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ELIE SAAB carried on from where he had left off for this afternoons couture outing, building on a quiet restraint and rigour something which very much worked in his favour.
Sequins, shimmer, shine and crystals are very much the mainstay of this designers creations and there is only ever one destination in mind for his gowns the red carpet. But today it all seemed far more effortless and simple: the shapes not overly fussy, embroidery not over the top where in the past there was embellishment and then there was embellishment on top of that.
It was all very lovely, reined in and echoing the mood we have very much been experiencing this whole week at couture: one of restraint and working out a way to make a couture collection relevant in a modern world, a dilemma that every designer is facing.
In red, navy, green and dove grey, the palette was tight to echo this focus and Saab didnt waver the show divided into chapters of colour and options of each shade offered in a short version, a long version, something with a slash-neck, off-the shoulder, or asymmetric at the neck.
Here, Saab was striking the balance between pleasing his customers while streamlining his own aesthetic.