By Marcellous L. Jones
February 1, 2014
Paris, France – Over the years the fashion world has seen Elie Saab develop from a designer with Middle Eastern tastes into a world-celebrated grand couturier. His earliest collections were defined by singularly flashy, eye-catching elements. Over the years his work has evolved into multi-layered affairs, which are now defined by innate grace, a far richer pool of research, more imagination and the inclusion subtlety of color. His new Spring/Summer 2014 haute couture collection is a clear illustration of these points.
Saab works with full volumes in the creation of this collection. This outing sees him opening with floor sweeping dresses and two-piece skirt silhouettes with long trains. Though some of the gowns are built from the bust, the waist remains important. It is highlighted with very subtle and thin belts. The backs are open and the shoulders are revealed.
Silk, chiffon, organza and lace appear in blush, white, lilac, black, yellow and pale spring tones. And the collection has its natural share of the pre-requisite amount of exquisite embroideries.
After a sudden burst of color with sorbet cherry and other red tones, we see lightness of color return to the collection. And with it also comes sexuality as illustrated through plunging necklines and leg tracing splits. Black is used to offer more dramatics to the beautifully conceived and executed collection.