2009 March 12
(PARIS) Elie Saab
The Lebanese designer is the ultimate master of photogenic red carpet showstoppers, so it was surprising to see a show in which only about five to seven gowns were made for the flashbulbs. Instead, Saab focused primarily on daywear and the needs of his affluent international consumers. Those strong looks included a variety of two-tone silhouettes for jackets, pants, and well-tailored skirts. The day looks were often embellished with sparkle or luxe furs and geometric necklaces. Nearly every huge model currently in Paris walked the show--and looked a bit older than her age, as the show was clearly designed to please the sophisticated Saab follower with a deep wallet and a summerhouse in the Southern Riviera. But the message by Saab was clear: for a Cannes premiere or the Oscars customers can pick his couture, and for a restaurant date with their husband, they now have his ready-to-wear.
Collette Dinnigan looks better than ever, thanks to a Fall collection heavy on the pretty little pieces treated with dark colors and flashy embellishments. The well-edited collection of 24 looks--mostly in black, grey and shades thereof--exemplified gamine daywear at its sexiest and most sinister, with transparent lace blouses that are definitely not safe for work. Several deco elements, including sequined shoulder flourishes and a diamante belt and collar, juiced up the eveningwear. The last look--a black gown with a tulle skirt and asymmetrical straps--will feel exactly right on a red carpet.
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