For Fall 2015 Couture, Elie Saab dipped back into the archives in order to reimagine and reinvigorate the gilded gowns that launched him to fame back in the early 90s. The presentation was a swoon-worthy feast for the eyes as an endless parade of shimmering gold imparted otherworldly beauty to his gossamer gowns. The effervescent fragility of Saab’s fabrics, the delicately embroidered metallic filigree, and the dainty lace appliqués acted like magical pixie dust, enchanting each look.
A champagne palette launched the show as goldspun looks offered a serene glimpse of Saab’s incredible handiwork. Gowns were so light and airy it was as if the models were striding down the runway nude, save for a swirl of golden script surrounding them like a cloud. Alternating between naked neutrals and feminine pastels, each painstakingly crafted look transformed the models from earthly creatures into angelic figures full of elegance and grace. Saab stole our breath away with a dark-teal princess gown covered in a Byzantine “micro mosaic”, which was so delicately etched along the exterior that one could hardly believe it was done by human hand. The latter half of the collection pivoted from the gold rush of preceding looks, turning toward a darker, moodier palette that was no less stunning. Glittering gowns in jet black, royal blue, crimson, and floral print simply added new depth to all of the finery. The closing look brought the nostalgic theme back full circle — a dramatic aisle-wide gold gown harkened back to the wedding dress Saab designed for his marriage to his wife Claudine in 1990.
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