Elie Saab Pre-Fall 2022 Collection
Color. Sequins. Feathers. Day clothes. These are the four main elements of Elie Saab’s pre-fall collection, in the order they struck me. The designer will be showcasing his couture in a few weeks, but it’s easy to imagine that some of these dresses will be worn at the Oscars.
There’s a lot of energy in this collection, which includes dressy daytime options, some made from masculine fabrics, which is unusual for this brand. A beautiful cashmere coat is remarkable. Yet it’s the couture touches Saab has put into the glamorous dresses that command the most attention. The palette, which includes purple, fern green, brick red and deep teal, among other shades, is sophisticated and rich, and monochromatic looks are as stunning as intricately crafted ones. Besides the bead and feather gradient, the patterns and prints looked challenging. “People want to be happy, want to be special,” Saab said, and they want it now. The most striking looks in this collection are also the most direct.