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Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 collection exceeded the expectations of romanticism and rich textiles, the Lebanese designer has become to be known for. A collection derived from the lasting impressions of a recent trip to Barcelona, showgoers were taken on a sartorial journey, at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs.
Barcelona peaked through the collection through organic textures, patterns and embellishments. Coupled with inspiration from Antoni Gaudi’s architectural pieces, Saab recalled the intricaticity of Gaudi’s buildings in the city and echoed such designs in the patterns of couture. Brocade and silk gazar added regality to the collection, accompanied by delicate gold embroidery and a strong presence of sequins. Saab incorporated a balance of fitted gowns, offset by grand drapery, full skirts and trains.
The Mediterranean Art Nouveau underline of the collection hosted a palette of jewel tones. Emerald and berry hues accented pale blues, violets and blushes. Structural lines balanced the whimsical dimension of Saab’s collection in a pleasantly moderated fashion. Strong shoulders and tailored pant suits walked the collection alongside sheer overlay, free-flowing skirts and delicate straps.
Embroidery was the takeaway of the Couture collection. Gold embroidery snaked across fabric, in a nod to Gaudi’s works, appearing with a sense of verticality. Embroidered on necklines of gowns, or adding ornateness to tuxedo jackets, Saab’s embroidery knew no bounds.
For Elie, women have always come first, and it is with that understanding, that he continues to exceed expectations and encourage the beauty of women, season after season.