Elie Saab‘s first runway show in two years blossomed with flowers from a Mediterranean summer. The Lebanese designer’s Spring/Summer 2022 couture collection draws inspiration from the “beauty, heritage, and charm” of the Mediterranean landscape, and offers Saab’s vision of Eden on Earth.
With his signature gowns now elevated, skirts are even fuller, covered entirely in petal-like feathers. In a few firsts for the designer, Saab experimented with satin, shorter hemlines, and saturated hues instead of the usual muted palette. Shades of fuchsia and red charted a journey from dawn to dusk, while refreshing chartreuse, sea green and blue represented the sun setting on the ocean. Feminine mermaid tails, plunging necklines, and thigh-high slits offered a contrast against the sharp shoulders “like colonnades of ancient temples” that sat on top of slinky and billowing dresses. Necklines were also accentuated with floral appliqués made to look like bouquets, and sleeves were extended to form gloves embroidered with sequins. Fun to both, look at and wear, some pieces featured Greek and Roman-inspired tassels and fringe, while others displayed the house’s signature craftsmanship in the silk braided into intricate patterns. As for the Elie Saab bride, the dress was a pearl white creation with a floor-grazing round skirt, paired with a sheer shawl featuring an interplay of shimmering embroidery and feathers.
Take a look at the best pieces from Elie Saab’s Spring/Summer 2022 couture collection below.