration from both the French Riviera and the African Zaouli dance, which originates from the Ivory Coast, for Spring 2019, resulting in a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and structures. Entitled “Danses au Son du Tambou,” the line is enlivened with playful details – think hand-crafted embroidery, whimsical ruffles, fluid fringing – to joyous effect.
Sweeping full-length tunics are emboldened with prints, while a selection of summer-ready dresses are given a contemporary touch with geometric motifs and cut-outs. A series of sequined midis decorated with motifs from both continents are destined to inject a touch of fancifulness into any after-dark affair, while louche separates are imbued with both a Left Bank nonchalance and a Riviera dreaminess.
France and the Ivory Coast weren’t the only muses for Mansour, who also took style cues from the art and music realms for SS19. “Nick Cave and Phyllis Galembo were guiding forces when it came to choosing the elements of ‘Danses au Son du Tambour,'” the Lebanese designer tells Vogue.me. “Both these artists use very strong colors and elements that make their art stand out.” The resulting collection can be summed up in one image: “Picture a group of Zaouli dancers in all their glory, in colorful attire dancing to the beat of a drum in the French Riviera.”
Mansour, who cites January Jones and Lupita Nyong’o as her dream clients, believes the Spring 2019 woman fuses a strength and a fragility. “She is also soft but very aware of what she wants and how to express herself,” the designer adds. While there are several months to wait until next season is upon us, Mansour’s eponymous label will be delivering another landmark in the meantime. “We’re working on a ready-to-wear bridal line, which we will be launching in January during Paris Haute Couture,” the designer teases. “It’s exciting!”
Scroll through the gallery above to discover more from Sandra Mansour’s Spring 2019 collection.