With a title like “In Constantinople’s Wake”, I expected nothing less than heavy fabrics and rich textures from the Elie Saab Couture show for Fall 2012. And he delivered that and more. A huge fan of Saab’s, I was in absolute awe at the intricate detailing put into each one of his Fall 2012 Couture creations. Thousands upon thousands of beads and sparking crystals covered various runway to red carpet-ready gowns. The richness of each design was offset by feminine fabrics like silk and lace — even Saab’s jacquard prints (a true nod to the Byzantine Empire) were surprisingly light.
A collection that started out drenched in darkness (check Karlie Kloss strutting her stuff in that plunging-neck, floor-length number black gown) was balanced with soft hues of pink, blue, and gold. The bright pops of teal were vibrant, but it’s the pastel shades that really complement the beauty of Saab’s creations.
Accessories at Elie Saab’s Couture presentation for Fall 2012 included skinny belts, t-strap sandals dyed to match each design, and hair that was braided back both sides.
If I wasn’t convinced of it before, I certainly am a believer now: Elie Saab is a designer who creates with the feminine form in mind. Nothing crazy or over the top needed here to catch attention. Just pure design talent.