"The painterly effects were most striking on a trio of gazar dresses with a multicolored floral print that gradually faded into white." - WWD
"These days, his couture collections are infallibly pretty, classically glamorous and well constructed, with a lightness of hand that belies the effort required to achieve it." - The Telegraph
When clothes cause literal gasps of delight, you know the creations have made a lasting impression. Couture collections – and Elie Saab in particular – have this effect more than any other season in fashion. With Fall and Spring, clothes have a more realistic touch to them; the pieces that designers present for Ready-to-Wear are the clothes we, as consumers, will be donning for the coming months. But couture depicts a whole new range of clothing – flowing gowns, rhinestone-covered silks, and grecian-esque dresses – that produce dreamlike visions. Sometimes, clothes need no further analysis than the fact that they are utterly pretty and shockingly present in every girl's dream closet. Elie Saab, more than any other designer, never fails to evoke such creations season after season. Simply put, the collection was purely stunning couture. To add to the magic, the collection incorporated a bevy of drool-worthy colors – bold, striking hues ranging from bubblegum pink to English rose + cream to elegant, Lily-of-the-Valley purple streamed down the runway.
Crystal-covered, ombre-patterned, scoop-necked gowns, smartly-tailored suits enhanced with the assistance of glitter, and wedding-ready dresses in daffodil white. All details which Saab managed to pull off beautifully, never missing a beat in the melody of a collection he concocted. Classic beauty, bringing to mind everything from fifties-style (observe the tulle-style hoop dress) to fairy tale allure. The only true criticism I can muster is that Saab appears to follow a strict formula for most of his collection: cocktail-style dresses, a splash of ostentatious detail, and elegant finishing touches. However, he never fails to impress and this Spring Couture season seems to be among his best work yet. Undoubtedly beautiful, subtly eye-catching, and sure to be seen in the dreams of many adoring fashion fans – Elie Saab once again struck perfection.