Runway

Haute Couture Spring 2014: Elie Saab

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(NEW YORK) Elie Saab 
A pristine march of pastels ruled Saab’s Couture runway, rife with soft shades of lavender, pale blue, and rosy pinks. Tastefully executed embellishments and embroidery (often of the floral variety) and a tempered dose of sparkle reiterated why Saab is a tapis rouge go-to. The decidedly feminine silhouettes included high-necked, long-sleeved numbers, tinged with demure sex appeal thanks to the sheer factor, and empire waists that lent an easy wearability to the fanciful frocks. Did it all feel a bit dreamy, painterly, and rather Roman goddess-esque? No wonder, considering Saab culled inspiration from Dutch artist Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, who painted lovely, quietly luxe tableaus of lasses in the 1800s.

Though the exquisite dappling of beading and flora took center stage, a smattering of deftly-draped pleats provided a sleeker silhouette to consider. And if pastels aren’t your M.O., a sweep of crimson and gilded gowns provided a bolder moment mid-show. Parfait for Taylor Swift‘s next step-and-repeat, non? (We’re also quite partial to the coterie of hydrangea-hued looks that followed.) Rounding out the impeccable study on ethereal dressing: some noir numbers, should all those lovely pale shades prove too girly, and an elaborate champagne bridal look with major volume as the finale. When it comes to delivering an unabashed fantasy factor, Saab reigns supreme. 

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