Each person who is a designer of apparel, or rather a good one, has a baseline position from which they move; a central point they express, regardless of the clothes on the runway, a way of looking at the world, and our place in it, that never leaves, never is diminished. Its one of the things that ends up making their work seem better somehow, than others, or at very least, more recognizably theirs.
Whether, like Elle Saab, the ideal presented is of gracious, and fairly classic femininity,
By this I don't mean that the work of people not operating at the couture level is somehow less expressive. Not at all true. Small scale designers, working with limited resources, can produce garments that are fully as meaningful as major designers, when they have that same kind of baseline design position which they never abandon.
Now, in terms of what this offers to the Attire language, its simple. We are, all of us, not the same in out outlook, needs, or aspirations. What these wildly variable designers at every level offer us, is a huge vocabulary of words from which to choose, that, carefully selected, can aid us in presenting to the outer world, not only our fantasy of ourselves, but, more importantly, our essential truth. And if we are to move forward into a truly global community, as it seems we are destined to, telling our essential truth will become vital to our very survival as a species.