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On finding your niche, and making the most of it | Elie Saab: an overview

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ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

Yeah, I don’t really have a good reason for posting any of these images (which, by the way, are all from Style.com). I just felt like taking a bit of a beauty break, you know?

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled reviewing, flailing, and photo-taking shortly, but in the meantime, here are a few of my favourite Elie Saab pieces from the past few seasons. The Elie Saab aesthetic may not be the most innovative, or the most exciting, but I absolutely love the delicate embellishments and ethereal, flowing silhouettes that are repeated so often in the line.

I think, for many, that Elie Saab seems like a bit of a one trick pony. I prefer to look at it another way, however: the familiar, recognizable couture collections are a wonderful example of finding your niche and working with it, exploring its depths to their fullest extent before moving onto new textiles, new colour palettes, new shapes.

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How breathtaking is that dress on the left? I would love to see that on the red carpet — I think it would be perfect for someone like Claire Danes.

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Same with the dress on the right, here — but I think it’s better suited to someone who’s more of a risk-taker, no?

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Oh, and with the reds — I loved seeing these against the red runway; it usually doesn’t work, but the glossy floors and lighting really helped provide contrast.

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A bit of variation…

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The dress on the left. Perfection. 

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Jumping back in time: Autumn/Winter 2011-2012 Ready to Wear

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This beautiful maroon! And Karlie, of course — always a mainstay at Elie’s shows.

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There’s always a bit more variation in the silhouette in Elie’s RTW collections. I love how these LBDs are variations upon the same theme.

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And, finally, Autumn/Winter 2012-2013. How stunning is that sheer number on the right?

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I loved the opulent detail work in this collection — especially in the dress on the right, it makes me think of precious metals, melting.

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And the necklines, of course: I don’t think I’ve ever seen a high, sheer neckline done better.

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I have no words for how much I loved the reversed gold belts in this collection. (See them in better detail in this video).

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Oh, and always: the bride.

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