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  • The Light Of Now

    Visions of Beauty #chasingadream

    Inspired

    Visions of Beauty
    #chasingadream

    The ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 collection expresses the pursuit of a dream in an orchestration of soft hues, scintillating light and an elegance that eludes time.

    She is a vision of refinement and cosmopolitan allure. Gowns come alive with her movements, as powder-soft plumage and appliqué prints, like petals, flutter with delicacy and a certain ‘douceur de vivre’ inspired by the grace of the women of Beirut, past and present.

    The silhouettes are ethereal in full-length gowns, short A-line dresses as well as opulent pantsuits of elaborate beading that evoke the lively energy of Beirut in the sixties.

    Like the sun upon the Mediterranean Sea, accents of gold thread embroidery offset a temperate color palette of green, blue, pink and powdered ivory underscored by black in evening glamour.

    Tulip petals appear throughout the collection in whispers of hue, form and interpretation, as a motif linked to personal memories of Elie Saab – a vision of his mother in an evening gown of tulips printed on silk.

    The triumph of an ideal appears in form of the final wedding gown, glimmering with embellishment upon layers of blushed tones, a vision of beauty conceived in a dream… #chasingadream

    View the ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 fashion show here.

    Read more about Beirut and the inspiration behind the ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 collection here.

    The Light Of Now

    LIVE FROM PARIS

    new & now

    LIVE FROM PARIS

    Tune in to watch the Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 show
    January 28, 2015 | 12:30 pm CET
    #chasingadream

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    BEIRUT, CHASING A DREAM

    moments of light

    BEIRUT, CHASING A DREAM

    Discover the inspiration behind the Haute Couture Spring Summer 2015 collection through the words and vision of Elie Saab. A tribute to Beirut and all its beauty.

    A riviera in the levant

    Une riviera en orient

    A beautiful memory of Beirut often visits me in a dream. A loving, giving and tolerant Beirut. A glamorous one too. A beautiful memory that never ceased to inspire me - that inspired this collection. This is a tribute to the city that I love. My Beirut.
Looking back at the eventful history of Lebanon, through its flourishing periods and its downfalls, I feel hopeful, I feel grateful.


    This is a tribute to the city that I love. My Beirut.



    I know for certain that the Beirut of my dreams will forever be alive, magnetic, festive and charming.


    Vivid images overtake me: the golden age of the 60’s. The typical elegance of the Beirut woman. Distressing times quickly forgotten. The glorious reconstruction of the 90’s. Ups and downs. A dream that gets lost, sometimes, before emerging again, always stronger. And immortal. When these images overtake me I know for certain that the Beirut of my dreams will forever be alive, magnetic, festive and charming. I know for certain that I want to contribute to its glory. And when I close my eyes and think of Beirut, I know for certain that this dream is mine.

    A lifestyle

    Un art de vivre

    When I sit back and reflect on my journey, I’m always transported to the city where I was born, somewhere between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains. Back then, Beirut seemed to be constantly adorned for a party that would never end. I was instantly enthralled by beauty and wanted to ensure it remained untainted.


    I was instantly enthralled by beauty and wanted to ensure it remained untainted.



    With every new collection I conceived, the striking image of my mother in this tulip print silk dress reappeared endlessly.


    To this day, I’m still enchanted by a clear vision: my mother in an evening gown. Curved at the waist. Flared like a corolla. Tulips printed on silk. A vision that fuelled my flare as a designer. And with every new collection I conceived, the striking image of my mother in this tulip print silk dress reappeared endlessly.

    Thank you

    Merci

    These memories and Beirut were the steppingstone of my passion for design. It was these things, along with the courage, the grace and the elegance of the women of my city that influenced the person I am today. And if there were to be a message behind my couture collection, it would be: thank you.


    If there were to be a message behind my couture collection, it would be: thank you.


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    The Light Of Now

    Playlist #12 Resolutions

    Music Now

    Playlist
    #12 Resolutions

    Take on the New Year with bright resolutions and a fresh soundtrack for early 2015. Be prepared to press replay with ‘Something About You’ by Hayden James, a new release by Future Classic. Here’s to the year ahead.

    The Light Of Now

    Style sequence

    moments of light

    Style sequence

    Like an acting role or a musical score, interpretations of an Haute Couture dress reflect the women who wear it as their own. From flirty to evening opulent, the mood is for a woman’s making.


    The woman must come before the dress. The dress must not devour her.


    Elie Saab

    ELIE SAAB Autumn Winter 2014-2015 Haute Couture Fashion Show.
    Julia Roberts, 66th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards.
    Schön! Photography Nicolas Guerin, Model Anastasia Ivanova, Stylist Tomas C. Toth,  September 2014.
    Numéro, Photography Karl Lagerfeld, Model Sasha Luss, September 2014.
    10 Magazine, Photography David Hughes, Stylist Sophia Neophitou, Winter Issue 53.

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    Morning Inspiration:  A Perfumer’s Creative Process With Francis Kurkdjian

    moments of light

    Morning Inspiration:
    A Perfumer’s Creative Process With Francis Kurkdjian

    Flash insight into the creative process of Francis Kurkdjian, French perfumer and the nose behind ELIE SAAB Le Parfum, reveals morning as the time when ideas turn into the intangible seduction of scent.


    For me, what is morning? It is a time of creation, inspiration, and the search for an idea.


    I handwrite formulas in the morning. I transcribe onto paper the ideas, images and sensations, and I translate these into scent.


    After, the formulas go to the laboratory and a scent returns to my office. If I have done my work well, the scent corresponds to my idea of the morning...

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    Behind the Scenes: Pre-Fall 2015

    Accès Privé

    Behind the Scenes:
    Pre-Fall 2015

    The ELIE SAAB Pre-Fall 2015 collection 'Folk Reverie' is one of new territories in texture and detail. Joining behind-the-scenes during the lookbook photo shoot, blogger and photographer Carin Olsson of 'Paris in Four Months' captures moments of beauty and detail.

    Within the ELIE SAAB Parisian headquarters, as the Pre-Fall 2015 collection lookbook was styled and photographed, Carin Olsson was on set framing a second view of the mood inspired by the collection.

    Filled with poetic motif and rich color, the collection's palette is in black and creamy pink moonstone, tempered by amethyst and intense cardinal red. A thoroughly modern floral bouquet paints the print that is parsed throughout the collection in variations of fabrics.

    Silhouettes are magnified, exuding free-spirited ease with bell-shaped pagoda sleeves, wide-leg pants and full skirts. Floor length A-line dresses, of an airy volume, are refined by drawn-in waists and elaborate detailing in embroidered yarn.

    Like visual storytelling, harvest-inspired embroidery creates textured allure as well as floral bouquets of green, purple, red and knit embellished lace, while accessories are lavished with a contrast of architectural and nature-inspired forms.

    ELIE SAAB traverses new ground in fabric and embroidery techniques. With a different perspective, Carin Olsson captures the subtle moments of crafting the season's style.

    See the ELIE SAAB Pre-Fall 2015 collection here.

    Discover the 'Paris in Four Months' blog here.

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    A Year of Beauty: 2014

    moments of light

    A Year of Beauty: 2014

    Around the globe, photographers, stylists, models and editors animate ELIE SAAB pieces in the context of beautiful light, gesture and locations. Take a brief tour of some 2014 editorial magazine features in which ELIE SAAB dresses are found in perfect frame.

    Fashion 1Fashion 2
    Fashion 3Fashion 4
    Fashion 5Fashion 6
    Fashion 7

    Cover: Savoir Flair, 5th Anniversary Issue, June 2014, Photography Jeremy Zaessinger

    Left column: 1- Schön! Photography Nicolas Guerin, Model Anastasia Ivanova, September 2014; 2 – ELLE, Vietnam, by story editor Danh-Quy Nguyen, October 2014; 3 - Martha Stewart Weddings, USA, Photography Oliver Stalmans, Fall Issue 2014; 4 – SoChic, Spring 2014; 5 - Book Moda Haute Couture, Italy, Photography © Cathleen Naundorf, March 2014.

    Right column: 1 – VOGUE, Turkey, November 2014, Photography Cuneyt Akeroglu ; 2 – Harper's Bazaar, Russia, June 2014; 3 – Jamalouki, March 2014, Photography Mseif; 4 – Madame Figaro Photography Pamela Hanson, March 2014; 5 – Book Moda Haute Couture, Italy, Photography © Cathleen Naundorf, March 2014.

    Bottom: 1 – VOGUE, Mexico & Latin America, Photography Yu Tsai, March 2014; 2 –Courtesy of L'OFFICIEL Schweiz/Suisse, Photography Seb Michel, Styling Stéphanie Girered, September 2014.

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    Warmth in Winter With La Collection des Essences

    Inspired

    Warmth in Winter
    With La Collection des Essences

    Richness, sensuality and warmth define the olfactory silhouettes of Essence No. 3 : AMBRE and Essence No. 4 : OUD within La Collection des Essences by ELIE SAAB.

    Golden and luminous, Essence No. 3: AMBRE is an orchestration of raw materials such as vanilla, benzoin, vetiver, patchouli and labdanum. This last ingredient, cultivated in Andalusia, Spain, is an extract of a scented resin that protects the plant from the strong sun, allowing it to bloom fragile flowers in white and red.

    Oud is ancient – evoking incense and ritual in opulent Oriental palaces. Worth more in weight than gold, this precious ingredient is distilled from sculptural formations cultivated upon the Aquilaria tree, lending Essence No. 4: OUD the authentic scent of seduction and intensity of the season.

    Ambre 1 Ambre 2
    Ambre 3 Ambre 4

     To know more about the exclusive distribution of La Collection des Essences,
    visit www.eliesaab.com/en/points-of-sale/collection-essences

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