Elie Saab injected some elegance and glamour into Paris Fashion Week this afternoon with his autumn/winter 19 ready-to-wear collection. The Lebanese designer was true to form with a collection of chic day wear and striking evening pieces for the strong, elegant female. An eighties soundtrack makes the era of inspiration undeniable and influences of the decade can be seen throughout.
The show opened with perfectly formed jumper dresses, accentuated with ruffles and matching over the knee boots. Then came the prints and a slight new direction for the designer who is usually associated with one-colour ensembles. Three key prints featured hearts, abstract dinosaurs as well as a playful dog print that was emblazoned on dresses and in one case presented in sequins – quite an unexpected choice for the designer. The colour palette was rich and warm with tones ranging from deep burgundy red to rich sage green.
Then came the evening wear and the Elie Saab glamour we know and love. The same prints and colours were made into evening gowns and smart cigarette trousers and blazers. There were many one shoulder cutes as well as high necks and deep-V dresses. Gowns were finished with oversized bows (something that is quickly becoming a staple for the season), feather trims and neck-ties.
Long capes were paired with lace trousers and shirts, full sequin suits brought a modern edge to the elegance. The black dress had its place firmly cemented as a wardrobe staple with all shapes and styles from velvet cigarette trousers to full-skirted satin dresses finished with sequins, gold trim, feather details, and simple layering.
Accessories came in the form of over the knee boots, that were paired with almost every look as well as ankle boots and simple black sandals. The neck tie was also very prominent and cute heart shaped bags added a playful approach.