Elie Saab's couture shows are a highlight for anyone who's a fan of high-glamour gowns and awards-season red carpet contenders. The designer's signatures — intricate beading and embroideries, sequins galore, floor-sweeping silhouettes, liberal use of appliqués — have made him a go-to for occasion dressing, and many a celebrity (and a very fancy bride) has had a major milestone moment wearing one of his grandiose pieces.
But what about the little girls who dream of wearing a princess dress of Elie Saab caliber to their birthday parties, family weddings, holiday gatherings or school photos? No longer are they an ignored segment of the couture market. On Wednesday in Paris, Saab's characteristically glitzy fall 2016 couture collection had one noticeable addition: Child models walked the runway alongside older counterparts wearing miniature versions of their gowns. The youngsters were styled in an age-appropriate manner, with sweet, bedazzled headbands, beaded bracelets, a very natural beauty look and flat shoes. Check out those gold glitter ballet flats!
Sure, there probably aren't too many life events that would require a pre-teen to wear a handmade couture piece that costs upwards of $10K, but should that occasion arise, we'd love to see the looks on the (very privileged) little ladies' faces when their pretty, pretty princess dreams come true.
See the full fall 2016 Elie Saab couture collection in the gallery below.