Ready-to-Wear Spring Summer 2011 Fashion Show
At the corner of the bar lies a vintage Polaroid from the Seventies: although the image has faded slightly, the smiles of Bianca, Diane and Lauren seem to stretch out of the frame. Although young at the time, Elie Saab has a clear recollection of them, their hair cascading elegantly over impeccable clothes, their youth seemingly eternal.
Their unnerving beauty and slightly provocative charm informs the grace of a dove-gray jumpsuit, the lightness of finely pleated georgette, the femininity of a nip-waisted peach dress punctuated with a jeweled belt.
Icons of the night, they hung out with the most fashionable crowd of the jet set, mingling with rock stars, actors, artists and writers. Theirs was a world where glamour and elegance marked every appearance, punctuated with little absinthe crocodile clutches and tea rose-colored jersey dresses.
Towering upon impeccably coordinating suede sandals, their silhouettes interrupted by a salmon-hued suede clutch trimmed with metal or a micro jewel of a bag covered in crystals, or textured with tone-on-tone stone gray leather interlacing. More refined still, bags in nude-colored suede or olive-green crocodile studded with graphic clasps reflecting flashes of light.
Statuesque and slightly rebellious, they emerged dressed in floaty dresses or chiffon tunics with an abstract pastel print.
At sundown there emerged exotic colors evoking the exuberance of Bahia, with an abundance of pleated, draped creations: enticing and fitted short cocktail dresses appear in delicate green, salmon, slate and smoky white.
After nightfall, necklines plunge on grey tinted sequins worked in a crocodile motif and long dresses in peach washed silk satin. A pop group takes the stage, neon cocktails and guitars in hand. The party has only just begun ...