Elie Saab Pays Homage to Priscilla Presley for Fall/Winter 2024 | Savoir Flair
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Elie Saab Pays Homage to Priscilla Presley for Fall/Winter 2024
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by Grace Gordon 5-minute read March 3, 2024

We're going to Graceland.

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From Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis to Sofia Coppola’s Priscilla, the Presleys and their toxic love story are back in the public vernacular. Magnetic, beautiful, and tortured, this power couple has intrigued us for decades, but when you look beyond the glitz and glamour, their story has a dark undercurrent. For Fall/Winter 2024, Elie Saab only deals with the surface. Surfaces, especially the embellished variety, are his thing. With Priscilla and her doomed romance on his mind, Saab sought out the neon glow of Memphis’s Beale Street and the jangly blues music that pours forth from the doors of its establishments. This small Southern town was transformed into a proper city because of Elvis Presley and remains a tourist attraction in America even today. Something about its humble, folksy charm and its Elvis-linked lore keeps people coming back for more. One can hardly imagine this collection in its rough-around-the-edges environment. They are too refined, too beautiful. They function as more of a prism on Priscilla’s high-glam style rather than a literal interpretation of it.

A notable highlight includes the opulent integration of beaded paisley designs that find their way onto wool capes and crepe crop-top ensembles, bringing a touch of the extravagance that Elie Saab is renowned for. In a striking departure, the collection introduces oversized denim pieces adorned with abstract monograms and Western motifs, redefining the narrative with a strong, moody hue that commands attention. Yet, it's in the quieter moments – through the use of black and white, punctuated by bursts of magenta and green – that the collection finds its rhythm, with silk and cady dresses adorned with rosette brooches that add dimensionality to the looks. 

Fringe details make a bold statement, enhancing the collection's clean lines with dynamic movement that echoes country glamour. As the day fades into night, the Elie Saab woman is enveloped in manteaus that dazzle, her allure magnified by nightfall. The craftsmanship of intricate appliqués and lace embroideries on velvet cocktail attire and tulle bustiers reveals meticulous attention to detail, with classic off-the-shoulder gowns blooming into life with white floral motifs. 

Instead of reading costume-y, these elegant Priscilla-inspired pieces make a sensible insertion into the wardrobe of the well-heeled Elie Saab client’s wardrobe. They have a sense of timelessness to them that makes them desirable regardless of their origin story.


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Instead of reading costume-y, these elegant PRISCILLA-INSPIRED PIECES make a sensible insertion into the wardrobe of the well-heeled Elie Saab client’s WARDROBE. 

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