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  • Writer's pictureThe San Juan Daily Star

Elie Saab’s fresh summer style

By Iris Edén Santiago

Special to The Star

“Every little thing he does is magic.” I couldn’t find a better description for Elie Saab than those words by The Police.

Away from the dramatic beading, elaborate textures and rich embellishments he has us used to, the Lebanese genius wins again. His SS23 collection is a break from his signature opulence. “Summer Breeze” is indeed a breeze of fresh air and equally fabulous in every way.

Saab used crocheted thick lace in gardenia white, “luscious lace,” and designed “spirited” crop tops, blouses and high slit skirts. A series of white looks to dream about: dresses, boleros, jackets and sweaters.

He also presented wide leg pants, mini skirts and pencil skirts paired with bralettes, crop tops and blouses in white chantilly lace, cotton, crepe, broderie anglaise and silk georgette.

The color palette reminds me of a summer wedding, beautiful manicured gardens, a spring bridal bouquet: white, coral, emerald, lilac and lime. Green tones, which I love, are front and center.

Most looks were accessorized with ultra chic pussy bows and loosely fit neck ties. Some had cascading tiny flower bouquets in contrasting colors. A Parisian look … so vintage and yet so new. On point.

The collection exudes “a timeless chic with a touch of garden freshness … soft and sumptuous textures overlap into free flowing expressions that carry her carefree assuredness into the day,” read Saab’s notes on the new collection.

Especially fabulous? A white tailored pant suit embroidered with scattered gold circle appliques. Divine!

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