Elie Saab Haute Couture S/S 2013 - see the whole show
You could argue that you've seen one Elie Saab show, you've seen them all. The designer has such a trademark look that you know what to expect the moment the lights come up on the catwalk. This will be uber-embellished glamour at its best, in shades of white, black, nude and pumped-up pastels.
But why change something that works so well? Season after season the Lebanese designer offers high octane glamour, red carpet gowns and cocktail dresses that would put a wiggle in anyone's walk. Elie Saab sells, his gowns often make for the most dramatic red carpet moments during award season, and he somehow managed to make traditional 'bridesmaid' colours (lilac, coral, mint, cornflower) look chic.
The Spring / Summer 2013 couture collection was no exception. Here the colour palette teamed those black, white and golden beige dresses with plenty of bluish lilac, some sultry red, and a splash of unexpected rococco-goth black and white sheers.
Princess Grace of Monaco seemed to be the inspiration for the early silhouettes, as even the 'sexy' dresses had a prim feel. Thigh high splits and deep cleavage-revealing necklines were in short supply, instead we saw 50s cocktail dresses with ballet-length full skirts, long-sleeved fitted sheaths, high necks with illusion panels and crystal embroidery, and floor-length skirts in either swishy crepe, stiffer full satin or heavy crystal embellished sheers that had the models tripping on the trains.
Then came the reds, with boxy short sleeves, floor-length capes slung over the shoulders and yet more illusion panels with lacy, sparkling applique high onto the collarbones.
The darker shades followed this same silhouette, before the show closed with the traditional wedding gown, perhaps the biggest we've seen in years.
Watch the whole show in the video below...