If we take a look at Elie Saab’s recent collections we’ll see lots of the 1970s “Studio 54” style, Victorian style and Indian style, but today it seems he’s all about – Egypt, and not the Egypt of today, but Egypt of a hundred years ago.
For those who follow this remarkable Lebanese designer, who lives in Beirut, it doesn’t come as a surprise that he turned to the golden era of the Arab world to transform the Egypt fashion.
When the Vogue journalist asked him why Egypt, he said at that time people were able to express themselves through journalism, theater, art, music, and cinema.
They transformed Egypt in a to a progressive state which allowed Arabic culture and fashion to boom. So this is his way to pay respect to that era.
This is why he embellished his “Look 24” collection with sailing boats along the Nile River and the palm trees of Domyat city.
Elie said that the base of his new silk tulle gown base has over 1000 embroideries and 5000 sequins, all hand stitched – taking 140 hours on the embroideries alone. It took him three weeks to finish the dress.
While on the runway, it seemed that the tulle on the dress almost disappeared as it fitted the stage of trees, the river and clouds perfectly.
Although most critics thought that Saab offered a typical “Haute Couture” experience the show had a pretty massive list of international clients and celebrities who came to support and see what Saab had to offer.
It won’t be the Oscar figurine who will shine at this year’s Academy Award, as we expect lots of celebrities to wear the new Saab’s Egypt-style gowns at the event.
If you’re trying to find something to shield your eyes from the sunshine, Saab also has another surprise for your – a jewel-encrusted shades, which (of course!) match the beading on his dresses.