Elie Saab Autumn/Winter 19-20 Haute Couture collection finds a wealth of inspiration from China and East Asia. These cultures are rich in symbolism, drawings that have intrigued for centuries. Elements highlighting nature, mystical creatures and divine characters sparked the curiosity of the designer in Charms of China.
Using signature embroidery techniques and know-how, Elie Saab re-imagined mesmerizing traditional Chinese drawings. He created patterns in sequins, diamante, and explosions of color. They are Maison’s abstract depictions of fauna and flora.
Throughout the collection, strong shapes and volumes are balanced out with softer fabrics. Plays on transparency, allow the vibrant and intricate embroidery to pop out, effortlessly drawing a timeless tale of goddesses from one piece to another.
The collection also puts emphasis on blown-up and fan-shaped shoulders, that allude to heavenly wings. Draped sleeves and capes that descend off-the-shoulder, leading into long trains that flow to the ground, thus creating the illusion of angelic forms.
Imperial-inspired amulets, topped with a dragon, come in to further capture the essence of this faraway inspiration. Golden accessories featuring leaves and feathers are complemented with ruby-red, blue and emerald stones, taking the form of earrings and tri-circle crowns. The high heels are a combination of gold leather counters, divine velvet at the toe, and transparent, diamond-studded straps.
The elements delicately stitched to every piece allow this Elie Saab collection, to create its unique take on the undying mysteriousness of women. Women who shine in their softness and elegance. They also embody strength and power, inherited from their divine protectors.