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Alexandria 01-15-2006 06:56 PM

Queen Rania's Best Elie Saab Dress
 
As is well documented, Queen Rania frequently wears gowns by designer Elie Saab. In this poll, as suggested and compiled by ~*~Humera~*~, vote -- and tell us why -- which of the following gowns is your favourite Elie Saab as worn by Jordan's queen.

If your favourite Elie Saab dress is not in this poll, feel free to share the image (hosted elsewhere first) and tell us why you prefer another choice.

The choices are as follows (in order)

1. Coronation
2. May 2001 - London
3. November 2001 - State visit, London: Option A
4. November 2001 - State visit, London: Option B
5. September 2002 - Versailles
6. November 2002 - Amman
7. November 2002 - New York
8. July 2003 - Jerash festival
9. October 2003 - State visit, Sweden: Option A
10. October 2003 - State visit, Sweden: Option B
11. June 2003 - WEF (STARS Foundation Gala)
12. November 2004 - London

Other Elie Saab gowns that Queen Rania has worn for your consideration:
June 2001 - Florence:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/539...ence5ar.th.jpg

January 2002 - Dubai:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/873...ubai1xw.th.jpg

December 2002 - Jordan Song Festival:
http://img63.imageshack.us/img63/530...estival.th.jpg

October 2003 - Michigan:
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/505...igan2hv.th.jpg

December 2003 - Jordan Song Festival:
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/666...estival.th.jpg

May 2004 - Prince Hamzah's wedding reception:
http://img76.imageshack.us/img76/437...tion1rt.th.jpg

Humera 01-15-2006 10:20 PM

My all time favourite is #6, the aqua dress with the exquisite gold/steely grey embroidery that Queen Rania wore to the Arab Women's Summit gala. Like the coronation dress, it was custom made for the Queen.
I thought the entire look, hair, makeup, and the dress, was very well put together.
If I had to chose a second best, it'd be #4. The embroidery is beautiful and the style and cut of the gown is regal and elegant.
The painstaking attention to detail is what makes Elie Saab's designs so wonderfully unique.
No wonder he's one of QR's favourite designers.

I hope everyone who votes will let us know their thoughts on which of the above dresses they like best.

Jackswife 01-15-2006 10:34 PM

I voted for Number 5, the Versailles one, because I think the color and the drape of the neckline are so glamorous-looking (also the flowing hair and the dangling earrings are great!:) ) It's hard to pick just one but that's my choice.

hillary_nugent 01-15-2006 10:44 PM

I like the gown #4 =) it really shows off her slimness =)

Citizen2005 01-15-2006 11:35 PM

# 8: The color is so royal and suits her skintone. The design with the embroidery is so elegant especially when she was walking. Plus, this gown does not show her skinninness (sp?). then # 9, then # 1, then # 6, then # 3. The other ones are too simple for my taste.

NOTE: I rated the gowns that Rania was wearing and NOT the ones on the models as Elie's gowns (IMO) look more beautiful with the alterations he made for Rania.

Humera 01-16-2006 12:37 AM

the pink Versailles dress is also one of my favourites. However, the more I look at this dress, the more I feel that the dark brocade pattern on the fabric is a little too much. Maybe if it was only featured on the front and on the long, flowing sleeve, it wouldn't look a little too busy. But I think its because the detail is part of the fabric itself and not just embroidered later on.
Its still a very glamorous dress though.

purple_platinum 01-16-2006 02:44 AM

my favorites are #6, #10, #11, #12

forgive my cluelessness but could someone provide background information on Elie Saab?
i remembered Maria Teresa of Luxembourg sometimes used her design as well.

suPeRgiRL! 01-16-2006 03:01 AM

Queen Rania is a very attractive women.. She can either dress down or dress up and still looks drop dead gorgeous.. Elie Saab, on the other hand, is an amazing designer and all of his dresses make women feel really beautiful in them. It's a very hard decision, (I can't just choose one) but amongst them all, I think she wore them all elegantly, except for # 2, 7, 8 and 9.

Am I Bothered 01-16-2006 07:47 AM

My favourite is no. 6, its absolutely gorgeous. It was tough too choose though, as they are all very beautiful. I have to say, in many instances, Rania wears the dresses better than the actual models! She has a great wardrobe!

carlota 01-16-2006 08:11 AM

this is such a nice thread alexandria! thanks!

Quote:

Originally Posted by purple_platinum
my favorites are #6, #10, #11, #12

forgive my cluelessness but could someone provide background information on Elie Saab?
i remembered Maria Teresa of Luxembourg sometimes used her design as well.

she is a lebanese designer who became really popular in the last times. many arab celebrities and royals, of course, use it very often. little by little some european well known celebrities are beggining to choose her designs. i personally fancy a lot her dresses. they are so glittering, elegant and make a beautiful feminine look.
and yes, maria teresa wore one or two elie saabs, one of them in the wedding of felipe and letizia in madrid.

i
now, back to topic, it was hard to choose between these two:
http://img73.imageshack.us/my.php?im...onation4qq.jpg
http://img73.imageshack.us/my.php?im...itlondonb9.jpg
that are my all time favourite gowns of the ones rania has wore lately. they both look amazing on her. i finally chose the coronation one as it was the one rania wore in a really special event of her life.

florawindsor 01-16-2006 10:31 AM

Elie Saab dresses are the most beautiful gowns I've seen. they are my favorites! i like most of the dresses posted above, but i have to say sometimes the makeup(especially when Rania first became Queen) are just awful-.- thus affect the whole effect.
the only dress i don't like is dress #12. the color&makeup doesnot look very good. i can barely recognise QR

my favorite dress is #11, but if i have to choose a 'best' dress i 'd go with #4, cos #11 seems a bit casual. while #4 with the tiara, and the beautiful gown, QR looks so regal and beautiful

Little_star 01-16-2006 11:39 AM

I've always loved the light blue gown that Rania wore to theArab Women's Summit, it was just stunning.

After that i really like the red dress worn to the Jerash Festival and the gold and blue worn in Dubai in 2002

cd_1 01-16-2006 11:42 AM

i just want to say that ALL the dresses are beautiful!! But, my fave is number 4, I had that copied for a wedding, and people thought it was unbelievable!They kept asking me where I got the idea from, and I said, hmmmm, the internet!!

alyssaphoebe 01-16-2006 11:59 AM

My favourite are:#3, #6, and #9!!

Humera 01-16-2006 01:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by carlota
she is a lebanese designer who became really popular in the last times. many arab celebrities and royals, of course, use it very often. little by little some european well known celebrities are beggining to choose her designs. i personally fancy a lot her dresses. they are so glittering, elegant and make a beautiful feminine look.

you're absolutely right carlota, except Elie's a "he" ;)

Humera 01-16-2006 01:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by florawindsor
Elie Saab dresses are the most beautiful gowns I've seen. they are my favorites! i like most of the dresses posted above, but i have to say sometimes the makeup(especially when Rania first became Queen) are just awful-.- thus affect the whole effect.
the only dress i don't like is dress #12. the color&makeup doesnot look very good. i can barely recognise QR

florawindsor, I completely agree with you about the makeup. The coronation dress looks so much better on Queen Rania in her formal portrait where she has her hair down and her makeup is very simple.
And by #12, are you referring to the green and black dress from the poll
http://img70.imageshack.us/my.php?im...4london5df.jpg
or the yellow one QR wore to Prince Hamzah's wedding reception?
http://img76.imageshack.us/my.php?im...ception1rt.jpg

If you're talking about the second one then I agree, Im not a huge fan of that shade of yellow on QR and the makeup is totally wrong. The dress itself is not bad but it just goes to show how everything, the hair, makeup, and dress, must pull together to create a beautiful look.

Humera 01-16-2006 02:52 PM

Information on the designer
 
1. A brief profile of Elie Saab with a link to his website: Profile

2. Transcript of a profile/interview of Elie Saab on CNN

Here's an excerpt:

SADLER: It's here at his Atelier (ph) in Beirut that Elie Saab creates the material magic. Coming up with designs that adorn the shoulders of celluloid stars and Arabian queens, including a dress that Queen Rania of Jordan wore the day she was crowned.

SAAB (THROUGH TRANSLATOR): I like the feeling when I see Queen Rania. It's not just because she is a queen, but she's showing a picture of a woman from the East. I find it a beautiful image of a woman.

houri 01-16-2006 04:51 PM

http://img382.imageshack.us/my.php?i...02amman1kl.jpg

I loved it , the colore and the line and how she looks in it , and it seems more traditional without show skin .

magnik 01-16-2006 05:07 PM

I vote for this lovely dress:)

florawindsor 01-16-2006 07:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ~*~Humera~*~
florawindsor, I completely agree with you about the makeup. The coronation dress looks so much better on Queen Rania in her formal portrait where she has her hair down and her makeup is very simple.
And by #12, are you referring to the green and black dress from the poll
http://img70.imageshack.us/my.php?im...4london5df.jpg
or the yellow one QR wore to Prince Hamzah's wedding reception?
http://img76.imageshack.us/my.php?im...ception1rt.jpg

If you're talking about the second one then I agree, Im not a huge fan of that shade of yellow on QR and the makeup is totally wrong. The dress itself is not bad but it just goes to show how everything, the hair, makeup, and dress, must pull together to create a beautiful look.

hi Humera, i'm talking about the green&black dress. i don't think green is a good color on her. actually I kind of like the 2nd dress(Hamzah's wedding reception) untill i saw close-up of the dress, the flower&leaves thing on the dress looks bad


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