"Vison of Beauty - She is a vision of refinement and cosmopolitan allure. Gowns come alive with her movements, as powder-soft plumage and appliqué prints, like petals, flutter with delicacy and a certain 'douceur de vivre' inspired by the grace of the woman in Beirut, past and present. The silhouettes are ethereal in full-length gowns, short A-line dresses as well as opulent pantsuits of elaborate beading that evoke the lively energy of Beirut in the sixties.
Like the sun upon the Mediterranean Sea, accents of gold thread embroidery offset a temperate color palette of green, blue, pink and powdered ivory in evening glamour. The ELIE SAAB Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture collection expresses the poursuit of a dream in an orchestrian of soft hues scintillating light and an elegance that eludes time." - The House of ELIE SAAB
"Back then, Beirut seemed to be constantly adorned for a party that would never end." If you ever wondered where Elie Saab got his taste for sequins and crystals, it was spelled out in the chapbook he presented to guests at his Haute Couture for Spring/Summer 2015. The Lebanese designer dedicated the collection to his past. A portrait of his parents when they were as young as Saab's own children are now graced the first pages of the catalog; in it his mother wears a tulip-print dress that provided a template for new embroideries.
Saab is one of the most consistent couturiers around, known for glittering red-carpet fare, but using his '60s childhood (he called the period Beirut's "golden age") injected a certain freshness into his lineup. Above-the-knee party frocks trimmed in ostrich plumes were paired with low-heeled satin sandals, a first chez Saab. Other unexpected silhouettes a sheer tulle jumpsuit with beads, a tulle robe coat with deep bands of feathers on the sleeve signaled a new low-key attitude. In keeping with that relaxed spirit, nearly all the looks, gowns included, were built with pockets.
Saab rarely uses prints, preferring the simplicity of a solid-color dress, but his mother's tulips proved a powerful totem this season. The watercolor floral of a strapless number with petal-like embroidery of point d'esprit and a short, flirty option in the same vivid pattern could be tempting alternatives for the woman who can't or doesn't want to wear the designer's plentiful sheer styles.
Discover the ELIE SAAB Spring/Summer 2015 Haute Couture show at the end of this post! LoL, Andrea
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Photo Credit/Source: The House of ELIE SAAB
Photos (stills): The House of ELIE SAAB
Photos (runway): Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages
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