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Elie Saab Spring Summer 2016 ready-to-wear collection at Paris Fashion Week offers unexpected, casual silhouettes. Check out the latest trends in the looks!

When I first viewed Elie Saab Spring Summer 2016 collection, I was half-expecting (nay, fully expecting) some well-fitted skirts or trousers, perhaps a casual dress or two – replete with sheer, lace, glossy threadwork in an unabashedly feminine color palette of solid pastels plus some black. But I was surprised to see floaty fabrics and casual silhouettes with ruffles and capes. And the floral prints and bold stripes in candy colors.

Perhaps this is the type of collection that gives one a fuller understanding of the breadth of work of a designer – because as a designer I know that no single piece of work can define one’s style. Or perhaps Elie Saab is experimenting with different styles and combinations. Either way, here are 10 things ways Elie Saab combined the season’s latest trends into a cool collection.

10 Things to Love in Elie Saab Spring Summer 2016 RTW Collection

10The Asymmetric Skirt with a Thigh-High Slit

Or even higher.

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9The One-Shoulder Asymmetric Cape Dress

This one is a lovely one-shoulder dress with a hemline that’s thigh-high one one side and floor-touching on the other side and at the sleeve gives an appearance of a cape. It takes a mouthful of a sentence to describe this red beauty!

8The Metallic Choker

And this exotic-looking metallic choker on a white what I really want to call a double-waisted dress. Plus the dress has white thread embroidery and floral appliqué. Also liking the cut-out shoes.

7The Gold Layered Necklaces

Loving this casual layered jewelry with a festive look.

6Romantic Maxi Dress + Print Skinny Scarf

Yet another white dress. This time a lace maxi with a skinny scarf.

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5The Pussybow Cape

Combining the cape and pussybow – two of the latest trends that have been seen on the runways this season is this floor-sweeping white and black striped fabric that ties around the neck into a long pussybow.

4The Jumpsuit with Cape

Combining more trends of the season – the cape with the jumpsuit. This plunging V-neck sequin jumpsuit has a flowing cape that goes from the shoulder down to the floor. I would, however, make this jumpsuit less sequinny and more comfortable. And maybe add a closed shoe to make it  slightly bit formal.

3Lace Bomber Jacket

Totally adorable. And very trendy! Especially when paired with an asymmetric dress. 

2Lace Pants with the Tuxedo-Like Jacket

Lace pants usually seem like the type of runway trend that never sees the light of day (even if it sees the moonlight, in some cases). But I’m liking the idea of the pairing feminine lace with androgynous tux jacket.   

1Sheer Sequin Dress with Lace Underskirt

So feminine.

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Shilpa Ahuja a designer and entrepreneur. She is the editor-in-chief of ShilpaAhuja.com, which she founded with the goal of inspiring confidence in the modern working woman through fashion. Fashion has traditionally been for the rich, white, thin woman. That's how it evolved over centuries and that's how it's been represented in fashion media. But Shilpa believes that with the changing role of women in the society, fashion has changed, too. She believes that fashion is for everyone, regardless of their age, gender, color, body type and background. So she translates runway fashion into easy style advice that one can incorporate into their daily lives. Shilpa's work has been published in the University of Fashion blog and Jet Airways magazine. She is also an artist, illustrator and cartoonist. She is also the creator of Audrey O., a comic series that represents the lifestyle of millennial women. She enjoys creative writing and world travel. Her art has been exhibited at Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Aroma Hotel, Chandigarh and been published in Chandigarh Times. Originally from Chandigarh, Shilpa also has a professional degree in architecture and has worked in interior project management. She is also the author of the book "Designing a Chinese Cultural Center in India". Shilpa has a Masters in Design Studies degree from Harvard University. For feedback and questions, please email contact@shilpaahuja.com

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