May 26, 2009

My Interview With Elie Saab

Posted by Catherine Kallon

A few weeks ago, I interviewed Mr Elie Saab.

It’s stunning Couture gowns, like the ones he creates, which inspired me to start this blog.

The Lebanese designer most recently dressed Robin Wright Penn and Elsa Pataky for Cannes Film Festival, and continues to dress some of the most glamourous women in the world.

How would you describe the ‘Elie Saab’ Woman?
Elegant and glamorous.

What are your basic design principles?
To get the right cut of dress in order to highlight the woman’s figure at best, the woman should wear the dress and not the dress wears her.

Where do you seek inspiration?
It depends, anywhere I feel it, it could be a trip I make, an era in time, a movie..really anything can inspire me.

Do you have a muse?
Always the woman, an elegant woman with character.

What does your average day entail?
Before anything, I’d like to take it easy in the morning so I set my mood for the day, I take my coffee and exercise then head to my office where I go doing the usual, meet with my couture clients and work on new collections.

What message do you try to convey with each collection?
Innovation, a good product and the possibility for my clients to dream.

Which is your preferred season, Spring or Fall?
I usually do better in Spring as I like to work with light fabrics, I love the movement those fabric give anyhow you work with them.

A lot of celebrities wear your gowns on the red carpet. Does what they wear have an increase of interest on the particular gown worn, or on the Elie Saab brand as a whole?
Both, as we usually receive a lot of requests on the day after the event, asking about that particular dress, it also increases the interest in the brand in general, a red carpet event has a great exposure.

Your Fall 2009 collection features a lot of daywear pieces for the first time, was this a request from your customers, or a natural progression?
A natural progression, I believe in change and in being creative all the time, fashion gives us this opportunity, so I feel it as a normal change also in giving my customers new styles and varieties.

What’s been your most memorable moment to date and why?
I would cite my very first international move, from Beirut to Rome Italy, it was my first fashion show attended by the international press and clients and VIPs, it was the beginning of my international move, and was very emotional.

What do you love most about fashion?
The ability in being creative, it has no boundaries and limits.

What can we expect from your Fall 2009 Couture collection?
It is a bit early to reveal, but its under preparation…

If you could give women one piece of fashion advice, what would it be?
Only wear what fits you, don’t let the clothes wear you.

Click here to read my interview with Jason Wu.

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