A slender elegance and Hollywood glamour has been popping up this Haute Couture season. Elie Saab’s winter 2011 collection certainly reflected that collective thought. The beautiful dresses pushed no limits, but rather emphasized the craftsmanship that defines Haute Couture. While there was no added element of surprise in the inspiration, the lightness and unassuming richness of each piece was true to Saab’s delicate sensibility.
Each dress was like a veil of femininity that sparkled and glistened over the body. Some of the first were primarily of lace, with beading incorporated in the floral designs. Sleeves draped over arms, and lighter appliqués added a weight that gave a soft movement to the various hems and blousons. On a couple of dresses, tufts of fur in the embroidery added a different kind of softness. While some of the gowns flowed in layers of tulle and silk around the models legs, one more heavily beaded dress clinked and chimed audibly with each step. Intricate beading patterns did not weigh down the visual impact of the creations, on the contrary; the sparkling crystals and beads caught the light on the lightest and darkest of the fabrics, keeping the rhythm of the show consistent. This might have made the show one-note, except for the subtle color evolution, from ice to blush to smoke.
Altogether a nice story, and on target with one narrative of the moment, the collection did not point in any new direction. That being said, there is always a place for a dress that makes a woman feel like a princess for a night.
- Lee Anderson, Parisian Correspondent
Designer: Elie Saab
Designer website: www.eliesaab.com