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Designer Elie Saab’s Paris catwalk show fit for a princess

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Inspired by royalty, Lebanese designer Elie Saab’s sumptuous Autumn/Winter 2013-14 collection was unveiled in Paris on Wednesday.

With embroidered designs in navy blue, red and pale grey, the decadent gowns were fit for a princess.

Saab said he was inspired by the color of precious stones and wanted to create dresses worthy of royalty, but with a modern take.

“I tried to present a collection this time around a royal occasion. But in a very modern way, for a modern princess, who likes, who likes to treat her realm in a modern way, and the colors are from precious stones, and from this all the collection is embroidered in a way to show it as though it’s jewelry,” he said.

Many of the dresses were full length and covered in lace or embroidery, with some featuring large pockets.

A jewel-encrusted wedding dress was the most regal on display, complete with three models carrying its long veil.

Saab’s collection came on the fourth day of Paris’ haute couture extravaganza which kicked off on Sunday with Versace’s Autumn/Winter catwalk show.