Oct. 01 - The Lebanese designer creates a lace and floral landscape for Spring/Summer 2014. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
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STORY: Lebanese designer Elie Saab took inspiration from spring and blossoming gardens for his ready-to-wear collection for Spring/Summer 2014, unveiled in Paris on Monday (September 30).
The colors were those of flowers, such as camellia white, eglantine rose, bougainvillea and verdant green. Fabrics were patterned with flower motifs and needlepoint lace was used to imitate delicate foliage.
Saab showed off the feminine silhouette by accenting waists and shoulders. He replaced tight skirts with looser ones in tulle and light fabrics, which Saab said should be in every woman's wardrobe this season.
The Lebanese designer is an established name when it comes to haute couture in the Middle East, dressing princesses in his glamorous, crystal-encrusted gowns at his Beirut atelier, which he opened in 1982 at the age of 18.
He launched his ready-to-wear label in 1998, which possesses the same feminine aesthetic as his couture line. Saab famously dressed American actress Halle Berry in a peek-a-boo embroidered gown for the Academy Awards in 2002 when she won the award for Best Actress.