The king of the red carpet is none other than Elie Saab. This is the third year of his ravishing reign atop the Best Of list, scooping up the honour of Designer and Couturier of the Year.
The fashion darling of the celebrity set, the Lebanese designer consistently dazzles with looks that are trendsetting without being try-hard—and that are uncompromisingly beautiful. Nearly every major event, soiree and awards show has his name on it. With his sweeping gowns, deliciously embellished dresses and other magical confections, they are practically fit for royalty.
Indeed, he even created a wedding gown for a princess. Claire Lademacher, now Princess Claire of Luxembourg, walked down the aisle in his haute couture lace stunner in September.
Even then, perhaps the most memorable moment this past year was Elizabeth Banks’ take-your-breath-away entrance at the Berlin premiere of ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire;’ a silver delight from the Fall 2013 Couture collection. A close second, of course, was Taylor Swift, who wore a captivating crimson gown from her go-to designer at the 47th annual CMA Awards.
Also caught under the Elie Saab style spell is Fan Bingbing, who might just be his biggest fan, donning the designer a record four times during the Cannes Film Festival. Amy Adams, too, has had her own fair share of fashion victories at the hands of Elie.
With these enchanting entrees, can he ever be removed from his sartorially superior throne?