The “Last Swan” Of Italy Inspires Elie Saab’s Cruise 2024 Collection

Lindsay Judge   |   20-11-2023

For this feminine yet bold collection, Elie Saab was inspired by Marella Agnelli. Known affectionately as the ‘Last Swan,’ Agnelli was a socialite, art collection and style icon who inspired a generation of Italian women. 

Saab recreated her strong yet majestic allure through an offering of muted jewel tones, crisp silhouettes and diverse textures come together in three distinct moods that move through demure galas, urban garden parties and the cosmopolitan jet set.

Warm metallic yarn-embroidered party rompers and beaded strapless midi dresses are illuminating. Moonshadow white crepe peplum tops and jackets bring a touch of playful feminine volume to more fitted contours. Midnight black jersey drapes into long dresses with high-defined slits and scalloped plunging necklines finely outlined in glistening chain. Minimalist lines are emboldened in vibrant bursts of red tweed and Denver green crepe.

The Elie Saab woman seamlessly dances through each tableau with refined ease. Fog and powder white knit into a radiant striped dress with short bishop sleeves. Gradient monogram embroidery petals across the skirts of pastel halter gowns and across the necklines of white shirt kaftans. Platform mules in coloured satin and wood elongate each silhouette to emphasise sophisticated bearing, while plexiglass minaudières in translucent tones add a breath of contemporary flare. 

Confident in prints and subdued splashes of colour, all her outfits exude a natural elegance. Lush greens, aquamarines and purple crush drape and pleat into quintessential ELIE SAAB silk robes and gradient-tailored trouser suits, with delicate monogram brooch accents. Fresh oversized floral prints blossom into large billowing cotton capes with matching flowered shorts and crop tops. A collection-defining pale rose ombré silk kaftan emphasises effortless movement.

Midsommar is the folk festival that celebrates the gift of the summer. One of the most charming traditions is the collection of seven types of wildflowers – Septem Flores. The legend says that anyone lucky enough to find one of each should sleep with them under their pillow to dream of their future sweetheart. With this in mind, the brand played with elegant floral prints, capturing the natural beauty of the region.