Between the sweeping stage and the finer forms, the bride is illuminated. The theater’s grand view of the Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2018 Collection brings the gown’s exquisite details and fine craftsmanship into relief: ornate yet ethereal beading, delicate appliques, shimmering sequins on soft tulles, layered lace and sculptured satins.
Arabesques, fine lines or leafy branches take form upon floor-length mermaid gowns or A-line skirts of voluminous tulle, playing upon the structure of the form-fitting bustiers, whether marked by a plunging V-neck, round necklines, or off-the-shoulder styles. Partial embroidery appears like leaves falling on the skin, adding a figurative dimension to the near-transparency of tulle.
The veils, however, capture the true audacity of the collection. Some are whisper-light with accents of the gown’s embroidery; others are crown-like headbands that become a wide braid of fine tulle and sequins at the back of the head, spreading out into a diaphanous single-layer veil. A unique hooded cape is full embroidered in sequins, stones and beads to finish with a gently rounded, majestic train.
Gowns to be seen from afar and in the finest detail, for the bride who owns her moment in the spotlight with presence and poise.