ALONE ON A DESERT ISLAND… WITH SANDRA MANSOUR
Raised in Switzerland, Sandra Mansour first cut her fashion teeth with Elie Saab before carving a name for herself in the Middle East as a bridal and ready-to-wear designer. Describing her world as a place where “contemporary elegance meets simplicity,” we caught up with the womenswear designer to see what she’d bring with her on a desert island.
L’Amour et les Forêts’ portrait of a woman in search of passion would be packed for star-lit reading while Athénée Palace, a novel detailing Countess Waldeck’s cloak-and-dagger months in Bucharest during World War II, provides encouragement in the source of its protagonist, a “redoubtable woman.” French songbird Lou Doillon’s Places album mixes “sensual and melancholy sweetness” for those days when homesickness needs to be indulged; A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an Iranian vampire Western flick that blends a “catchy soundtrack and dark atmosphere,” offers a playful dose of pulp. And if the island doesn’t offer enough macabre inspiration for Mansour’s next collection, Tim Burton’s fantastical Corpse Bride certainly does. Emily, the deceased bride, is an offbeat muse with her “blue hair, crown of dead flowers and fluid wedding dress.”