Elie Saab infused his Resort collection with glamour of the early ’70s California showcasing a bohemian style through floral palm prints and embroideries in the shape of abstract palm leaves on blouses, dresses and gowns. “Shady days and bright nights” is what he’s calling it.
Embellished eveningwear is expected from the Lebanese designer and he had his bases covered with beaded gowns and jumpsuits. The Elie Saab Resort 2016 collection features a more refreshing take with feminine free-spirit of broderie anglais maxidresses and silk caftan capes that channeled chic bohemia.
The designer, whose work almost always emphasizes the waist, moved out of his comfort zone a bit, showing empire silhouettes alongside the more expected pleated-bodice gowns, hip-skimming embroidered jumpsuits, and lace-tipped tuxedo pants. One of Saab’s great skills is perfectly executing popular trends, as he demonstrated with one of the collection’s hero pieces: a striped ball gown.
Although forever rooted in evening, the brand sees a lot of opportunity in “high day,” which is retail jargon for dressy clothes meant to be worn when the sun is still shining. Little lace dresses in fetching colors like beigy pink and rust red showed once again that Saab knows how to make things look just right.