Elie Saab Couture AW 2013 - Gallery
Elie Saab was inspired by rich jewel tones for his Autumn / Winter 2013 couture collection, picking a palette of ruby, sapphire and emerald to punctuate his failsafe pale, embellished gowns.
As is always the way with the Lebanese designer, this was not a show that pushed boundaries and bought us anything new. But Saab is not a designer we turn to when predicting trends, he is a red carpet glamour god through and through, showing intricate gown after intricate gown, always sticking to his trademark of tone-on-tone beading, lace and embroidery. Looking for daywear? Look for another designer!
Where Saab has changed things up in recent seasons is in the silhouette. Early shows were more overt, with slashed skirts, deep V necklines and slinky, sexy gowns de rigeur. Over the last couple of years, the looks have got more modest. The V-necks are still there, but they're coupled with full, floaty skirts or stiff a-line shapes with pockets. There are more sleeves, and high necklines with illusion panels that allow space for even more intricate detailing than ever before. Perhaps its the influence of fellow couture week favourites Valentino, where a high neck and a full skirt has overtaken the strapless column as the silhouette of choice. Or maybe Saab's customers are getting older?
Said customers will no doubt fall for the one-shoulder looks (often with one sleeve), high slash necks and lacy capes. Other highlights included a strapless red cocktail dress with pockets that managed to look both opulent and comfortable, and a series of dove grey dresses with lace and embellishment that could easily be repurposed as bridalwear. On the red carpet, expect the green and red dresses to be popular - one green column gown with heavily beaded column skirt, belted waist and sheer strappy top is crying out for an awards show or movie premiere moment!
[All photos from the Elie Saab Facebook page]