Embellished gowns and cocktail dress were the look at Elie Saab's couture showing for the fall 2011 season. It's hardly a new look for the seasoned designer, but that is not to say that the collection wasn't fresh. A lightness permeated his dresses, with tons of sheer fabrics and a largely pale color palette; the wind machine made it's contribution as well. There were some obvious wedding worthy pieces for both bridesmaids and brides, though I'm not particularly fond of his wedding dress closer; it's always the same big overdone princess dress with elaborate vail. In that vein, Saab often comes under fire from critics who cite his work as predictable and static; and while his garments lack the "diversity" you'd find at Marc Jacobs or Louis Vuitton, that certainly does not lower his stock. Saab knows his customer well and he caters to her tirelessly, creating romantic, feminine dresses that will ultimately stand the tests of time.