With Sea Creatures and Sixties Shapes, Elle Sasson Strikes a Balance-------
Amid the craziness of the ever-expanding Resort season it’s refreshing to see a designer actually focus on the “resort” aspect of it all. Elle Sasson’s first foray into Pre-Spring is about as vacation-ready as it gets. Sasson, the daughter of eighties denim proprietor Maurice Sasson, has only been showing her label since Spring ’14, but she’s already been picked up by major retailers like Shopbop.com thanks to her razor-sharp focus. Her Resort outing, which includes cotton-eyelet separates, intricate fish embellishments, and tropical macaw prints, was inspired by David Hockney’s Portait of an Artist, circa 1972. “I was attracted to the colors he used and decided to incorporate the blues from the water and the orange from the man’s jacket, and I made a print out of the green leaves,” Sasson told Style.com. “Since I love animals, I added colorful parrots as I imagined them flying in the blue sky, and from there the fish came into the collection as well.” Rather than design another print, she placed beaded, jewel-like fish on miniskirts and silk blouses. One of her best dresses, an open-back chambray frock with folksy embroidery and a fringed hem, feels Saint-Tropez boho-luxe in the best way.
Minimal shapes provide a smart balance to Sasson’s shimmering sea creatures and coral prints. “I love the silhouettes from the sixties and seventies, and that’s definitely reflected in all of my collections,” she said. “I appreciate more simple silhouettes that are a bit structured and will complement the prints and embroideries.”
Next up for Sasson is her Spring ’15 collection, which will see her expand her knitwear range and try her hand at—what else?—denim. Like father, like daughter, Sasson is certainly one to watch.