Elie Saab Eyewear
Elie Saab has just dropped his first eyewear collection. Distribution is extremely limited, and we are excited and proud to be carrying Elie Saab Eyewear at our shops and online.
It goes without saying that the finest materials were used. Saab selected Zeiss as partner for the lenses and barely-there gold mirror coatings. Frame surfaces are plated in gold or palladium.
The Couronne (French for crown) styles stand out with their harmonious combination of metal and acetate. A gold foliage design drapes the top of the frame. Couronne styles are available in round or aviator. The acetates colors are characteristic of the Elie Saab house and are generally soft hued, with the exception of the round couronne which also comes in black – the only one in the collection.
The Chaine (chain) designs evoke the feel of twisted metal. Whereas Couronne is a reference to nature, Chaine brings to mind a modern, industrial sensibility. The chaine motif is available in the highly geometrical circular and square forms and in two colorways – gold or palladium.
The Diamant (diamond) style stands alone. Diamant features gold netting at the corners of the frame, which is then further embellished with Swarovski crystals. This idea feels very in line with the intricate stone and bead work of Elie’s Saab’s haute couture. Diamond faceting demands an increase in the thickness of the lens. Shimmering details all work together to create a fairytale effect.
For their first eyewear collection, Elie Saab went all out with details, but stayed reserved with respect to shape and color. Round, square, aviator; gold, silver – the basics. But runway looks from Elie Saab’s FW17 ready to wear show in Paris hinted that Saab will be pushing the envelope with things to come: organic and more inventive forms; eyewear that combines acetate fronts and metal temples; a larger range of colors from white to navy blue.
With a distinctive voice, Elie Saab has made a bold first foray into eyewear. We look forward to seeing more from the line as it continues to develop.