Fifty-five — yes, that’s right: 55 — outfits in gold. That was the relentless message Beirut designer Elie Saab delivered in a collection he called an homage to the vitality of his war-torn country of Lebanon. It was a nice idea, but the realization — one shiny disco-style dress after another — felt heavy-handed. That’s not to say Saab didn’t deliver his fair share of fine glitzy, embellished pieces, from dangerously short dresses embroidered with gold sequins to long, flowing numbers in gold lamé — sure to appeal to a woman who likes to look obviously sexy.

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