While many of Spring 2019‘s runways have been dominated by punk-infused leathers, 80s-imbued minis, and avant-garde suiting, Elie Saab instead took inspiration from the season itself. The Lebanese designer offered up a bouquet of blooms in his Spring collection, presented at Paris Fashion Week on Saturday – however, forget thoughts of sugary pink blossoms and fairytale buds. Instead, the couturier explored a darker side of botanicals, casting vibrant prints against dark backgrounds.
As one expects from Saab, there was still an ethereal lightness overall, with fluid silks, diaphanous organzas, and delicate lace woven throughout. It created a refreshing contrast to the street-inspired collections of runways across Paris, Milan, and London, where sporty silhouettes have infiltrated the upcoming season.
That’s not to say that the Damour-born designer only only looked inside the greenhouse for Spring. Rockier, laser-cut leather pieces made an appearance, as did 90s-inspired slips, ultra-glam sequins, and safari-ready tailoring. Embroidery ranged from the subtle to the ornate, while a series of pale leopard-print looks, juxtaposed against narrow stripes, tapped into a key trend of this season and the next. Striped, pleated sequin gowns, block-colour dresses, and refined, feminine suiting rounded out the collection, though the clashing, almost microscopic, florals were the stand-out element of the night. Romantic, whimsical, yet still strong, the collection was an accomplished ode to Mother Nature.
Scroll through the gallery above to discover more from Elie Saab’s Spring 2019 collection, or peruse the slides before for an exclusive look at what went down backstage before the show began.