If there’s any trend takeaway from the aspirational Elie Saab Couture show, it’s that royalty has become relevant again. High necks, strong shoulders, and a gorgeous combination of jewel tones and metallic embroidery paints a picture of powerful sophistication, the type of aura held by monarchies of past and present.

It was the series of evening gowns that were the highlight of the show. It began with models floating along the runway in emeralds, amethysts, and garnets, continued with silk chiffon embellished with raised veins of gold embroidery that imitated the intricate ironwork of Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí, who was the inspiration behind this collection. The show ended with unapologetically fairytale gowns, each with sparkling accents and cinched waists.

This Saab collection also favoured strong shoulders, tailored suits, and mullet-esque cuts (aka short in the front, long in the back, or an added skirt that looks slightly like you’re wearing a cape as a belt) for a slight rock-and-roll twist to traditionally regal looks.

This presentation solidifies that it’s expected Hollywood will have no shortage of celebs wearing Saab for all their red-carpet events over the next year. The couturier reigns as one of the best craft-intensive creators in fashion today.

Photos from Vogue Runway.

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