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ELIE SAAB: PARIS COUTURE S/S ’10

Elie Saab’s Haute Couture shows are always fun to watch because it’s almost guaranteed that one of the Best Actress or Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees will wear one of the gowns shown on the runway.

While it’s always exciting to try and decipher the meaning behind a cage Maison Martin Margiela piece, or to marvel at the drama behind John Galliano’s work at Christian Dior, I personally get the most excited about garments that are jaw-droppingly crafted.  Hence, Chanel’s Haute Couture show almost always ends up being one of my favorites, and Elie Saab does not usually fall far behind Chanel, with the line’s gorgeous gown often worthy of being considered works of art.  Unfortunately, this season felt less like art, and was a bit of a snooze.

For Spring 2010, the designer went with a light pastel color palette of icy blues, peaches, mauve, and roses with flowing trains, tons of bead work, and soft laces all set against pale, pale skin and light makeup. Not to take away from the intricacy of the bead work in the looks, but the collection as a whole felt very repetitive (made worse by the relatively monotone, washed-out colors).

Not only did the designer show similar silhouettes over and over again, but the prints and patterns were so similar that at times it was hard to note the differences from one dress to the next.

The designs themselves – as impressive as the craftsmanship behind them is – didn’t feel fresh. That said, if Penelope Cruz decides to opt for pastel, I could see her in the off the shoulder blue lace and tiered number that the designer showed as his before last look.

Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.