Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on January 24, 2014

Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture Collection







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  • Emily Dagger

    It’s not going to look at all weird when I start wearing the third-to-last one to the office, is it?

    • Frank_821

      not too odd. It’s not like you’d be wearing the big princess gown. Now that would be showy…lol

      • Imasewsure

        Yes that one is for the CEO of course

    • Jaeda Laurez

      I LOVE that dress.

    • Kathy

      That one is so beautifully dramatic.

    • Jen

      that one is a stunner. Love the way the skirt moves and the color blends…

    • Imasewsure

      Just OWN it and the cube-dwellers will accept

    • Danielle

      You’re going to have to rip it off my cold, dead body first!

    • Latin Buddy

      sashay, shante, sashay, shante, shante, shante down the hallway

    • One of the first ombre-dyed dresses that I don’t hate. I LOVE this.

    • H2olovngrl

      Considering your entire clothing budget will be spent on one dress, I guess you better get a lot of use out of it!

    • joything

      It’s the only one of the whole collection that made my heart go BOOM and my scrolling stop, so I for one will welcome my new ombre-gowned manager.

    • marlie

      Weird? Not in the least!

    • SugarSnap108

      That dress is by far my fave. Many of the others are pretty, but I feel like I’ve seen them many, many times.

    • jspark

      Agreed! that’s the only one I liked too. The rest looks seriously dated.

    • EEKstl

      My fave as well. Completely obsessed with it.

    • Coleen

      That one is my favorite, too.

    • DesertDweller79

      LOVE that one! I say go for it!

  • Belvane

    Is that fifth gown smuggling a ham?

  • Latin Buddy

    It’s odd. The cinched waist is VERY Dior…or what Dior should/has been known for until Raf ruined it.

    • Evan

      I also got a somewhat Impressionistic vibe from the collection, which is very Dior as well.

    • TLJezebel

      I was thinking the same thing! J Law would look great in those looks except she’s a whore for Dior these days.

    • DesertDweller79

      I know! I, too, thought of Dior when I looked at them. And also thought Jennifer Lawrence would look beautiful in some of them. Ha!

  • Frank_821

    Overall these are pretty breathtaking and live up to a couture label. Some of the gowns seem to overwhelm the models though

  • Jaeda Laurez

    I always appreciate Elie Saab. You’ll never look avant-garde, but you will ALWAYS look like a star. Love this entire collection (although i really am over the sheer dress thing; it’s been done, and we’ve seen more “vintage” granny panties than I need in my life.)

    • Evan

      Agreed. Elie Saab isn’t very innovative, but he does feminine beauty about as good as anyone.

      • BrooklynBomber

        You just hit the nail on the head. For me, some of it’s very beautiful, but overall it’s just too much. I feel like I’ve got to brush my teeth.

    • marlie

      At least it seems like the ladystars in Elie Saab tend to get the dresses lined before they wear them.

    • Little_Olive

      I was thinking the same thing, but those black-based -especially the third to last- just saved the whole thing. WANT.

  • rkdgal

    Watch for these on a Zooey Deschanel near you! Seriously, how many of these are we going to see on the red carpet soon? Gorge.

    • MilaXX

      and she’ll frak it up with a juvenile nail job. I like nail art, but hers always look like something a 12 year old would wear.

  • Angela_the_Librarian

    If I were ever to get married again, I would like to do so in dress #5. Actually half of these look like they could be fabulous wedding gowns.

  • Jen

    I love this whole collection, with few exceptions. Beautiful, elegant, feminine, exactly what I want from Spring designer collections.

  • Sarah

    Super bored. Feel like I’ve seen all these a billion times, except maybe the ombre numbers, which are the only ones that excite me. Sorry, but these are too “garden wedding” for my taste.

    • Katie Wolf

      That hair – is. not. helping!

      • Sarah

        Very “my older sister trying to make her frizzy adolescent hair look tasteful for her flute concert with the high school band”

    • KinoEye

      I think that’s the best deployment of the ombre effect I’ve ever seen on a gown. It’s stunning. I keep going back to that one — third from last, I think? Love it.

  • carlaaxtman

    J’ADORE. Especially 9, 14 & 21. I’d knock you down and cut you for 14. That’s my shit.

  • CakesOnAPlane

    Can i make a request for #17 (the light blue) on Jessica Chastain?

  • Kbear

    The model in the 5th picture down looks like she is shoplifting a 32″ TV under that skirt.

  • Imasewsure

    Angelina Jolie needs to hit this line hard. That being said so many celebs could make these gorgeous gowns sing (except the ugly ones which need to go away)

  • Blair Sylvester

    Beautiful but staid

  • Lex

    Holy f*cking stunning. I LOVE the first dress! I agree the sheer ones border on stale but this is some pretty fabulous couture overall.

  • sagecreek

    Oh, dear. The ones I love, I really love, and the ones I hate, I really hate. No middle ground on this collection.

  • LipstickForPigs

    Best one yet.

  • SierraDelta

    The more exuberant skirts call to mind Mother Ginger from The Nutcracker.

  • mjude

    for every one I liked I then had to suffer through SHEER. goddamnit I am over it

  • paintedfish

    that ombre #19 is gorg! i wanna see that at the oscars.

    • MilaXX

      Black on top, color burst in bottom? Yes! Give that to Queen Lupita please.

  • Synnamin

    YAY! Panniers are back! (and I’m not actually being sarcastic, believe it nor not)

    • boweryboy

      You’re not alone. Bustles and panniers are fun. Impratical, often unflattering, but fun nonetheless.

      • Synnamin

        I’m in a social group that does 18th Century “roleplay” (if, by “roleplay” you accept that we dress up like pretty, pretty princes and princesses, drink champagne, eat chocolate, and talk in silly French accents). The panniers take some getting used to, but they’re great fun

        • marlie

          That group sounds awesome.

        • Jackie4g

          I would hazard a guess that you have to remember to go through doors sideways.

          • Constant Reader

            I’m thinking that if you forget, you get a short, sharp reminder. 🙂

        • Constant Reader

          How do i join that group? Any opportunity to dress like a pretty pretty princess sounds good to me!

    • Corsetmaker

      I do love a pannier 🙂

    • GillianHolroyd

      Where were you when Chanel did them a couple years ago to much derision? I loved them too.

  • Cassidy Olsen

    I was bummed by HOW similar this is to his past few collections, but the colors and fabrics really are gorgeous. The big dramatic floral one is ah-mazing.

    • demidaemon

      That’s true. I do respect that he always turns out beautiful dresses that you could imagine on any type of woman, and it’s never hideous or overdesigned.

  • hughman

    The models should all just be holding little gold Oscars. I mean, come on. Tick tock.

  • MilaXX

    Pretty enough that I can overlook some of the sheer pieces. My favorite dress is the strapless one that starts out black at the top and exploded into purples and oranges at the bottom (3rd from the bottom). I also like that knee length blue lace,

  • Emily Smith

    I can’t wait to see all of these at the oscars.

  • ellatheingenue


  • She snuck the Khaleesi in! The first dress is gorgeous.

  • Truthiness2U

    The SHEERS are making me seriously twitchy at this point. It’s beyond done to death, at this point. It’s like a shambling, fashion zombie. I need it fashion beheaded and fashion burned. And sooner than later.

    But beyond that, a lot of this is very Elie Saab, so a lot of the same looks, with some variations. But on the other hand, I find so much of it really beautiful, that I don’t mind the pretty variations on a theme, he has going on.

    Plus I hardcore covet that ombre dress. We wantssss it, we do.

  • Anni

    Some of those dresses made me think that a horde of cats got into paints, ate a tube of glitter, and then made a home on top of the material while hacking up gloriously shiny hairballs all over it.

    That being said, I actually like them.

    • Let it out

      Ha! Nailed it. “Gloriously shiny hairballs” should be a thing that is said. B.K.s – make it so!

  • MilaXX

    Playing dress the celeb. So obviously I want Lupita in that fantastic strapless ombre. I think Christina Hendrix would look great in the one shoulder blue number, 4th row, far right. Just close up the thigh high slit. Are there any teens nominated ? The knee length blue lace would look great on a young gal. Sandra Bullock would look great i one of the blue sparkly gowns.

    • marlie

      These are beautiful, but at the same time, perfect for of the more sartorially-challenged ladystars.

      • demidaemon

        Which is exactly why they won’t wear them, unfortunately.

    • amaranth16

      Oh, yes, Christina would look extraordinary in that one.

  • MK03

    Take your pick, Miss Lupita.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    So romantic and wearable. A lot of this is red carpet ready. I like it!

  • Some of the gowns with padded hips look really short-waisted. But some serious gorgeousness here.

  • Sunraya

    I have a blog where I pick out clothes for celebrities. I saved almost every one of these gowns. Absolutely gorgeous!! The last collection I liked this much was last year’s Nicole Miller collection. These are fabulous!! Can’t wait to start picking out people to wear them!! I think the first gown, the thumbnail, will have to go to someone very, very special!!!

    • oohsparkley!

      I would like to see this blog. I would have no trouble picking my Oscar gown from this collection. If I had that option..

      • oohsparkley!

        Actually, it might be a problem deciding which gorgeous dress to choose.

  • LeelaST

    Gorgeous and Princess-y stunning! Not a fan of the obvious sheer over the bathing suit look, otherwise lovely. #12 and #13 counting from the bottom – the 2 embellished gold looks – are my faves after the 2nd from bottom black gown. To die.

  • sleepycat

    stunning everything looks good-to-amazing. No clunkers here.

  • Claudia Berry

    The 3rd to last is the only one that looks fresh. The rest all look like same old, same old.

  • golden_valley

    The dresses are mostly OK, but I find myself distracted by the angry faces on some of the models.

  • anotherkate

    There are some gorgeous gowns here. I love the thumbnail dress (and all its sisters) especially.

  • Michelle Wilson


  • AmeliaEve

    I love those big stiff princess skirts. So dramatic. And I am always a sucker for a show that ends with a bride.

    • quiltrx

      I’m with you on both counts!

  • KT


  • marlie

    I love the strapless dress with the black bodies and multicolored ombré skirt.

    The rest is pretty pretty princess beautiful, and perfect for ladystars like Taylor Swift. I love it all, even though there’s nothing earth shattering or new here.

  • Jackie4g

    Splendid fabrics all the way through. Except for some of those exaggerated panier-like hips, most of this is graceful and wearable. Adding an opaque lining here and there wouldn’t hurt. They won’t for the red carpet, but real women probably will.

  • YoungSally

    OK — some of the giant skirts look like 1) Quinceanera and/or 2) top of a cake

  • quiltrx

    HOORAY!!! When it’s Elie Saab time, I always clap my hands like an excited little girl. And I’m pretty much never disappointed! This is GORGEOUS…if I were reincarnated as a princess, I would wear ES all day every day just because I could, and because I’m a princess.
    There’s a bit more “hey, I see your cooch” here than I would like, but his gowns usually do fine with being aftermarket-lined, if you will. Lovely collection.

    • demidaemon

      True. Somehow, he manages to, generally, not fuck up the lining of these dresses. RuPaul would be proud.

  • save_the_hobbit

    Finally some gorgeous! Love Eli Saab.

  • Nicole Little

    Super pretty

  • hmatz

    This collection took my breath away. Seriously, I need an inhaler after scrolling through this much fabulous beauty.

    • conniemd

      Elie Saab knows how to make beautiful clothes for women. Period.

  • Trickytrisha

    I just overloaded on elegant, beautiful clothing. The third from the bottom (large pics) dress is breathtakingly. Some of these veer a tad close to Marchesa territory, but lack the saccharine that Georgina & Co. put out. All in all, a stellar collection.

    • Gatto Nero

      These are ornate but restrained at the same time. Marchesa’s trademark is overwrought design and unbalanced silhouettes. Chapman should watch and learn.

  • insertclevername_ici

    Wow. I want to see the giant flower explosion on the oscars red carpet.

  • susan6

    Third from the bottom. I want it. Or at least I want to see someone wearing it at the Oscars. It looks like it wandered in from a different collection, but it is awesome.

    • Lianne S

      Totally agree! That is by far the most standout look. And considering ombre has already had it’s moment and we are all moving on… that is saying something. That dress is timeless and divine!

    • conniemd

      I mentioned that one above. It just sings to me.

  • Carla_Charlton

    Gorgeous. I would love to see Charlize Theron in some of these.

  • CommentsByKatie

    I guess Elie Saab must be my thing because I am absolutely dying for all of these. Chiffon, beads, and flowers as far as the eye can see. ADORE!

  • omg_dora

    Who should wear what on the red carpet: young Grace Kelly, all of these.

  • Corsetmaker

    It’s like a red carpet stylists dream come true! Loving some of them, especially the grand floral and the ombre. Also that nude chiffon goddess gown. Nice to see sleeves too, I’m predicting Helen Mirren nabbing that dark blue beaded one perhaps. Not keen on the tulle skirted ones. I like a bit of tulle but it feels like a bit of a copout at that level.

    • Gatto Nero

      Helen Mirren would look stunning in that one, with the sheer skirt lined. She has lovely shoulders, and it would set off her face beautifully.

  • maretha2

    I want all of these in my closet immediately. I’ll wear them as I swan about the house doing laundry and checking email and going to PTA meetings.

  • SewingSiren

    Something for the 1st Lady, Diva, Siren, Goddess, Princess. and Queen in all of us.

  • LaSylphide

    Love almost all of these, especially the flowery ones and all the colors.

  • Stella Zawistowski

    Capital-P Pretty. Want all of it. Want more occasions in life where I would come even close to wearing any of it.

  • belfebe

    Somebody put Lady Gaga in the sheer white #8.

  • Dagney

    Oh, we are still doing see-through?

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Unfortunately, yes. I do wish designers would get over their infatuation with sheers, but it seems they are determined to keep playing with them.
      That said, I do like the collection overall, especially the draped gowns.

  • Gatto Nero

    Very beautiful variations on three basic themes (appliques with sheer, Grecian grace, exaggerated skirt silhouettes). Cohesive and thoughtful. Uber-femme.
    This is what Marchesa wishes it could be when it grows up and acquires some taste.

    • demidaemon

      Saab always knows when it is just enough (with regards to embellishment). Marchesa usually goes about five miles farther than “just enough.”

  • demidaemon

    LOVE everything rendered in a color and the black and mixed colors looks. Bored to tears by the that string of noncolored dresses near the beginning and the gold dresses later on. Fantastic detail and beading. It’s Elie Saab, for sure.

    • conniemd

      I would kill for the strapless gown with the mixed colors flowing out of
      the bottom of the black top. Elie Saab knows how to make women
      beautiful. I picture Kerry Washington or Lucy Liu in some of the dresses
      with the big wide princessy skirts.

  • EEKstl

    I am wondering which one of these stunners we’ll see at the a Oscars, most are more than worthy. The third to last took my breath away. A show stopper.

  • Several are truly MAGNIFICENT. The reds, the elongated striped gold one, the princessy black degrade – OMG, I love them. Hope to see them in Oscars.

  • SRQkitten

    Le sigh. Gorgeous! Even the ones that I don’t particularly care for the color, could see being stunning in a different color on the right person.

  • PastryGoddess

    My only complaint is that the colors are too muted for a spring collection. Other than that..gorgeous!

  • JaCory Deon

    It’s a very pretty, fairy tale-like collection. Such a sophisticated use of color and proportion…not sure how a busty gal could carry most of these off, but they’re still gorgeous.

  • unbornfawn

    Very beautiful. If not very original, which is not always a bad thing. I’m not sure about the exaggerated hip and I’m ready for the see-through skirt trend to be over. I can see lots of these showing up on the red carpet.

  • Nikki

    At first I didn’t think this collection made sense, and then I realized how expansive it was. It has a beautiful “from dusk to dawn” quality to it, in that it’s referencing nature and water. Maybe it’s because I live on a western coast and I see the sun seeing over waves almost every day, but it speaks to me. Some of the fabrics seemed a bit thick, but then when it moved into the more “grecian” style, I was swept up. The one dress that is black and then deeply colored to a white at the bottom, but without being muddy in the color area? Oh goodness. Maybe I’m swept up by the colors, but I think the simplicity of letting the texture speak there is excruciatingly lovely. And the amazing lace work… Oh it’s just wonderful… It all looks so flattering too.

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  • Dana

    The draped dresses are my faves

  • mdcoon127

    These are all some of the most beautiful dresses I’ve seen in a long long time…gorgeous!

  • Diego!

    Red Carpet potential dresses. What a beautiful collection. I love it!

  • Aurumgirl

    The whole collection is bridal until we get to the “I see England, I see France” dress. Which will probably be lined and used as a wedding gown, too. It’s all lovely but very much a specific kind of look all around.

  • amaranth16

    My favorite collection in a long time.

    4 and 7, the buff and white draped gowns, have Kerry Washington written all over them. Or the baby blue one – #15 in the slides. I’d love to see Jennifer Lawrence in the black strapless gown with the watercolor ombre… and actually, the ones that look like Impressionist paintings would look divine on Marion Cotillard… too bad!

  • VicksieDo

    The top one is fierce!

  • PeaceBang

    Standard fare. Lots of beautiful. Lots of lady stars coming soon to a red carpet near you.

  • nycfan

    Nothing groundbreaking but after a series of *curious* collections, I guess I was ready for something gorgeous and wearable (at least by stars and models), and this certainly fits the bill. I really like a lot of this.


    I’m kinda wishing #7 had been my wedding dress.

  • DesertDweller79

    I love to see some of the black-based ones, especially with the multicolor skirts, on the red carpet. Hoping to see one of those at the Oscars.

  • lesmaha

    this collection makes me wonder, who wears formal dresses besides actors on red carpets? Is there a whole nother shadow world of which I know nothing? Answer is yes, of course–but are there so many people wearing these?

    Perhaps I’m thinking too hard.