Elie Saab turned his lens to Japan for his hyper-feminine resort lineup, juxtaposing a mélange of references, from kimonos to kawaii culture. Layered ruffles — a nod to the island nation’s wisteria trees’ tiered branches — adorned the lineup’s tops, jumpsuits and dresses, with several of the silhouettes also featuring exposed shoulders, kimono sleeves or obi-style belts and bow ties. Other tops and dresses featured graphic prints inspired by cherry blossoms or floral-embroidered guipure lace.
The designer took a maximalist approach to embellishment, covering sporty bombers and gowns with intricate beadwork, sequins and floral appliqués. A series of looks rendered in brightly colored leather toughened things up a touch.