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.
Millions of beads, scrolling embroideries, and piles of lace might not conjure the idea of weightlessness outright, but in Elie Saab's capable hands that's precisely what you get. For Spring 2013 couture, the designer whipped those materials — as well as charmeuse, mesh, chiffon, and metallic thread, and even brocade floral prints — into a light-as-air cloud of heaven that was as breathtaking as it was soft.
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Lea Michele never shies away from a leg-baring look, as exemplified here in her shimmery high-slit gown by Elie Saab highlighting an intricate floral beading detail. The Glee starlet chose to accessorize her look with gorgeous emerald-and-diamond earrings, a matching bracelet, and strappy sandals. Loose waves and a neutral makeup palette completed Lea's gorgeous ensemble tonight. Are you loving her more sophisticated turn on the red carpet?Vote on all of our Golden Globe Awards polls here!
Glee starlet Lea Michele is on a bit of a color kick, and we were on the receiving end of one seriously cool (albeit bright) pink Elie Saab Spring '12 cocktail number and matching pink strappy heels as a result. In true Lea form, this wasn't just any cocktail dress, it was an ultraembellished, thigh-high mini with more than a little statement power — oh yeah, and lots of leg. Her braided updo, drop earrings, and sapphire costume ring rounded out her bold-hued red-carpet choice. Did Lea nail her latest minidress moment?Make sure to vote on all of our People's Choice Awards red-carpet polls here!
Elie Saab might be known for his gorgeous red carpet gowns, but for Spring '13, the designer also showed off his penchant for daywear. The show opened up with an array of sleek work appropriate trousers, tailored blazers, silk blouses, and sleek sheath dresses fit for the working "heiress" he had in mind. Bold, abstract prints came into play, highlighting highlighting billowy dresses and gowns, some of which featured modern ribbon detailing. And like any working heiress (Saab mentioned artists and bloggers in his show notes), a day is not complete without attending a few glamorous parties and events. Thus, he provided red carpet worthy options with a bevy of gorgeous sheer lace gowns, one of which showcased a high slit juxtaposed against a sheer collared top, and beaded minidresses.
- Trends: Blue hues, sheer layers, sparkle/shine, lace.
- Colors: Cobalt blue, dusty pink, red, black, white.
- Key Piece: The dark cobalt blue gown with the sheer lace top was beautiful.
- Accessories: Ankle strap sandals, leather satchel bags, structured crossover bags.
- Who Should Wear It: Ladies who love the sparkle and lace like Keira Knightley and Zoe Saldana.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab was feeling monochromatic for the Spring 2013 season. He sent down a bevy of all-blue, head-to-toe turquoise, and entirely blush looks in all silhouettes and styles: dresses, silk blouses with trousers, shorts suits. Each look even came with its own matching bag. But after a matchy matchy start, Saab switched things up with a handful of colorful printed pieces that lit up the catwalk. Then it was more monochromatic styles in red, black, and white before the designer finished strong with what he's best known for: dramatic, jaw-dropping, red carpet-worthy gowns.
We know that Katy Perry is capable of just about anything when it comes to red-carpet dressing — remember last year's quartet of zany outfit changes? That's why we were pleasantly surprised to find the brunette beauty in serious bombshell mode. From its gathered leather bow-tie bustier and delicate sequin embellishments to its sheer skirt, her dark, floor-skimming Elie Saab gown proved utterly romantic. To keep with the theme of all-out prettiness, Katy kept her accessories minimal, her makeup light, and her black tresses loose and wavy. Do you prefer this feminine look to her more outrageous ones?
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.
Paris Haute Couture Week kicked off on Monday, and the beauty looks were as extravagant as the clothes that inspired them. Bright duotone pops of lipstick, tight braids, and polished top knots were some of the week's top looks. See some of the best in today's Beauty Beat, and for even more couture, browse 10 top haute couture looks from the week.
Elie Saab's Fall 2012 Couture collection was nothing short of a red carpet affair. By “infusing the collection with imperial splendor,” Elie's Constantinople era-inspired collection was filled to the brim with a decadent beading and lace awash in pretty hues of pale pink, gold, nude, and even a few pops of teal. The show kicked off with a line of dramatic, shimmery black gowns (led by model-of-the-moment Karlie Kloss) followed by a pretty regalia of softer hues, some of which highlighted cocktail appropriate knee-length dresses. Fancier eveningwear showed intricate sheer lace detailing, high slits, and luxurious embroidery. We already predict a bevy of A-listers anxiously waiting for their next red carpet premiere just for a piece of this glamorous collection.
- Trends: Lace, sheer detailing, and high slits
- Colors: Black, nude, pink, light blue, teal, and gold
- Key piece: The gold lace column gown worn by Karlie Kloss hits all notes of perfection.
- Accessories: Skinny belts, black, gold, and light blue sandals
- Who would wear it: Red carpet stunners like Zoe Saldana, Emma Stone, and Gwyneth Paltrow