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LanvinSpring Summer 2015 Paris

Runway Review
9/25/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

It's a big year for Lanvin. The iconic French fashion house is celebrating its 125th anniversary, as well as gearing up for a retrospective of the brand's history at the Palais Galleria next year. In despite of the momentous occasion at hand, Alber Elbaz zeroed in on design. He took it back to the archives, going over and thus being inspired by Jeanne Lanvin's balletic and clean dresses and her love for extravagant embellishment. That spurred the idea of "all or nothing".

That influence was fully realized with a collection that spanned an astounding scope: the kind a modern-day, sartorially-inclined woman dreams of but a range that felt a bit aimless occasionally. It all felt natural though as Elbaz is continuously one of the bravest and most distinct designers in the industry today. He doesn't prescribe to trends if they aren't Lanvin-appropriate and he definitely is not in the business of staging lethargic shows. He creates functional and authentic pieces for women who are multifaceted and above all else, chic.

The collection opened with the "nothing" concept which included flowing dresses bereft of any frills or fuss except for the occasional waist cincher or grommet detailing. Leg-baring frocks were uplifted with the fashion house's signature statement-making necklaces and simple gold metal adornment. Expert tailoring was on high with pleated ankle-length trousers, menswear-inspired blazers, short-sleeve shawl collar jackets, and long-line double-breasted pieces. Silhouettes varied from the classic trench coat and pointed-toe strappy pumps to a mesh top and high-waist pencil skirt offset by a wide leather belt and edgy peep-toe booties.

The "all" idea then burst forth with frothy tulle and lace confections, bow belts, exotic skins, and pearl embellishment. A seasonally-appropriate floral print was sprawled across diaphanous strapless dresses, and flirty flare numbers, while a stag jumped across designs: making the assortment one with nature.

Not to be dismissed was Elbaz's choice to cast supermodels like Violetta Sanchez, Amber Valetta, Natasa Vojnovic, Ann Catherine Lacroix, and more - a trend we've seen swiftly arise this season for a number of designers. It showed the brand's commitment to dressing chic women of all ages who are just as timeless as their style: not just what's new and hot in the moment.

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9/25/2014 Ed Kavishe/fashionwirepress.com

It's a big year for Lanvin. The iconic French fashion house is celebrating its 125th anniversary, as well as gearing up for a retrospective of the brand's history at the Palais Galleria next year. In despite of the momentous occasion at hand, Alber Elbaz zeroed in on design. He took it back to the archives, going over and thus being inspired by Jeanne Lanvin's balletic and clean dresses and her love for extravagant embellishment. That spurred the idea of "all or nothing".

That influence was fully realized with a collection that spanned an astounding scope: the kind a modern-day, sartorially-inclined woman dreams of but a range that felt a bit aimless occasionally. It all felt natural though as Elbaz is continuously one of the bravest and most distinct designers in the industry today. He doesn't prescribe to trends if they aren't Lanvin-appropriate and he definitely is not in the business of staging lethargic shows. He creates functional and authentic pieces for women who are multifaceted and above all else, chic.

The collection opened with the "nothing" concept which included flowing dresses bereft of any frills or fuss except for the occasional waist cincher or grommet detailing. Leg-baring frocks were uplifted with the fashion house's signature statement-making necklaces and simple gold metal adornment. Expert tailoring was on high with pleated ankle-length trousers, menswear-inspired blazers, short-sleeve shawl collar jackets, and long-line double-breasted pieces. Silhouettes varied from the classic trench coat and pointed-toe strappy pumps to a mesh top and high-waist pencil skirt offset by a wide leather belt and edgy peep-toe booties.

The "all" idea then burst forth with frothy tulle and lace confections, bow belts, exotic skins, and pearl embellishment. A seasonally-appropriate floral print was sprawled across diaphanous strapless dresses, and flirty flare numbers, while a stag jumped across designs: making the assortment one with nature.

Not to be dismissed was Elbaz's choice to cast supermodels like Violetta Sanchez, Amber Valetta, Natasa Vojnovic, Ann Catherine Lacroix, and more - a trend we've seen swiftly arise this season for a number of designers. It showed the brand's commitment to dressing chic women of all ages who are just as timeless as their style: not just what's new and hot in the moment.


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