As all of you fashion fanatics know, Elie Saab’s enchanting Couture Autumn/Winter collection graced the beautiful blue themed catwalk at Paris Couture Fashion Week on the 9th of July. The floor sweeping, crowd pleasing dresses pleased everyone, even the biggest critics.
Saab seems to have adopted a certain style of dress shape which entails a high neckline, no sleeves, a small waistline and a huge skirt! I, amongst many others won’t question Elie’s choice of design for his latest Couture Collection as I feel it is what we needed to cheer up our ever advancing Summer! So I say, ‘bring on Autumn!’ so we can see more of these beautiful designs!
There were no two dresses amongst the amazing 50 that were similar, they ranged from pearl smothered rose pink to beige with black dip dye to stunning shades of dusky blue finished with layers of fray edged lace and embroidered mesh.
One of my favourite dresses from the fascinating, fairytale collection is this floor sweeping, floral to blue ombre dress finished with a plunging neckline and a belt to pull the stunning model’s waistline in, even further. When I first saw this dress, I instantly had a ‘WOW’ moment! Elie Saab’s aim was to squeeze many vital trends in to one dress with this beauty and what a great job he did!
Now, here is THE dress that everyone is talking about! This is a classic example of the design I mentioned earlier that Elie has recently fallen for. With it’s beautifully embroidered satin, swept over waist line and ombre skirt, this rose and deep pink ball gown would even stand out at the BAFTA’s. The shape of this dress is timeless and appears to live on as every year goes by, especially where Elie Saab is concerned.
Although most of the dresses shimmering their way down the catwalk were classy and not lacking in material, this risky gown was an exception with its high, leg revealing split. I thought this dress divided the Collection very nicely and it showed how versatile Saab’s Couture creations are.
Thrown in to the mix, was an array of mini skater and knee skimming dresses. Usually when a dress is shorter in length, it automatically loses its class and elegance however, Elie kept a hold of this by layering up material to create a thicker skirt. By doing this, it gives the illusion of a fuller and more decent skirt which is more pleasing to the eye than a skimpy number. Below, the models show how to style the dresses with an elegant pair of court heels, nude lips and a smokey eye.
After so many brightly coloured ensembles, it was refreshing to encounter a few nude pieces half way through. This one really caught my eye as the unusual neck line reminded me of the famous shape that Vivienne Westwood pursues in her inspirational designs. The use of the ‘U’ shaped neck line appears to have been used to make the waist of the wearer seem smaller which gives a more dramatic finish…and also showcases the models best assets!
Last, but definitely not least is this incredible wedding dress. This stunning creation adorned the catwalk, leaving the audience in absolute awe and it’s magical presence left an atmosphere that cannot be described. From the photograph below, you can see how taken the critics were with this piece as camera flashes and mobile phones dominate the scene. I love the fairytale shape of this gown and how elegantly the detailed veil falls on to it, the huge skirt and slight train also makes the upper half of the beautiful model appear even smaller which is what every bride wants on her big day! Who agrees with me ladies?
After all, a woman simply cannot watch Elie Saab’s creations dreamily gracing the catwalk, without imagining her own wedding day.