Monday, 31 March 2014

Promise Of Spring - ELIE SAAB S/S 2014 Couture



INSPIRED by the work of Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the nineteenth-century Dutch artist painted scenes from the Roman Empire. His subjects always seemed to be reclining amid marble statuary, and there was a good chance that the Mediterranean Sea was shimmering in the background. Elie Saab set out to capture a bit of that idyllic ambiance with his new couture show. His pastel colors blush pink, hydrangea blue, and lilac were lifted from an Alma-Tadema canvas, and the collection’s empire waists and gently draped volumes were suggestive of classical dress.

Discover the ELIE SAAB S/S '14 Haute Couture show at the end of this post!  
                                                                                                                             
                                       LoL, Andrea 





Elie Saab's couture collection was a floral fairytale, culminating in the most spectacular, ethereal bride with a giant train trailing behind her - the perfect couture week heroine, which was an impressive move considering Cara Delevingne's marriage pose at CHANEL's Spring/Summer '14 Haute Couture show with Karl Lagerfeld could otherwise have been the most enduring image.
















Prints traced with the ethereal grace of a watercolour… 
the imperial purple gowns that gracefully floated down the runway … ravishing floral tones, an homage to Spring ... #PromiseOfSpring

It ran in a romantic palette from soft pink to coral and champagne to powder blue, purple and black, every dress a confectionery of floral embellishment and appliqué. Later, dégradé dresses fell from black to pink or featured a smudged floral print of their own, all the better to show off their glittering outer layers.

Empire-line minidresses, chiffon-draped princess gowns with additional chiffon sashes at the neck, sheer bejewelled sheaths with skinny belted waists and huge bustle hipped wedding gowns, this was about dreamy fashion that transcends continents, age, trend or season. "Women often ask me for dresses like the bridal one I showed today," said Saab after the show. "They want their dreams to come true and that's what we try to do."




































Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photo Credit/Source: The House of ELIE SAAB



More ELIE SAAB To Love ...


The Light Of Now - There is romance in the darkness - silk printed with shadowy, wilting blooms. Black and blush pink rising triumphantly from forest green and wine tones. A series of 1950s and 60s inspired silhouettes are infused with movement, ease and opulence for the ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 2014/15 Collection.







Thursday, 27 March 2014

Dark Opulence by ELIE SAAB Fall/Winter 2014/15 RTW


The Light Of Now - There is romance in the darkness - silk printed with shadowy, wilting blooms. Black and blush pink rising triumphantly from forest green and wine tones. A series of 1950s and 60s inspired silhouettes are infused with movement, ease and opulence for th ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Fall/Winter 2014/15 Collection.

Totally not to miss! ELIE SAAB F/W '14/15 RTW runway show at the end of this post. 

                                                                                                                      LoL, Andrea






Inspiration ...
"The iconic 'Color Field' paintings of American painter Mark Rothko (1903 - 1970) were the starting point for the collection, Dark Opulence, with their hues that fade into one another in magnetic associations"
The colors themselves are the figurative focus of Rothko’s works, as his rich chromatic fields evoke emotions by their many layered dimension; it is not exactly clear where one color begins and where another ends, before fading into black. The mysterious boundary between volume, color and texture is equally elusive in the collection: a dégradé shade upon a gold-framed mink clutch, a black fox coat fading into mineral green, or the waist of a cocktail dress pronounced in a gradient from black to pale rose. In a final touch, Rothko’s signature blocks of multi-dimensional color are sublimated as long, rectilinear crystal pendants, as centrepieces of cinched belts, and in the jewel-toned adornment of handbags in exotic leather. They altogether articulate a new vocabulary of ELIE SAAB accessories that speaks in the tone of the season, a shaded opulence that finds vivid illumination in the dimensions and the details.


Mark Rothko No. 12 (Black on Dark Sienna on Purple), 1960






















































 


Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories

Photo Credit/Source: The House of ELIE SAAB


More To Love ...

From a bombed-out beach to somewhere over the rainbow in less than six months. Since his last turn for LOUIS VUITTON on theNew York runway in September, Marc Jacobs has left his post as creative director of Louis Vuitton, a job he held for a decade and a half (discover my post 'A Moody Spring by LOUIS VUITTON' S/S '14 campaign and collection). He's a full-time Manhattanite again, with a possible future IPO in his sights.


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