For Fall 2014 Couture, Elie Saab, the Master of Light, lit his dark runways with elegant chandeliers, signaling evening wear as the collection’s raison d’etre. The subdued glow of the lighting reflected the dazzling sparkles exuded by an extraordinary amount of pearl beading, resulting in gorgeous gowns that glittered. In true Saab form, this couture outing was grand, and played up the designer’s talent for excellent beadwork. This wasn’t simply red carpet couture, it was Oscar-nominee red carpet couture – the kind of unbelievably gorgeous gown you select for the most exclusive occasions on earth.
A rich palette of hues – each paired with matching beadwork and intense embroideries – included copper, baby pink, salmon, jet black, midnight blue, baby blue, and rose. Fashion is fantasy, and it was easy to get lost in a daydream when viewing this collection. Imagine yourself to be an incredibly wealthy heiress being wooed by a suitor during a midnight carriage ride wearing Look 32 for instance, and you’ll see the appeal of Saab’s brand of fantasy. Unfortunately, when reality sets in, the heavy beading makes wearability difficult. Haute couture demands accuracy for wear, and heavy garments are tricky for occasion-dressing, but this fact does not render the garments any less exquisite.
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