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Elie Saab departs from gowns, delivers daywear

Elie Saab departs from gowns, delivers daywear

Red-carpet favorite Elie Saab slashed hemlines and reined in the embroidery amid the economic crisis, sending out Wednesday a strong winter 2010 ready-to-wear collection that was unusually heavy on daywear.
A single sleeve and sharp shoulders lent many of the body-skimming sheath dresses a kinky businesswoman feel and marked a radical departure from the Lebanese designer's usual fare of flattering goddess gowns.
Neiman Marcus buyer Ken Downing hailed the shift to daywear.
"Customers are really responding to dresses that are cut close to the body but have a specialness," he said, adding, "I'm really excited to go back to the showroom and see the prices on the daywear."
Saab, who dressed Angelina Jolie for the Oscars last month, said the focus on daywear was a deliberate response to the financial crisis.
"I think women now are going to be more careful about buying very costly things," he told The Associated Press in a backstage interview. "So I've tried to make things that are easy to wear, with less embroidery."
Indeed, apart from a series of evening looks covered in oversized black rhinestones, the collection was remarkably clean. The only ornamentation on the sheath dresses that opened the show was the network of visible seams that crisscrossed the razor-cut garments.
Structured, peaked shoulders _ virtually omnipresent on Paris catwalks this season _ and plunging V backs gave the looks just the right sexy edge.
Saab also toned down the palette, sending out looks in black, putty and peacock hues.


Updated : 2021-04-15 07:21 GMT+08:00