Elie Saab unveiled a range of exquisite ball gowns as part of his spring/summer 2012 haute couture collection in Paris.

The Lebanese designer showed fans the best of a pastel palette and incorporated creamy yellow, soft rose pink, mint green and peach as key colour choices throughout the range.

Models with long rope-like ponytails swayed down the runway in delicate dresses finished with a touch of shimmer.

Much of the fabric used was sheer, with the majority of dresses belted at the waist to accentuate the models' figures and reveal their slender legs.

Emphasis on the shoulder was apparent in most garments as were high necklines that ran horizontally across the collarbone, making for a demure look.

Large floral prints on oversized skirts gave gowns a touch of royalty while other pieces paid attention to intricate detail in the form of tulle and silk in thick layers finished with sparling embroidered crystals.

Saab proved that the collection was designed for the feminine woman with extensive flowing fabric, layers of intricate lace and definition at the waist.

Saab said he found his inspiration for the collection in fairytales. "In this collection I thought about a very modern princess," he explained.

"I thought of the fairytales, which all girls dream of, in order to come up with this collection. Concerning colours, I thought of very soft colours but ones that still retained the dazzle I wanted to achieve in this collection," he said after the show.

A fairytale take on a wedding dress closed the show - a large ballgown-style skirt decorated in pale pink florals and finished with crushed glitter - and rounded up the last day of the couture week.