Elie Saab Spring 2015 Haute Couture

One thing that sets Elie Saab’s haute couture shows apart from other designers’ presentations in Paris is that Saab’s front row is lined with actual couture clients, not just journalists, editors and celebrities. Elie Saab’s designs, while elegantly formal and painstakingly crafted, remain supremely accessible thanks to their desirable silhouettes and flattering femininity.

From floor-length gowns to glittering jumpuits and short, sparkling cocktail frocks, today’s lineup from the Lebanese créateur offered fifty-five dressy-but-wearable evening looks, each one more lovely than the next. Shown against a fairytale backdrop of live trees and fresh foliage, the collection seemed more like a magical woodland parade rather than a typical runway show.

A pale palette of ivory, powder blue, mint and rose made pastels the priority for Spring 2015 – a color selection that whispered, especially when contrasted against the few equally stunning jet black looks Saab sent out. Blooming silks emblazoned with tulips and abstract butterflies seemed to come to life, almost dewy with opalescent beading and intricate crystals and sequins. Adding to the ethereal romance was Saab’s use of feathers, which enhanced the movement of the gowns and underscored the overall feeling of lightness.

Never one to disappoint, Saab’s final look – a wedding gown – garnered applause from the audience, who seemed thoroughly charmed by Saab’s fresh take on a woman’s most important fashion moment. The massive stunner of a dress, crafted in multicolor printed silk, was comprised of a plunging deep-V neckline and a voluminous skirt – its entirety artfully embellished with tiny silver crystals. It was an enchanting, season-conscious and welcome break from the vanilla cream puff extravaganzas that so often conclude an haute couture presentation.

About the Author

A fashion stylist, event designer, and style writer, Lucas Somoza has a keen eye for all things beautiful. Based in Paris, Lucas regularly collaborates with Olivia throughout Paris Fashion Week, producing editorials and contributing reviews of designer collections. You can follow Lucas on Instagram at @LucasSomoza.