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Editorial

Some flowers blossom in winter, like those on the romantic dresses produced by Elie Saab, who entitled this collection ‘Bouquets d’Hiver’. The first exit, a long asymmetric dress with a rich floral print worn with a matching fringed scarf, a gilet with floral appliqués and black leather above-the-knee boots, opened up a series of looks in which lace, ruches, transparencies and, naturally, flowers were the minimum common denominator. A mildly tougher stance was taken by leather corset-belts that cinched the waist of even the most elegant outfits, decorated with crystals and other types of shine. But the Victorian dresses with high collars and chaste hemlines, which Elie Saab was doubtless inspired by, also had the waistline nipped by something only slightly milder than fetish corsets.