Elegant, chic and ultrasexy are all words Elie Saab is well-versed in. While each could describe the numerous red-carpet-ready dresses with pretty embellishments that the designer showed for fall, it was his continued step up in daywear that was most noteworthy — this time with a pleasant mix focused on solid colors.

Many such day dresses came sculpted to the body with a zipper down the back; others featured a structured bodice and a full skirt just above the knee. The silhouettes were quite sophisticated and are sure to please his loyal consumer set.

Somewhat buried in the collection were two unexpected looks: a black sweater-skirt combo in a matching moody blue floral pattern, and a capelike coat over top over ultraskinny pants, all in black. Clearly more casual, they didn’t quite mesh with the rest of the lineup, yet provided a glimpse into just how willing Saab is to push his day look with a younger vibe. It was a refreshing move and it will be interesting to see how it plays out in the future.

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