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Come his 2014 fall haute couture collection, Elie Saab was not out of character. His quintessential, jeweled, full-length gowns graced Paris Fashion Week yet again. This season, it’s to reflect upon and to celebrate the iridescence of light and the grandeur of a Parisian palace. Inspired by the lights of the Parisian night, Elie Saab experiments with gradients of color, texture and pattern.
Magnified gradients of jewel tones, from deep reds, to blacks and whites, to pale blues and soft nudes were seen throughout the collection. A plethora of feminine materials such as tulle, lace, chiffon, organza, and fur were paired with detailed embroidery that ranges from small blue flowers to large rose prints, recreating the iridescence of light that changes at every angle. Elie Saab combined these elements with intricate layering of pearls and sequins to complete the dresses.
In one dress, gossamer tulle lined the skirt with black pearls up the bodice and slim sleeves at the top. In another, texture worked its way up the dress with ombre coloring from black to salmon pink and embroidery that plays with a glossy and floral intermixed look.
Though most gowns were bright and vivacious with sequined patterns or a blanket of pearls, there were the quiet subtleties in the collection. A chiffon gown with a deep, ombre blue down the length of the dress exuded simple, delicate class.