Having long ago perfected red carpet, Elie Saab aimed his sights on pure regality for autumn 2013 couture. Not one gown or girl would have failed to pass as royalty: the daughter of a King, not just beautiful but poised, untouchable, perfected.
Emerging from between the pillars of the Palais Brongniart she floated rather than walked, her softly treading presence betrayed only by the audible percussion of heavy embellishments that jangled with every step. Her gowns were the colours of crown jewels: ruby red, emerald green, sapphire blue, each one as breathtakingly detailed as the next.
From behind, Saab’s gowns put serrated shoulder blades and smooth backs on display, jewel-shaped pear and oval cut-outs deliberately baring the skin. Not a single strand of hair escaped from the pristine low chignons or threatened to interfere with the open backs and delicate necklines. In a well put-together couture show like this, no detail is left unattended.
Low rumbling drums and escalating horns announced the closing number: a fanfare well warranted given the sheer enormity of Saab’s fairytale vision. Nicole Pollard was the lithe, milky-skinned princess bride, shimmering in a gown of silver paillettes, trailed by silver-clad bridesmaids.
Without deviating from his signature style and yet still managing to steal breaths from the crowd, Saab’s couture show this week delivered on what his audience loves to see. If there’s value in knowing your strength and sticking to it, then Elie Saab is worth his weight in gold.
You can see all of the Elie Saab haute couture autumn 2013 runway collection by clicking on a thumbnail on the left. From there you can browse through each of the pictures from the fashion show.
Photography by Imaxtree