Wednesday March 7, 2012 – Espace Ephemere des Tuileries
When the name “Elie Saab” is uttered, it’s usually followed by the words “stunning”, “jaw-dropping” and “red-carpet dress”, all within the same breath. The Beirut-born designer, darling of Hollywood starlets pining for his Oscar worthy gowns, opted to dial the knob back toward glamorizing some everyday pieces with the deft craftsmanship of a Parisian couturier. Sharp bangs, straight hair, bold faces, confident strides and a progression of neutral to strong tones was the plat du jour. The first look, a peplumed shimmery black and grey tweed number with a croc clutch on Karlie Kloss, was followed by a brazenly blond Anja Rubik in a black belted black on grey crêpe de chine knee-length dress. Waist-cinched hoodless chinchilla parkas, airy chiffon blouses, mink cropped jackets in both grey and black, a V-line cleavage baring chiffon-on-crepe cigarette dress were universally chic. Matte beige suit and pant combos alongside belted trenches and asymmetrical zippered overcoats looked beautifully minimalist while providing shoppers options for more seasonably appropriate wares for winter.
A cobweb motif exposed a darker, more seductive sensuality through its incorporation as a print on a few looks or as lace mesh on body conscious dresses. Arms, sides of pant legs, shoulders and bosoms were given the lacy-lattice-like treatment, adding just enough mystery to this Elie Saab woman to make her dangerously interesting. A perfectly draped, front-slit forest green dress gave way to an Art-Deco inspired empire green number followed by a captivating matte-gold beaded gown on Karmen Pedaru. Looking back, it’s easy to fall in love with this collection for its heroic underpinnings. In one fell swoop, Elie has convinced us that the contemporary woman can be anyone, from the stylishly mild-mannered citizen, to the voluptuous workplace villain, to the fashionable futuristic heroine.
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