Whether it is all about the Twenties, Forties or Eighties, the latest pre-fall 2017 collections are all embracing retro-inspired motifs. Elie Saab also transposed his Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection to heavily Eighties-infused aesthetics, only interrupting their playful themes with elegantly tailored Seventies-inspired figures at times.
Known for his jocose yet extremely sophisticated take on fashion, Elie Saab often mixes different decades’ motifs and patterns all together, creating something unique and always red carpet-ready. For this Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection, however, he preferred working on different themes singularly, releasing a 37-piece lineup that is all about parties and fun times spent with friends.
Both the Eighties and Seventies served as the collection’s main sources of inspiration, the vibes of which appealed to Elie Saab so much, he managed to translate their individual aesthetics in a way we yet had to see. The only recurring motif that coherently unites both sources of inspiration is the never-ending cascade of sequins and glitter Saab overwhelmed his collection with, which in return gives it its signature luxurious touch.
The “Queen of Hearts-meets Eighties excess” collection – that is how it has been dubbed – is all about structured shoulders and cocktail dresses, among which the short ones in tulle, sequined embroideries and pleats surely dominate. As for tulle and overall sheer patterns, the Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection appears to be particularly intriguing in a sense that it is possible to reinvent their patterns, as the Lebanese designer used such fabrics to embellish everything from hems to sleeves and even dramatic black trails.
Of course, with the collection being predominantly about the Eighties, Saab managed to add velvet proposals as well, which besides treating us to edgy outfits to wear either on a night out or at a cocktail ceremony, moreover, confirm velvet will definitely keep on going strong next year, too.
Jocose Madonna-approved mini black dresses with belts cinched at the waists, paired with leather jackets, show a highly versatile approach to fashion we yet had to see, as mastermind Elie Saab has so far got us accustomed to more haute couture-eque resort collections.
As for the Seventies-inspired motifs, this Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 line-up includes three of that decade’s biggest must-haves, namely jabot collars, bell-bottom trousers and floor-length, flared gowns. Chunky ankle boots, butterfly sleeves, and furry coats also helped the collection chronologically fluctuate between such decades, inevitably emphasizing Saab’s pre-fall appeal for the sophisticated, yet easily wearable, daywear fashion.
Accessories, such as the aforementioned belts, along with ultra refined handbags, indeed complete the Elie Saab 2017 pre-fall collection with its most covetable touch, which we bet will definitely help Saab’s accessory sales increase throughout this upcoming 2017 as well.
Photos courtesy of Vogue