There’s been a noticeable change at Elie Saab the past few seasons. He’s been shifting his attention from the heat-seeking uptown lady who loves to dress up to her edgier, free spirit of a younger cousin. For fall, he hammered home the rock ‘n’ roll attitude by hiring the Danish singer MØ to perform at the show, and going full throttle with a collection fit for Coachella if it were a black-tie affair.
There were black lace mini and maxidresses with blue and red floral embroideries, a witchy lace-up dress with Western buckle belt. Kendall Jenner wore a gown in an abstract cloudy and crimson sky print under a black leather motorcycle jacket. A long, black cutaway jacket with lace trim came over a black Victorian blouse and skinny pants tucked into purple suede boots with black tassel trim.
The look had more oomph than Saab’s classic pretty-lady style. Clearly he’s going with the current tides, which brought him close to the shores of Valentino and Saint Laurent, though he kept the look in his territory with touches of classic Saab polish.