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Going tribal Summer 2018 looks exotic and cool


By Pauline Songco, Staff Writer

Longchamp, a French luxury brand known for its leather goods, took inspiration from the tribal art of Africa for its latest summer collection, solely dedicated to the sophisticated, but independent modern woman.

The summer collection starts from Rive Gauche in Paris, then off to Rue des Beaux-Arts and Boulevard Saint-German in search of the most indigenous culture and art forms.
The Longchamp woman sports a very laidback style — a printed silk blouse and leather shorts. To cap an edgy look, she adds a safari jacket made in suede or cotton gabardine. The cropped jacket, which is also made with woven fabric and lambskin, can be partnered with beautiful flowy dresses in dotted or embroidered Swiss tulle.
For the Longchamp Summer 2018 collection, two bag designs are the stars. The Madeleine bag has a chic update to it and now comes in different colors, from nude, orange, honey and lilac produced from materials like bullcalf leather, suede and vachetta. On the other hand, the Effrontée breaks with convention by playing up its sophisticated and rebellious feel. Its chain strap and grainy-feel leather gives the bag a rock and roll appeal.
The patterns are inspired by the Maasai tribe, bringing to life the Nilotic ethnic group’s magnificent prints and exquisite embroidery. Their distinct and custom looks adorn the brand’s totes, hobo and bucket bags, some of which come with a decorative removable strap.
Fringes, tassels, handcrafted fabrics, beaded decorations and vibrant colors were all inspired from the sub-Saharan African jewelry. They are featured on the Pénélope, Longchamp 3D, Mademoiselle Longchamp and Roseau bags and Paris Rock line. The graphic style of the famous Le Pliage Cuir Longchamp model in leather now is embellished with wide colored stripes reminiscent of African wall paintings.
Longchamp simultaneously released its first Cruise Collection, featuring a stunning range of espadrilles all adorned with ankle straps, braided-rope soles made from velvet leather, two-tone Maasai-print canvas.

In time for the heat, Longchamp’s summer and cruise collection invites every woman to travel. Longchamp is exclusively available at Rustan’s Makati, Rustan’s Shangri-La, Rustan’s Cebu and Greenbelt 5.


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