Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture Collection

Posted on January 24, 2014

Elie Saab Spring 2014 Couture Collection







[Photo Credit: IMAXtree]

    • 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

      • http://piblet.tumblr.com/ Anastasia

        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


    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      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!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1180174329 Elizabeth Phillips SC TSu

      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.

    • http://victoriapavlova.com Victoria Pavlova

      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.

    • http://www.lippsisters.com/ Deborah Lipp


      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.