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Elie Saab Ready To Wear Fall Winter 2014 Paris

At the Elie Saab show, on a grey and rainy Monday afternoon, the French actress Emmanuelle Béart, who tends to shun the limelight, decided to come out and support Saab. Apparently, the designer has been dressing the stunning actress off and on for years ever since she wore a pink gown of his to Cannes.

When asked what it is about Saab that she likes so much, the forthright actress responded, “He loves women whether they are thin or round, young or old, and there is a sensuality to his designs. He is never vulgar.”

It’s a sentiment that can be backed up with concrete proof from Sunday night’s Oscar ceremony. There the designer dressed Hollywood's reigning screen siren and humanitarian Angelina Jolie in a nude hued tulle dress, covered in strategically placed silver beading. But he also deftly dressed the sporty physic of the singer Pink in a fire engine red number with a seriously plunging neckline. And he made Elsa Pataky, who is pregnant with twins and the wife of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, look particularly radiant in a aqua green dress that accented her expectant belly.

So Saab can help make anyone look their most beautiful best on the awards circuit. But what happens after the red carpet - which is the designer’s sartorial wheelhouse - gets rolled up?

That seemed to be the question Saab wanted to answer with his fall/winter 2014 collection. This show, titled “Dark Opulence”, put a clear focus on daywear pieces. He pulled back on the shimmering embellishments, lace inserts and mermaid dresses and instead offered up quite a lot of decent suiting and practical dresses that played with a ombre shading of garments in hues of plum, emerald, black and deep red.

Besides the strong ribbed fitted daywear designs it was the lush velvet looks that had the most impact. The way the designer twisted the cloth so that it would leave a sliver of skin exposed at the waist or drape the luxurious fabric across the body, really did exemplify the opulence aspect of this collection.

And just when you thought Saab might have spent all of his sequins reserves on his Oscar creations, he sent a final series of looks down the catwalk that shimmered and shined like the Saab designs the industry has come to expect from the designer.

But it really was the well executed daywear that lingered in the mind long after the glinting garments faded away.

Watch the show!