Elie Saab couture SS20 was magical. It was far from minimal and celebrated the female form in every way. The collection was everything grand, luxurious and meticulous.
This collection was royal. Each piece was painted with greatness and nobility. Elie Saab is known to be the sculpturer of feminism. His collection for Spring and Summer 2020 was inspired by the Mexican culture that was visible through the motive and embroidery on each dress.
The Haute Couture Spring Summer 2020 collection is a mix of both Europe & Mexico with a modern twist. The dresses looked monumental with embroideries and layers of florals and pearls, featured shades of white, cream and blush, with gold detailing, with structured shoulders that added strength to the romantic gowns.
Monochromatic looks in matte fabrics and sensual silhouette added boldness and elegance to the collection in the form of one-color gowns. Maximalism was extended to the accessories with gold and oversized earings and sunglasses decorated with crystals.
“When Judy talked about this idea of goddesses, my mind immediately came back to my memories of the statues in Rome, of Botticelli, my point of view that is more Italian.”
Maria Grazia Chiuri joined forces with Judy Chicago to realize the idea of the show. So, on the first day of the couture season, we entered the birth canal of Chicago’s installation, there to watch Chiuri summon a golden host of goddesses onto a womb-shaped runway. The backdrop of the runaway featured a message “What if Women rued the world” as a strong statement from the designer to the world.
Over a six-month preparation, Chiuri’s conversation with Chicago birthed this idea about worship of goddesses and the struggle of women artists to find their own means of expression.
So there were the Dior goddesses, in Chiuri in shiffon and silk, walking in their Roman sandals, silken-fringe dresses conjured without stitching, one shoulder drappe dresses, wrap-over floor-length pleated shirtdress with a blouse and a skirt knotted to one side. The Gold color was dominant and big pieces of accessories were features with almost every look.