Elie Saab Does a Jungle Theme Like No Other for Spring/Summer 2018

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For Spring/Summer 2018, Lebanese couturier and red-carpet designer Elie Saab created a collection around the theme of the Amazon jungle. However, his embellished gowns were barely fit for the metaphorical concrete jungle, let alone the real thing. Instead, Saab’s exquisitely crafted creations belong to the realm of the elite, the black tie, the invite-only. The jungle theme was merely an excuse to embroider every surface with elaborate palm fronds, birds-of-paradise florals, and stunning crystal geometry.

Elie Saab Spring/Summer 2018
Photo: Courtesy of Imaxtree

It’s a foregone conclusion that an Elie Saab collection will be astonishingly beautiful.

It’s a foregone conclusion that an Elie Saab collection will be astonishingly beautiful – after all, his intense decorative craftsmanship is the foundation of his aesthetic. However, this display was exceptional in every way, from the intoxicating array of snakeskin-printed day looks and edgy leather fringed separates to the glittering gowns. Just one of his heart-stopping Art Deco-style gowns is enough to land anyone on the best-dressed list, but these astonishing creations were legion on the runway. There were versions in sunny golden yellow, some that featured palm fronds and 3-D bamboo leaves, lace-etched sheer jumpsuits paired with enormous hats, and gauzy kaftans for the glamorous jetsetter.

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