PARIS, March 11, 2011/FW/–A elegant modern day Belle was depicted perfectly at the Elie Saab show on Wednesday and came in the form of slim silhouettes, scuba inspired sheath dresses, and a dazzle of couture spirit.

Slightly flared shapes were structured with aplomb, while box pleats and formfitting wraparound draping provided a most complementary diversion to wool crepe jackets crafted with chiffon and lace openwork.

The mood adjusted as long chiffon dresses with neo-floral drawings and breezy strokes of light charcoal made way onto the runway. A tapered suit dress in virgin wool saturated in cherry red, sand, and rich brown added to the ample femininity of raglan sleeves and full skirts. Not to mention, taupe leather t-shirts, black knit dresses with “strata” pleats, and an onyx black fur wrap to accessorize made easy daywear ensembles a slight fantasy.

The womanly figure was sure to be emphasized with flat bows and peplums embracing the waistline as well as twisted inserts appearing like smock bands to enhance the ladylike form.

For the grand finale, evening gowns, pleated and ribbed in pale gray, deep gray, and eggplant granted a clear vision of the chic Parisian woman, and the final looks twinkled in silver, dark plum, and black. Such simplicity made for a beautifully unified collection.


Paris Prêt-a-porter Fall 2011