By an overwhelming margin, Elie Saab not only received the most votes for Red Carpet Designer of the Year, but also for Couturier of the Year.
No, I promise you I didn’t rig the votes.
The designer’s magical gowns were showcased at nearly every major event this year including Cannes Film Festival, the Oscars, the Latin Grammys, the Bambi Awards, the Marie Claire Prix de la Moda Awards, the BAFTAs, the Emmy’s and the Golden Globes.
No other designer can boast that kind of reach in 2011.
Elie’s biggest celebrity fan was, of course, Fan Bingbing, but his other loyal fans included Sarah Jessica Parker, Mila Kunis, Hilary Swank, Princess Beatrice, Catherine Zeta Jones, Taylor Swift, Evan Rachel Wood, Abbie Cornish, Emily Blunt, Princess Victoria of Sweden, Florence Welch and, most recently, Sonam Kapoor, Emma Watson, Gwyneth Paltrow and Nicole Kidman.
It’s no wonder his client list is almost as extensive as IMDB, because he creates everything a girl could want – from head-turning gowns, to sequin mini dresses, every girl wants a piece of Elie magic because it pretty much guarantees her a place on Best Dressed lists the world over.
Runner up for Designer of the Year: Alexander McQueen
Runner up Couturier of the Year: Givenchy