Elie Saab Makes a Rainbow Connection for Spring/Summer 2019

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Sportswear is infesting every other fashion brand under the sun, but Elie Saab has held tenaciously to its ultra-glamorous, red-carpet roots for Spring/Summer 2019. While sea change occurs at other labels, the grand Lebanese couturier opted for something more traditional, but when the looks are this gorgeous, predictability ain’t an issue. The foundation for the collection was flowers, a very familiar trope for spring collections, but no less wondrous when applied with Saab’s eye for color and embellishment.

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Saab saved the best for last, blowing out his prints and embellishment for a parade of glittering red-carpet gowns.

It wasn’t all fantasy florals, however, as evidenced by the first look, which was a little embroidered robe, sheer so that you could see underthings beneath – a nod to lingerie for day? Several monochrome looks followed, done in lovely bespoke laces in shades of white and black. Eventually, a vivid multi-colored floral print against a black backdrop took over, coming on embellished dresses, tailored jackets, sheer kaftans, and breezy skirts alike.

If your eye tired of the pattern, Saab also had leopard-print options for day to choose from, as well as rainbow-striped suits and stunning striped gowns with scarab beetle bodices. Additionally, a surprising line-up of glittering frocks appeared with pointy single shoulders, which lent an 80s vibe to the proceedings. For the finale, Saab saved the best for last, blowing out his prints and embellishment for a parade of glittering red-carpet gowns. At this point in his career, Saab could easily rest on his red-carpet laurels, but it is to his credit that he has continued to develop his offerings – like those stunning rainbow-striped looks – even while sticking to the classics. 

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