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Elie Saab's promise of spring

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:19

Jan. 22 - The Lebanese designer finds a new way to flatter the woman's silhouette. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Accentuated hips made the women's silhouettes even more feminine at Lebanese designer Elie Saab's couture collection unveiled in Paris on Wednesday (January 22). The show took place in a packed room in the Theatre de Chaillot, standing right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Entitled 'Promise of Spring,' the Spring/Summer 2014 collection made of 48 looks featured no trousers but only dresses, most of them long. The colors were inspired by blooming flowers, such as hydrangea blue or poppy red. Light fabrics such as tulle and organza floated around the models and crystals delicately embroidered reflected light on the long trains. Saab said this time he focused his work on finding new volumes to flatter the woman's silhouette, emphasizing hips to make waists appear even thinner. The audience burst into applause for a flower printed bustier dress with panniers highlighting the hips. Saab, who is known for his red carpet creations, said his couture gowns were always worn for special occasions, for events important to women, mainly weddings. Although probably the most famous Lebanese designer and a pride of the Middle East region, Elie Saab said his clientele was from all around the globe, with Middle-Eastern clients representing only some 25 percent of the global buyers. Saab's gowns have been regulars on the red carpet since 2002, when the designer was thrust into the limelight after Halle Berry accepted an Academy Award wearing his burgundy gown with a full skirt and see-through top. He has been showing couture collections in Paris for the last decade.

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Elie Saab's promise of spring

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 - 01:19