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Elie Saab Dabbles in Disco for Spring 2017

It was the runway party of the season, with sequins, supermodels and "Starboy."
The finale at the Elie Saab spring 2017 show. Photo: Imaxtree

The finale at the Elie Saab spring 2017 show. Photo: Imaxtree

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.  

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