There was nothing inherently bad at Elie Saab’s Fall 2019 show. But then again, there was nothing exceptionally good about it neither. His latest show was a commendable effort for ready-to-wear, but compared to his haute couture lines, were exceedingly plain and borderline boring. The stark colored outfits that opened the show were exuberantly modern, as well as the velvet-made tuxedos and pantsuits that appeared throughout the show (albeit poorly-tailored pieces). An emerald green suit paired with a metallic shirt was cool, which isn’t’ a word often used to describe an Elie Saab look. The prints that succeeded it, on the other hand, were confusing and downright ugly at times. As the show progressed, desirability popped up again in the parade of black lace and sequined evening-wear—the bread and butter of the brand. Elie Saab is an occasion-wear designer through and through, and his haute couture label is more than enough to carry his business forward. He might find it suitable to follow in Jean-Paul Gaultier‘s footsteps and exclusively focus on couture.
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