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RUNWAY REPORT.....Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week: Elie Saab Couture A/W 2011

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Ice, Ice Baby: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
Elie Saab is criticized for making collections that are safe and often repetitive. Often you could interchange one season for another and not really tell the difference. This collection is no exception in that Saab sticks to his trademark of sending out beautifully crafted gowns and cocktail dresses that look as if they are floating down the runway. I, for one, have no problem with his aesthetic and I am sure his many clients in Dubai and China don't mind it either. Yes, while watching the video you do get a bit glassy eyed from all the continuous hand beaded concoctions, but the House of Elie Saab is certainly giving all there couture clients (and Red Carpet Actresses) plenty of options, and letting them feel comfortable that their dress will be unique from the others.
Ballerina Chic: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
For Fall/Winter 2011 (Yes, this is Saab's version of Fall! No fur and wool for this client!) there were a few themes that stood out in the collection. Elie made the beading lighter and more transparent with breathtaking beading on the most delicate chiffon that he draped and pleated across the body. Also, there was a Ballerina feel to his cocktail dresses with short skirts that were pleated and full. This might be a Fall/Winter 2011 Haute Couture trend alert.
Caplet Queen: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
Probably the most standout trend of the collection was the open backs on many of the dresses. Unfortunately not apparent in the photos (make sure to watch the video below), the gowns and cocktail dresses had stunning backs that were completely open, delicately draped or open with delicate shear caplets. Below are more looks from the collection:
Bronze and Beaded: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
Blouson Couture: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
Blue Shear: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
One Shoulder Goddess: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011
Click below to watch the entire Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2011 Runway Show:

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