The whimsical and wondrous creativity of Elie Saab was brought to life in his first collection of 2015, which was launched at Paris Fashion Week. For the fairies who haven’t yet become familiar with Elie (we’re on a first name basis with Mr. Saab at Wedded Wonderland), he is responsible for creating gowns that would make even the most romantic Disney princess gasp in delight.
Spring is this man’s time to shine, as the season magnifies the fanciful embellishments that Elie has become so renowned for; and 2015’s couture was no different.
The collection was inspired by Elie’s upbringing in Beirut, which was known as ‘the Paris of the Middle East’ for its chic, forward-thinking and lavish fashions until the start of the Civil War in 1975.
“A beautiful memory of Beirut often visits me in a dream; a loving, giving and tolerant Beirut. A glamorous one too – that inspired this collection. This is a tribute to the city that I love. My Beirut. Looking back at the eventful history of Lebanon, through its flourishing periods and its downfalls, I feel hopeful, I feel grateful,” said Elie.
Florals and washed-out hues began the show with each gown delicately gilded with crystals, embroidery and flower appliqués. There was a big focus on the A-line silhouette, created by simple belts cinching the waist, before the gowns fell gracefully to sweep the floor.
Elie designs his collection with the modern bride in mind, turning the traditional wedding gown into something even more special with injections of colour, contemporary shapes and, one of my favourite additions, pockets. These ingenious inclusions are a life-saver for the woman who understands the importance of having a lipstick, mobile and mints close to hand, yet can’t bear the thought of circulating the room while lugging a clutch or handbag.
The showstopper was the rainbow-coloured wedding gown, which spanned the entire width of the runway. Featuring a full skirt, a deep neckline and a sleeveless bodice, the gown could’ve been a Parisian take on Madame Butterfly.
Towards to end of the show, Elie showed his diversity by changing the colour palette to black and nudes, taking the runway down a more dramatic route. These dresses, adorned with lace, feathers and crystals, had the perfect balance of sexy and sweet.
And with that, the king of the new romantics lives on…
Love and Sparkles,