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March 11, 2009

Spring Trend Alert: The Hourglass

It’s not only time to embrace your womanly curves, it’s time to enhance them too; cinched waists and big hips are the new shape and it’s great! Fuller skirts, belts looped around the waist and high, high heels make this look work to its fullest potential. The whole look should be polished, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun and make it interesting. Look for unique folds and manipulation in fabrics to make it your own.

trendss09-hourglassFrom left to right: Naeem Khan, Byblos, Christian Dior, Isaac Mizrahi and Marc Jacobs

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March 3, 2009

Runway Favourite S/S 09: Reem Acra RTW

Reem Acra drew inspiration for her Spring/Summer collection from the ideas of a fairytaile and a royal castle. The look was less princess and more electric Taj Mahal – which was a fresh take on the normally glam look. Her collection was great, with an array of vibrant colours, and sparkling embellishment, giving hope and a dreamlike quality to those worried with the world. Here are some of my favourite pieces from the latest show by Reem Acra.

reemacra-printsPrints were a big part of this season’s runways, and Reem Acra showed some gorgeous prints in her collection. Either bold and shiny, or subtle and artistic, these pieces are all wonderful. I especially love the watercolour look on the white dress (center), as well as the far right picture.

reemacra-coloursColours are definately a favourite during the spring/summer runways, and the splash of colour on Reem Acra’s runway was refreshing. Her no-holds barred approach to the colour palette is wonderful, giving almost every colour a chance. My favourites? The sexy orange dress that will get you notice at any party, and the green shirtdress that’s soft yet fun.

reemacra-neutralsNeutrals always work well as a backdrop to spring’s bright colours. Some are versatile withing your wardrobes, while other pieces demand only a few bright accessories. I love the heavy mini-dress that works for chilly nights, and the simple jacket glamed up with embellishment.

March 1, 2009

More Diversity in New York

Filed under: Fashion, Model Moments — Tags: , , — xfrenchx @ 2:26 am

More positive progress in the fashion industry was quite apparent at this season’s New York Fashion Week, as the number of ethnic models increased. According to statistics, of the 3,697 spots in shows or presentations by 116 labels, 668 were filled by models of color, about 18 percent. It may not sound like a big deal, but that’s a whole 6 percent better than last year’s runways.

There were 668 models of ethnicity hired; 41 percent were black, 36 percent were Asian, 22 percent were Latina, and one percent were other ethnicities. There were about 160 opening and closing slots in shows; Latina models opened and closed five times, Asian models three times, and black models ten times. Of all the shows presented, only 6 shows in total had zero models of colour. On the other hand, there were 19 shows that cast zero black models.

The controversy concerning the “lack” of “ethnic” models grows with each season, and while I support the concept of making the runways more diverse, there are many problems within both sides of the “argument”. To begin, it bothers me that people seem to think that ethnicity only belongs to people of colour. Everyone in the world is part of an ethnicity, so technically every model on the runway is “ethnic” – white girls included. If you look at the models individually, you will see that the runways are very diverse – many models come from Brazil, Russia, Canada, England and many other countries, all with their own culture, beliefs and history.

Another barrier in the fashion industry is, and always will be size. Over the years, there have been many angry people who insist that models are too thin and that it is the responsibility of the industry to change the image that they “choose” to portray. Well first of all, design is an art and as an artist, every designer has the right to portray their art as they see fit. On a more solid argument, there is a lot more to it than just hiring “bigger” models. Every designer works within the industry standards – the technical aspects of design all rely on the same measurements – our patterns, our mannequins and our samples are all made to fit one single size – and that’s what size the models need to be in order to fit into the clothing.

Add height restrictions to the required size of a model, and you’ve got two large barriers that can highly affect the amount of “ethnic” models on thr unway. Of course every nationality has a wide variety of body types, and I would never give into the prejudices of difference races, but your background can definately impact your body shape. The height requirement in the modeling industry is generally 5’8 – though I could not get a definite fact, research seem to suggest that the average Asian woman is only 5’4, which may explain the lack of Asian models in the industry. Though this number is definately growing and the few Asian models in the industry have found great success, it’s not likely that the numbers will ever be very high. Size barriers can certainly be an issue for many women of ethnicity when it comes to curves – a women who normally seen as thin may be too big in the hip or bust area when it comes to modeling.

All in all, there are barriers in modeling to women of all ethnicities, and the amount of women eligible for modeling is quite slim in comparison to the world population. While I do hope that more ethnicities can soon enter the world of modeling at a higher rate, I choose to have a realistic view of the standards. With the growing number of countries hosting their own “Next Top Model” series, the opportunity for women who meet the standards is growing, and it would be a great success to see models of many different cultures grace runways and magazine covers across the world.

February 13, 2009

Fashion’s 10 Models To Watch

Years ago, top designers of the fashion industry relied on a small circle of top models who were on a one-name basis with fashion and people all over the world. Today, in a time where everyone is looking for the next big thing, models go in and out of style as often as the fashion trends themselves. Sure there are a few big models who thrive in the industry, who have the staying power to outlive the normal 2-5 year span of a top model; but even these women have seen fewer runways each year. Today, a great model is a dime a dozen, but those great models are definately out there. The new millenium has seen a large assortment of models every year, but there will always be the favourites. Following in the foosteps of some greats like Natalia Vodianova, Jessica Stam, Daria Werbowy and Gemma Ward, this season is seeing some favourites pop up already. Here are the top 10 faces to watch on the upcoming runways.

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Constance Jablonski – Born in France in 1990, Constance is signed to both Elite Model Management and the Marilyn Agency. She entered the French Elite Model Look contest in 2006, after which she quickly signed with Elite in Paris. Two years later she obtained a contract with the Marilyn Agency. Constance made her debut at the spring BCBG Max Azria show in New York, in September of 2008; she also walked for Diane Von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Matthew Williamson, and Marchesa. She then went on to open and close the spring Blugirl by Blumarine show, and open for La Perla later that September. In October she walked her first Paris Fashion Week for Dries Van Noten, Lanvin, Louis Vuitton, Nina Ricci, and Vivienne Westwood. Later that month, Constance appeared in the Italian Marie Claire editorial, photographed by Max Cardelli. In November of that year, she landed her first cover on the Italian magazine Amica, and then appeared in a Numéro editorial, one of Italy’s biggest magazines, where she was photographed by Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello. Constance wrapped up a very successful first year by appearing in an Italian Vogue editorial, photographed by Steven Meisel. She began the new year with a bang, as she walked the runway for the Givenchy Spring Couture show in January of 2009. Shortly after, she becomes one of the faces of D&G, alongside Ariel Meredith and Imogen Morris Clarke, photographed by famed fashion photographer Mario Testin, then lands spring ad campaigns for Topshop and Donna Karan. This month saw her in editorials for W and Russian Vogue. You can expect to see her throughout fashion week in New York, and next month she will appear in an editorial for Teen Vogue.

danieladejesusDaniela de Jesus – Born in Mexico in 1986, Daniela is proof that not all models have to be super-skinny to find success; her curves and beautiful features had casting directors worried that she would be too sexy for this industry – which was a chance a certain photographer was willing to take. Bruce Weber is one of Daniela’s biggest supporters, and has shot an impressive 30-page editorial spread of Daniela in Italian Vogue. Daniela is known mainly for her curvy, womanly body and her gorgeous eyes. She began her career in 2007, gaining experience through catalogue work; later that year she officially signed contracts with Major Models in New York and Milan. She then scored her first editorial in Italian Vogue. In 2008 she appeared in the Italian Maxim – a magazine that is not very known for fashion models. Shortly after she was the focus of two major modeling websites, Models.com and TheImagist.com, and she landed an ad for Abercrombie & Fitch which was photographed by her friend Bruce Weber. She wrapped up the year walking the runways of Chado Ralph Rucci, Mara Hoffman, Marchesa, Vena Cava, and Verrier at New York Fashion Week. She began the new year by doing the pre-fall show for Giambattista Valli in Florence, and appearing in her infamous 30-page spread in Italian Vogue. She now lives in New York. It is with great hope that Daniela finds great success in her career, in order to help pave the way for a change on the runways around the world.

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Eden Clark – Born in England in 1989, Eden Clark is a familiar face without a name. She was discovered a bit over a year ago at a music festival, and she signed with One Model Management. Eden is most known for her androgynous looks and full lips.  She made her offical debut in 2007 as an exclusive, where she walked the spring Burberry show. A month later she was profiled on Hintmag.com as a rising star in the modeling scene. In February of 2008, Eden’s career began to blow up; she was first photographed by Steven Meisel for an editorial in Italian Vogue. She walked the Fall runways for Burberry, Prada and Marni shows, followed by the Miu Miu show as an exclusive. Later that year she becomes the new face of Kenzo, and replaces Iekeliene Stange as the face of Burberry Black Label. Fall 2008 saw Eden obtain her first opening on the runway in Paris for the spring Gaspard Yurkievich show. She was also photographed by Emma Summerton in November for the cover of British Vogue. Ending a great year in fashion, Eden leaves One Model Management in New York and signs instead with Supreme Management. Eden currently lives and works out of London, England.

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Emma McLaren – Born in England in 1991, Emma McLaren is one of those models you can’t take your eyes off of – she’s odd looking in an alien kind of way, but she’s so delicate and doll-like at the same time (she is very much like Gemma Ward). She is most known for her high cheekbones and big, blue eyes. Emma began her to climb the modeling ladder in 2007 when she signed with Ford Models in Paris and the Why Not Agency in Milan. She made her professional debut in February of 2008, opening for the fall Ashley Isham and Allegra Hicks shows in London. Two months later, Emma appeared in a British Marie Claire editorial, photographed by Bruno Ripoche, which was followed by an editorial in Glamour magazine. It was during 2008 that she signed with DNA Model Management in New York and then signed a fragrance contract with Cacharel, ads photographed by Corinne Day. She was featured on the website Hintmag.com as a rising star. Fall of 2008 proved to be Emma’s busiest time. In September she appeared in another British Marie Claire editorial, photographed by Jonty Davies; she walked her first New York Fashion Week for top designers Donna Karan, Erin Fetherston, ThreeAsFour, Diane Von Furstenberg, Marc Jacobs, and Michael Kors and closed the spring Bottega Veneta show in Milan. She also walked for the Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Givenchy, and Lanvn shows. October saw Emma appear in a beauty editorial in British Glamour, while Models.com featured her as a top-ten newcomer and the Worcester News also pegged her as a rising star. Next she was featured on the cover of  French L’Officiel, and was photographed by Inaki for the fall issue of French Revue de Modes. She started off the new year by doing yet another beauty editorial in British Glamour. Shortly after she became the sole face for Bottega Veneta, and landed an ad campaign for Moschino Cheap & Chic. Emma McLaren lives and works out of London, England.

georgiebaddielGeorgie Baddiel – Born in Burkinabe in 1988, Georgie has not had a huge success of modeling. Although she has walked some major runways and there has been talk of wanting to diversify the industry much more, she is yet to have her career take off. She began her career as Miss Africa 2005, and it wasn’t until two years later that she signed with her first agency, Storm in London. She made her modeling debut in September of 2007 at the spring Ben de Lisi, Duro Olowu, and Jasper Conran shows in London. Following in 2008, Georgie signed with her second agency, Muse Management in New York and immediately began working more. First, in January of 2008, she appeared in an editorial for the French magazine Biba, followed by walking the fall runways for the Diane von Furstenburg, Marc Jacobs, Issey Miyake, Louis Vuitton, and Chado Ralph Rucci shows in New York and Paris in February. The next month saw Georgie appear in an editorial for Essence magazine, and Models.com featured her on their website after booking the Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton shows. In April, the site did another story headlined “Gorgeous Georgie”. That same month she appeared in a Russian Vogue editorial, photographed by Mark Pillai. In May she appeared in an editorial in Interview magazine, which was photographed by Sebastien Kim. After a summer of no work Georgie appeared again in September, closing the spring 3.1 phillip lim and Halston shows in New York; she also walks the runways for Oscar de la Renta, Bottega Veneta, Chado Ralph Rucci, Dries van Noten, and Louis Vuitton. Although Georgie hasn’t worked since, she is expected to be on the runways of fashion week. It is with great hope that she finds her way back into the mainstream of modeling, in order to help continue the growing amount of ethnic models, that will help pave the way for a more diversified industry in the future.

hyonikang03Hyoni Kang – Born in Korea in 1987, Hyoni is one of the very few Asian models in the industry that has found large success. Her career began when she won the Ford Supermodel of the World contest on January 16, 2008 – immediately giving her a contract with Ford Models. The next day, Models.com featured a story on Hyoni which also talked about the lack of Asian models in the industry. She made her debut in February of 2008, opening the fall 3.1 phillip lim show in New York; she also walked the runways for Brian Reyes, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Karen Walker. In April that year, she was featured on her first major cover, for Korean Vogue and modeled the cover alongside fellow Korean top model Hye Park. She resumed her career that summer, snagging an editorial all styled in Gucci in V magazine, along with an editorial in Teen Vogue, photogrpahed by Tom Allen. Two other big projects of 2008; Time magazine features Kang in their fall fashion issue as a rising star in modeling, and David Sims photographs her ads for Benetton. September of that year was Hyoni’s busiest time, beginning with her opening the spring Trovata show in New York and closing the spring Nanette Lepore show in New York, where she also walked for 3.1 phillip lim, DKNY, Halston, and Michael Kors. She later appeared in a Harper’s Bazaar editorial, photographed by Oliviero Toscaniand, then reappeared in Korean Vogue for an editorial with Chanel Iman, photographed by Hyea W. Kang. She began the New Year being photographed by Terry Richardson for Lacoste, alongside Alyona Osmanova and Tanya Dziahileva. She was last seen in an editorial for V magazine, which was photographed by Will Davidson. Hyoni now lives in New York, and she will be on the runways of New York Fashion Week.

nimuesmit03Nimue Smit – Born in the Netherlands in 1992, Nimue is known for her large eyes and her lips. She began her modeling career when she became a top-ten finalist in the Elite Model Look contest in Amsterdam. Almost immediately she was signed with Code Management in Amsterdam, and in 2008 she signed another contract with Women Management in Milan. She made her debut in September 2008 at the spring Prada show in Milan, and also walked for Marni. The following month Nimue opened as an exclusive at the spring Miu Miu show in Paris. Models.com responded by naming her a top-ten newcomer. She got off to a great start in 2009, when she became one of the faces of Prada, alongside Katrin Thormann and Sigrid Agren which was photographed by Steven Meisel, and then landing an ad campaign for Topshop, photographed by Max Farago. In January, she appeared in an editorial for Italian Vogue, photographed again by Steven Meise. Her latest work included editorials for Dazed & Confused, British Vogue, and Numéro, all of them in February.

rosecordero1Rose Cordero – Born in the Dominican Republic in 1992, Rose is very knew to the modeling industry. She is most known for her hair, but her ethnicity is a strong asset as well. Her career began in 2008, when she walked the runways at the Dominican Fashion Week; she quickly signed with Wilhemina Models in New York, but left the agency after the new year to sign with Supreme Management, followed by Women Management in Milan. On January 15, 2009 COACD.com featured Cordero on their website as a newcomer, along with TheImagist.com who featured Cordero as a rising star – and they were right. Although she has not done any high fashion work around the world yet, she is expected at New York Fashion Week and has already been pegged a favourite by many in the fashion industry.

stephaniecartaStephanie Carta – Born in Australia in 1987, Stephanie has won the hearts of the fashion industry for her well known pout. While attending high school in Brisbane, Australia, she was discovered by a stylist in 2005, when she moved to Sydney and signed with Chic Management. She began to model locally in Australia, and was interviewed by Fashion TV during the Australian Fashion Week. In 2007, Stephanie signed with Next Management in Paris and moved there when she was chosen to work with Nicholas Ghesquiere for five months, modeling for the Balenciaga look book. In 2008 she left Next and signed with Elite Model Management. Her first appearance was in January of 2008, when she walked the pre-fall Balenciaga show in New York. The following month she appeared on the fall runways for the Antonio Berardi, Balenciaga, Costume National, and Kenzo shows in Paris. She didn’t work again until that July when she closed for the resort show of Balenciaga in New York. She was also featured in Australian Vogue as a rising star alongside other Aussie models Alice Burdeu and Skye Stracke. The fall began with Stephanie closing the spring Bruno Pieters show in Paris; she also walked for Jil Sander, Dries van Noten, Balenciaga and Givenchy. On October 3 of 2008, Models.com features Carta as a top-ten newcomer. She started the new year off walking the Givenchy spring couture show in Paris. Her next job will be her appearances on the Fashion Week runways from this month.

ymrestiekemaYmre Stiekema – Born in the Netherlands in 1992, Ymre is most known for her blue eyes, full lips and the mole above them. Her career began when she finished runner-up in the 2007 EML World Model Finals; she quickly signed with Elite Paris, followed in 2008 by One Model Management in New York. Ymre made her debut in June 2008, when she opened at the spring Roberto Cavalli and Neil Barrett menswear shows in Milan. Her success was sealed when she became the new face of Prada Linea Rossa, and was photographed by Steven Meisel. On August 26, 2008 TheImagist.com featured Stiekema’s Prada campaign and on Prada’s future direction. She became one of the most talked about models of the season when she opened the spring Prada show in Milan. Two months later, Ymre appeared in an editorial for Italian Vogue, again being photographed by Steven Meise. Her new year began by renewing her contract with Prada, closing for the spring Valentino couture show in Paris, and walking the runway for the Christian Dior couture show. You can expect to see this blonde beauty on all the major runways for years to come. You can just tell.

February 9, 2009

Temperley London Virtual Collection

Filed under: Fashion, Fashion News — Tags: , , , , — xfrenchx @ 7:26 pm

temperleylondon1If you’re a Temperley London fan like me, you may be happy to hear that you will be able to see their next collection for free. Yes that’s right, I said FREE! While browsing the internet at some of my favourite websites, I happened to visit the Temperley London offical site. It was then that I found out about their Virtual Fashion Show invitations for their upcoming collection, which will preview at New York Fashion Week. While you may not be able to see the show from an extremely uncomfortable (but totally awesome!) front row seat, Temperley London is offering to send e-invitations to anyone who would like to see the show live online; which is almost just a good as seeing it, well, live. This is fantastic news for anyone who is fashion crazy, since normally you would have to wait a couple of days, sometimes weeks even, before you can get a glimpse at exlusive fashion shows. To obtain this wonderful offer, all you have to do is go to their website, click to enter, and right on the main page there will be an exclusive offer. Click on the “register now” link and fill in the small amount of info. From there they will send you your invite via email. The link below will take you to the website, or you can locate the link on my main page on the right hand side menu under “Fashion Links”. Enjoy!

Temperley London Website

#1 – Elie Saab

elie_saabElie Saab has become known for his elegant, luxury designs. He is one of the few true couturiers left in the world, and his unique visions of dreamlike gowns make him a long favourite among all women who adore absolute femininity. Saab was born in Beirut on July 4, 1964 with the gift of artistic talent. His interest in dressmaking began at the age of 9, and he spent much time as a young boy sketching for his sisters and making clothes out of tablecloths and curtains from home. Saab began pursuing his dream at only 18 years old, when he opened his first atelier in 1982. He immediately began his business designing exquisite evening gowns and intricately beautiful wedding dresses. He first showcased his talent at a Casino in Beirut, gaining great media coverage and raved reviews from an astonished press.

Saab’s couture house thrived in the 1980’s, attracting many princesses dying to wear his designs which were the epitome of glamour and sophistication. It was his distinct romanticism which gave his designs their appeal; they were cut close to the curves of a woman’s body and used exquisite details like beading and hand-embroidery. He combined these intricate details with beautifully feminine fabrics like silks, chiffon, mousseline and tulle. He just knew how to dress women beautifully, and could make anyone feel like a princess in his designs.

It was in the 90’s when Saab’s reputation spread internationally, allowing him to expand his business in Beirut and show his collections in Europe. In 1997, Saab was the first non-Italian to be invited to the Camera Nozina della moda, a very prestigious fashion event, which helped mark his place in the world of couture. He then began to show his collections in Rome during Fashion Week. In 1998 Saab launched his first Ready-to-Wear collection in Milan, to rave reviews. The collection was a huge success, selling in major fashion cities around the world.

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Two years later Saab opened a showroom in Paris, then showcased his collection in the city, causing wide recognition among Paris’ fashion elite. It was in 2002 that Saab gained celebrity status clientele, when Halle Berry took home an Oscar for best actress while wearing one of Saab’s gowns. Shortly after, Saab’s A-List clients expanded to the likes of Christina Aguilera, Teri Hatcher, Beyonce, Catherine Zeta-Jones and many more. His dresses are now regulars on the red carpet. He is also the long couturier of Queen Rania of Jordan.

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His breakthrough moment came when Saab showed his 2003 Couture line in Paris, as an officially invited member of prestigious Chambre Syndicale. Two years later he launched his expanded RTW line in Paris, which has now become his second home for fashion. In 2005, Saab opened his first boutique in his home of Beirut, where his five-floor modern building houses his Atelier, Couture, Accessory and Ready-to-Wear collections. Saab’s business continues to expand; he has just recently opened his first UK boutique at Harrod’s, where you can find his coveted gowns. Saab plans to expand even more in the future, hoping to open stores in major cities all over the world.

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Below I have dislpayed a preview from all of his collections that I could find, starting from 2003 up to 2008. Since Saab’s design aesthetic was more fitted to the world of Couture, he did not begin his RTW collections until 2006; so any collections before 2006 are only couture ones. Some collections had a lot more that I wanted to show, so there may be more of one season than another. I hope you enjoy his gorgeous collections as much as I do.

2003 Spring/Summer Couture

es2003-couture-ssHis first photogrpahed collection showcased Elie Saab’s strongest abilities – heavily adorned or printed gowns in flowing, heavenly fabrics. Saab knows how to accentuate a women’s body in his silhouettes, adding sexy details like deep necklines, high slits, cut-outs and sheer fabrics. His colour palette uses earthly tones such as browns, blacks, greens, yellows and blues.

2003 Fall/Winter Couture

es2003-couture-fwFor his next collection, Saab breaks out with embellishments and a pop of colour. He stays with his original design aesthetic, using feminine silhouettes and sexy detail. This colour palette is bold: bright blues, greens and purples, with steely neutral accents of greys and black.

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2004 Fall/Winter Couture

es2004-couture-fwHello ice princess! Saab’s dreamy creations continue in 2004, while he offers updated gowns and adds some refined elegance to his line. His short dresses almost rival his gowns as he shows women he can dress more than the red-carpet. A colour palatte based on whites and greys, with a rich contrast of greens, yellows and purples.

2005 Spring/Summer Couture

es2005-couture-ss-longdressThe gowns: If possible, Saab’s gowns get even girlier this season. He held nothing back in the way of detail, but shows the world he has the skills to drape like dream. The colour palette: COLOUR! An abundance of summer brights including orange, yellow, blue and pink.

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The short dresses: Saab uses all the beautiful embellishments of his gowns, mixed with the flirty appeal of showing some leg. They’re bright, they’re pretty and they’re free. Colours such as orange, yellow and white are perfect for the season.

2005 Fall/Winter Couture

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Dark tones present a mysterious, more mature colour palette in this collection, but the feminine details are still there. Saab takes a more refined appraoch to this collection, letting the manipulation of the fabrics tell the story. The palette features deep hues of green, red and blue, with an accent of black.

2006 Spring/Summer Couture

es2006-couture-ss-gownsThe gowns: Saab’s gown in 2006 truly went back to his roots. The gowns were all fit for a princess, with all the bows, lace, frills and fullness every girl could want. This collection is really something out of a fairy tale, with a colour palette of pastel blues and purples, while neutral accents add sophisticated versions of fantasy gowns.

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The short dresses: It’s hard to believe these dresses were part of the same collection as his gowns. For what lacks in length, Saab made up for in exquisite details that do all the talking; or should we say flirting! The colours: refined and elegant jewel tones such as gold and peridot come to life with sparkling embellishment, lace and bows.

2006 Fall/Winter Couture

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Proving that his skills don’t rely on adornment, Saab pulls it back just a notch and produces a feminine line that’s sleek and full of sophistication. Here he shows the fashion industry that his talent includes knowing not only how to dress a princess, but how to cater to the more refined buyer. The colour palette sets the tone with blacks, white gold and deep wine reds.

2006 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

es2006-rtw-ss-coloursThe Colours: Spring seems to make Saab flourish and break out the sunny brights. His first ready-to-wear collection debuts with an array of fun and flirty dresses with little to no decoration. Here he lets the construction do the talking, framing a women’s body in light, easy fabrics. The colours are the brightest of summer; greens, reds and pinks make you feel cute and confident.

es2006-rtw-ss-neutralsNeutrals: The building blocks of every wardrobe are redefined in sexy cuts and flowing fabrics. The short-to-long dresses have the glam for big nights out, with all the ease of a mini. The details are minimal, letting the construction shine through. Faithful black and an almost white gold hue make versatility bold.

es2006-rtw-ss-whitesWhite: This not-so-boring basic neutral is very dominant in this collection. Pearl and ivory whites are completely vamped up in girly summer dresses and cripsly pressed suits are staples for women of sopshitication. The white canvas sets the stage for bright accessories such as shoes and handbags, and their versatility makes them must-haves.

2006 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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Saab follows suit as the fashion industry takes a turn from the most girly of colours and adornments, to the much coveted minimalist look. Black and white make a strong statement, especially when used in the most ladylike fashion. Lace, frills, fur and fullness make this wardrobe anything but stark. Here we witness Saab as one of the first to introduce stockings into full trend.

2007 Spring/Summer Couture

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Back to the glitz and glamour of the orignal Saab aesthetic, his 2007 couture collection reminds us of what he does best. Embellishment, bows, frills and lace make another dramatic entrance into fashion. The colour palette is light and dreamy, silvers, light golds, pale blues and pinks.

2007 Fall/Winter Couture

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Saab’s construction and design are both prominent apsects of this collection. The colour palette is consists of simple, muted hues of nudes, greys and washed out colours such as purple. The details and embellishment is still there, but in a more refined and sophisticated way. The pleats, the gathering and the unique draping all scream classic elegance.

2007 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

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It’s not very often that you see a designer produce a collection like Saab’s 2007 s/s Ready-to-Wear line. The colour palette: Gold, gold and more gold; there was not a single other hue present in this collection. Normally a very daunting task, Saab excelled greatly with his gold collection. Where a collection would normally use repetition in their design, using alternate colours, Saab had to make every piece different in some way, while still making it cohesive. The collection was beautiful, one of his best to date.

2007 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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His next collection seemed to take a very dramatic turn from his usual ultra-girly gowns and dresses, offering instead an sexy, edgy look. The hemlines were shorter, the clothes tighter and the colours deep and dramatic. The colour palette consisted of black, purple and teal; leather and black tights were everywhere, and the cuts were either sexily slinky or super-tight. This fall runway showed everyone that Elie Saab has got some attitude.

2008 Spring/Summer Couture

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Probably my most favourite collection of Saab’s, the 2008 s/s couture show was nothing short of stunning. Couture is truly where he shines and his clothes are at his best; he just knows how to make a woman look beautiful and glamorous. Everything about this collection epitomized the true meaning of a lady; from the hourglass silhouette and the feminine details and embellishments, to the beautiful colour palette of warm yellows, golds, silvers and blues.

2008 Fall/Winter Couture

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Saab sends a strong statement with his fall couture show this year, with bold silhouettes and intricate details and construction. Continuing his trend of full silhouettes contrasted with streamlined cuts, Saab increases the intensity in every way. The full skirts and unique construction of his fabrics are chic dramatic. The intricate detailing of the lace, flowers and pleating create dreamy versions of simple gowns. The colour palette is strong and saturated; deep reds and purples with accents of muddy gold and silvers.

2008 Spring/Summer Ready-to-Wear

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This spring ready-to-wear collection was full of fun and flirty dresses for any woman. Florals, bows, frills and glitter make the most of late night beach dates, in airy farbics and tastefully revealing cuts. The colour palette speaks of all the summer pleasures; grass and fruits, water and rainbows – in reds, purples, greens and blues, with accents of white and black. The hemlines are short but classy and the arms are exposed.

2008 Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear

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This was a much more mature collection for Saab, full of clean lines and simple details. There was very little glitz and lace consisting mostly of precise draping and sharp construction. The silhouette was demure and cut close to the body; the hemlines were longer, while the entire collection showed much less skin. The colour palette was mostly achromatic, with muted tones of blue and red; the fabrics soft and supple, elegant but with ease of movement.

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Celebrities in Elie Saab

Elie Saab is no stranger to the red-carpet, as he has been dressing celebrities and royalty throughout his entire career. His girly, embellished gowns have become favourites for red carpet events, and it’s very likely for a celeb to end up on the best dressed list while donning one of his designs. Probably his biggest celebrity fan, Beyonce has worn many of his gowns and helped to popularize him among some of the most stylish women in hollywood.  Below you can see some of the celebrities who have graced the red carpet with all the glamour that comes with a Saab gown.

beyonceesOne of Beyonce’s most recent appearances had her shining in this gold Saab dress with a plunging halter neckline, high slit and flowing train. The dress made the most of Beyonce’s gorgeous curves, and the shimmery gold hue worked wonders for her skin tone.

beyonce-02Left: Beyonce wears one of Saabs full gown in mustard yellow for an on-stage performance. Right: The beautiful singer looks chic in this nude/gold strapless dress with mermaid skirt. The dress is gorgeous, with a retro glam aspect; the silhouette really hugs her curves and makes her shine.

beyonce-03Left: Beyonce really loves to stay withing the gold/brown family; it works so well with her skin and hair tones. This light gold dress is very typical of Saab and Beyonce, glamorous and chic, almost always embellished. The detail and draping on this dress really helps her stand out, and it works great on her body; none of the excess ruins her perfect curves. Right: Here she goes for a short nude dress, with all the details she loves in his gowns. It’s not her best Saab pick, but it’s very cute.

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Left: Beyonce looked stunning in this beautiful blue empire dress. The fitted style is great for her body, and all the frills and lace make it an eye-catcher. I love the bowtie waistline and girly details, but the colour especially shines against her skin tone. Right: Another blue masterpiece by Saab, this strapless gown with silver bodice is not Beyonce’s best colour, but it’s still very beautiful on her. The shape is what really does wonders for her, as it emphasizes her gorgeous curves in all the right ways.

ashantiinesAshanti was spotted wearing this sexy dress from S aab’s 2007 S/S ready-to-wear collection. The shape is very nice on Ashanti, and the light gold hue pops against her dark skin beautifully.

christinaainesChristina Applegate recently wore this beautiful, sparkly gown on the red carpet for the SAG awards. I love the classic style of the dress, mixed with a unique hemline. The dress is gorgeous and works well on her frame but I feel the light colour washes out her pale skin just a little bit.

dvtinesDita von Teese chose this very ladylike, sexy gold dress with lace detailing. I love everything about this dress, the length and silhouette are very chic; a perfect shape for an hourglass figure.

802705AREvangeline Lilly looked stunning in this fitted gold, strapless dress at the 2008 Emmy’s. The train in gorgeous, and the details glamorous; the shimmery gold is a show-stopper. I don’t feel it’s the best hue for her skin tone, but she was absolutely glowing.

halleberryinesHalle Berry looked very chic in this simple yet gorgeous gold number. The high bodice gives Halle a very long, lean figure and a small waist. I really love the pleating on the skirt, and the gold is a very nice hue for her skin tone.

halleberryines02Halle Berry is seen here in a short gold dress that is sexy, yet classy. The details on the top are beautiful, and I love how it’s balanced with a simple skirt. I find the length a little short for a woman of her age, but we all know celebs don’t follow the style rules all the time; regardless she looks gorgeous in this little gold dress.

hilaryduffinesHilary Duff chose this gorgeously embellished gown to wear on the red carpet for the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Annual Gala. The fitted dress was a perfect choice for Hilary’s slightly fuller figure, making her look glamorous but fresh; the embellishment is perfect for a woman of her age, and she really shines here.

hilaryduffines-02Hilary Duff sported another cute little gold number by Saab. This dress really suits the style for a woman of her age on the red carpet; this dress is fun and cute. The babydoll is short and sexy, but the silhouette makes it a little demure as well.

katebeckinsaleinesKate Beckinsale wore this retro-inspired full strapless dress. The style looks very good on her small frame, while the hue compliments her tanned skin beautifully. I love the detail on the bust, as well as on the waistband; it’s a very ladylike choice.

kerrywashington001Kerry Washington wore one of my absolute favourite dresses by Saab. This style is just so classy and beautiful, and it looks amazing on her. Her small frame works very well with the pencil skirt style, and she can really pull off the full bodice and sleeves. The detail in the pattern is gorgeous, everything about this dress is so ladylike.

802705dzMarcia Cross looked gorgeous on the red carpet in this old hollywood glamour inspired strapless dress. The dress is beautiful; it does wonders for her body, creating a beautiful hourglass figure. The lace detail is amazing and I love the slimming effect of the thick ruched waistband. I feel that the hue washes out her pale skin tone, and I think she would have looked much better in the purple version.

michelleyeohinesMichelle Yeoh shined beautifully in this gorgeous pale yellow dress with detailed silver overlay. The bodice is very nice, but I don’t feel it does much for her shape, although the hue really compliments her tone. My favourite part is definately that beautiful train that extends out from the back. It’s a very good choice for the red-carpet.

terihatcherinesTeri Hatcher donned this stunning white strapless gown with black and gold abstract detail. The dress fits her flawlessly and really shows off her tiny waistline. I love the print that was used and the ease of flow in the fabric, it’s very eye-catching. Another beautiful detail is the sweeping train, which really glams up the gown.

vanessawilliamsinesVanessa Williams opted for a very simple, chic deep teal gown by Saab. The single black asymetrical strap at the top is a little weird, but she seems to pull it off with such a gorgeous collarbone. The dress fits her very nicely and I just adore the colour on against her skin tone. It’s a very sophisticated choice considering the usual picks from his collections.

I hope you enjoyed learning about my favourite designer. Check back soon for my second designer biography from my List of Top 100 Designers.

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