This Is Why Elie Saab’s Glamorous Designs Make Women Weak in the Knees

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There is a reason that the world’s most elite women – not just A-list celebrities, but also heads-of-state, supermodels, and socialites alike – flock to Elie Saab. He is a reliable source of truly gorgeous, beautifully crafted clothes that exalt all things feminine. For many, this is the very definition of fashion. For Fall/Winter 2018, the ferocious glamour of his designs was underscored by a “Winter Florals” theme, which meant a darker palette and plenty of eye-catching embellishment.

However, while several designers at Paris Fashion Week have done rather “one-note” collections, Saab graciously provided variety and versatility. You won’t just find fantastic dresses here, but also thick mohair sweaters decorated with crystal brooches, grommeted jackets, fringed capes, and molded leather jackets with fully beaded sleeves. There were options for day and evening, and they were all great.

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While a 90s grunge rock soundtrack featuring Nirvana and Radiohead seemed to indicate a melancholic mood, the clothes were anything but morose. Instead, Victorian elements informed Saab’s diaphanous floral frocks, like high-necks, ruffles, and Juliette sleeves. Some looks were lashed with lace, others were encrusted with 3D floral paillettes, and others decorated with swishy fringe. Embellishment and embroidery details were reminiscent of folk craftsmanship, which lent his turn-of-the-century looks a gypsy vibe.

There is a reason that the world’s most elite women – not just A-list celebrities, but also heads-of-state, supermodels, and socialites alike – flock to Elie Saab.

We drank in every eye-popping detail, but nearly missed Saab’s entre into the logo-mania world because his effort was so subtle. Look closely on his printed dresses – very closely – and you’ll notice that the intersecting pattern is actually comprised of the house’s emblem. How clever! It’s understated but supremely sophisticated details like these that make Saab’s work so consistently good.

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