Elie Saab Spring Couture 2013

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Lebanese couturier Elie Saab has dubbed his latest collection as an ‘ode to delicateness’ and he couldn’t have chosen a better phrase as this collection succeeded in conveying a light and graceful mood by exploring different degrees of transparency.

Of course, Saab’s signature crystalline embroidery was scattered over fragile tulle and airy crinoline dresses in hourglass and fishtail shapes as well as a shorter, flaring shape reminiscent of the 1950’s.

The whole collection was characterised by a pale palette of ivory and make-up pinks, accentuated here and there by icy blues and hot corals. Erogenous zones such as the shoulders, were often left free of embroidery.  On the other hand, dense embroidery was clustered around defined waists, slowing to trickle toward the hems of skirts to reveal the legs underneath.

New territory for Saab included minimalist capes spliced open over the back, which looked smashing over a bustier column in ivory, the bodice ringed with silver. Yes, silver is a metal, but in Saab’s hands, it sure wasn’t heavy!