Against a backdrop of golden blocks and spotlights that changed from hazy blue to softer rays that shone like sunbeams, Elie Saab sent his latest collection of princess-appropriate couture gowns down the runway in Paris on Wednesday. The designer's gowns are always popular among the celebrity red carpet crowd, thanks to their intricate embroideries, high sparkle factor, ethereal silhouettes and impeccable construction. But beyond that, they exude a sense of romance that can make even non-fashion lovers swoon.
For fall 2015, Saab went heavy on the gold — but also, it seems, on the mood. Set to a soundtrack that included Nirvana's "Come As You Are" and Air's track "Playground Love" (which was written specifically for Sofia Coppola's film "The Virgin Suicides"), the audience was given a clue that these ladies — dressed in opulent gowns complete with golden tiaras — were not without a bit of angst. With their undone waves falling in front of their shoulders, they did not look too precious, despite their heavy gold jewelry, gorgeous gowns embroidered with Byzantine patterns, youthful puffed sleeves, mink details and full skirts in soft shades of pink, blue and green.
As the show went on, the looks got a bit darker, with heavily embroidered gowns in black, oxblood, teal, oversized florals and, of course, gold. A number of the finale looks had skirts so full that they barely cleared the runway, and the gilded couture bride — wearing an embroidered veil and a magnificently detailed gold gown — was a true showstopper. If there are any A-listers out there who are feeling a princess moment on the red carpet come awards season, this is the collection for you.