To attend Elie Saab Ready To Wear fashion show, you had first to brave the rain.
One of ballet’s most iconic scores, Giselle, inspires the ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Autumn Winter 2017-2018 collection with its tale of human love crossing into the supernatural realm. An ethereal lightness uplifts form, mood, and movement amidst a seasonal return to dark romanticism.
Fabrics such as tulle, organza and silk chiffon add an intoxicating delicacy to the collection while lace, feathers and embroidered velvet add a textural, sensual blend of innocence and melancholy. Light layering abounds. A shadow of mystery stretches across the collection with diaphanous silhouettes for day and night.
Mini-dresses are graceful, energetic compositions of clean cuts and gathered volumes in step with ELIE SAAB’s design repertoire. Coats and capes – tailored yet dramatic – take flight in movement while pyjama-cut pants, skinny leggings as well as jackets and blazers enter sur scène with perfect ease.
The lily flower appears on chiffon, guipure, quilted leather and as ultra-light embroidery. Symbolizing the souls of the departed, the lily flower is emblematic of Giselle’s tragic, otherworldly tale of youth, beauty and sentiment.
Muted and cool, as if illuminated by moonlight, the season’s colour palette includes earthen opera and blue abyss. Hues of dawn, soft lily and whisper-light sugar, as if from a maiden's blushed cheek, are contoured by whisks of midnight black.
Accessories are a changing, textural scenography of laser-cut lily motifs, gold studs, Swarovski brilliance and contrasts of suede and fur. Bags such as Le 31 appear animated in theatrical variations, dotted with pearls like drops of morning dew.
In a well-tempered choreography between form and freedom, an encompassing darkness and an evanescent light, the mood of the winter season is poetry in motion.