July 29 2014

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Bridezillas and Elie Saab to the Economic Rescue


Has there been a better moment for Elie Saab since Halle Berry accepted her Oscar wearing the now legendary burgundy see-through confection in 2002? “There have been hundreds of mini-moments like that, but nothing like that for sheer impact,” said the gentleman designer, making a rare in-store appearance at the launch of his first-ever U.K. boutique, in Harrods. Saab was flanked by family members, including his wife and identikit son, and Harrods chairman Mohamed Al Fayed. They were joined by a rapt group of private clients oohing, aahing, and not even glancing at the price tags of the dresses on offer. (They start around the £2,000 mark, FYI.) “Our clientele…how can I say it?” began Saab modestly. “Downturns in economy don’t affect them.” That’s a good thing, since there were scads of lavish beaded, ruffled, and lace numbers that made us wonder: If you don’t have an invite to Vanity Fair‘s Oscar party or the Met Ball, where on earth would one wear such a high-octane frock? “Darling, a wedding,” explained the couture-loving Samantha Bunting, a private client and years-long Saab loyalist. “No matter how bad it gets, people are still getting married, and the bride, the mother of the bride, and the guests still need to get dressed.”



  1. fash1on says:

    these dresses are insane, wow! the purple looks like kinda like one of kira plastinina’s. i want!

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