A woman of both character and fragility, the Elie Saab woman shines – and asserts herself.

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Delicate lace and embroidery rival each other in subtlety, mingle and layer: tea-rose pink, mauve, raspberry, aniseed green and stone compose a Spring palette that is fresh as a scented breeze. Like a bouquet of wild flowers, tulle, organza and chiffon prints mix together to create an Impressionist cloud.

Defined waists sharpen the look: belted with an embroidered tone-on-tone grosgrain ribbon, silhouettes take on a patrician allure, inspiring another time. High-cut boat necks grace the base of the nape, encircling the bust with lightness: shoulders are enveloped in an embrace of stone tulle, lace pin-tucked with black or embroidered with tea-rose pink petals.

A new aesthetic underscoring a regal demeanor, in harmony with the slender, high-waisted silhouette. With a touch of insolence, short volumes open in a corolla, flaring from the waist.

Powdery shades reminiscent of vintage lingerie blend with abstract flowers, while petals in tulle and mother-of-pearl devour a dress like sparkly coral. At once refined and inspired, chiffon pierced with lace ribbons alternates with crisscross necklines. Floral embroidery, applied in semi-transparent layers, crescendo to the floor.

In contrast, a black evening gown entirely embroidered in black onyx, features a bustier sliced open with a deep central cut, and closes the silhouette with a striking trail. It evokes the concentrated glamour that lies at the heart of the collection.

Reconciling a softer femininity and pin-up humor, the ELIE SAAB woman wears the Couture collection with rare determination. Draped in infinite lightness, she floats, seemingly carefree.

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Elie Saab Haute Couture Spring Summer 2011