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Elie Saab Looked to HBO for This Season’s Couture Collection

Gowns suited for an actual princess.

Fashion Week
Elie Saab Looked to HBO for This Season’s Couture Collection
Molly SJ Lowe

Game of Thrones may seem like an unlikely source of inspiration for Elie Saab, whose ultra feminine gowns are more akin to fairy-tale princesses than Khaleesi. But on a closer look, both offer a sense of escapism and fantasy. While Mr. Saab’s dresses are hyper feminine, they’re not for the timid. Encrusted in jewels and intricate embroidery, the Lebanese designer is dedicated to craftsmanship. The Elie Saab woman is smart, strong and fearless—not unlike the female characters in Game of Thrones.

Mr. Saab has stayed true to his aesthetics over the years, preferring a feminine yet structured silhouette in rich fabrics like lace, chiffon, silk, tulle and fur with pearl, crystal and embroidered detailing. The fall/winter 2017 collection has stayed true to the DNA of his brand, but this season the collection had a darker romance than in previous seasons. This season, his women were medieval warriors wearing floor-grazing jewel-toned gowns in lush velvets and silks with matching hooded capes, which came down the runway in procession, and lighter tulle dresses featuring strategic gold embroidery. Gold was a running theme in the collection and could be seen in the makeup, which used a combination of rose, white, yellow and copper gold, as well as jeweled circlets in the hair and cuffs adorning wrists.

There is always a sense of regality in Mr. Saab’s collection, and the heavily embellished wedding dress and dramatic train reminds us why royal family members, like Queen Rania of Jordan, one of the world’s most stylish women, remain ardent supporters.

Click through to see details of his gorgeous Couture collection.

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