Campaign image from Saben’s new Vanitas collection. Image supplied.
Saben‘s stunning new handbag collection is set to arrive in stores and online from 21st February and it explores the 17th century concept of Vanitas. Designer and owner, Roanne Jacobson, has done a masterful job of tying together Saben’s modernity with the opulence and symbolism of the late Renaissance for Winter 2018. Vanitas is defined as ‘a symbolic work of art showing the transience of life, the futility of pleasure, and the certainty of death, often contrasting symbols of wealth and symbols of ephemerality and death’ which makes for a fascinating jumping off point for Saben’s collection and includes a wonderful homage in the campaign image above.
Jacobson sees the range as a showcase of the importance of studying the past to better anticipate the future in a story that merges fashion with art. She describes it as “a reinvention of romanticism, using historical references to create a modern femininity.” The campaign image above beautifully represents this idea with the colour palette also referencing its historical inspiration. The collection itself riffs on femininity with ladylike accessories and rich hues of burgundy, brown and mustard.
Clever details such as a string of pearls translated into silver ball chain to frame the new shape, Maebelle, elevate this collection further. While a string of broken pearls in the stud work of Fifi form a charming parallel idea. Velvet-like suede and croc embossed texture make this range luscious to the touch as well as the eye. This season sees some gorgeous new silhouettes including Watts, Lou, Juno, Rollo and Luna which are ‘inspired by the women who will wear them and embody the Saben design principals with an emphasis on simple silhouettes, luxurious textures and refined finishing.’
Vanitas is priced from RRP$89 – $589 and the winsome new collection is available from Saben stores, stockists and online from 21st February.