Fashion designer Elie Saab is focusing his design prowess on something quite a bit larger (and even more expensive) than a couture gown. He is now working on producing ultra-luxe yachts in collaboration with Weyves International - an exclusive brand specializing in luxury travel on the high seas.
The Lebanese designer will create the external lines and design the interiors of three boats. The first of the three luxury ships will be unveiled at the Abu Dhabi Yacht Show in February 2010. The show is being organized by Informa Yacht Group, who also own and operate the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show and exclusive Superyacht Cup series.
"This show demonstrates Abu Dhabi's commitment to be recognized as a global super-yacht player at the same level as leading centers in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean," said His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi.
Saab is leaving his mark in the Middle East not just at sea, but on land as well. The designer has also teamed with golf superstar Tiger Woods to open a luxury boutique hotel at the Al Ruwaya golf course in Dubai. The hotel is scheduled to open in 2011.
These extra-circular projects haven't slowed Saab down in the fashion world. The designer showed a Spring 2010 collection in Paris that must have had many a red carpet stylist drooling over the elegant draping and extravagant beading. Saab's next show will be for his Fall 2010 Couture collection and takes place January 27 in Paris.