New in New York: Monsieur Saab

With a Madison Avenue store set to open in 2017, it was New York as Elie Saab‘s muse for his Fall 16 Couture collection, which was chock full of sheer Saab staples, but a few new surprises as well.

Model on Elie Saab runway wearing sheer black New York inspired plunge neck high-slit gown
Elie Saab – Photo credit-Kim Weston


High in the Sky

The first gowns had a direct inspiration with the skyline motif embroidered into Saab‘s signature sheer gowns – mostly sheer with high slits, low necklines and generally lots of skin. Saab taps into something with almost every gown he creates – women are sensual beings without wanting to be made into sexual objects. The difference he captures and balances perfectly almost every time. As a male designer, that’s pretty impressive.

Smooth Talking

He also did vintage-inspired plunge dresses in dark velvet with colorful embroidered flowers and birds – a total departure from Saab‘s signature monochromatic shimmery sheer gowns.

Mommy and Me

But the part of Saab‘s runway show that probably won over the most cold hearted of fashion mavens was the mommy-and-me gowns, when the most adorable little girls got to walk the runway and show off his tiny designs.

BH CosmeticsThe Drama

I think it’s safe to say that Elie decided to push the boundary a bit beyond his famous shimmer gown…and I love the artistry in each of these. His aesthetic was dark, dreamy, daring, and surely dramatic.



Judith Ripka


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