Long known in the Middle East as a leading haute couture designer, his overtly feminine aesthetic and romantic crystal-encrusted gowns initially attracted princesses, and later, film stars, enamored with his Middle Eastern detailing and European sensibility. Elie Saab’s reputation as a red-carpet designer is well earned. He’s been name-checked again and again on the red carpet by stars like Halle Berry, whom in 2002 stunned the world by wearing Elie Saab’s burgundy number with a sheer, flower embroidered top. It was then that Elie Saab was introduced to the world for his impeccable, show-stopping designs.
Saab proved that the designer isn’t afraid to break away from simply designing diamanté-encrusted evening gowns as he emphasized on daywear in his pre-fall collection. Monotone shades of nude, blue and black suits were cut in a minimalist approach keeping the decorative details to a peplum waist, contrasting piping or a fox collar. Following the daywear pieces in his collection, Elie Saab’s dresses followed suit this year with diamanté-encrusted detailing at a bare minimum. The designer used a chevron pattern to detail his gowns in shiny sequins creating an alluring figure accentuating silhouette, resulting in a modern, more graphic feel.