PRÊT-À-PORTER FALL 2012
There are essentially two kinds of fashion designers: those who push the limits, and those who stay the course. Elie Saab is one of the latter–he’s really tried-and-true. He’s also one of those rare, “go-to” talents who can always be relied upon to make women look and feel absolutely beautiful.
Elie is famous for his shimmering, beaded gowns, but he opened his Fall collection with a different sensibility. He dialed back the glam quotient a lot, showing simple day clothes in muted colors like ash grey, sand, jade green and black. I particularly liked the form-fitting dresses, and the tops with small peplums, paired with skirts. They were slinky and sexy, but sophisticated.
The business suits–a departure for Elie–weren’t as successful as the dresses, perhaps because this man loves beauty. In fact, after the muted opening, the collection became much more familiar, including jewel-toned gowns (sublime, as always). But I admire Elie for deviating, if only slightly, from the status quo. It was a welcome change, and I look forward to seeing more!
Photographs by Stéphane Israël