Runway Report: Elie Saab SS17

Elie Saab’s Spring-Summer 2017 fashion show was a rollicking, exuberant, disco fever extravaganza.  “Standing on Stardust” was the title given to this collection – an appropriate name considering that the entire floor inside the tent that served as the show’s venue was sprinkled with golden glitter.

Exiting to pulsing neon lights and thumping seventies beats, the first series of looks were splashed with stars – some printed, others appliquéd or embroidered. The geometric designs – executed mostly in black, white and gold, and occasionally injected with a pop of red or fuchsia – underscored the ultra glamorous attitude that infused the collection. Saab never strayed too far from this color palette established at the beginning of the show, only occasionally punctuating it with metallic flashes of turquoise, blush pink or tangerine.

While Saab’s clothes unashamedly veer towards extravagant eveningwear, the lightness of the fabrics and slinky silhouettes kept this collection within a wearable springtime framework.  Materials like lurex, liquid lamé and silk mousseline recalled the body-skimming fashions of the Halston era but were inventively reborn as Saab signatures: the tailored jumpsuit, the evening bomber or blazer, the billowing cape, and of course the iconic low-cut evening gown.

Texture in the form of holographic sequins, gold grommets or touches of pleating and fringe felt ritzy and young, rather than heavy or overladen. That sentiment – the lighthearted dance floor celebration of glitz and glamour – was probably the lingering takeaway from this fun springtime collection.



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.