Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012

10/07/2012

Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
What is the point of Haute Couture? Essentially, to have something unique, designed by a talented individual and meticulously made by les petites mains. Having a haute couture outfit was a privilege for a selected few simply because their social status wouldn’t allow anything other than couture. That’s what Haute Couture was in the past.

Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Things have changed quite a bit since the times of Schiaparelli, Poirot and Coco Chanel, though, and now Haute Couture is something seen as fashion art, not something to put on every morning.

This is why I really did struggle through the latest Haute Couture week and a certain collection in particular. I really wanted (desperately needed) something more than an archival cigarette pant suit or an ill-fitted dress…

Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
You see, my expectations of a Haute Couture collection is seeing a fairy tale, a dream, something incredibly special that makes us forget those suits and skirts we see enough of on a daily basis, and instead, just for a moment, imagine what it would be like to be a princess.

Elie Saab gave me this opportunity. I doubt there would be a woman who wouldn’t want to be wrapped in clouds of silk organza encrusted with sequins that look like myriads of tiny falling stars, highlight the natural glow of her skin in blush pink gold leafed jacquards, feel a touch of delicate Chantilly lace or a cooling velvety soft stream of floating silk fabric against her bare skin. It was the most sensual, beautiful and magical show of the week for me. The one I would definitely remember, for all the good reasons.

Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012
Photo source: Elie Saab Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2012 via stylebistro.com

8 comments:

  1. I somehow knew this was the other couture collection you would want to write about even before I read the name in your comment. I understand what you say about not erasing the line between the two. Don't get me wrong, I want my share of fairy tale gowns too, and these are so much part of haute couture. But I want something else too, something to remind me that haute couture is fashion's laboratory. xo

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  2. Elie Saab is simply exquisite. I haven't seen a collection from there's that I don't like. HaHa It sparkles, shines and is ultra feminine. With a lot of the other collections, I feel I've seen some of those things before. I know I'm going off the subject, but I've been a bit disappointed in the Fall ad campaigns. They've been more miss than hit. LOL I understand how you feel.
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  3. Elie Saab was a dream indeed, but like @classiq I was actually very happy to see a more wearable couture at the likes of Dior. I know you miss Galliano, but I am looking fwd to seeing the spin Raf will give it (although I hope Galliano will somehow design again eventually!). The result of the economic crisis i suppose?

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  4. I love that first detail photo, what a beautiful angle. Of all the prettiness on the couture runway, Elie Saab was my favourite. Apart from the dresses I loved all these thin belts.

    Sometimes I wish I would wake up in a world were everyone was wearing couture ... wouldn't that be wonderful. Off to dreaming ... sigh ;-)

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  5. Great shows, always like this!



    Théa Unknown
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  6. Couture is ´´Fashion´s laboratory´´.................just avery good woords from Classiq:-)*

    And it's true,dear Little Rus,to be a princess that's a FEELING wich you can get onbly by Couture!!!

    I like your post so very much,
    Hugs,
    ***Violetta***

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  7. Beautiful collection, I would like to have one of those dresses.

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  8. Natalia, I agree with you because I think I belong to the group that sees haute couture as a fairy tale world. This does not mean that I want to see dresses that are unwearable in real life. However, given the amazing quality of certain pret-a-porter collections, couture should go a step further and be the pure form of craftmanship and luxury. And let us dream and see something exceptional.

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