Elie Saab. How I love his work!
Mr. Saab is a champion at what he does: transforming women of the world into princesses, one gorgeous gown at a time. With his theatrical silhouettes, intricate adornments, dazzling accessories and dramatic runway shows, Mr. Saab has proven his worth as one of the top couturiers on the planet, while his shows have become staple events on the annual Couture schedules.
Ellie Saab has been doing the princess look for over thirty years, and while it’s a formula that may have gotten a little repetitive, I’m certainly not complaining. If you’re like me and are constantly enamoured by Mr. Saab’s gorgeous work, then brace yourself to be swept away by his latest couture collection!
Fall 2015 was a particularly romantic outing for Mr. Saab, as he is celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary this year. Mrs. Saab walked down the aisle in a gorgeous gilded gown created by her husband- so understandably, this image provided the leitmotif for his Fall 2015 offering, which was brimming with metallic fabrics and gorgeous honey-coloured ornamentation.
It was a grandiose affair- ball gowns have always made up the bulk of Elie Saab shows, but this season the designer dispensed entirely with daywear and cocktail ensembles and focused entirely on evening. Shapes ranged the entire spectrum of the princess look from slender fluted sheaths to full-on Cinderella frocks, with some fabulously regal Arabic additions thrown in: khaftans, shalwars (tunics and trousers), capes and vests that wouldn’t have seemed out of place in Princess Jasmine’s wardrobe.
It was FABulous!
Almost every look seemed to be coated in liquid aurum, but the supporting colour palette was just as luxurious- metallic silver, blush pink, pale peridot green, aquamarine, deep jewel tones of teal, violet, burgundy and lots of luxurious sable. Mr. Saab developed the gold concept to incorporate a Byzantine focus, a perfect pairing that gave the collection a premise on which to build gowns of shimmering lace and fur.
Cape- backed looks, butterfly wings and full-on trains added further grandeur, as did delicate golden tiaras and encrusted clutches that the model’s sported on the runway. The result was one of unsurpassed lightness. This airiness provided Mr. Saab with an ample base on which to apply intricate floral adornments, which he did with a lighter touch than previously seen. While the results were by no means sparsely decorated, they were a subdued version of Mr. Saab’s elaborate work.
Sweeping cuts aside, the reduced ornamentation allowed the clothing to move and flow as if they were almost weightless, thus giving the illusion that the garments were floating around the model’s bodies like clouds. It was a beautiful effect, and one that radiated a sense of grace and delicacy as only a master’s work can.
As always, Elie Saab has delivered a fabulous couture collection for Fall 2015- one that fully delivers everything that brand devotees have come to love and expect from the designer. It’s not ground-breaking fashion, but really, who expects the avant-garde from Elie Saab? Mr. Saab has always focused on beauty, and on creating garments that are and that make his clients feel gorgeous. This collection delivered.
Who can really ask for more?
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2015 was utterly gorgeous!
Xx – Ana