Elie Saab’s Fall/Winter 2024 Couture collection was fittingly unveiled in a wing of the former royal palace, the Louvre. The collection drew inspiration from cinematic queens such as Cate Blanchett in “Elizabeth” and “La Reine Margot.”
Saab expressed his admiration for the grandeur of the past and the majesty of queens during a pre-show preview in his showroom on the Champs Elysées. The collection featured an early pink tulle décolleté gown adorned with silk petals and tiny cock feathers, reminiscent of Kiera Knightly in “The Duchess,” Charlize Theron in “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and Angelina Jolie in “Maleficent.”
The finale showcased a series of dream-like columns, stunning tulle and lace ensembles embellished with bugle beads, crystals, and fabric petals. This couture reverie earned Saab a standing ovation.
The collection stayed true to Saab’s vision of couture: intricate creations featuring dazzling jeweled mixes of ruby, amethyst, and emerald embellishments, paired with finely draped velvets and dreamlike fantasy. However, this time, he restrained the embroidery and focused on a leaner silhouette and a more modernist mood. The result was arguably Saab’s best collection in the past half-decade.
This is a particularly busy time for Saab’s house, which will celebrate the opening of a new boutique in One Monte-Carlo next week.