Elie Saab Couture Fall Winter 2013 Paris
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On a slick red oval catwalk Elie Saab placed at the heart of the Palais Brongniart in Paris, the designer sent out a collection that was unabashedly ornate.

This was a show of gowns made for major events. Even the red carpet, other than perhaps the Oscars, wouldn’t be a refined enough setting for most of the ensembles that circled the runway.

Called “A Royal Affair” the collection was, as is tradition with Saab, broken up into color blocking. This time those colors were in the shades of the jewels and luxe metals used to create majestic and monumental high jewelry. Gowns- because there was only one pantsuit in the entire show- came in colors like ruby red, gold, emerald green, sapphire blue and white gold. On top of those strong hues the designer added glittering sequins, delicate beading and shimmering metallic thread lace.

Gowns ran the gamut of full ball gown skirted numbers and demur dresses with cape like sleeves all the way to slinky bustier dresses with thigh high slits in the skirt or a short dress alternative with a full skirt. There was a notable focus on exposing the back in most of the creations, which made for one of the only things that linked this collection together.

Separate any one of these dresses from this collection and look at it as an individual design and it would be difficult to place it in any particular Saab haute couture season.

- Jessica Michault
 

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