While the fashion industry has been heavily fixated on the '90s (and, increasingly, the '80s) in recent seasons, a healthy '70s influence has permeated designers' collections for years — from the bohemian, hippie style, to the punk rock vibes reminiscent of Debbie Harry, to the menswear-inspired (yet supremely sexy) suiting made popular by the likes of Bianca Jagger. For spring 2017, Elie Saab — the eveningwear pro who's making a play for a younger customer — looked to Halston and the decadent Studio 54 era, showing a boldly colorful, patterned and sparkly collection, on the backdrop of a runway covered in glitter, with wavy rainbow lights as a backdrop.
The first looks centered around a playful star motif, with minidresses, tailored blazers, blouses, bombers, capes and, of course, some of the designer's signature embroidered gowns. Even the more conservative silhouettes — tuxedo jackets and trousers, for example — got the full-on glitz treatment, with sequins, metal grommets, shiny lamé and Lurex incorporated into the majority of the pieces. (There were even glitter baseball caps and color-tinted sunglasses, which are sure to please the millennial crowd.)
When the eveningwear portion of the show commenced, the all-star crew of models — Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss, Hailey Baldwin, Romee Strijd and more — looked more than ready to hit the dance floor, thanks in part to the soundtrack of The Weeknd's just-released single "Starboy." With fluid, deep-V gowns in rainbow silk, sherbet orange and turquoise with a metallic sheen, as well as fringed and beaded sheer dresses — either with up-to-there slits or dangerously high hemlines — a number of these pieces will likely have a place at an after-party or two come awards season.