ELIE SAAB Ready-to-Wear Spring/Summer 2013. Paris. Photos provided by Elie Saab. Text by Baille Gelwicks.
An almost color-blocked collection in sequence, Elie Saab preferred to keep it monochromatic for spring with just a splash of patterned looks. Every year we see a number of trends reappear on the runway, but every year they are reinvented. This season, Elie Saab made the shoes, bags, and clothing match perfectly in color instead of different shades of the same hue. Wearing one color head-to-toe would look heavy during fall and winter seasons with pants and tights covering the skin However, matching colors head-to-toe work for spring because skin-revealing cuts break up the monotony of one color. This is a great look to take to the office while also staying fashion forward.
The silhouettes were simple and classic. Silk button-down blouses complimented bootleg cut trousers and slim pencil skirts. Shift dresses ruled the runway, each with their own twist. Peek-a-boo detailing at the shoulders, flowy sheer fabric on sleeves that flowed down the sides of the dress, bandage details, thin belts, and clever pleating on the bodice made these shifts anything but ordinary. Bandage detailing was not only found on these dresses but could been seen on each pencil skirt as well. Here’s looking at you Herve Leger!
Elie Saab went with a distinct diamond formation that was either outlined in a complimentary color or the same matching hue as the skirt. Pleated peplum cropped jackets accented silk shorts and full skirts nicely. Long, flowy printed chiffons were a refreshing contrast from the structure of the monochromatic pieces. The carefree style of the printed pieces was also a breath of fresh air in this otherwise structured monotone collection. Not only do the sophisticated shapes keep an otherwise trendy theme classic, the accessories did as well. Satchels, small cross-body bags, ankle straps and t-strap heels complemented the collection and gave it a timeless look. The trousers, skirts and dresses can be worn to the office and the patterned pieces for nights out on the town. You just can’t go wrong here.