Elie Saab is a Genius

When people ask me to describe my perspective as the editor of Capitol Hill Style, I always tell them that I’m focused on the practical rather than the aspirational.  But every once in while, it’s nice to dream.  To immerse yourself in a deep, languid pool of designer fashions and fantasize about the day when your wealthy, handsome husband comes to whisk you away from the Chinese Water Torture that is the Continuing Resolution and off to a land where women wear Elie Saab to work.

Where ladies are impeccably tailored…

…ravishing in red…

…gorgeous in grey…

…perfect in peplums…

…wonderful in wine…

…and sublime in sequins.  Seriously, sequins.

And where a woman can reach into her wallet for a black Amex card and purchase this frothy, sparkly gown just because she feels like it.

But alas, this world of perfectly draped wool and sequin stitched chiffon is just a dream.  I live in a world of poly-blend, track pants and Uggs.  Nightmarish.


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  1. SB says:

    I thought Lanvin was my ultimate daydream wardrobe, but after seeing this post, Lanvin has some tough competition!

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  2. diane @ a spot of whimsy says:

    i have seriously been obsessed with elie saab these days. impeccable, indeed!

    ps long-time reader here, but i think it's my first time commenting and i have no idea why! hoping to change that going forward. GREAT blog and advice, even for someone like me who lives in chicago and has no tie to politics!

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  3. Ashley says:

    Belle! I read in another post recently that you are a former pageant girl! Just wondering what system?? I am a pageant girl myself. And I have been seeing a lot of Elie Saab recently – so glad to see this post!!

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  4. amy b.s. says:

    i loved this show! elie saab really nailed it.

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  5. Terri says:

    Words cannot describe the deep beauty of these pieces. The cut, the fabric, the drape, the…EVERYTHING! Fabulous.

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  6. Capitol Hill Barbie says:

    Oh wow. These are all gorgeous. Especially that plum one…

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  7. MidwestChic says:

    Love love love all of these!! ABsolutely beautiful! If I could, I would alternate wearing them every day of the week.

    March 16, 2011/Reply
  8. AnnS says:

    Just gorgeous!

    March 17, 2011/Reply
  9. Liz says:

    I've never heard of Elie Saab (sorry!), but these clothes are certainly gorgeous. Thanks for introducing me to something new, Belle!

    March 17, 2011/Reply
  10. K says:

    Wow. My office is a bit casual for most of that, but wow. So, if money were no object, because I'm sure it is – where would you purchase said items in the DC area?

    March 18, 2011/Reply
  11. Belle says:

    Saks Jandel, maybe? No idea.

    March 18, 2011/Reply