PARIS: It’s a tricky balancing act for Paris fashion designers to express their individuality and still bear witness to the trends.
Elie Saab, for example, who presented his creations Monday evening, produced a collection that didn’t stray far from his signature va-va-voom silhouettes and feminine cinched waists. This will please his loyal clientele, though it packed no great creative surprises.
But is being commercial, to the detriment of the artistic, necessarily a bad thing?
Other shows of the day included Stella McCartney’s beautiful display that played with undressing and hinted at nudity, and Giambattista Valli who, too, exposed inches of flesh in the leg and midriff.
Elie Saab channeled the colors of flowers for parts of his spring-summer 2014 show.
The Lebanese designer’s usual explorations of cinched high-waisted, narrow plunging gowns were thus given splashes of camellia white, eglantine rose, bougainvillea and verdant green “herbe de tendresse.” The rose-bed palette gave way to some lace dresses fabricated using needlepoint, which the program notes say aimed to “imitate the wild foliage of a garden.”
But perhaps Saab isn’t wild enough.
There were a couple interesting new looks such as a long-hanging vivid red dress with sporty straps that swept the floor nicely, but he should stray more from his restrictive and commercially minded bread-and-butter silhouettes.