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A glance at the mood board for the Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 collection reveals a clear theme: “the conceptual journey of India in 1911 through the eyes of the adventuress.”

The details that I’ve come to love in Elie Saab couture are all present, the patterns of lace, embroidery and beading. The dreamlike hues include soft blues and English rose. The fluid silhouettes shimmer with embellishments, and accessories are adorned with silver accents.

Saab is known to adore the waist of a woman, a sentiment reflected in the Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 show. A-line hems flare out from the waist, and the use of belts help celebrate the feminine figure.

One lavender look features elements of a traditional sari, while another gown represents Victorian fashion and yet another, paired with leather sandals, evokes the feel of the Edwardian era. The show features structure versus fluidity, “to showcase the new horizons and cultural encounters of two different eras,” (@eliesaabworld).

Elie Saab is not only a master of couture and femininity, but also a captivating storyteller. It’s always a pleasure to travel around the globe and across time with his designs — from the Byzantine Empire to under the sea to entering India circa 1911.


Visit Style.com to read Vogue’s review and to see the complete collection. All images by Kim Weston Arnold / Indigitalimages.com.