Images by Skye Parrott
Walking into the Lanvin show always puts a smile on my face. Happy ’60s French pop playing, champagne and specially made chocolate lollipops from Pierre Herme greet you on the runway. You snack away, chatting with your neighbors while waiting for the show to start—even the anticipation is fun. Cue the lights and a grand winding staircase to the sky is illuminated.
Alber Elbaz just knows what women want and creates an intriguing narrative with his delivery. The first looks were clean, modern and sharp, yet classic and delicate in a neutral tones and black. The shoulders were extended but rounded, introducing a new shape without too much exaggeration. Things got especially exciting with the enormous, fringed and feathered tribal jewelry layered over the technical, minimal looks. The rich accessories segued into what looked like oversize sportswear (sweatshirt and varsity jacket) shapes completely covered in beads and stones. So many elements of feminine dressing were touched upon in the collection, but without any excess or bizarre contradiction. I don’t know how else to put it other than I loved it all!
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Last minute hem change
Alber Elbaz presenting the collection to Anna
Dossier contributor Andreas Laszlo Konrath photographing for New York Magazine