PARIS - Elie Saab stole into the tower and gave Rapunzel a gift to dazzle any passing prince — a new gown that shimmers royally.

Models with long rope-like ponytails in luminous shantung silk gowns blossomed at Wednesday's showing of the Lebanese designer's spring-summer haute couture collection.

The collection was made up almost exclusively of delicate ball gowns, painted with pastels. Some other collections were heavy on greens, but Saab gave the colour a full-blown crowning. Sea and pale green full-length gowns danced regally with flower paillettes.

One sweeping sea green robe in tulle embroidered with sequins featured a plunging decollete and dramatic double skirts.

Judging by the front row turnout, you could guess the Oscars are around the corner, along with the quest for best gown.

The designer's lavish show was a natural choice for stars eyeing up potentials — like Berenice Bejo, basking in the attention gained by her nomination for best supporting actress for "The Artist."

"I love Elie Saab. It's so beautiful," Bejo said of the fairytale dresses. "I wear him all the time."

Shimmering green would be a good match with the Oscars red carpet.

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