Elie Saab Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Posted on January 26, 2012

As usual with Elie Saab, this collection is ethereal and very, very feminine. There’s some playing with shape just a little bit here, but for the most part, it’s beautiful gowns, straight down the line. You could dress half the Oscars red carpet with these looks and chances are, someone will. The craftsmanship is as impeccable as always and we’re digging the pastels as a response to way too many black sheer and lace dresses walking the runways and red carpets lately.

[Photo Credit: vogue.it, FataleFashionII via youtube.com]

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  • http://profiles.google.com/rosatcollege Ros Clarke

    I want to get married in these dresses, please.

    • http://profiles.google.com/alison.sigman Alison Sigman

      Me too!!! Except I think the one I would choose doesn’t appear to be listed. 

    • Anonymous

      I was thinking the same thing. I’m loving the 2nd ice blue one.

    • Anonymous

      My first thought was that this is the best wedding collection I’ve seen in forever.

  • Sobaika Mirza

    That light seafoam-y shade, how lovely!

  • http://twitter.com/lenabena_ Elena

    GORG. 

    Ugh, if I were rich and famous I would be wearing Elie Saab at every occasion.

  • http://joyouslifesf.wordpress.com Kiltdntiltd

    Gorgeous clothes. Full Stop.

  • Nora Mulllin

    That sleeveless peach-y v-neck is stunning. Not in my color house but it’s a gorgeous gown. Thanks for the pretty!

  • Anonymous

    A bit virginal, no?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kelsey-Albrecht/100001647200441 Kelsey Albrecht

    That wedding gown at the end blows Cathy Cambridge’s wedding dress out of the water. Amaze.

  • Anonymous

    pretty!

  • Anonymous

    Wow, gorgeous.  I dunno about the oscars, though.  A lot of them have some fussy details, especially around the necks, that might not work well on the red carpet.  Not to mention the sheer – some of gorgeous because they are so ethereal.  But for camera shots on the red carpet, I think most women would like some linings!  I bet a modified version of these dresses will show up on an Oscar nominee (or two), though!  

    • Anonymous

      The one that most says “awards show” to me is the pale blue boatneck near the end. Mila Kunis, maybe? KiKi?

    • Anonymous

      The one that most says “awards show” to me is the pale blue boatneck near the end. Mila Kunis, maybe? KiKi?

    • Anonymous

      I call the peach wide v-neck (7th pic down, i think) for Berenice Bejo. She was in the front row of the show. The yellow one with the shoulder wrap (not the cape) would be great on her, too.

    • Alisa Rivera

      I was thinking the same thing. Incredibly beautiful dresses but between the extremely pale colors and the intricate details, I don’t think these photograph very well, which obviously won’t work for a red carpet.

  • MilaXX

    The problem is that despite the very pretty aquas, peaches, pinks and blues the stylist will go for the white and pale yellow gown leaving us with another RC full of nude/flesh colored gowns which is a bore to watch.

  • Anonymous

    That last gown (minus the pink) reminds me of my grandma’s wedding gown from 1951.

  • Anonymous

    Soooo pretty.  Just looking at these snapped me out of my bitchy mood

  • Anonymous

    I was having a pity party, eating a sad lunch in a cardboard box. But, now I’m having a pretty party! Thanks for the loveliness.

  • Kyle Crawford

    did you say Elie Saab or Vera Wang?  its trending a little naked bride.

    • Kyle Crawford

      its just too overly sweet.. or maybe I am just in a bad mood…

      • Anonymous

        No I agree.  Toothache.

      • Anonymous

        No I agree.  Toothache.

      • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

        I totally agree. This is just too sugary-sweet for my tastes. Not loving it at all.

  • Anonymous

    Love

  • Anonymous

    You can’t NOT love Elie Saab. Love those two ice-blue numbers, but my fave’s the short frock with the flared skirt and crazy neckline. Thank you for my daily pretty! I am satisfied.

  • http://www.facebook.com/charlotte.horseman Charlotte Horseman

    How about Rooney Mara in the 4th down?

    • Anonymous

      That’s exactly what I thought when I saw that one. 

    • MilaXX

      Good suggestion! Would make a great departure from all the dark colors she’s been wearing.

  • Anonymous

    Elie Saab always makes me so happy. My inner princess just rolled over and hugged herself.

    Elle Fanning for #5.

    I adore the one with the cape. Uh. Dore.

  • Anonymous

    Oooo, how about a vote of which ones we think are most likely to be worn at the oscars? I have four of them in mind.

  • Brigitte Todd

    Could see Carey Mulligan in a few of these

  • Anonymous

    i love that 2nd blue dress.  LOVE it.  they are all gorgeous though.

  • Anonymous

    Exquisite.

  • http://profiles.google.com/shannonlstewart Shannon Stewart

    Lovely.  I can’t say any of it would be for me — pastels and busy details tend not to be my personal taste — but I would love to see women wearing many of these looks:)

  • Anonymous

    Ohhh my goodness, I am going to keep coming back to look at this all day.  Thanks, TLo, you just made the work day bearable.

  • Anonymous

    Nice reminder on a nasty January day that something called spring does exist!

  • Anonymous

    The only ones I don’t like are the second one (terribly unflattering even to a stick thin model) and the dirty dishwater colored ones. The others are really lovely eye candy.

  • Sara__B

    I was so happy to see an Elie Saab posting, and of course he did not disappoint. This is my pretty for the WEEK. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

    Always a fan. Sixth one looks like that Louis Vuitton that Elle Fanning wore a few months back (only longer).

    Ninth one is phenomenal.

  • Anonymous

    I love Elie Saab, but the first few photos were disappointing.  Then I got to the coral one–number 7–and after that, they were all pretty much sigh-worthy.  Elie Saab makes you feel pretty just looking at his clothes.  

  • Anonymous

    Sorry, but boring old princess fantasy dresses.  I’ll take some more Stephane Rolland, please.

    • Anonymous

      I prefer his collection as well, but these will get more wear  :-(  Hopefully we’ll see some of the new ones from Stephane on the Oscar carpet, or more likely at Cannes!

      Pretty, but nothing we haven’t seen before. Predictable.

  • michelle shields

    fanfuckingtastic! I even like the shear stuff

  • Anonymous

    This is a beautiful collection.  I love the color story, and that the dresses are feminine and somewhat sexy, yet there is a modesty to them.  No overexposure.  Very lovely.

  • Anonymous

    This has brightened my day.  Lovely

  • Anonymous

    Guess I’ve become a jaded kitten.  My first thought was “beautiful, but we’ve seen these before, and before, and before.”  I’m sure Elie Saab does a good business cranking out the same designs year after year for starlets and deb balls.  Nice work if you can get it, I guess…

  • https://profiles.google.com/104791269167429064986 Judy S

    OK, I can see why the red carpet is full of this designer. 

  • Anonymous

    Some beautiful gowns but I can’t help but wonder if they’ll look as great once they are lined.

    • Anonymous

      I had the same thought.  I can see some of them going downright MOTB once lined.

  • Anonymous

    Love, love, love!  I especially love look #4.  But, I really do love them all.  

  • Anonymous

    Heavenly … And the contrast between Saab and Armani is even more pronounced than ever this season (always something to like in both, but hoo-boy, was A. Prive ever a head-scratcher this time).

    Designs, details, workmanship just magnificent from the houses of Saab and Valentino!

  • Emily Scott

    So much pretty! The colors are sublime, pastel without straying into Easter egg territory. I especially love the mint green. The 4th dress from the top made me gasp in delight.

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    It’s probably because I’m shopping for a wedding dress, but I think these are divine!  Some of the exaggerated hips do concern me though, I’ve already got all the hips I can handle.

    • Anonymous

      My concern would be the necklines. A lot of these would make me look like I have linebacker shoulders. All those boat necklines. (Yes,  let’s draw a straight line across the WIDEST part of my body).

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      I love the flattering A-lines, but those high, wide hips on some of the dresses would be impossible to wear. Can’t you just hear M. Kors trashing them? “What woman…?”

  • Anonymous

    If I were Princess of the Universe, I would wear Elie Saab every day.

  • Anonymous

    I love those kinds of “barely there” colors. That pink number near this end is WOW.

  • Anonymous

    Pretty, but based on the photos, the colors would be really hard to wear.  Almost everyone looks washed out.

  • Anonymous

    These are so beautiful. The pastels work for me because they are kind of icy and not cloying.

    This looks very much like a bridal, collection, though. #4 would make a particularly feminine yet sophisticated wedding dress.

    I could look at Saab’s and Jenny Packham’s particular brand of pretty shiny all day.

  • http://twitter.com/aidanboleyn Aidan B

    Playing pretend stylist here: Mia Wasikowska in that first icy blue. Elle fanning in that first seafoam green.
    Or you know, me in any of them.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely.

  • MilaXX

    Had to look at this again. Such a pretty collection. I would love to see the 4th dress (the white and pale aqua) deployed properly on the RC, especially on someone unexpected.

  • http://twitter.com/Nancer Nancer

    These are beautiful – but why the sheerness? You can see right through them. While that gives the runway versions a diaphanous glow, the reality is that for the real world they will have to be lined. And that will probably change the look of the dresses dramatically.

    • Anonymous

      My thoughts exactly.  I don’t understand the point of an entire line that is clearly intended for public events, but can’t be worn unaltered in public.

  • Anonymous

    DREAMY. Such a pleasure to look at! Thanks for brightening my day, TLo!

  • Anonymous

    Pretty. Love the seafoam & white/cream combination, however the dress it’s on is cut.

  • Anonymous

    Lovely – and they have sleeves!  Not a single strapless gown in sight, thank heavens.

  • Anonymous

    That peach little number (7th photo) is DIVINE. Waaant…

  • Anonymous

    That little seafoam-on-white patterned dress is incredible to me. I just am in love with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1077090078 Megan Sullivan

    The models all look really short. The colors are too bleh and washed-out for me. I usually like Elie Saab much more than this.

  • lilibetp

    I wish you’d shown ALL the dresses.  I saw some in the video I’d assign.
     
    Anyway, here are my Oscar dresses assignments (and some I wouldn’t assign):
     
    1.  Angelina Jolie
    2.  Can’t think of anyone who’s hugely pregnant.  Or isn’t, but wants to LOOK hugely pregnant.
    3 and 4 are short dresses.
    5.  Dakota Fanning
    6.  Emma Stone
    7.  Michelle Williams
    8.  Jessica Biel
    9.  Andrea Riseborough
    10.  Jessica Chastain
    11.  Kate Blanchett
    12.  Alexandra Edenborough
    13.  Elle Fanning, maybe without the capelet
    14.  Rooney Mara
    15.  Anne Hathaway
    16.  Hailee Steinfeld
    17.  Madonna
     
    And on the video, I caught glimpse of some things that I thought could work.  Here they are, listed by time.
     
    :49.  Berenice Bejo
    :55.  Zoe Saldana
    1:11.  Helen Mirren (actually, there are several dresses with sleeves that I thought would work for her.  1:45 is a quick glimpse of a pink dress with long sleeves and 1:47 is a tiny, tiny glimpse of a yellow with ¾ sleeves.  It’s gone by 1:48.

  • http://twitter.com/IfIwasasculptor Erin Leahy

    So beautiful, every single one.  Massive fashiorgasm.  

  • Anonymous

    Peach V-neck= Berenice Bejo or Jessica Chastain, please!!!  Same with Yellow with shoulder wrap.

  • http://twitter.com/QuincyTKatz Quincy Katz

    The 4th look, white/mint with the high neck has Blanchett written all over it.
    Oh hell, they all do!

  • Anonymous

    Oh dear don’t show this see through shit to Lea Michele for the love of God.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE!!  As i said about the lovely Dior line the other day, this is what marchesa WISHES they could do but have no idea when to edit/stop/be sophisticated.

  • Cathy S

    So gorgeous. Sigh.

  • Anonymous

    Sooooo pretty!!  Oh so pretty.  

  • Anonymous

    Very ethereal and bridal.

  • Anonymous

    Melissa McCarthy should have them make her one in white to wear to the Oscars for her “Bridesmaids” nomination. Just for the Lulz.

  • Anonymous

    I really like the top half of the wedding dress on the end, but I would like it better with a shorter veil and a more narrow skirt.

  • Anonymous

    I typically loathe sheer on the runway, but I am rather enamored of the sheer sea foam wood nymph dress halfway through.  I just can’t imagine you could get away with wearing it out as designed, but a lining would very likely ruin it.  

  • Anonymous

    I also read a fun Royal Fashion blog, and oh baby, those young Crown Princess’s love Elie Saab!!  And they always look lovely…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=12331205 Aaron Fancey

    Beautiful, of course.  Absolutely nothing new for this line, of course.

  • Natasha Fairweather

    So beautiful. I would have loved to see some of these on some darker-skinned models, though. A little contrast would be lovely.

  • marilyn

    Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

  • Anonymous

    These are really beautiful, especially looks 3, 7 and 12. But I’m not sure how some of them will look with a lining, especially number three, the white on white embroidered dress.

    • Anonymous

      Stars will just have to wear unitards instead of lining the dress.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PRM766RS56X25A5742XLACK2LM Sam

    I really like several of those looks, some stunning silhouettes too!

  • Anonymous

    I’m so glad I looked at this AFTER I looked at the serial killer menswear… this was perfect for rinsing my brain of all the freakadeek. 

  • Anonymous

    GORGEOUS. i want the first one to be my wedding dress. seriously. dream gown, right there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3AJ237ND3GAHDQJZ4TLCO4WLRA Emily

    Wow.  I love these.  So beautiful.

  • Sandra Megally

    It would have been nice to see more women of color in this show (I think there was just one). Dresses this light would look AMAZING on a woman with a darker skin tone. 

    • Anonymous

      true, halle berry could work this look.

  • Anonymous

    SLEEEEEEEEEVES?  Hallelujah!  I love this collection.  The fabrics are exquisite.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WKSM57KFWUGRMKPDUW4SPL3GDM Kathryn

    Gasp!  Beyond gorgeous.

  • Anonymous

    *LOVE*LOVE*LOVE*

  • Anonymous

    Oh how lovely.  I adore those dresses.  Please make someone wear them somewhere so we can see them in Real Life…

  • Anonymous

    Oooh! Prettyprettypretty!

  • Anonymous

    Who knew Elie Saab has Galadriel for a client?

  • Anonymous

    Those sheer green and pink gowns are gorge! The slimmer green gown is tops for me. The neckline on the wedding dress is odd though. It’s throwing off the whole look, too casual.

  • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

    My woe with this is they all look kinda bridal to me.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

    Is it just me, or do most of these just look like really expensive bridesmaids’ dresses?

    • Anonymous

      exactly what i thought.  i think it’s the pastels, after all the brights in the exciting paris couture.

  • margaret meyers

    If it wasn’t for the nipples and panties I would think this was all Bridal Wear.

  • http://www.myblackfriendsays.com myblackfriendsays

    I’m happy you guys did single pictures here. It makes them much more pinning to pinterest friendly (:

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    Wow, stunning!

  • Anonymous

    Stunning on the over 50 set

  • Rachel Goldberg

    I sort of assumed all models were completely waxed.  These dresses suggest … otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    Blech, except for the 4th photo down.

  • http://twitter.com/beagles Anne Rinaldi

    Damn. That’s a lot of Easter eggs. Pretty, pretty Easter eggs.