Breathtaking, elegant, and sensual are all words that clearly express the glamorous gowns of Lebanese designer Elie Saab. Known for his beading and shimmering lace creations, it’s no wonder why they have become staples on red carpets year after year and why theming his collection “strictly decorative” was spot on.
Each season there is a flow of change; fashion designers make it a rule to keep moving and not be stagnant. Staying with that rule, Saab made a clear and conscious choice by incorporating structured daywear pieces into his Autumn|Winter 2013 ready-to-wear collection. Opening the show with a dark monochrome palette, the collection then transitioned into sculptured dresses, high-waisted trousers, draped fitted tops, and demure pencil skirts paired with paneled cropped jackets. Key elements were the polished tailoring in crepe satin jumpsuits and the cocktail dresses with zippers lining the back, accentuated waists, and peplum tops.
When it came to evening wear, Saab focused on femininity. His sheer fabrics intricately placed gave a seductive feel. Captivating, though, were the soft and romantic colors of lemongrass yellow, teal blue, and violet. Black was still a forefront along with lace cascading across the body with sultry transparent cutouts and slits. Glamour is always evident in his designs, and this collection enhanced that feel even more. His masterful creations truly are the best way to round out Paris Fashion Week. | Marielle Larkin
pictures courtesy Giovanni Giannoni