Amazon Crush: Elie Saab’s Ready-to-Wear SS’ 2018

A jungle breeze sweeps through the air, as the Elie Saab SS’18 collection celebrates nature’s botanic masterpiece: the Amazon. Like a living, breathing forest in motion, the collection boasts a coming together of light, fluid-like materials, all layered in perfect unison.

Python appears as both an imposing print on total-looks, and an intricately embroidered pattern that shimmers in the dark as it adorns long, elaborate dresses. As shirts & t-shirts come in to bring a relaxed attitude to the silhouettes, the overall collection reveals a play on proportions, with jackets taking on a longer stance and skirts appearing ever shorter.

Thin and silky fringes also swing away as they cross the undefined paths, like a dynamic dance of jungle vines. These sensual fringes embrace the woman’s figure and offer an ultra-feminine dimension to the collection, as do the revealing laser cut-outs introduced this Spring/Summer.

The bright color palette of warm yellow, hibiscus red, waterfall blue, orchid pink and shades of white bursts into life amidst the deep jungle green canvas that surrounds them.

Taking its cues from the dense rainforest and its living creatures that thrive from the canopy to the grassy floor, outlines of wild leafage are articulated through innovative lace, and vivid vegetal prints act as a statement throughout, with leafy graphics animating pieces, from summer leather jackets to flowy evening dresses.

The Amazon influence also spreads into the accessories, as ELIE SAAB signature handbags and clutches are revisited featuring wide add-on straps in studded leather and python. To suit different styles, the straps are interchangeable, from short to cross-body, or as a wrist handle. In line with this playful approach, colourful oversized hats and eyewear also make their appearance on the runway.

A true reflection of the jungle’s untamed & wild nature, feminine cuts and organic layering seamlessly fuse together to create a bold ELIE SAAB SS’18 collection that embodies the free-spirited nature of the woman of today.

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