PFW AW14: Elie Saab

With an ombre effect of aubergine clouding the opening of the Elie Saab AW14 show, Paris fashion week was subject to chic block colouring in an array of purples.

In true Elie Saab style, he featured elegant dresses that emphasised femininity, accentuating the female form by using chiffon to convey movement. The focus was on purple, historically known as the colour worn by royalty. Saab’s designs showed grace and maturity ranging from a variety of shades that were iconic pieces in their own right. Continuing with the regal theme, there were velvets, furs and sequined embroidery adding a glamorous touch the collection.

The designer dabbled in every neckline and length showing real versatility in the collection, from: deep v necks to asymmetrical shoulder straps- short above the knee dresses to bold slits in floor length gowns. Saab effortlessly displayed many themes and sub collections for his presentation; starting with a spectrum of purples and then easing in to soft pinks decorated with a variety of textured fur, mixed with tailored garments that stood bold with keyhole necklines.

His next feature was a black oriental floral design that echoed through the runway. With silks, wrap dresses and subtle cut out design, Saab put an interesting spin on his garments by using a typical SS pattern but with an AW colour scheme. The designer celebrated colour, juxtaposing gowns against tailored suits, experimenting with shades of blues and maroons, drowning the concluding dresses in elegant beading and sequins.








by Emma Walsh

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