For his spring-summer 2015 haute couture collection, Lesbanese designer Elie Saab found himself inspired by his childhood in Beirut. “The ethereal fabric of this collection embodies my childhood’s summer breeze. Just like the soft green of my blooming springs, the pale blue of the misty horizon, the yellow of the mimosas, the brown of the damp soil,” writes Saab in the show notes. Drawing influence from the 60s and 70s, the designer shared his vision of the era with curved silhouettes, silk-printed tulips and a dreamy color palette of powder pink, blue and metallic tones. The collection begins with long, slinky gowns in washed-out hues with sparkly appliqués and embroideries, some with a smattering of feathers on the sleeves or along the bodice. Dresses gradually get more structured and ornate, with layers of ruffles, head-to-toe shimmering beading and colorful, oversized flower appliqués. The models’ Veronica Lake hair looked particularly glamorous with a range of black, sparkly gowns, while an over-the-top, rainbow-hued “wedding” gown, modeled by Anna Cleveland, spanned the entire width of the runway.
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