The buzz: Having gained success seemingly overnight after dressing Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars, Elie Saab is known for his swirling, sequined creations that were practically made for the red carpet. While his ready-to-wear clothing is sold in department stores across Asia, this is his first stand-alone store on the continent.
The goods: Saab launched his fashion label when he was just 18 years old; his gowns and dresses are classically cut yet at the same time bold and daring. The Lebanese designer does soft pastels and bright yellows, oranges and greens with equal aplomb—and you’ll see both at the new shop, which stocks the label’s spring-summer 2012 collection. If you’re in need of a gown to wear to a fancy dinner or function that’ll impress without being over the top, look no further. Also available are glitzy accessories and the brand’s first fragrance, Elie Saab Le Parfum.
The décor: Simple and sophisticated—the travertine stone, wood and leather furniture, which are fixtures at all of the brand’s shops, make the space look as luxurious as the clothing it holds.
By Leanne Mirandilla