If you ever have had an Oh-My-God! moment when staring at the latest couture designs, it would have had to be for Elie Saab. While the Lebanese designer’s pieces are simply out of this world with every collection he releases, we have to admit that the Elie Saab Couture fall/winter 2015-2016 collection is one of his best ones yet! Inspired by his early designs of 1990s, Saab literally drenched his mind-blowing collection in chic gold. Positively stupendous, as we expected! We are speechless as we stare mesmerized at the glittering angels gracing the runway. Perhaps that is why we are surprised not to have seen any big celebrities at the show this time around, with even a few empty seats here and there. We might even say that fact alone left us even more speechless than initially imagined. The 40-minute delay certainly did not help, but the attendees were a sad display of social media PR agents.
The inspiration of the show was gold. The glittering precious metal was all over the place in hue, with there being no shortage of it at any given point. It was what linked all the pieces really, from the gauzy finery to the elaborate embroideries, as well as the mink trips on the shoulders. The background was rather funky though, with Kurt Cobain singing “I’m So Horny” as the Nirvana classic “Come as You Are” played on. There was nothing grunge about the heavenly creations, however, and we have to wonder at the designer’s taste in music.
What did the Elie Saab Couture fall 2015 collection collection include though? Those classically Elie Saab floor scraping diaphanous dresses certainly made their place known, plunging necklines and all, the skirts taken over by embroidered vines, created out of beads, sequins and appliques. This is a look that works very well for the incredible artist, so it appears the hue was what saw the biggest change here. Even his wife walked down the aisle in a golden wedding gown he had created 25 years ago for her, on July 4th. It made sense to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his wedding thus. There was an air of innocence to the designs that normally do not exist with Elie Saab, a sort of celestial light emanating from each and every woman walk down that runway. Low heeled sandals were what he had the feet clad in, while hemlines here raised to just above the ankles here and there. We even saw a tunic and trousers set, topped off with a sleeveless coat, the shoulders showing off bands of fur.
Romance was definitely in the air here, particularly with the gowns that ranged from Princess Anna slender to Cinderella full. The jumpsuits might have felt slightly out of place, but who wouldn’t want such a piece from such a designer anyhow? The odd caftan, however, we have to wonder a little bit about. Perhaps our seasoned favourite is thinking about changing directions? Between the caped backs and full on trains to the dresses, we might not believe that will be happening as of yet. The sparkly decorations gave us hints of Byzantine royalty and butterfly wings, showing off exactly what we thought from the start. This is a collection for angels and the Heavens are certainly applauding Elie Saab.
Photos courtesy of Elie Saab