Please Give Elie Saab's Couture Gowns An Oscars Outing!

27 January 2011

The Oscars red carpet is ready and waiting to be rolled out next month and just in time, Elie Saab has offered up a breathtaking couture collection of winner-worthy gowns...

Yesterday’s show began with sumptuous floor-sweepers in soft tea-rose pink, adorned with delicate floral appliqués. No doubt those wannabe princesses with an Oscars ticket will be hankering to wear one of these beauties come the big night. They can take a cue from Scarlett Johansson who recently showed us the benefits of such a graceful, goddess-like gown when she wore this S/S ‘11 Saab creation at the Golden Globes, and lest we forget Anna Kendrick at last year’s Academy Awards when the young actress opted for one of the designer's blush-hued gowns. So here’s hoping newbie Emma Stone will follow suit and go the romantic route for this year’s ceremony.

Next up, it's the turn of the pretty purples. We’re not talking gob-smacking brights, but serene mauves that would look divine against Natalie Portman's brunette locks. Remember the purple haze of last year’s award season when plum was the word for the likes of Sandra Bullock (in Bottega Veneta), Zoe Saldana (in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci) and Charlize Theron (in Dior, above)? Will the delicious trend make a return come Oscar night?

Of course, Saab's catwalk brought superbly swishy skirts, which flared from voluminous dresses covered in a watercolour pattern. At last year's Oscars, Rachel McAdams proved the dreamlike look works beautifully on the red carpet, especially when you want to make a refreshing statement amongst a whirl of sequins. Take note, Anne Hathaway.

And from floaty femininity to bold colour. Saab's stunning punch of red is just begging to be worn by a certain Angelina, and the aniseed greens which followed would look divine against nominee Nicole Kidman’s porcelain features and fair hair. That chantilly lace on the neckline brings a dash of seduction, the layers of draping are beyond elegant and the high, belted-with-a-ribbon waist is super-flattering. Oh, it’d be criminal not to give these gowns a red carpet outing! Please make it happen, stylists of the world.

THEN a parade of vintage-esque stone tones arrived to provide a more subtle dose of glamour. The feminine, but not overtly sexy, style is exactly what we’d love to see nominee Michelle Williams donning come February 27th. Instead of in-yer-face glitz, the gowns sport ladylike embroidery and rather than layers of frothy tulle, it’s sleek chiffon galore, making for some serious swooning.

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In dramatic contrast, the show closed with an array of black stunners. Yes, BLACK from Mr Saab. For SPRING. Who’da thunk it? This evening gown [above center] is the epitome of unadulterated opulence. We drool. It’s entirely embroidered in black onyx, has a plunging cut on the bustier, which draws your eye to a saucy hint of knicker-flashing, and leads to a regal trail. We recommend the sultry seductresses among us place their order quick sharp. Mila Kunis, we’re talking to you.

So from soft and floaty to alluring and slender, Saab style has something for every A-lister, and the couturier’s latest collection offers enough superstar gowns to dress the entire Oscars guest list. What? who’s getting carried away? We’re convinced there’s enough space on this red-carpeted globe for them all...

- Jessica Vince


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