This fall, famed Lebanese couturier Elie Saab reveals a bold new Eau de Toilette version of his highly successful 2011 debut fragrance – ELIE SAAB Le Parfum. Created in partnership with Beauté Prestige International, the Paris-based subsidiary of Shiseido Co. Ltd., the lighter, more radiant ELIE SAAB Le Parfum Eau de Toilette completes the designer’s original dream in fragrance.
Since his childhood, Elie Saab has admired and observed the femininity that surrounds and inspires him. Since then, each of his creations glorifies a dazzling femininity through the magnificence of noble materials and impeccable cuts.
From crepe to organza, from silk to satin, from woollen cloth to chiffon; all of his designs are infused with the sensual mastery of fabric to enhance the body: a stunning demonstration of the variety of the couturier’s interpretations.
Since 2011, the exceptional universe of Elie Saab has also borne his olfactory signature. ELIE SAAB Le Parfum, in total harmony with the luxurious codes of the Couturier translates into a fragrance the dual nature that is so dear to the designer: “the light of the Middle East and the modernity of the West.”
“I come from a Mediterranean city bathed in heat and light, surrounded by vibrant nature loaded with fragrance,” says Elie Saab, adding “one scent stays firmly in my mind, that of orange blossom. The house where I grew up was surrounded by orange trees and when the breezes came through the branches they brought their ethereal fragrance with them.”
From this specific olfactory memory recounted by the couturier, Francis Kurkdjian has created a new eau de toilette that enriches the olfactory signature introduced by Elie Saab with the eau de parfum. Like a couture dress fashioned in precious chiffon, the perfumer sketches out a new, more crystalline, almost evanescent orange blossom, mingled with a soft, subtle rose honey note, all combined to create an olfactive addiction similar to the eau de parfum.
When distilled into the new olfactory offering, the freshness of the mandarin tree blossom, the round sensuality of the gardenia and the sparkling vibrancy of vetiver act like sequins thoughtfully stitched onto a couture gown, and with each movement, give the fragrance a new rhythm that is punctuated by impertinence and spontaneity.
For ELIE SAAB Le Parfum, the couturier wanted a bottle crafted in the style of sculpted crystal. And now the slender figure of the new eau de toilette puts even greater emphasis on the tricks of light that the couturier loves so much. Light hits the body of the bottle and glints off the neck, alternately trapped and then released in the mysteries of its sculpted facets.
The ELIE SAAB Le Parfum Eau de Toilette fragrance collection (1.6 oz EDT $75.00 USD/3.0 oz EDT – $105.00 USD) is perfectly complemented by the original collection of scented body ritual products (6.7 oz Body Lotion – $50.00 USD/6.7 oz Shower Crème – $42.00 USD/5.0 oz Body Crème – $85.00 USD) and will be available in the US this August at Bloomingdale’s, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.