Paris jour 4 – Elie Saab AW16/17

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▽ Free bird

I love Elie Saab. His sons went to my school and I interned in his Haute Couture studio for a summer, so I do have quite to connection to him. He is a national pride in Lebanon and he gives all of us Lebanese designers hope that with hard work you can achieve anything. I have heard he is lovely and he treats his workers like friends. When I was interning there, I remember the atmosphere more than anything. The love and friendship between the workers were striking and the loyalty they all had for Saab was lovely. And let’s not forget the dreamy dresses and the details and the craftsmanship of each piece, which would make any regular lady swoon.

We have been seeing a shift in Elie Saab’s goal customer over the last few collections. He has been moving away from the usual glamorous uptown lady and leaping towards a younger edgier women. He hired the Danish singer MØ to perform at the show while models walked the catwalk in edgy outfits embodying the free-spirited woman.

“Kendall Jenner [(again)] wore a gown in an abstract cloudy and crimson sky print under a black leather motorcycle jacket. A long, black cutaway jacket with lace trim came over a black Victorian blouse and skinny pants tucked into purple suede boots with black tassel trim” (, 2016).

Saab is most likely jumping on the trendy train to reach a younger audience, but does it in a way that keeps him true to his aesthetics.

Elie Saab, my compatriot, I salute you.


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