The magnificence of Elie Saab

Fall 2019 Couture
  • 20 Jul - 26 Jul, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Fashion

A collection steeped in rich Asian references, from belted kimono-like dresses to the rich jewel tones – all with that signature Saab sparkle, of course. Featuring richly jewel-toned in velvet and satin, or else ethereally light in satin or tulle, the silhouettes were all manner of ceremonial, romantic, and regal. Floor-sweeping trains and thigh-high slits; peaked shoulders and one-shoulders; kimono sleeves and cape sleeves; enveloping robes and stricter columns. The embroideries were exceedingly lavish, suggesting auspicious flora and fauna but more abstract than figurative, as though rendered in movement, as well as tracery patterns that would be found on royal garments. The dresses seem to elevate women within a fantasised realm.