As interesting as Elie Saab’s ready to wear collections are, nothing compares to his couture shows. For the Spring/Summer 2009 couture season the Lebanese designer showed gowns fit for a princess, many of which are sure to turn-up on starlets and socialites in the coming months.

The designer’s pieces always display the utmost attention to detail and a knack like no other for intricate embroidery and lace. Of note was a taupe, strapless gown with over-sized rosette accents on the bottom and a wrapped waist. That said, the specific intricacies were sometimes difficult to appreciate given the subdued, soft palette of light blue, jade, lilac, emerald, and ivory – though towards the end the designer showcased a handful of black looks.

While for the most part, as is typically the case with the couturier, the volume on most pieces was kept at bay though there were some structural looks that stood out in the collection – notably a kimono jacket with billowing shoulders tied with an obi.

In fact, this season the designer seemed to have been taken with a bit of Japanese influence with some looks showcasing Saab’s take on a kimono and other looks adorned with an obi sash.  The Oriental touch added a welcome spice to the traditional Oscar-type glam looks we have come to expect from Saab.

Further, as has been the case with John Galliano’s collection for Dior and Christian Lacroix’s couture collection this season, Ellie Saab’s collection feature both one shoulder looks and his personal take on the 80’s power suit which in Saab’s case took form, notably, in a shimmering dress with a fitted bodice and billowing shoulders. 


Images courtesy of the Fashion Spot forums.