Elie Saab’s dresses can be seen at every major red carpet event from Cannes to the Oscars. This is because he is the master of couture fashion and his gowns are so intricately and tastefully embellished. His spring/summer 2017 haute couture collection is undeniably extravagant and luxurious, featuring over 50 looks with most of them heavily beaded gowns.
The inspiration comes from the bourgeoning culture of mid-century Egypt, hence the eye-catching oriental patterns, Arabic calligraphy, heavy jewels and silk head bands. His interpretation of these influences was fresh and modern and the collection is right on-trend with sheer fabrics, illusion detailing, graphic embroideries and ethereal capes or capelets casually thrown over elaborate gowns.
There was a lot of sparkle on the catwalk allowing many of the looks to double as bridal gowns. The colour palette included bridal whites and ivories, but the sparkly dresses in silver and gold were wedding-worthy as well. And if you are in need of some bridesmaid dress inspiration, there were cocktail style dresses and jumpsuits in sky blue, navy and nude.
Elie Saab’s couture collection was heavily influenced by the 1957 Egyptian movie La Anam. In one of the scenes, lead actress Faten Hamama enters a party in a long gown embellished with crystals. This elegant attire inspired the Lebanese designer to create such ladylike dresses with a modern edge. Deep slits at the front, ethereal overlays and abstract floral patterns are some of the key elements Saab used. Details also included feathers, bejewelled belts and asymmetric cuts. In addition to the collection of elaborate floor-length evening gowns, he offered glam trouser suits topped with overskirts or embellished capes and a range of tea-length cocktail frocks with deep necklines and front slits in blue or nude satin.
The dresses were styled with bold jewellery pieces such as chunky necklaces, pendant earrings and big bracelets, bejewelled platform sandals, satin head bands and even jewel-encrusted sunglasses. It is never too much bling for Elie Saab, and his over-the-top styles are always so stylish.
The most elaborate look was, of course the ballgown that closed the show. It was Saab’s original interpretation of a classic wedding dress, crafted from sheer fabrics in champagne hue and adorned with embroidered palm trees. The gown featured a big overskirt and was accessorised with a matching embroidered veil.
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