For his 2009 couture runway in Paris, Lebanese designer Elie Saab decided to play around with his range in style, if not in color. Famously known for his breathtaking gowns that often grace the red carpet, Saab used this couture show to experiment with various lengths, silhouettes, and cuts to his pieces.
The overall theme for the collection, however, was purity, which was seen in the monochromatic palette. The all-white lineup, Saab noted, was inspired by Art Nouveau master Alphonse Mucha and architecture. Saab channeled these structural elements through multiple draping effects and the meticulous placement of sequins, feathers, or paillete fringe.
The pieces themselves covered Saab's regular ground of whimsical, floor-sweeping gowns, but also included a bevy of crisp separates, as well as heavily embellished minidresses. Many attendees wondered, by the end of the show, if Saab had not also gleaned some inspiration from Chanel. The French label held their couture show in the same space behind the Ritz Carleton last season, and coincidentally featured all white collection as
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