Since he started showing in Paris, a certain amount of repetition has become the plat du jour chez Elie Saab. There are the sequins, the tulle and an indomitable desire to make red-carpet-worthy gowns. Saab knows his game, obviously, and he has no intention of tinkering with a winning formula. (Recently he was even hired to decorate the future Tiger Woods resort in Dubai.) So when, in the program notes, Saab said Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel inspired him this time, one was intrigued. Saab must see the world through his own sequin-coated glasses, though, because it would take a very creative mind to detect even a soupçon of Michelangelo in the embroidered gowns that the designer presented for fall. That’s not to say there wasn’t some nice fare, and, as always, it was nicely executed. The draped bustier dresses with big bows are sure to find fans. And Saab introduced a wistful cloud print on a long muslin gown that looked fresh.
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