Elie Saab wows with GoT-inspired collection
:: Lebanese designer Elie Saab showcased a “Game of Thrones” (GoT) inspired collection at the Paris Haute Couture Week on Wednesday.
Entitled “A Tale of Fallen Kings,” the collection was bursting with ornate, nostalgic elements that harked back to centuries past — yet it felt very much of the moment.
The idea was to “capture the opulence and wild beauty of medieval times, and translate it into fiercely elegant feminine silhouettes,” the Beirut-born brand said on Instagram.
The Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2017/2018 collection comprised a glowy, golden runway look that was a perfect real-world version of the warrior queen look.
Long lavishing embellished coats paid tribute to the ornamental artistry of the medieval era.
The HBO series inspiration was also reflected in the gilded crowns and tiny braids sported by the models.
It is not often that designers cite current pop culture references as an inspiration for their collections.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday the ever-audacious Karl Lagerfeld proved he is still nimble when it comes to putting on a fashion show. The 83-year-old had a 46-ton Eiffel Tower recreated inside the Grand Palais for the pleasure of his Chanel couture celebrity guests.
Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo returned the love by presenting him with the city’s highest honor.
Celebrities including Julianne Moore, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Pharrell Williams and Tilda Swinton were shown to metal seats in real sand and gravel.
“It’s extraordinary to come into the Grand Palais, which is awesome at the best of any time, but to stand under the tour Eiffel is extraordinary. Only Chanel,” Swinton said.
The dawn of the 20th century — the period following the Eiffel Tower’s construction — was the creative touchstone for Chanel’s wintery-looking couture.