Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2012 Collection
July 5, 2012 by J.T.
Wednesday July 4, 2012 - Pavillon Cambon
Haute couture is one of those categories in the fashion world where the constraints of producing cost effective clothing are thrown out the window; where designers are given free reign to create clothes that spark the imagination; where restraint is frowned upon and where the glamourous and wealthy find the clothes that reflect their over-the-top personas. Keeping true to that credo, Saab reaffirms his position as one of the best courtiers to date with a Fall collection that was as much as about Paris’ luxurious refinements as it was about exploring the intrinsic beauty of Byzantine art. The Lebanese designer, who calls the City of Lights “home” for well over many years, took inspiration from the shores of the Bosporus strait and brought them into his Rive-Droite atelier, focusing on ornate beading, sequins, silks, tulle, lace, gold leafing techniques, jacquard prints and classical silhouettes with a sensual twist.
Head to toe lacey and sequined caftans, cocktail dresses, and gowns in blacks and off-whites seemed perfectly translated from sketch to textile, almost as if to redefine the limitations of what’s possible. The neckline was focused with delicate care, encrusting the lace so as to make the neck sprout out of the dress like a flower while tulle was tucked at the hems for added volume on a few long skirt numbers. Heavy beadwork and embroidery on light, airy pieces afforded for easy, fluid movement. Asymmetrical gold leaf imprimés on pink pastel and sky blue flowy, floor-length frocks looked heavenly. Deep V neck lines along the backs of certain elongated looks acted as a sensual counterpoint to intricate sophistication on display around the bust.
While ready to wear and perfumes are what help designers pay the bills, haute couture allows a dreamer to dream. With his latest creation, Ellie will leave many with a lasting impression that some dreams really do come true.
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall 2012 Fashion Show Video
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