In his spring couture collection, Elie Saab showering a cascade of fabric petals on evening gowns inspired by the painting “The Roses of Heliogabalus” by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Rendered in several layers of silk chiffon, the blossoms took on a soft-focus quality on a powder-pink Empire-line dress with sheer long sleeves. They appeared to sprout three-dimensionally from a hydrangea-blue bustier gown with an ample skirt.
The painterly effects were most striking on a trio of gazar dresses with a multicolored floral print that gradually faded into white.
Dresses with extra voluminous skirts were guaranteed to make an entrance, but Saab knows how to engineer an exit, too. His Grecian-pleated gowns, in alluring shades of pale blue, yellow and coral, wafted long strips of chiffon in their wake.