Paris Couture Week: Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 2014

10/07/2014 13:35 | Updated 20 May 2015

Elie Saab's Autumn/Winter 2014 haute couture collection will blow your mind.

The dresses were beyond beautiful and once again, the Lebanese designer transported the runway to a scene of pure fantasy. Think full-skirted, floor-skimming gowns as elaborate and elegant as they come.

Slinky, sheer, bead embellished silhouettes sauntered down the catwalk with sparkly hand-helds (oh those boxy clutches) and chiffon pleated maxi skirts were paired with luxe fur shrugs.

And then there was the fairytale wedding dress that promised to make a princess out of any blushing bride-to-be. Though the plunging watercolour one would easily tick the non-white bridal trend.

The colour palette: icy pink, pistachio, powder blue right through to rich navy and burgundy, was all romance with a regal undertone. Then there was the exquisite attention to detail - the panelled sequins styles, the tiered chiffon and the applique adornment - was signature Saab.

While it was the floor-length gowns that truly won the audience over, there was a real attempt to modernise the collection this season. There were strapless A-line dresses belted at the waist, thigh-high splits and almost every style had pockets. Because practicality is key whether it's couture or ready-to-wear.


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