[Guest Post] vmac+cheese: Elie Saab Obsessed

…keeping us on track for our most stylish year yet…

I am thrilled to welcome client/blog friend/daily inspiration Victoria of vmac+cheese today! You may have seen that we made some changes to her look last month, my favorite being the (no-brainer) incorporation of her own lovely handwriting into her new header and logo — a brand styling success, IMHO! And look out for more from this talented miss in 2012…lots of good things coming, can’t wait!

Hi small shop readers! Victoria from vmac+cheese here to bring you what I hope is a serious dose of fashion inspiration. Erika was kind of enough to give me free rein to talk about whatever I wanted today, and as I looked around for ideas, I kept coming back to one thing in particular: how obsessed I am with Elie Saab.

Elie Saab is a Lebanese designer who sky rocketed to fame when Halle Berry wore a beautiful burgundy red gown by him to the Oscars in 2002 — the same year she nabbed the trophy for Best Actress for her work in Monster’s Ball. Since then, Elie Saab’s gorgeous gowns continue to be a red carpet favorite. You might recognize these two dresses, worn very recently:

I particularly love that while his gowns can be show stopping, there’s a lovely understated elegance to them. They allow women to take a bit of risk — perhaps in their color, or the material, or even the cut — but at the same time, the wearer still seems so feminine. The Fashion Model Directory summed up his look best when they wrote:

“Saab’s collections are glamorous and sophisticated, fusing a cultural myriad of fashion influences to give a distinctive and modern edge to his designs. He experiments with the central themes of femininity and romanticism, creating clothing that is cut-to-the-curve, with soft edges and exquisite detail including hand embroidery, beading, and the use of luxurious fabrics such as mousseline and silk.”

Elie Saab’s Spring/Summer 2012 collection was certainly no exception to this rule. Now that the new year has come, it feels like it’s okay to be looking ahead to spring, so for your enjoyment, here are my absolute favorite looks from this collection:

So amazing, isn’t it? If only I had an occasion — and the budget! — to indulge in one of these beauties!! Which dress or look is your favorite?

You can also view the entire SS 2012 Elie Saab show here. But get ready…you’ll be lusting after his work for the rest of the day!

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Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

  1. I am totally digging the blue dress on the bottom left. The lace one next to it is a stunner too. I love how it could be demure or sexy totally depending on how you style it. Fab.

  2. One of my favorite designers! He just knows how to dress a woman’s body so that she looks like a woman. I am in love with everything here, I only wish I could afford them. Sucks to have such expensive taste without the budget to do something about it! Would be nice to have the models figure as well, as long as I’m dreaming! Loving the Zoe dress, so chic. Great way to start my morning, thanks Victoria.

  3. I love that gold one but I wish someone would wear the white on the end second to last row in a Deco inspired wedding!
    xoxox -e (modern24seven)

  4. Lover her, love him, and love those looks! First, V’s handwriting is the shiz. Secondly, how do you clean out drool from a laptop. Thanks for reminding me of this collection! That gold number on top, blue pant suit in the 3rd row, and first blue dress in the last row have me swooning.

  5. Ok this collection is to die for! The silhouettes are not that intricate but the use of the fabrics and the fabrics in it selves are stunning! I really can’t pick a favorite! Have to start following you Victoria, got you bookmarked a while ago and for some reason forgot about it! 😉
    And Erika, amazing job with her blog, I felt inspired by her About section to make mine 😉 didn’t know it was your work!

  6. Gaaahh! Totally. With. You. Elie Saab has released some of the most stunning gowns I have ever seen recently. I mean, emerald green sequins? Yes please!

  7. LOVE ellie saab and it makes me so proud to know that we share a similar background! no one does elegant couture like him. that white number on the third row is absolutely gorgeous!

  8. I think you captured his work perfectly with the phrase “understated elegance”. He also had one of my favorite Oscar dresses last year with Mila’s lavendar lace stunner. Great post Victoria!