Runway Report: Elie Saab Spring 2016 Couture

It’s entirely possible to predict how an Elie Saab couture show will go down – but that doesn’t mean anyone’s growing out those jaw-drooping, dazzling dresses anytime soon. Perhaps that’s part of the reason why everyone has fallen in love with the Lebanese designer – his ability to almost replay a vision season after season, yet still leave the most critical amongst us in awe. Wednesday’s SS16 show was, of course, another magical offering; no darkness in the universe would have been able to dim the beautiful, Indian-touched sparkly looks that were presented on the runway. Edwardian-inspired gowns were intricately decorated with thousands of glass beads – some at a perfect floor-sweeping length, some above-the-knee, and others reflective of a sari with material subtly thrown over one shoulder; in a neutral color palette for the most part, but with earthy prints occasionally mixed it. What’s really worth noting, however, is the collection’s most surprising element: a combination of trouser suits (some more obviously ‘salwar kameez’ influenced than others) paired with laced-up boots and embroidered hats– not the ordinary for Elie Saab, but very well welcomed (read: more, please). As for the final look? Say hello to the bridal gown of the century.

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