The new couture collection in centred on the East as reimagined by the Lebanese house known for glorifying femininity.
Elie Saab confesses to having always admired women who proudly wear their dresses and dreaming of turning them into princesses. The designer got inspired by cultures of China and East Asia. The guests were presented with dresses worthy of an empress.
Luxurious couture clothes mimicked the silhouettes of kimonos and sari fixed on one shoulder. The language of colour which defines historic and iconic cultures of Asia has long been admired by artists and designers all over the world. Elie Saab speaks this language respectfully and quite masterfully. The collection’s palette is made of deep and noble colours which reflect the shades of gems and precious metals: gold, silver, agate, emerald, ruby, sapphire, aquamarine, and ivory. The modest catwalk which seemed more like a backstage room was filled with a multitude of colours and textures: satin, velvet, silk, and chiffon dresses were embroided with metalized threads and paillettes. Dress bottoms or even entire dresses were decorated with images of fish, birds, flowers, clouds, and patterns inspired by those present on traditional kimonos and temple walls. The slim silhouettes are created with obi sashes finished in the same colours as the dresses and adorned with large golden front plates.
The designer has carefully preserved the special features of ancient cultures and combined them with the season’s trends: deep cuts, mono earrings, high collars, and chokers mad of large and flat beads and stripes. All of this gave the space a mysterious atmosphere of modern and ancient Asia with its captivating secrets.
Written by Polina Vorobyova
Translated by Tony Savosin