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One last peek from Paris’ Haute Couture Fashion Week, which ended earlier this month and which saw dozens of gloriously over-the-top gowns marched down glamorous runways: this Elie Saab confection, which just seemed to whisper “summer” despite being part of a fall/winter collection. Spattered with roses and sequins on top and fading to a cloudy blue below, it seems less dress than fantasy. Saab (who famously dressed Halle Berry for her 2002 Oscar win, in a wine-colored gown with sheer top and voluminous skirt) showed some themes across this collection, all seen in this dress: tiny belts, flowing cape-like backs, pockets, sparkle everywhere. I can’t quite imagine a life in which one might wear, or even afford, a gown like this — but it’s lovely to look at, like a breathtaking watercolor in a gallery that you know you’d never take home.

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