June 28, 2011
Elie Saab is out to change his all-evening-dresses-all-the-time image. The Beirut-based designer hired photographer Cedric Buchet to photograph a model in a pantsuit for his Fall ad campaign, and there were more of those fitted looks in his first-ever Resort collection. Nothing androgynous about Saab's two-piecers. Double crepe jackets were cut close to the body with a little flip at the hem, and trousers came in two styles: lean and leaner. A chartreuse tie-neck blouse worn with high-waisted pants as snug as jodhpurs played into fashion's current fixation with neons. After-dark options were likewise bright—fuchsia, turquoise, red—but the silhouettes weren't as new. No matter, his celebrity following will snap them up for the red carpet.