by Kayito Nwokedi
“Color shock” was the theme Elie Saab ran by, and honestly, that was the only “shock” perceived from his runway. The colors in question: off white, golden yellow, tangerine, emerald, and sapphire, were presented in that order, with Anja Rubik opening the show in a pearly chiffon number with an up-to –there slit. The remaining part of the show was signature Saab: chiffon gowns with slits and lady-like daywear dresses. Somewhere in between were seventies-ish silhouettes with neckties. His big statement for spring was sequins and lace, with the latter being used most interestingly when barely detectable as it was injected into the seams of chic daytime dresses and the former lavishly used for evening wear. There was one standout look in particular, the single buttoned suit with lace shoulders in vivid blue. It showed a subtle, yet powerful way for a woman to walk into a room. Saab’s customers may applaud him for another effort, but for the editors, it wasn’t a Saab show not seen before. He could care less. Fabulous dresses like the one’s he showed are his bread and butter.