Sandra Mansour, Dreams do come true.
Sandra Mansour SS19 – Paris Fashion Week
On a freezing cold snowing and blizzarding night in Paris night my companion and I entered the world of Sandra Mansour, and once entered we never wanted to leave. As we ascended the winding marble staircase to the apartment, surrounded by flickering candles, were knew this was special.
The apartment is actually the home of two architects whose Great Expectations meets a cabinet of curiosities romanticism was exactly the right aesthetic for the presentation.
A giant Alice in Wonderland wedding cake soared to the ceiling, real fires glowed in the grates, the glasses of champagne sparkled in the light and the tiny bites of food, both savoury and sweet, melted in the mouth.
Scattered amongst the rooms of this rambling regime apartment were the heroines of folklore and the leading ladies of opera and legend.
In a tiny secret chamber of a garnet red velvet second empire daybed lay the Empress Josephine, by the fire in another room Violetta Valery was seared, lost in thought, by a misty giant window was a Bronte girl and in another salon stood Tosca and a countess from Mozart.
Melisande, or Guinevere these were great ladies of style and presence.
It wasn’t just the apartment or the mise-en-scene created by Sandra and her team, it was also the pieces themselves. Covering the wedding spectrum from stitched Jean Cocteau surrealist style satin, through soft drapery and onto Victorian full-skirted silhouettes, in close up, the craft and workmanship was exquisite.
After eight years of designing wedding dresses and running her own label, this was the designers first couture collection. Based in Beirut Lebanon the workrooms must be staffed by magicians and elves. Surely the fragile cascades of embroidery and the precise stitching on the satin was not done by human hands?
The lightness of touch was key; fragile, filigree and delicate. Tracery of embroidery like spiders webs, or Queen Anne’s Lace in the hedgerows, or even the tracery of frost on a window pane, “beautiful” hardly begins to cover its description.
The evening was unforgettable and we left to return to the real world, and carry on with our work, with regrets and reluctance!
Sandra Mansour SS19 – Paris Fashion Week – Presentation