Monday, 16 March 2015

The Way of The Woods by ELIE SAAB F/W 2015/16

ELIE SAAB's model army walked to a military beat March 7th, 2015 - the designer exchanged his signature fairytale romance for something darker, harder and tougher, "the way of the woods", we were told.

Set in a forest of cardboard cutout trees, this was supposed to be a darkly romantic sylvan slink. Which it was. Elie Saab layered on more rustling foliage than you'd find in the Bois de Vincennes. Yet it transported to New York, too: It had the slickness, the glossiness, and the conventional decadence of the city's greatest billboard commercial designers Burch, Kors, Herrera, et al.

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In Paris it is unusual to attend a show where the designer makes no attempt even emptily, disingenuously, or cosmetically at some artsy-fartsy proposition. Saab, to his credit, didn't bother. Instead he presented a collection heaped with leafiness: leafy printed macramé lace, leafy appliqué on leather, leafy chiffon, leafy-toned tweeds, and leafy-toned fox fur you get the drift. Trousers were cut high, skirts were full, and cutaway panels accordioned around the crucial junctures come-hither frescoes of flesh. Sure, a great many looks were black and burgundy, too, seemed an odd choice for such an autumnally defined collection. But really, Saab knows what flatters, so why trouble with the small stuff?

So structure and gilded buttons were all key, as was a khaki dark colour palette on trailing capes and stand-up straight collars. There was lots of fur trim on coats made in mind for protecting you from whatever the forest may have on offer hiding among it.

In keeping with this dark forest tale, this time they were less whimsical and more severe - ball gowns with defined waists and utilitarian zips running down their back. A smattering of shimmer ran down the long sleeves of arms and grabbed at torsos. Green billowing gowns belonged to a woodland queen - of which this show had many: Lily Donaldson adding to her repertoire of catwalks this season and Karlie Kloss looking ever the wilderness glamazon.

Enjoy the ELIE SAAB F/W '15/16 RTW runway show at the end of this post! 

LoL, Andrea 

Elies Saab 

Selections by ANDREA JANKE Finest Accessories 

Photo Credit/Source: The House of ELIE SAAB
Photos by Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages

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