Catwalk Review: Elie Saab A/W 2011/12

10/03/2011 10:06 | Updated 22 May 2015

Model Magdalena Frackowiak on the runway at Elie Saab's Paris Fashion Week show. Photo: PA


INSPIRATION: A modern day Belle du Jour, brimming with Parisian chic.

TOP LOOKS: Attention was turned to daywear, with wool crepe sheath dresses in aubergine, scarlet or sand cinched in with a slinky belt to evoke a clean 60s silhouette. For eveningwear, things were also kept pared-down with breezy chiffon gowns and slim-cut silk jersey gowns.

WHO WAS THERE: Daisy Lowe looked stunning a baby blue shimmering tea dress, while Chinese actress Fan Bing Bing dazzled in a pale pink sparkly dress and matching turban.

WHAT WE THOUGHT: The 60s influence saw Saab inject a new simplicity into his designs. Simply, well cut daywear was a much bigger focus than normal - echoing the approach taken by Valentino's Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli earlier this week. It felt a bit younger and a bit more modern that Saab's usual sequin spangled aesthetic - and that's no bad thing.

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