Elie Saab isn’t a designer who usually follows trends, but this season he followed suit by channeling inspiration from the past for his new releases. For Pre- Fall 2017, Mr. Saab locked on to re-surging ’80s trends with a collection that captured the era’s irreverence, exuberance, and love for over the top glamour. The 80’s were an age of decadence in fashion, and this Elie Saab brought it all back beautifully!
This season marked the label’s continued emphasis on daywear and cocktail looks, with the designer’s ongoing experimentation with prints, pop-art florals, sequinned garden-trellis motif, and plenty of hearts. He cut his vision in luxurious fabrics like velvet, lace, chiffon and fur, sumptuous colours of rich forest green, turquoise blue, and black, and covered them heavily in crystal embellishments, bright embroidery and sequinned appliqué.
The collection featured everything from daytime dresses and leather jackets to showstopping evening gowns and embellished jackets. Paired with platform heels, velvet pumps and embellished mini bags, it’s clear that this season’s Elie Saab woman is all about glamour all the time.
The lineup started on a youthful note, with a series of puff- sleeved Madonna- esque swing dresses in printed silk, velvet and lace, dreamy chiffon skirts, ruffled blouses, printed peasant dresses, leather vests and silky catsuits with huge rhinestone embellishments. Gorgeous 70’s-esque bottomed trousers, fur gilets, capes and maxi-length coats, added some extra fabulousness to the lineup, while luxury tracksuits and hoodies in silk velvet, lace and fur added a little modernity.
Mr. Saab’s trademark extravagance came out in full force for the evening, with his showstopping crystallized evening gowns and sumptuous lace bodysuits being updated (or should I say retro-fied) for the new season.
Elie Saab Pre- Fall 2017 was an all-round gorgeous collection, and one that played perfectly into Mr. Saab’s strength at providing gorgeous, luxurious garments. Long- time brand lovers will be thrilled with this season’s array of embellished party dresses and evening gowns, but the plethora of breezy day dresses, outerwear, separates and accessories will appeal to a whole new host of consumers. Younger buyers will love his swingy dresses, full skirts and fluttering chiffon blouses, while the elegant 70’s inspired looks cater directly to those who want pure glamour. There’s really something for everyone to be found.
Our favourites: a crystal- encrusted black velvet hoodie, a beaded turquoise column gown with structured shoulders and a narrow leather belt, a deep green velvet swing dress with black lace inserts, a sheer sequinned floral blouse with a black tie- neck, a black 70’s styled bodysuit with chiffon sleeves, a striped black and turquoise chiffon dress, a black silk maxi- length coat with velvet and lace insets, a black leather and velvet patterned miniskirt, a striped black and white fur mini jacket, a black velvet and lace cutout evening gown, a black fox- lined nylon parka with crystal embellishments, a sheer black evening blouse with crystal appliqués and waterfall sleeves, and a trio of evening dresses covered in multicoloured confetti beads.