A plunge into the ocean, a search for sunken treasure. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is inspired by the intense colour, glistening surfaces and hidden beauty of the underwater world.
The palette is brilliant, tropical, drenched in colour. Lagoon green, sea-mist, coral flecked with vibrant yellow and a deep, pure shade of blue inspired by the Amalfi sea. Along with timeless black and white, these are the keynote shades, worked through a myriad of fabrics and finishes.
Prints bubble across dresses in ombre effects, inspired by the changing colours of darting marine life. The collection’s key graphic, a glistening submarine print of sun-dappled water, is used for day and evening alike. Shades of dégradé give the effect of fabric submerged in water.
Decoration ebbs and flows around the body, tone on tone, creating a chiaroscuro of embroidery against skin and fabric. ELIE SAAB abstracts its signature lace, as if worn away by the salt of ocean spray. It is combined with foliate lace, in gowns that cascade around the body.
Silhouettes are easier, sportier. A Seventies feel informs sinuous silk-cady gowns, whilst trousers and blouson jackets have a casual air. New day propositions for the ELIE SAAB woman focus on abbreviated lengths that feel graphic and contemporary.
Evening is fluid. Rivulets of ruffles delineate the body, like the surfaces of shells or the swaying currents. Waves of lace and slipstreams of georgette tumble from a defined body.
Accessories accent the life aquatic, iridescent skins in the collection’s key colours mimicking those of exotic fish and used for the slender ELIE SAAB Poincaré bags as well as sandals, both heeled and flat. They underline the season’s glorification of the ocean, and the submersion of the ELIE SAAB woman into the beauty of the underwater kingdom.