When Muhammad Ali famously proclaimed, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee,” he probably didn’t realize he would preemptively sum up Elie Saab’s Spring 2014 Couture collection.
Saab, who is known for his infallibly pretty designs, packed a punch this season when he paired ephemeral essence – petal appliqués, chiffon, lace – with ample, retro-inspired silhouettes. The result? Buoyant gowns, such as look 36, that appeared as if they could fly away at any second. The best moments of the show were similar to this, with several frocks akin to bites of refreshing sorbet – palette cleansers in between heavier courses of crystal-embellished floor-length gowns.
Of course, despite an overwhelmingly delicious and digestible collection that expertly floated and stung, cleansed and satisfied, Saab never forgets to add a decadent cherry on top or throw the final punch on his couture runway – and this show was no exception. And as his regal, larger-than-life bride closed out the Spring 2014 Couture show, you better believe attendees were reminded that Saab’s couture designs don’t only float, they soar to royal heights.
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