Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2023-24 collection celebrates the image of regal characters through the ages and how they are portrayed through cinema.
The Lebanese couturier looked at medieval fictional characters played by some of Hollywood’s greats as the underlying inspiration for this extravagant offering. Cate Blanchet in Elizabeth, Sophie Marceau in Braveheart, Kiera Knightly in The Duchess, Marion Cotillard in Macbeth, Charlize Theron in Snow White and the Huntsman, Isabelle Adjani in La Reine Margot, and Angelina Jolie in Maleficent –– give breath to an alluring retelling of legends and tales.
Titled “A GLAMOUR OF YORE”, this collection traverses a spectrum of opulence and grandeur and adds new extravagance to fashion as the worlds of history, royalty and cinema collide.
A lineup of heroines walked the runway dressed in glistening looks with a sense of gracious composure. Tudor sequined roses and flower branches wildly vine up necks and out of caped shoulders in blooming armouries of romantic strength. Dignified gold and glistening crystal beads dance with braids and tresses into corsets that sensually train behind in mousseline sands of time. Striking complexities emerge in dazzling jewelled moments of ruby, amethyst and emerald, while draping velvets still veil rich depths.
Intricate textures are lavishly woven into refined volumes of majestic demure, where each silken thread is a moving ode to elusive beauty. Dramatic capes of crystalized crepe and velvet dentelle add an impressive layer, wrapping matching gowns in enchanting mystery.
Pearl drops and gilded bees buzz through untamed fields of embroidered foliage and into suited gothic statements of versatile strength. Wispy blush feathers swish and sway with glittering sequins in playful fantasies of near transparency.
The show closed with a captivating bride whose glistening gown in blush pink is a symbol of excellence.
This collection celebrates the highest level of beauty and captures such iconic moments across generations.