Elie Saab knows opulence. An expert in lace and embellishments, he’s made a career of delivering fashion fantasies.
Clients don’t just wear one of his gowns; they get caught up in the glitz. Every season, his fairy tale–worthy dresses and couture details give brides their moment. For Spring 2019, he drew inspiration from Vienna’s balls, a tradition in Austrian high society, and took over the penthouse at the Plaza to present a lineup of classic gowns fit for grand occasions.
With nipped waists and voluminous skirts, the gowns skewed princess-y—think: Kate Middleton or Grace Kelly. But with plenty of lacework, beading, and intricate sequins, Saab’s attention to detail enlivened silhouettes that have become familiar. White dresses are always pretty, but it takes skill to make them distinctive. From the delicate seams on a pristine satin dress to the 3-D flowers cascading down a bodice into layers of sweeping tulle, Saab gave each number a dynamic element.
It may have been as simple as crisscrossing ribbons at a neckline or as ornate as a yards-long lacy train, but each flourish elevated the traditional into something extraordinary. For the woman who prefers her fashion to be daring and her balls to be masquerades, there was a mermaid gown with a matching sequined cape.