Elie Saab Couture Fall Winter 2011 Paris
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Elie Saab scored a tangibly emotional note amongst the female viewers who attended this couture show, the two women sitting next to me were certainly dabbing mist from their eyes. From the moment Anja Rubik opened, wearing a slim cut, backless and floor sweeping dress made from powdered, light blue tulle and embroidered with cascading sequins right up until the final wedding dress appeared, there was a lot for the 'inner girl’ in audience members to blink at in wonder. A lot for the woman who wants to emanate grace at functions and on red carpets too. Radiohead’s Lotus Flower rang through the huge rectangular venue and indeed both the designs and the slow confidence with which the show moved gently through a dusky palette, echoed the delicacy yet strong elegance of a blossoming lotus. Throughout history many deities are born of the lotus and the goddess being born at Elie Saab wore dresses that accentuated a tall, slim silhouette with the lightest of velvet belts, sometimes decorated with embroidered flowers, sometimes over pearls set in wafer-thin lace and more than once covered with crystals sprinkled across sheer gauze-like shawls. Long swathes of muslin billowed as the models walked into wind machines, their hair tied loosely into romantic buns with lightly curled wisps falling over ears. The Elie Saab couture studio just off the Champs-Elysées is a bustling place. After this magical collection, I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

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