Elie Saab is a Lebanese fashion designer and leading haute couturier in the middle east. His visibly feminine aesthetic and romantic crystal-encrusted gowns initially attracted princesses, and later film stars, enamoured with his Middle Eastern detailing and European sensibility.
“I was born with this passion of creating and making dresses and was always surrounded by beautiful women, from my sisters to neighbours, so the desire to dress them and make them look elegant was my constant inspiration.”
At the tender age of 18, Elie opened his first couture atelier in Beirut in 1982. He has always emphasized that his designs are about “glorifying women”. Mr.Saab has since gone on to dress celebrities such as Halle Berry (who could forget that peekaboo dress?), Angelina Jolie, Beyonce, Gwyneth Paltrow, Charlize Theron, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Queen Rania of Jordan.
Today, Elie Saab has built a global empire, with boutiques in Paris, London and Dubai. His clothes are on sale in 22 countries and he has expanded his business into bags, shoes, fragrance and jewellery.
I have selected a few long-sleeved pieces from his recent collections which I am loving right now.