Bejewelled Beauty at Elie Saab

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The final show of Paris Fashion Week was alight with jewel-rich tones of cobalt blue, aqua, cerise, pink quartz, graphite black, chalky white and material that was encrusted with shimmering crystals as Lebanese designer, Elie Saab presented a collection that was neat, precise and pretty. Shirts with Seventies-style billowing sleeves that elongated along the wrist were paired with streamline trousers in a look that could have passed for workwear. Pleated shorts and bow-tie tucked jacquards, satchel bags and later purses strapped across the body were all accessorised by pretty strapped sandals. Then the colour turned a shade lighter and a body con dress with cut-out shoulders, those blouson shirts tucked into svelte pencil skirts and ones with puff sleeves, and pretty flippy dresses and colour falling over the shoulder in a fluid stream conveyed a watery theme. From aqua to a dusky pink quartz body con dresses were updated with racer back detailing and delicate work dresses with tuxedo waistcoated detailing were belted while others were overlaid with floating sheer material.

The white canvas of a capped sleeved dress was printed with colourful imagary and bandaged in graphic black lines that formed an interpretation of the Union Jack, while those lines featured on flowing maxi dresses and knee-length versions overflowing with ruffles. They were beautiful and flowing and luxuriously soft in look and feel, folds and folds of material swirling out about the model’s feet. Vibrant cerise ruched into a fishtail skirt while a shorter version had just a twirl of flounce and then came the black in bodycon style, ahead of more of those jacquards in chalky white teamed with full skirted striped skirts, a figure forming gown with obi-style belt and one Fifties-style number of white, grey and black combined lace, waistcoat detailing and monochrome stripes. Then a series of bejewelled dresses and separates their shimmer catching the light came out with plunging necklines, split-thighs, lace detailing and top halves that were modestly buttoned up and others that featured fringing and tiered stripes running the length of the body. It was beautiful and elegant and distinctive of Saab’s decorative and middle-eastern aesthetic that took the airy silhouettes ideal for hot climates and embellished them with looks that are having their fashion moment for spring summer 2013.

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