Runway Report: Elie Saab FW18 Couture

Elie Saab’s Haute Couture Fall 2018 collection exceeded the expectations of romanticism and rich textiles, the Lebanese designer has become to be known for. A collection derived from the lasting impressions of a recent trip to Barcelona, showgoers were taken on a sartorial journey, at the Musée des Arts Decoratifs.

Barcelona peaked through the collection through organic textures, patterns and embellishments. Coupled with inspiration from Antoni Gaudi’s architectural pieces, Saab recalled the intricaticity of Gaudi’s buildings in the city and echoed such designs in the patterns of couture. Brocade and silk gazar added regality to the collection, accompanied by delicate gold embroidery and a strong presence of sequins. Saab incorporated a balance of fitted gowns, offset by grand drapery, full skirts and trains.

The Mediterranean Art Nouveau underline of the collection hosted a palette of jewel tones. Emerald and berry hues accented pale blues, violets and blushes. Structural lines balanced the whimsical dimension of Saab’s collection in a pleasantly moderated fashion. Strong shoulders and tailored pant suits walked the collection alongside sheer overlay, free-flowing skirts and delicate straps.

Embroidery was the takeaway of the Couture collection. Gold embroidery snaked across fabric, in a nod to Gaudi’s works, appearing with a sense of verticality. Embroidered on necklines of gowns, or adding ornateness to tuxedo jackets, Saab’s embroidery knew no bounds.

For Elie, women have always come first, and it is with that understanding, that he continues to exceed expectations and encourage the beauty of women, season after season.

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Jennifer Paccione is a fashion editor who shares her time between New York City and Milan. She has been featured and published with respected magazines internationally in various languages. She currently acts as contributing editor for publications including Bulgari Magazine, The Fashionable Lampoon, Fashion to Max and RedMilk Magazine, whilst having contributed for NYLON and Editorialist. Alongside journalism, Jennifer freelances as a social media and digital marketing advisor, having already worked with brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alberta Ferretti and Philosophy, among many. Follow her on Instagram @jenniferpaccione