According to his notes, Elie Saab’s mission for pre-fall was to “infuse finery into folk fantasy with the modern nomad in mind.” He began the show with black lace gowns embroidered in a red and purple floral pattern to striking effect. On a short version, horsehair gave the fit-and-flare silhouette an extra boost. The floral reappeared, more abstractly, on a printed silk blouse worn with a long, full embroidered lace skirt.
For many designers, the in-between seasons are about margin drivers: the sorts of reliable standbys that are almost guaranteed to please existing clients. Elie Saab, however, wanted to bring something unexpected to Pre-Fall, introducing a slew of new techniques and fabrics.
Saab's theme "folk reverie," which meant full skirts, harvest-inspired motifs, and fur lots of it. Outerwear made an equally grand statement via fur jackets cut out to resemble lace and a black maxi coat featuring a delicate floral embroidery around the bodice. He embroidered red and purple flowers and black lace, creating texture without the typical beading. An abstract floral brocade another first mimicked lace on party dresses and ball skirts, and a striped brocade was patchworked into a floral on a striking champagne gown. Fox fur accented a dramatic floor-length black coat the dream party topper. A cutout floral jacket in red-dyed lamb's fur couldn't be ignored either. The folksy feeling has been in the eveningwear air for some time now, but Saab's interpretation was pretty, tasteful, and very much what his customer is after."Pre-collections are becoming increasingly important for the brand," said Saab. "Our customers are constantly looking for standout and unique pieces."
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A new Light. A new Journey. Another magical year with ELIE SAAB Haute Couture. Can't wait for the upcoming couture presentation in January. Meanwhile, discover the fabulous ELIE SAAB Fall 2014 Haute Couture collection & runway show!
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