If you're a fan of fashion and HBO's zeitgeist show, you're going to gasp when you see the new Game of Thrones-inspired collection from Elie Saab. Now, the Lebanese designer never named the show as his inspiration outright — though he did say in his show notes that the collection was meant to evoke "fallen kings, defeated by a fearless and heroic sisterhood ... bright and brave warrior queens they were, are, and forever will be." And if that's not the current state of Game of Thrones in a nutshell, I don't know what is.
Once you look at the collection itself, the connection between the show and the designs becomes even stronger — you can see echoes of your favorite characters and their various fashion transformations in all of Saab's elaborate gowns, sumptuous capes, and decadent crowns. You'll see showstopping red dresses befitting of glamorous Red Priestess Melisandre, and cream-colored embroidered gowns similar to the various ones Sansa Stark has worn to her (multiple) weddings. You'll see ethereal floaty blue dresses like the ones Daenerys wore during her Season 2 visit to Qarth, as well as intense black warrior queen numbers befitting of the newly crowned Cersei.
Perhaps best of all, all these familiar looks have gotten a high-fashion upgrade, with alternately tulle-floaty and velvet-heavy dramatic silhouettes, delicate beading, and more feathers than you've ever seen in Westeros before.
With everyone in full melee mode, fashion isn't as paramount as it was during earlier seasons of the show. Dual queens Cersei and Daenerys have both been favorite armor-like silhouettes and dark colors in Season 7.
But remember Season 5, when we visited Dorne for the first time? Myrcella (and even the Sand Snakes when they were out of their armor) favored floaty, sheer looks.
And how about Margaery, back when she first came to King's Landing in those low-cut gowns that so scandalized Cersei?
Really, it's difficult not to see echoes of Westeros in Elie Saab's latest couture collection. The timing certainly doesn't hurt, either — Saab's couture show took place during Paris Fashion Week, just about a week before the Game of Thrones Season 7 premiere.
At any rate, regardless of whether or not the pieces were directly inspired by Game of Thrones, I think we found the perfect line-up of gowns for the cast to wear to the Emmys this summer.