It's rare to come across a red carpet these days that doesn't play host to (at least) one stunning Elie Saab gown. The Lebanese designer has, in effect, become a go-to source for glamorous premiere dresses and award-show fare, and we have a hunch it has everything to do with his penchant for dense embroidery, princess-gown silhouettes, and decadent embellishing. Saab's Couture Spring '13 collection debuted in Paris today, and with it came 48 ethereal confections practically begging to be worn to some fancy gala. We can easily imagine Keira Knightley slipping into one of the icy-hued, crystalline-embroidered tulle gowns, or perhaps Gwyneth Paltrow taking on one of the crisp white body-skimming gowns as an homage to last year's standout Tom Ford number at the Oscars. We also spotted a funkier printed sheath in a '50s-inspired shape that has Kerry Washington written all over it. Luckily, we're smack dab in the middle of award season, and with the SAG Awards this Sunday, we're hoping to see any one of these 11 gowns sooner rather than later. Click on for our Elie Saab Couture picks and who we'd like to see wearing them on a red carpet near you.
Spoiler alert: Blair Waldorf is taking another walk down the aisle, and this time, she's doing it in ultra embellished powder blue Elie Saab Couture. While Leighton Meester's Gossip Girl opted for a white princess-worthy Vera Wang gown for her wedding to Prince Louis, she's taking on the burgeoning real-life trend of wearing a nonwhite wedding dress for her onscreen nuptial redux. Off set, stars like Anne Hathaway, clad in custom blush Valentino, and Amber Tamblyn, married in a bold saffron hue, have set the tone for less traditional wedding ensembles. Now, we've got Blair's stunning floor-length floral appliqué gown — complete with a matching waistline accent — to add to the list. With her crystal-encrusted tiara and turquoise earrings as the finishing touches, we're officially enamored of this wedding-day look. Here's your all-angles sneak peek at her dress, and be sure to let us know which Blair Waldorf wedding dress you like best in the comments!
Jessica Biel not only made the Total Recall rounds in NYC yesterday, she did so with a dichotomous styling approach. First, the brunette beauty stopped by The Daily Show With Jon Stewart in an animal-print Giambattista Valli cocktail dress (we're obsessed with the sweet tulip skirt silhouette) with a Fendi 2jours shopper and black Casadei pumps. By letting the longer skirt hem and quarter-length sleeves offset the exotic pattern and accentuating inseams, her look offered up a more sophisticated take on sexier ensembles. Then, Jessica switched gears, wearing an ethereal sleeveless white lace creation from Elie Saab's Spring 2012 Couture collection to the film's screening. In a nod to modest-meets-romantic dressing, she also added a delicate lace shawl to match. Her gold Elie Saab clutch and textured Jimmy Choo pumps injected a glamorous feel, but in no way interrupted the ultrafeminine vibe. One evening, two distinct dresses, and three key styling strategies to get you there, the Jessica Biel way — read below for quick tips on transforming your evening vibe from sexy to sweet, and vice versa.
- It's all in the texture. Notice how Jessica really nails each vibe via dress texture. In her first appearance, she opted for a sultry animal print — instantly giving off a more vixenish appeal. In her second appearance, she's every bit the sweet style setter in white lace. Sure, lace can be sexy, too, but not when it's worn modestly and in the most ethereal shade of crisp, clean white. The bottom line: you can set the tone of each look just by utilizing texture correctly. It's not always about going the overt styling route.
- Go for classic accents. When switching modes, you want to be able to work with what you've got. Not all of us have a pair of stilettos and clutch in every shade in our closets, but the main thing is to keep a good rotation of classics in your going-out arsenal. A nude pump will always work well with a more feminine silhouette. A black pump will work well with basically everything, but for our purposes, it will certainly put a slick spin on sultrier dresses.
- The ultimate twofer. You want to make it even simpler? Invest in a tailored LWD. For girlier nights out, pair the look with a neutral-toned heel and a scallop-edged clutch. Then, give it a sexy upgrade with your black pumps, a little black eyeliner, and a bold red lip. You can have it both ways.
Though they were by turns intricately embroidered and heavily beaded, many of the Turkish-inspired garments in Elie Saab's Fall 2012 Couture offering looked light as air when they came down the runway in Paris this week. Saab said he focused on "infusing the collection with imperial splendor," so all 46 looks were of the same high-glamour, sparkly ilk that has made Saab a red-carpet staple. The almost ephemeral quality of many of these dresses and gowns came from their materials: sheer fabrics played host to rich embellishments, like Ottoman Empire motifs and fabric treatments that looked like gold leaf from afar. But Saab brought the collection back down to the ground with dresses in solid fabrics, too, which he decorated with the same expert hand he applied to the other breezy fabrics that floated down the runway.
We can already imagine celebrities waiting in line for a piece of Elie Saab's collection. For Spring, Saab emoted pure femininity, highlighting gorgeous gowns dipped in a rainbow of pretty pastel hues. Dresses ranged from short to long, showing intricate floral and beading details, most of which were cinched in with a dainty little bow belt. Meanwhile, streamlined silhouettes kept the look fresh and modern. Sheerness also came into play, adding subtle, sexy mystique to an otherwise overtly feminine collection. The closer? A pink and white floral printed wedding dress complete with a cathedral-length tulle veil. Check our notes below for more details, then click the slideshow to see the rest of the runway presentation.
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