PARIS, Oct 2, 2013/ — For Spring-Summer 2014, ELIE SAAB takes inspiration from nature. Spring is a time of renewal, of youth, of vibrant new life. In the collection, this is epitomized by the blossoming of a rose garden, flushed with color and delicate texture.
Colors are taken from blooms: camellia white, eglantine rose, bougainvillea and verdant green herbe de tendresse. They are combined with inky black, the garden captured at midnight.
As the garden grows, the collection develops. Knits in honeycomb trellis or precise pleats are combined with lace, while zips are exposed, lending an edge to refined evening looks. Fragile shades are suffused with exotic hothouse hues, the garden darkening as dusk falls.
Evening brings seduction. Black chiaroscuro lace clambers across the body, constellations of macro cabochon beading dazzles on evening dresses, matched with the sparkling gemstones on precious minaudière clutches.
Fabrics are ethereal, light as petals. Spider webs of Chantilly lace grow from seams or ramble along evening dresses, sometimes gossamer-fine canvasses for embroidery. A pattern devised from lace forms the background for the collection’s print of painterly roses in full flower.
Needlepoint lace is used to imitate the wild foliage of a garden, contained by graphic bands of fabric. Seams are outlined with ribbons of fabric, echoed in the streamlined straps of high shoes.
ELIE SAAB transforms his gowns into a garden of exquisite and unique blooms, a magical fusion of woman and nature.
Photos courtesy of Elie Saab