Elie Saab showcases India-inspired line in Paris

Paris, Jan 28 (IANS) Globally popular Lebanese fashion designer Elie Saab added an Indian zing to his Haute Couture Spring/Summer 2016 showcase here by taking inspiration from sari drapes and salwar kameez ensembles.

According to fashion-industry trade journal Women’s Wear Daily, Saab gave his collection an Indian theme, “adding an exotic tinge to his sparkly gowns and cocktail dresses, swags of fabric over-the-shoulder telegraphing the gesture of a sari”.

“The collection also unleashed a torrent of new elements, including silky pants, spangled salwar kameez ensembles, and breezy dusters,” the online platform reported.

The show notes referenced Lilah Wingfield, an Anglo-Irish noblewoman who recorded her travels to Delhi and Udaipur in 1911, when Victorian silhouettes were yielding to the Edwardian period.

Saab’s world-famous creations have earlier been proudly flaunted by Indian actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Katrina Kaif and Sonam Kapoor at the red carpet of the Cannes International Film Festival.

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