Tuesday, 5 February 2013

'The Ode to Delicateness' by ELIE SAAB Spring 2013 Couture

Prized for its weightless nature, couture must be - per ounce - among the most expensive substances on earth. Elie Saab celebrated this fact with a show he dubbed an “Ode to Delicateness.”

"With almost a view days till the Haute Couture show, we take you down memory lane in the fairytale setting of last season’s studio film ‘An Ode To Delicateness.'
An Ode to Delicateness’ redefined in the ‘dream-like’ atmosphere created backstage at the ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2013 fashion show. Lace petals, shantung silk & impressionistic embellishments are just a few of the precious details unravelled in the‘behind-the-scenes’ studio."

As clunky as that latter word sounds in English (the French delicatesse has a nicer ring), this collection succeeded in conveying a light and graceful mood by exploring degrees of transparency. The Lebanese couturier’s signature crystalline embroideries were scattered across fragile tulle and airy crinoline dresses, in familiar hourglass and fishtail columns, plus a new shorter, flaring Fifties shape.

Saab kept everything tone-on-tone, sticking largely to a pale palette of ivory and makeup pinks, sparked here and there by icy blues and hot coral.

Erogenous zones were often embroidery free, providing a clear view of shoulders, the hands-down favorite body part of this couture season, and occasionally a flash of the buttocks. Typically, dense embroideries were clustered around defined waists, slowing to trickle toward the hems of skirts to reveal the legs underneath.

New territory for Saab included minimalist capes spliced open over the back, which looked smashing over a bustier column in ivory, the bodice ringed with silver. Yes, silver is a metal, but in Saab’s hands, it sure wasn’t heavy.

For ELIE SAAB-aficionados: Last seasonELIE SAAB Fall 2012 Couture was entitled ‘In Constantinople’s Wake’ drawing inspiration from the Eastern Roman Empire and modern day Istanbul, Elie Saab’s fall 2012 haute couture collection was filled with ‘imperial splendor.’ A vision of a magnificent queen, Saab celebrated royalty and opulence with resplendent beading, Chantilly lace, glimmering silk jacquards, royal trains and luxurious embroidery. Raw lace edges on sleeves and skirts were a special surprise, bringing a modern twist to signature silhouettes ...

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Photo Credit/Source: © ELIE SAAB

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1 comment:

Shagun said...

Delicate & rich...very refined look. Loves the transparency!!

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