Fashion And Beauty For The Hardcore | Elie Saab Spring 2012 Runway
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Elie Saab Spring 2012 Runway

PARIS, October 5, 2011

By Meenal Mistry
Elie Saab named his Spring collection Color Shock, and though he opened with a group of pearly pales, he soon segued into more vivid shades in the bright thread he began for Resort. That collection scored him big at the Emmys a few weeks ago; Kate Winslet wore his clean-lined but clingy scarlet gown. It stands to reason that many of these HD-ready, eye-catching dresses—in particular, an emerald plunge-neck style with snaking trails of sequins and the plummy chiffon number with tiny lace cap sleeves—will meet a similar Ryan Seacrest-discussed fate.

Saab’s biggest evening statement was sequins, which came graduated and rippling or set into plissé pleats. When he went unembellished, the drama came from languid and floaty seventies-ish silhouettes with tie necks or sexy asymmetrical necklines and up-to-there slits. The third building block was lace, which was actually most interesting when it was barely detectable, set into seams of neat wool daywear dresses.

Saab has probably the only ready-to-wear show with a separate line outside for clients. It’s for them that he cycles so extensively through his chosen palette, repeating near identical styles. They may eat it up, but as usual the editorial set got a little glazed over. The only shock was the natural wonder of Karlie Kloss’ legs closing the show.