Elie Saab: A Glittering Finale
by Timothy Hagy, Paris Editor
PARIS, January 25, 2006 - As the soundtrack blared out "I've got you under my
skin", glittering creation after glittering creation passed down the catwalk
in the Ecole des Beaux Arts as Lebanese designer Elie Saab closed Paris
couture week with his fast paced show on Wednesday afternoon. Then again,
glitter, and particularly Halle Berry glittering on the red carpet, is what
made Elie Saab famous.
It didn't take a genius to figure out where Saab was aiming since the road to
the Oscars begins each January on the Paris catwalks. And if the stars in
Hollywood are the same size as the 110 pound models used for the show, the
pieces will look equally ravishing.
Dusted in plumes, glazed with crystals, studded with bijou, these clothes
were intended to glow in the dark, and the plainest dress - lace with
matching cape - still managed to stand out in the spotlight.
With all the glitz presented in such a compact period, it would have been
easy to miss the detail, the craftsmanship and the technical wizardry of
embroidery that his atelier has mastered.