Lanvin’s Spring Ready-to-wear collection, debuted during Paris Fashion Week was by far my favourite of the week. Chic and edgy, simplified pieces gave off a very Oriental feel, and were the definition of hardcore glamour. Waiters greeted and attended to guests during the show offering champagne. The all black set up and main colour palette of black and white truly was divine. This sophisticated, fierce, and often times androgynous, Lanvin line is definitely worth noting.
Straying away from his accustomed ladylike designs, Albert Elbaz kept it simple with structured pantsuits and varying kimono styles. There were a few feminine dresses accountable, designed with a plunging front but otherwise, were very shapeless. Tuxedo styles focused on shape and contrast, and many pieces emphasized strong shoulders. Confidence and posture are two key traits the everyday woman needs to feel powerful in these styles, which the models effectively portrayed. Albert brought back the a-symmetrical one shouldered look, which he has shown in previous collections, which add some diversity amongst all of the black garments. Minimal seams and folds were used, and attention was drawn to the monochromatic accents like bows and belts. Bold jewel tones popped up periodically, as well as some subtle metallics.
The clutches used deviated from the “norm” classic box or envelope shape; some sphere, diamond, and hexagon like, again, focusing on shape alongside the dramatic ensembles. Accessories featured were a range of chunky and circular collar-like, gold plated necklaces. A few gold bangles were also added to spark up some of the dark colours.
This Lanvin collection that is one that is perfect for New York, and speaks to your eccentric city girl. I loved the use of untraditional colours, fabrics, and shapes for spring. Ultimately, this collection spoke to myself on a personal level, as I feel is explains perfectly why I love and continue to wear black throughout the entire year. It pushed boundaries and set new expectations from the design house; a challenge that Albert took on and won successfully.
Written by Jenn McNaughton for OhWowYouWoreThat