While blooms and flowers may not come to mind for fall/winter collections, Elie Saab‘s couture creations have always brought about escapism. For his latest, the Lebanese couturier aimed to manifest the world as he sees it and as he wants it to be.
Here, five things to know about Elie Saab’s fall/winter 2021-22 couture collection.
The collection is inspired by Impressionist observations
The designer is an Impressionist at heart, and much like his other collections, he expresses his perceptions of nature rather than creating exact representations in this line, depicting tacit imperatives of taste and conscience through the pieces.
The collection’s muse is blooming flora
Nature-inspired elements dominate the collection through foliage headpieces and rose-bow belts. Blush plissé is layered into spherical silhouettes to resemble petals while a celestial blue bride dress is embroidered with floral lace.
The collection emanates a perennial hope
Each gown is sewn with flower patterns that symbolize a future abundant with possibility, signaling that it is time to achieve, prosper, and blossom. Embroidered buds and branches that emerge and unfold across each piece are emblematic of rebirth and renewal, in hope of a better tomorrow.
The collection combines bold colors with light pastels
Bold taffeta asymmetric gowns with oversized off-the-shoulder in saturated reds, blues, pinks and plum, fade into soft off-white and pastel crepe capes. Feathers of every color flutter to create bouquets ballgowns and bombers that rustle and sway, evoking windy fields of flowers.
The couture has fresh textures and volumes
Beaded petals vine through pastel muslins and organza, redefining feminine curves. Black and red velvets hug contours in alternating waves of opaque and transparency, with layers of chartreuse silk. Three-dimensional flowers stem out of neck and shoulder lines, adding to the collection’s lavish textures and rich volumes.