We are off to another exciting fashion event. Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018 kicked off on Monday, January 22. As expected, the world’s best couturiers are bringing their work to the City of Lights for the fashion-forward audience. Here they will present creations that took thousands of hours to be made, handcrafted from start to finish, by using only high-end materials. Behind each creation, there is a sewer that spent a lot of time working on every single detail from the look. And the price tag explains all the attention and the value of these couture pieces.
Dior’s magnificent show was a highlight of the first day. Maria Grazia Chiuri doesn’t give up on sending powerful messages through her designs. She focused on two colors, black and white. Maria still managed to keep things interesting, in spite of the limited range of shades. Giambattista Valli, Ralph & Russo, Proenza Schouler, and Schiaparelli are the other luxury brands that showed on day 1, whose couture collections deserve all your attention.
When you first think of haute couture fashion, there is one brand that always stands out. The almighty Karl Lagerfeld and his glorious work for Chanel are the ones that lead the game in the world of couture. After so many years in the business, bonded to the same luxury house, Lagerfeld doesn’t cease to amaze. Each of his shows is another remarkable experience, both visual and emotional.
Chanel presented its Spring/Summer 2018 Couture collection today, during day two of PHCFW. In an unexpected turn of events, Karl decided to keep things simpler than before. For the previous presentations, the legend built a small Eifel Tower inside the venue and transformed Grand Palais into a giant waterfall. This time he let the clothes do all the talking. The recognizable high-end tweed and impressive detailing were still there but done in a way that celebrates Chanel’s heritage.
Just like many times before, this Fashion Week is a magnet for celebrities that fly out to Paris just to see the outstanding creations from the front rows. Sofia Coppola, Rita Ora, Bella Hadid, and Monica Bellucci are just a part of the influencers who already showed up to cheer for their favorite designers.
Clare Waight Keller just debuted her couture collection for Givenchy today. Among the other collections that you’ll most certainly find mesmerizing from day 2 are the ones of Alexandre Vauthier and Giorgio Armani Prive. For tomorrow you can get excited about the presentations of Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad, who excel in haute couture. Day 4 is reserved for Xuan, Christophe Josse, Ronald van der Kemp and more. That is the last day of Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week S/S 2018. So hang tight for another few days of exquisite fashion in the form of art.
After the long fashion month, we finally had a chance to get a first look at the bridal trends for Fall 2018. The NYBFW is much different than the regular NYFW and any fashion week in general. First of all, there is only a specific group of people interested in these shows. Second, the atmosphere is much more relaxed and lively. You usually get to sip champagne around a bunch of brides. The bridal collections aren’t usual collections. All you see is white couture gowns. Gowns that women will wear for just a day in their life but remember forever. There were multiple out-of-this-world numbers worth your attention this season. Even if you aren’t a bride to be, you must know at least someone who’s getting married.
Some designers skipped the NYBFW and presented their collection with a photo shoot. Anyway, these designs are just as good as the ones that walked runways. We wanted our best looks list to be inclusive because the future brides deserve to know all the options.
As for the bridal trends, get ready for minimalist gowns next fall. There were many heavily embellished breath-taking numbers. Anyway, a surprising number of designers designed their bridal collections with simplicity in mind. Zuhair Murad, Elie Saab, and Galia Lahav weren’t following the latest trends. These designers stayed faithful to their intricate design aesthetic. After all, that’s what they do best.
For the untraditional bride, there are a lot of options the next fall. Many designers included pantsuits, jumpsuits, bold numbers and short dresses as an alternative to the traditional bridal gown. Honestly, we loved the creativity. Brides should have a variety of options for their big day.
From Viktor & Rolf to Monique Lhuillier the designers presented many breathtaking designs in their bridal fall 2018 collections. Feast your eyes on the looks that made our hearts skip a beat.
The Paris Fashion Week always has the biggest shows. All the big names somehow love Paris. Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Balenciaga, Alexander McQueen, Giambattista Valli, Valentino and more brought their ideas of spring 2018 fashion in Paris this season. Opulent shows, out of this world designs and many influencers and celebrities were part of the SS 2018 PFW. The Paris Fashion week, as well as the fashion month, ended yesterday, so let’s take a moment to recall the best runway looks of this season.
Sarah Burton paid attention to the craftsmanship for her latest collection. English aristocrats have a tradition to keep pieces of clothing in the family for decades. So the designer made sure to bring the same idea to her Spring 2018 collection for Alexander McQueen. Blooming gardens were all over the collection in a clothing form. Sarah’s intricate gowns made our hears skip a beat.
Giambattista Valli put together bohemian and aristocratic for the latest collection of his eponymous brand. The designer got out of his comfort feminine zone and for the first time involved masculine silhouettes and unisex pieces in his collection. Additionally, the mesmerizing dresses the designer is known for were also present in the Giambattista Valli Spring 2018 collection. The voluminous gowns were decorated with ruffles and floral print.
Pierpaolo Piccioli took us to the moon with his breathtaking designs for Valentino. His collection involved both futuristic and romantic elements. Besides the futuristic plastic transparent jackets, we had a chance to see elegant gowns.
The legendary Rei Kawakubo stayed faithful to her eccentric design aesthetic. The Japanese designer once again presented out of this world designs for Comme des Garcons that only a few would dare to wear. Her edgy pieces involved a lot of graphics and unordinary shapes.
Feast your eyes on the best runway looks from the SS 2018 PFW.
Elie Saab’s work is the perfect example of the words haute couture. He is the designer that doesn’t enjoy working on daywear but instead creates dresses that have the “wow” factor and leave everyone breathless. For his Couture Fall 2017 Collection, the designer got inspired by the medieval times and warrior queens. Even his show notes carried the same message: “fallen kings, defeated by a fearless and heroic sisterhood . . . bright and brave warrior queens they were, are, and forever will be.”
Saab presented another magical show titled “”A Tale of Fallen Kings”. Apparently, this astonishing collection was inspired by the mega-popular HBO show “Game of Thrones”. According to the official Instagram of the brand “The haute couture collection captures the opulence and wild beauty of medieval times, and translate it into fiercely elegant feminine silhouettes.”.
Most of the sixty looks include floor-length glamorous dresses, with an exception of a few. Elie showed only a couple of looks that featured perfectly tailored trousers and heavily embellished jackets with a train.
The gowns are ultimately gorgeous, elegant and sparkling. You can find one for any glamorous occasion, starting from red carpets, galas, and weddings. Many of the dresses are accompanied by long, sumptuous capes. The colors vary from black, blue, and emerald, to bright and vivid colors such as red, cobalt blue, cream, baby blue, and white.
The Lebanese couturier loves to play with different fabrics. The collection features various fabrics, including tulle, velvet, satin, fabrics with rich embroideries and embellishments, amazing patterns and sequins. The embellishment is done in many ways and patterns, but the color that is most prominent is the gold one. On the other hand, the heavy materials in rich dark colors give a dark, but very enchanting vibe to the Fall Couture 2017 Collection.
Saab accessorized his medieval queens with embellished headbands. According to the hairstylist Orlando Pita, the looks were inspired by the cult series “Game of Thrones”. The models flaunted loose waves and braids that represent femininity, and headbands as crowns that represent power. The makeup was gentle, with golden, bronze, pink and yellow tones, that made the models look just like real goddesses.
Elie Saab found the perfect way to incorporate the medieval vibe into these contemporary gowns that everyone dreams of. The cuts that belong to the previous century are updated with his recognizable details, transforming the models into modern strong queens.
The haute couture designer Elie Saab presented another miraculous resort collection. Saab is one of the most famous designers in the world, with many celebrities that adore and proudly parade his breath-taking creations. Elie is actually the first Lebanese designer that had the opportunity to make a dress for an Oscar winner, in 2002 he dressed Halle Berry. He is definitely not much into simplicity. Everything he creates is a real treat for the eyes. His designing style can be described as an explosion of colors, pearls, embroideries, and luxury fabrics.
For the Resort 2018 Collection, Elie designed not only dresses but also a variety of separates. His goal was to bring the high-fashion glamor into pieces that can be worn every day. The inspiration came from the depths of the sea, and the underwater world. Once you take a look at the amazing combinations of color you will feel like you’ve been taken in a whole new dimension.
His ability to perfectly synchronize different types of fabrics, details, styles, and fits is astonishing. The Resort 2018 collection has a darker and a brighter side. The darker side is represented with black lace, embroideries, dark sequins, and details of fishnet fabric. The brighter designs are more dominant and available in electric blue, light peach, coral orange, mint blue and green. As always the designer included his signature multi-colored heavily embellished fabrics that are everyone’s favorites.
Elie Saab is definitely the king of the glamorous red carpet dresses. In spite of the fact that he wanted to implement casual pieces in the collection, he did not miss the opportunity to treat his celebrity costumers with the perfect gowns. The electric part of the collection shows several dresses made of multi-colored chiffon. The energetic orange is nicely combined with light blue and lavender purple, so the dresses look like they are on fire.
The pieces of the collection colored in pastel peach color are all about frills. The ruffled mini-dresses with lace details are accessorized with thin belts in the same color. The two beautiful and elegant jumpsuits carry the same vibe as the mini-dresses.
For those who love the high-end style, there are long soft peach-colored gowns. Once you see them, you will know that Saab is behind the design. Elie Saab definitely developed a very recognizable style in the fashion world. One of the most mesmerizing long gowns is the one-shouldered embellished dress with a side slit. Another one that got our attention is the fairytale-like laced gown with a mermaid finish.
There are many variations of the black dresses. Elie designed simple black dresses, short and frilled with lace patchwork and black belts on the waist.
The long black gowns are a piece of art. Either completely embellished with elegant black sequins and beads, or mixed with blue, silver and orange sequins, they all are the ultimate dream.
The cobalt blue and mint blue sections feature a lot of lace, frills and pleated dresses. One of the most amazing designs is the long pleated dress in metallic blue with a high side slit. The mint blue dresses remind of the princess-like gowns from the fairytales.
Elie Saab also designed more casual creations for everyday wear. The sparkling bomber jacket embellished with flowers is a real treat for our eyes. To make things more down-to-earth, Saab paired the bomber with a simple black top and a pair of black pants. The two maxi dresses made of colorful chiffon look like the perfect thing to put on for the hot summer days. The very same tropic print is used for a pair of wide-legged pants and a long cape that is one of the biggest trends this season.
The biggest accessory to the looks are the amazing crystal-studded tights, a detail that Saab presented in his Fall 2017 Collection. He paired the tights with open-toed sandals, some with a very simple design, while others very dramatic. The small clutches and earrings are mostly simple, which is a perfect fit with the grandiosity of the dresses and the other pieces.
Photo Courtesy: Elie Saab
The Elie Saab bridal spring 2018 collection was inspired by a garden where everything is in full bloom, but still managed to be soft, charming and striking. The designs featured the opulence we would expect from Elie Saab, who chose to present his third bridal collection in Elizabeth Taylor’s former midtown Manhattan townhouse.
The collection featured 13 pieces that vary clearly reference to the inspiration Elie Saab mentioned for his third bridal collection. Femininity is not a concept that has escaped Elie Saab, his designs, though dripping in splendor at all times, are not unflattering or bulky under the embellishments he includes. This is a brand that delivers glamour and in large shares at that.
Floral motifs and the use of blush in the collection harkened back to Japanese cherry blossoms, a very romantic style and design that always evokes movement even when standing still. Each of the designs had an elevated level of pomp to them, though the impressiveness of the collection as a whole is hard to describe. The mix of glamour and utility with the versatile designs included in the collection is also very fashion forward, and in the Elie Saab bridal spring 2018 collection there were quite a few.
The sheath dress with the detachable skirt is a brilliant option for brides who do not want a reception outfit that is too far removed from the glory of their wedding dress. The long-sleeved jumpsuit that featured tonal crystal embellishments and the accessories were an incredible draw as well.
The jewelry shown in the collection was outstanding – simple but very interesting with unexpected swirls, dips and adjustments. The inclusion of capes did not go unnoticed, though a finely embroidered luxurious cape veil with a floral motif had an inescapable brilliance of its own. The fur shrug was soft and sweet and the unexpected inclusion of eyewear was not distracting, but very cool.
Smooth silhouettes and flowing lines gave a great canvas for the embellishments, keeping the opulence going from head to toe. The variety of necklines and cuts did not diverge all over the place, but managed to keep the consistent romantic, soft and blooming aesthetic throughout.
Starting at $7000 the pieces in this collection are actually designed to be more accessible. The body accentuating designs and always impressive detail work are set to make your walk a 306-degree experience as the embellishments are not focused solely on the front, but extend naturally and beautifully around the back to wow the assembled audience of family and friends from all angles.
This is especially true for the gown featuring the pearl and crystal embellished illusion bodice that continued the sparkling and shimmering design completely around the bodice and dipping into the full tulle skirt.
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Designer Elie Saab, who is having an extremely busy month between the past Oscars and the opening of a new store in New York, took Paris by storm presenting his fall/winter 2017-18 fashions grandiosely, treating us to standard Elie Saab refinement that, however, wasn’t banal and repetitive at all.
To better exude and revisit the sense of romanticism he often plays with when it comes to the ready-to-wear collections, Elie Saab drew inspiration from “Giselle”, a treasured romantic ballet that narrates the story of a haunted, tragic young love that keeps on charming spectators from all around the world year after year.
Elie Saab, who often draws inspiration from the theatre, took his Elie Saab fall 2017 collection on Giselle’s stage, infusing each one of his proposals with a sense of opulence that, as Saab himself revealed backstage, might not be suitable for everyone. “I wanted something rich,” he explained. “Maybe it’s less commercial than before and more dramatic.”
Although being dramatic indeed, and with no much variety in terms of the color palette, the collection featured gorgeous outerwear staples too, which inevitably stood out from the crowd among the many evening dresses and richly intricate soigné embroideries. This collection could be, in fact, divided into two main sections – the more elegant and the more wearable one, with the latter being sophisticatedly linked to the former.
Elie Saab’s outerwear was unapologetically sumptuous, with lavish fur, velvet and Chantilly lace patterns adorning the coats, jackets and cropped pants. Albeit including leather garments too, which added slightly glam-rock touches to the entire collection, even the outerwear section looked highly couture-esque, with its it-items, namely the coats, being red carpet-ready for sure.
As for the evening proposals, there it was where Elie Saab gave his sartorial best, as well as where he transposed Giselle’s notes and dance moves to fashion in the most beautiful way possible. A-line skirts, structured puffed-up sleeves, sensual corsets and feathery adornments wavered down the catwalk, playing an even more imposing contrast with some of the collection’s rigorous Victorian-inspired shirts, collars and tops (Giselle premiered in 1841, after all).
As if things were not jaw-dropping enough, makeup artist Tom Pecheux, who also styled Balmain’s fall/winter 2017-18 runway show, gave the models 1001 Nights-inspired looks, focusing on sensual smoky eyes and softly pulled back hair styled in ballerina-inspired buns.
“I put black pencil along the waterlines, then M.A.C. Fluidline gel liner in Blacktrack near the lashes, and add a lot of mascara,” Pecheux revealed. “Then I create the smoky shape with black pencil, and then put black powder shadow on top.”
Although it was nothing new, the final effect was the icing on one of Elie Saab’s most exquisite cakes.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Lebanese designer Elie Saab just warmed the Paris Fashion Week with references of evocative Sirocco winds, which, along with cascades of crystals, overwhelmed the Elie Saab Couture spring 2017 runway show with a sense of timeless elegance that also exuded empowering notes of freedom through architectural lines and imposing motifs.
As we have already experienced with the recent runway shows, such as those of Dior, Chanel and Maison Margiela, Elie Saab’s Couture spring/summer 2017 line-up also focused on women’s empowerment, here seen through an inspiring Arabic lens. Entitled “Birth of the Light”, this collection is dedicated to Arab women, their historical and cultural background, which has been translated by the couturier to a dream array of 56 evening staples that put us into a sort of overwhelming trance.
To better translate his desired empowering and sophisticated notes to fashion, Elie Saab decided to focus on the Golden Age of Arabic cinema, when divas charmed the world with their exotic appeal and breathtaking elegance. Inevitably, most of the collection’s proposals embraced the same sinuously fluid lines that we often see during any red carpet event, although here being actually infinitively closer to a sort of mystic parallel world rather than a merely cinematic-related scenario.
Exquisite patterns embellished with intricate crystals, along with refreshing and soigné fabrics such as satin, lace and tulle, embraced a modern kind of femininity that was specifically designed to suit any contemporary woman, while at the same time reflecting the echoes of an era, as well as culture, that more and more fashion designers are now taking into account.
As for the overall looks, the collection appears to be also extremely coherent in its patterns, both in terms of the colors and embellishments used, as well as the overall figures.
Eye-catching, Elie Saab’s color palette for the spring 2017 couture season radiates a refined spirit we yet had to see at Paris Couture Fashion Week, as it mainly focuses on gold touches, dusty pinks and light blues. Even when revamping the line-up with bright shades of white, Saab manages to keep harmoniously warm undertones up thanks to Arabic-inspired amber adornments.
As it usually happens when it comes to an Elie Saab collection, coherent indeed are the general figures and lines of the designs, with architectural lines often getting interrupted by either curve-hugging cuts or sensual slits. Heavily pleated figures, wrapped cuts and flared lines find their perfect transposition into everything from layered gowns to tailored suit pants, often being intertwined with one another to create an even more dynamic synergy that is almost addictive.
The Elie Saab Couture spring 2017 collection manages to satisfy almost any fashion taste, as it features both conventionally elegant floor-length dresses, and hybrids between mannish suits and feminine gowns that, we bet, will become some of the biggest protagonists of the upcoming international events for sure.
Photos courtesy of Vogue
Whether it is all about the Twenties, Forties or Eighties, the latest pre-fall 2017 collections are all embracing retro-inspired motifs. Elie Saab also transposed his Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection to heavily Eighties-infused aesthetics, only interrupting their playful themes with elegantly tailored Seventies-inspired figures at times.
Known for his jocose yet extremely sophisticated take on fashion, Elie Saab often mixes different decades’ motifs and patterns all together, creating something unique and always red carpet-ready. For this Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection, however, he preferred working on different themes singularly, releasing a 37-piece lineup that is all about parties and fun times spent with friends.
Both the Eighties and Seventies served as the collection’s main sources of inspiration, the vibes of which appealed to Elie Saab so much, he managed to translate their individual aesthetics in a way we yet had to see. The only recurring motif that coherently unites both sources of inspiration is the never-ending cascade of sequins and glitter Saab overwhelmed his collection with, which in return gives it its signature luxurious touch.
The “Queen of Hearts-meets Eighties excess” collection – that is how it has been dubbed – is all about structured shoulders and cocktail dresses, among which the short ones in tulle, sequined embroideries and pleats surely dominate. As for tulle and overall sheer patterns, the Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 collection appears to be particularly intriguing in a sense that it is possible to reinvent their patterns, as the Lebanese designer used such fabrics to embellish everything from hems to sleeves and even dramatic black trails.
Of course, with the collection being predominantly about the Eighties, Saab managed to add velvet proposals as well, which besides treating us to edgy outfits to wear either on a night out or at a cocktail ceremony, moreover, confirm velvet will definitely keep on going strong next year, too.
Jocose Madonna-approved mini black dresses with belts cinched at the waists, paired with leather jackets, show a highly versatile approach to fashion we yet had to see, as mastermind Elie Saab has so far got us accustomed to more haute couture-eque resort collections.
As for the Seventies-inspired motifs, this Elie Saab pre-fall 2017 line-up includes three of that decade’s biggest must-haves, namely jabot collars, bell-bottom trousers and floor-length, flared gowns. Chunky ankle boots, butterfly sleeves, and furry coats also helped the collection chronologically fluctuate between such decades, inevitably emphasizing Saab’s pre-fall appeal for the sophisticated, yet easily wearable, daywear fashion.
Accessories, such as the aforementioned belts, along with ultra refined handbags, indeed complete the Elie Saab 2017 pre-fall collection with its most covetable touch, which we bet will definitely help Saab’s accessory sales increase throughout this upcoming 2017 as well.
Photos courtesy of Vogue