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Paris Fashion Week 2015: Elie Saab

Angela Shen |
October 3, 2015 | 7:18 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Elie Saab's Spring/Summer 2016 show at Paris Fashion Week was a refined presentation that skillfully blended edgy and feminine vibes. Clothes ranging from fitted to free-flowing offered balance that would suit women of any style.

The show’s set decorations were kept to a minimum with a dimly lit blue runway against a red backdrop. Edgy alternative music gave the venue a modern, trendy feel.

Many dresses included tiered black lace, making a very feminine look. Saab balanced this out by adding a few bomber jackets that created structure and made the frock much more versatile.

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Shoes weren’t restricted to the usual high heel. There were knee-high sandals with cutouts that accentuated the textured cutouts on dresses, and some simple flat sandals that looked much more relaxing.

Makeup was kept to a bare minimum, and models had their hair down. Each look was completed with either a handbag or clutch, and accessories like thick chokers, gold accessories, and loose bows were tastefully added.

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Nautical stripes made several appearances throughout the show; some were wide and color-blocked while thinner stripes were combined with bursts of colored florals. While stripes and lines may seem more tightly structured, Saab contrasted them by making the frock loose and flowing.

Most outfits were either black or white, but there were a few red and pink pieces that gave off stylish pops of color. These included simple embellishments. A few pieces could even be worn by a working professional willing to take fashion risks—a chic blazer with lace pants exudes business and style.

Elie Saab’s SS16 collection can be catered to the unique taste of any woman, and his skillful use of subtle contrasts creates a fashionable equilibrium that doesn’t lose any hint of class.

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