Well, this is Saab on steroids! One of the things that I love about Elie Saab is that he actually draws a line between couture and ready to wear and the line is simply that there is no day wear in couture. BTW, I do think his daywear is pretty damned good.
Okay, back to THIS! One can only be amazed at the fabrics, the effects, the embellishments, the embroideries as they are far beyond the pale. For the most part he is a wise designer as the shapes and silhouettes remain reasonably simple to the eye and he allows the “the decoration” to do the talking. In cases where he seems to have gotten a bit carried away in the design department... well they are bit too costumey and frankly no so pretty.
What I find to be quite interesting is that his “forest nymphs” or possibly “the Hedi effect” that he has chosen to mimic in a way is styled in a very of the moment way and yet he softens or maybe mutes those combat boots and tiaras by doing them in silver thusly not really drawing your attention away from the main event and often making them almost invisible. Tu comprends? In my eyes it is what sets apart the men from the boys when it comes to shows, design and shock value.
This show is just one more in a long list of Saab extravaganzas that did not disappoint.
PS I can’t bring myself to say that the forest nymphs etc. might have been inspired by Courtney Love…. But there I said it! ~
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