Elie Saab channels circles, 70s

AP/ AFP – A vivid red screen flanked the Elie Saab runway inside the grounds of a Paris institution, the Michelin 3-star restaurant Alleno Paris at the Pavillon Ledoyen. The Lebanese designer got decorative and turned the style-dial firmly back to the 1970s. Small circles were a key theme.

The circles, at times, appeared controlled, such as the tiny perforated eyelets on a sporty white mini dress with long tassels. Later, the theme had a boho vibe: a petite sunflower print adorned a floor-length black gown worn by a model styled with her hair in an Afro.

A silk gown in rich electric blue had a looser-than-normal silhouette and a waist that was tight without being cinched. Thick banding led the eye down to a sumptuous full skirt that gently grazed the floor. The collection indicated that Saab, who found fame with va-va-voom cinched-waist looks, seems to be moving out of his comfort zone. And it’s paying dividends.