Thursday, July 7, 2016

Elie Saab haute couture fall 2016



When one thinks of this man’s collections, it would be safe to imagine monochromes; beaded embellished, soufflé, or lace or 4 ply but rarely if ever patterning let alone 3 dimensional ornamentation other than flowers. Apparently he had a “bird” moment here as well as somewhat of an old movie Lauren Bacall/Rita Hayworth/Gilda moment ... or maybe the black velvet Gigi dress that Leslie Caron wore in the movie carried some inspirational weight!

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In all honesty, the collection is a bit jarring to the eye but in a moment of genius clarity, Saab paraded out mommy and me haute couture for those who have more money than they know what to do with … brilliant! I am definitely on the fence here due to the drastic departure of look but what will be more interesting is to whether or not this was literally a flight of fancy or does this offer a hint of things to come.

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In a rare moment I can’t really offer a clear opinion here but I am intrigued to say the least. In keeping with his usual MO, the clothes are impeccably rendered but again there is this gnawing idea that this is not his most sophisticated nor his slickest.. I am in a wait and see mode!

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