(picture via eliesaab.com) Happy New Year guys! I hope you had a wonderful evening with friends, family or even alone. I hope you drank and ate too much and enjoyed yourself to the limit! A new year lies before you and me, and that means endless possibilities, and time to be creative! Although I will probably reduce my posts to one per week due to pending exams, I won’t leave you hanging! So let’s get started with an easy one in this young year:
When you realize that you’ve been pinning a certain designer’s clothes on Pinterest more than a few times, it’s time to look at that person a bit more closely. Time to talk about Elie Saab guys! So, to be honest, I thought Elie was a woman before reading about him. Rookie mistake! Definitely won’t assume an artists’ gender next time. Haven’t heard about but seen robes of Elie Saab? Then read on!
Born in 1964 in Beirut, Lebanese designer Elie Saab has been interested in tailoring and creating fashion since he was a boy. At this young age he spend time with sewing patterns and sketches for tablecloths and curtains. He even made garments for his sisters (that somehow reminds me of Alexander McQueen). Saab moved to Paris to study fashion and went back to Beirut, where he opened his first studio in 1982. As he still feels very connected to his homeland, this studio is still active today. Furthermore he runs studios in Milan and Paris.
The breakthrough of Elie Saab
In 1997 Elie Saab was the first non-Italian to be included into the Camera Nazionale della Moda. That was also the year when he presented his first collection, not in his homeland Lebanon but in Rome. Saab was so successful that he was able to create a ready-to-wear collection in the following year and sell internationally. Then 2002 was the year when Saab became known to the media, thanks to actress Halle Berry. She wore one of his designs at the Oscars, and promptly won as best actress. The gown was as revealing as it was classy with its embroidered top, but see for yourself! Since this event, Elie Saab is pretty popular with stars like Beyoncé, Teri Hatcher or Marcia Cross. Even international royal families seem to like the designer as he is the official dressmaker for queen Rania of Jordan.
In 2003 Elie became an official member of the Chambre Syndicale and presented his first haute couture collection in Paris. Let’s just say that things really went well for him after that. Saab opened a second studio in 2005 in Paris and decided to expand with a ready-to-wear collection on Parisian runways.
The essence of Elie Saab
So what makes the Lebanese designer so fascinating and popular, for me and maybe for you as well? Stars seem to love him as his robes constantly appear on the red carpet. What is it about his dresses? As I have written some time ago about Zuhair Murad is that the playing with femininity and intricate details always interests me. It always shows me how much physical work someone has put into a piece alongside the idea behind it. And besides all the political and social statements designers want to express through their works, fashion can just be beautiful. And above all, it can make the person wearing it look beautiful! Here are my favourite looks of the last years:
(pictures via vogue.com)